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Head of Slovak Language and Culture

Cambridge International School

Information about the position

  • Place of work: Úprkova, Bratislava
  • Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards: 2 200 EUR/monthOur offer may be higher based on your skills and experience.
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Contract type: full-time

Job description, responsibilities and duties

The Cambridge International School (CIS) in Bratislava, Slovakia, is seeking a highly motivated, innovative and creative leader to join our team, who will hold the position of Head of Slovak Language and Culture for the whole school, coordinating the teaching of Slovak Language and Literature and Slovak for Foreigners at Primary and Secondary school levels. The post holder will also direct the work of the Primary and Secondary Slovak Coordinators and work closely with the Head of Slovak Administration and Compliance. At the same time, he/she will participate in the creation and development of a whole school educational programme in the subjects of Slovak Language and Literature and Slovak Language for Foreigners and will participate in the elaboration of thematic curriculum plans for the Primary and Secondary schools, working with other subject Coordinators. As part of the coordination of the whole school educational programme in the delivery of Slovak for foreigners, he/she will incorporate elements of Slovak history, geography and culture into the curriculum and learning plans. The successful post-holder will also work to ensure that Slovak is well integrated with other school subjects delivered in English, and that important Slovak celebrations, customs, traditions, cultural practices, activities, clubs and trips are well understood and integrated into the overall life of the School. The post holder will also work closely with the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary, and foreign staff and parents at CIS in bringing a strong Slovak cultural and educational perspective to our international school context.

We seek applications from highly motivated individuals who are likely to have a background in education at school or university level, or who have a deep knowledge and understanding of culturology, sociology or international relations and political science which would bring a strength and depth to our educational environment.

Some of the responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Leading the Slovak teaching team and managing the delivery of Slovak (Language and Literature) and SFF (Slovak for Foreigners) throughout the School
• Elaborating an overall school educational programme and curricula in relation to Slovak
• Monitoring the target requirements for teaching Slovak Language and Literature and Slovak for Foreigners
• Sharing best practice in Slovak learning, teaching and pedagogical approaches
• Providing support and guidance to the Primary Slovak Coordinator and Secondary Slovak Coordinator and providing in-house and external training opportunities for Slovak teachers and other Slovak staff, both academic and non-academic
• Providing training and mentoring, carrying out lesson observations and contributing to Slovak teacher appraisal processes
• Working closely with the Head of Slovak Administration and Compliance on Slovak educational issues, assessment and reporting
• Monitoring compliance with pupil assessment criteria
• Developing and resourcing a coherent and sequential curriculum in Slovak for Foreigners throughout the School
• Acting as the spokesperson and ambassador for the School’s Slovak programme and sharing developments with stakeholders including parents and other teachers
• Attending School Operations Group meetings and working closely with the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary on whole school educational issues
• Working with the Head of Operations, coordinate the programme of Slovak cultural activities, project based learning experiences, trips, theatre outings and weekly co-curricular activities
• Plan and develop Slovak cultural and language enrichment programmes for foreign staff and parents, including induction processes for new staff.
• Planning and preparation of school students for external competitions
• Willingness and ability to teach Slovak or to offer other programmes would be a strong advantage

Employee perks, benefits

We offer an opportunity to teach in a highly successful school with:

• Very well motivated, engaged, confident and well-behaved children
• An excellent international and local team of CIS Educators
• Class sizes of 18 as a norm and 20 as a maximum
• Well-resourced and fully equipped classrooms
• On-going facilitated CPD and INSET opportunities
• Career and salary progression in a highly successful and growing school
• Multisport Card and Wellbeing Benefits
• 5 paid sick days per year along with 40 days holiday

Information about the selection process

In order to apply, please send a CV and a covering letter in ENGLISH and SLOVAK, addressed to the Director, Mr. Aaron J. G. King, explaining how you meet the requirements of the role. All applications will be considered carefully and objectively against pre-determined criteria. Please note that interviews will take place in both Slovak and English.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Language skills

Slovak - Proficiency (C2) or English - Advanced (C1)

Other knowledge

Microsoft Office 365 - Advanced

Personality requirements and skills

It is highly desirable that the post holder has international experience, is highly familiar with modern international best practice in learning and teaching, possesses high level inter-personal and leadership skills, can work well as part of an international team, and is driven to motivate change and development in their specific role. They should be passionate about the promulgation of Slovak language and culture. They should also have an active interest in 21st Century learning practices such as interdisciplinary and project-based learning.

Other requirements and skills:
- the ability to engage and inspire students, staff, parents and other stakeholders
- pleasant demeanour and ability to work as part of a team
- independence, reliability, and creativity are required
- positive attitude, desire to educate and ability to motivate
- moral integrity
- medical fitness
- excellent communication and social skills,
- interest in applying innovative trends in teaching and working with children.

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Brief description of the company

CIS is constituted by a full Primary and Secondary School and is the focal campus of the Cambridge family, which currently includes four Cambridge International Kindergartens (Funiversities) across Bratislava. CIS offers an outstanding International education, centred on the Cambridge Pathway and enhanced by the Slovak National Curriculum, but with a focus always on international best practice. The School itself is located in the charming and scenic Staré Mesto District, in a friendly and quiet residential area of Bratislava, near the beautiful Horsky Park.

Number of employees

50-99 employees