Director of Pedagogy and Innovation

Blue Mountains Grammar is a co-educational Christian School in the Anglican tradition for Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Established in 1918, the whole community; staff, parents, and students; are committed to achieving the highest academic outcomes possible for each student, whilst maintaining an emphasis on values, faith, and hope. The School’s Anglican heritage and ethos informs all that it does and we maintain a proud tradition of academic excellence founded on high-quality teaching, learning, and interpersonal relationships within an inclusive community in the heart of a beautiful World Heritage listed National Park. With highly professional and experienced staff, our rigorous approach to teaching and learning and our strong wellbeing and student leadership programs develop outstanding, well-rounded, and responsible citizens who are empowered by a unique inner strength and confidence, and equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive contribution to our world and excel at whatever they do.The PositionAs a member of the School Executive, the Director of Pedagogy and Innovation will be a strategic and supportive member of the School’s leadership team. The successful candidate will effectively manage an agenda of change focused on academic excellence and the incremental raising of standards. They will play a key role in the development of the School as it continues to evolve as an innovative, high performing, and emotionally intelligent 21st-century organisation. The role requires oversight of the professional development of teachers to ensure they remain at the forefront of educational innovation and the preparation and provision of a program of professional development for teachers.The role is responsible for the quality and supervision of academic learning across both Primary and Secondary educational settings. Curriculum is the responsibility of other members of the Executive, however, the Director of Pedagogy and Innovation will focus on the leadership of excellent teaching practice and how it impacts learning. This includes the integration of the School’s educational philosophy and its Ad Altiora Framework into everyday teaching practice. It also includes an ongoing commitment to undertaking and applying best practice approaches, informed by current research and involving partnerships with like-minded schools, the Association of Independent Schools, Harvard University’s Project Zero, The Learning Organisation (TLO), Australian universities and other organisations.Employment ConditionsThe Director of Pedagogy and Innovation will be employed on the following basis.Permanent, full-time position;Commence in January 2022;0.4FTE teaching load;Reports to the Headmaster;Salary in accordance with the MEA;Leadership Allowance Level 3.Strategic Direction and DevelopmentContribute to the School strategic plan and its implementation;Lead the development of School policies relating to teaching and learning;Ensure annual goals are determined and pursued;Help to create a culture of thinking amongst staff and students that demands critical inquiry, positive attitudes and respect towards each other, the environment, the community and the wider world;Ensure departments employ a co-ordinated and coherent pedagogical approach using developmentally appropriate strategies to enhance achievement of all students;Work with individual teachers and Heads of Department to explore innovative and best-practice pedagogies and progressively re-imagine the School’s educational philosophy and approach;Monitor the work of faculties and individuals and ensure evaluative reports are produced that outline progress towards annual goals.Applications close 22nd September 2021For a full position description and application guidelines, visit our website https://www.bmgs.nsw.edu.au/employment  75000 AUD Wentworth Falls 2782