Early Years Senior Teacher ( expatriate vacancy )
JOB TITLE: Early Years Senior Teacher ( expatriate vacancy )
EMPLOYER: MTK International School DUTY STATION: Azerbaijan
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-28 LAST UPDATED: N/A DEADLINE: 2020-08-27

Expatriate Teaching and Leadership Vacancy
MTK International School
Date of posting: 28.07.20

Category: Expatriate Teacher and Leadership Vacancies
Role: Early Years Senior Teacher
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Employer: MTK International School
Application date/s: Immediate; interviews to take place in the UK or via Skype during the period 5th - 20th August
Start date: Tuesday 1st September (first teaching day of the 2020-21 academic year)
Contract type: Fixed term

We offer:

• A highly competitive net salary;
• A performance bonus;
• A travel and relocation allowance;
• Fully-equipped accommodation;
• Comprehensive medical insurance for the employee and up to 2 dependents as standard;
• A school laptop;
• Lunch in the school canteen;
• Free tuition for up to 2 dependents1 as standard.

1 At the school’s current stage of development we feel that the Preschool and Primary school are ready for expatriate leaders but that it is probably not yet the right time to induct expatriates’ dependent children into the Secondary school.

Contract Term: Annually renewable

Professional qualities and experience:

We seek a fully certified Early Years Senior Teacher to assume a teaching senior management team role in our rapidly expanding international school in Baku, Azerbaijan.

This an opportunity to join a great team and make a genuine difference, educating the upcoming elite of a young country with a promising future. The post is suited to a capable and self-motivated professional who enjoys working in a cross-cultural environment.

The role is exciting and varied, involving a range of duties summarised below:

1. Excellent teaching: around a 60% contact timetable is anticipated in classes Nursery (3-4 years), Reception (4-5 years) and Transition (5-6 years)
2. Mentoring: the successful applicant will have an aptitude for building capacity in local colleagues; modelling teaching, team teaching with colleagues and a range of other mentoring, monitoring and feedback activities are integral to the role.
3. Supporting school events, initiatives and policy development: as a member of the Preschool Senior Management Team, the successful applicant will participate in a range of other leadership and management activities.

The position will suit a committed, enthusiastic teaching professional possessing the correct blend of moral purpose, teaching and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

About MTK

MTK school is located in Baku, Azerbaijan and moved to a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the country’s capital in August 2018. A prestigious local private school educating the children of the country’s business elite, MTK is part-way through a transition to becoming a bilingual, international-style school that offers a blended English and Azerbaijaniinstruction curriculum.

The school is comprised of a bilingual Preschool for ages 2-6, a bilingual Primary School for ages 6-10 (Grades 1-4) and a three stream Secondary school for ages 10-18 (Grades 5-12), which incorporates an international stream (offering Cambridge IGCSE and AS/A-Levels) and two local curriculum streams where the language of instruction is Azerbaijani and Russian respectively. The pupil roll is around 600 in total.

The Preschool

The Preschool is situated in a separate, state-of-the-art building with air conditioning, a canteen, a gym, bedrooms for nap time and en suite bathrooms adjoining every classroom.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is delivered through the medium of the ‘one adult, one language system’, a method familiar to many bilingual families in which the mother exclusively uses her native tongue with their children and the father uses his. There are two streams within the Preschool and whereas Stream A classes use English and Azerbaijani, Stream B classes use English and Russian.

The transformation of the Preschool began in earnest in August 2018 and huge progress has been made in terms of staff development, improved planning and assessment of teaching, improved resourcing, creating enabling learning environments and adapting the parent body to more child-centred expectations.

The successful applicant will work in close cooperation with the expatriate Head of Early Years Foundation Stage and a predominantly local staff.

MTK employs an expatriate staff comprised of nine fully-certified teachers across the Preschool, Primary School and Secondary School and an expatriate Executive Principal who is a UK national.

Essential Requirements:

• Qualified Teacher Status achieved in one of the following countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, South Africa or the USA.
• Experience of teaching students aged 2 – 5 using one of the above national curricula (or international equivalent)
• A positive work ethic and a high level of self-motivation; the willingness to act as a role-model and mentor to students and colleagues.
• A passion for teaching EAL/ESL learners in a mixed ability environment.
• Cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication competence; the ability to relate positively to colleagues who were raised in a distinctly different culture.
• Perseverance and a willingness to find complex practical solutions to everyday problems; patience, emotional stability
and a positive outlook.
• A commitment to being an excellent ambassador for our school within the Baku community.

Also desirable would be:

• Experience of teaching the UK Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
• Experience of leading appraisal and/or staff training; experience of school management.
• Specific EAL / ESL experience or qualifications.
• Experience of working in an international setting within a team that has a high proportion of host-country nationals.
• Experience of living and working in the post-Soviet space.
• Proficiency in Azerbaijani, Russian or Turkish language.

How to apply:

Please address all applications to Ms Aygun Bayramova, Head of Human Resources; apply to the email expatriatejobs@mtk.edu.az

The following should be included as attachments:

• a concise covering email, stating the role for which you are applying and core reasons why you are suited to the role
a well-presented curriculum vitae, including full name, recent photograph, clear details of relevant qualifications, an accurate, clear chronology of teaching experience (with all gaps in employment since your initial teacher training accounted for) and, finally, a personal statement / statement of teaching philosophy.

MTK closely follows safer recruitment practices and all applicants are subject to rigorous reference and background/police checks.

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