VACANCY: Education Officer - Curriculum and Materials Development Unit (CAMDU)

Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION IDENTIFICATION
Job Title : Education Officer
Department : Curriculum and Materials Development Unit (CAMDU)
Classification : Grade 17
Reports to : Deputy Chief Education Officer (Instruction)
Supervises : All operations within the CAMDU Unit

RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Networks with local, regional and international agencies and other actors who can contribute to the development of the Curriculum Development by
    providing direction and focus;
  • Works in collaboration with the Curriculum Officers to ensure that school curriculum is developed and administered in a proper and efficient manner;
  • Advises the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Instruction) on strategies and actions that
    will enhance curriculum development in Saint Lucia.
DUTIES AND TASKS
The main duties of the Education Officer – Curriculum will be (but not limited) to:
  1. Executes responsibilities in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act of 1999 and Regulations governing the Teaching Service;
  2. Manages the daily operations of the Curriculum and Materials Development Unit by maintaining constant dialogue with Curriculum Specialists, Assessment Officers, Technical and Resource
    Persons to ensure efficiency and effectiveness;
  3. Provides technical support and serves as counterpart to consultants for on-going projects of the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations which involves curriculum;
  4. Assists in the preparation of:

    1. a comprehensive strategic plan for school visits, including professional development, and remediation;

    2. cost effective procedures to facilitate planning for school improvement;

    3. annual budget and quality reports on achievements and problems;

    4. inventories materials, equipment and accessories at CAMDU;

    5. quarterly reports to the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Instruction) on problems and progress on the implementation of the strategic plan.

  5. Supports working committees on textbook reviews, extra/co-curricula activities/uniformed groups, school cooperatives, subject coordinators and provides progress reports;
  6. Visits schools to assist teachers in public primary and secondary schools with planning, monitoring and providing feedback to teachers on implementation of the curriculum to enhance student achievement, and make necessary recommendations for improvement;
  7. Provides training for teachers and principals in the use and delivery of the curriculum in public primary and secondary schools;
  8. Assesses the effectiveness of school visits and professional development training provided on a bi-annual basis; and submits reports to the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Instruction) on a quarterly basis;
  9. Produces materials in support of specified curricula in consultation with curriculum specialists, education officers and assessment officers;
  10. Organizes equipment maintenance schedules to ensure the efficient functioning of CAMDU;
  11. Collaborates with Deputy Chief Education Officer (Instruction) to develop procedures and instruments for evaluating the work of CAMDU, including the effectiveness of the materials and programmes initiated, and inventories of materials, equipment and accessories;
  12. Liaises with personnel from other territories and external agencies on matters
    pertaining to curriculum development, implementation and evaluation;
  13. Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Chief Education Officer (Instruction), Chief Education Officer and Permanent Secretary.
CONDITIONS
  • Accommodation provided in the General Administrative Office;
  • The officer is required to maintain a motor vehicle to function in a scheduled travelling post. Basic travelling and mileage allowances will be paid in accordance with approved rates;
  • Institutional support is provided through the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development;
  • Opportunities exist for personal development and career advancement through orientation, general and specialized in-service training.
EVALUATION METHOD
Work performance will be evaluated on the basis of:
  • Impact of role including quality of curriculum development, effective implementation; as well as performance of students and schools;
  • Ability to deliver in-service training and training for professional development in specific subjects;
  • Timeliness, accuracy and quality of information provided in returns and reports and the meeting of task deadlines;
  • Compliance with the Guidelines and Policies of the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development; and
  • Effective implementation of duties, responsibilities and assignments as defined in the job description.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
  1. Sound knowledge of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation, pedagogy
    and student assessment;
  2. A working knowledge of the Saint Lucia education system, familiarity with the Economic reviews and research documents on the education system of Saint Lucia and education systems of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and beyond;
  3. Research on best practices;
  4. Ability to take and give advice and work as part of a team;
  5. General administrative, human relations and clinical supervisory skills;
  6. A working knowledge of and ability to interpret Education Act and Teaching
    Service Rules and Regulations, Ministry’s Procedures, Staff Orders, Financial and
    Store Rules, Standard Operation Procedures contained in the Ministry’s Operations
    Manual, Collective Agreements and other operation procedures;
  7. Capacity to work well with persons of a range of dispositions and to establish good rapport with stakeholders;
  8. Capacity to model and demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence in resolving problems and conflict;
  9. Decisiveness, soundness of judgment and success in issuing directives.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The candidates should possess at least the following:

A Master’s Degree in Curriculum, plus five (5) years experience in a supervisory or administrative position with responsibility for the management of a Division of primary or secondary school, plus seven (7) years experience as a Qualified Teacher;

OR
A Master’s Degree in Educational Administration plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum plusseven (7) years experience in a supervisory or administrative position with responsibility for the management of a Division of primary or secondary school, plus five (5) years experience as a Qualified Teacher;

OR
A Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum, plus ten (10) years experience in a supervisory or administrative position with responsibility for the management of a Division of primary or secondary school, plus ten (10) years experience as a Qualified Teacher.

SALARY
Salary will be determined on qualifications and experience and is liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance by the National Insurance Corporation.

GENERAL
Quarters, free medical attention and medicine will not be provided. The successful applicant’s income will be liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance.

Applications MUST be accompanied by verified copies of ALL certificates and transcripts from the relevant institutions. Two confidential testimonials are required – one from the Principal of the school at which the teacher is presently employed and one from the Education Officer for the District. For applicants outside of the school system, testimonials should be from immediate supervisors.

Please note that:
  1. performance and punctuality will be used as part of the criteria for selection of persons already in the Education System;
  2. the successful applicant may be given an acting appointment for up to twelve (12) months; and
  3. applicants are required to indicate Administrative positions held and experience gained.
Applications on the prescribed forms should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Teaching Service Commission
Stanislaus James Building
The Waterfront
CASTRIES


The deadline for receiving applications is on or before Friday, December 08, 2017.

Application Forms can be obtained from the Office of the Teaching Service Commission, Ground Floor, Sir Stanislaus James Building, The Waterfront, Castries.