Social and Environmental Experience Department (SEED) HoD and Teacher

Position Name: Social and Environmental Experience Department (SEED) HoD and Teacher

Department: SEED

Supervisors: Vice Principal

Start Date: July 2019

Position Description: The SEED HoD plans, arranges and prepares students to engage in outreach and social experience opportunities in Kodaikanal and surrounding areas. Service and commitment to others is an important value at KIS and is expressed partly through this department.

Preferred Academic Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a recognized university in a relevant area (social work, international or urban development, education, environmental studies etc)

Professional Experience:

  • Two years’ work or volunteer experience with development projects involving local population
  • At least three years of teaching experience preferably in an IB, multi-cultural or international context with students of difference age groups desirable.

Professional Skills:

  • Knowledge of Tamil language and South Indian culture to be able to effectively communicate with the community at large and surrounding villages
  • Possess strong English oral and written skills
  • Experience in motivational learning techniques and ability to communicate well with students.
  • Proficient IT skills (word processing, email, spreadsheets, photo management)


  • Support KIS guiding principles
  • Teach up to 75% out of total instructional periods in a 6-day cycle.
  • Preparation, marking, report writing and all other administration related to the teaching of the subject(s).
  • Participate in departmental meetings, planning, in-service training activities and invigilation duties as required by the Head of Department or Coordinators.
  • Teach Social Experience seminar series to Grades 10, 11 and 12. Subject areas of seminar series are based on grade level, as follows:
  • Grade 10 – “You and your Community”
  • Grade 11 – “Implementing a Service Project”
  • Grade 12 – “Regional and Global Issues”
  • Coordinate six weekend projects each weekend for Grades 10, 11 and 12 : Under-5s Clinic, Mercy Home, Shenbaganur Orphanage, Polio Home, English for Tamil Students, and Social Forestry
  • Coordinate three Social Experience field trips per semester to target tribal villages
  • Coordinate all the field trips during Field Trip Week for Middle School and High School
  • Enable students to fulfil their required social service hours of 15/semester and IB students to fulfill their CAS social service requirements
  • Coordinate afterschool MYP “Community and Service” outreach activities
  • Write student reports, as needed
  • Manage project activities and budgets and produce narrative and financial reports
  • Be available to conference with students out of class.
  • Promptly pass information to advisors, residential Parents and Coordinators when student’s attendance, academic performance or behaviour is praiseworthy or giving cause for concern.
  • To be available for work on campus in good time to complete all necessary preparations and meetings before the start of the term.
  • To hand-over all relevant material l to the HoD / Coordinator upon departure from KIS
  • To respect the confidential nature of discussions at staff meetings and other contexts in which sensitive information is likely to be communicated – particularly in terms of interaction with students.
  • Support residential life of the school by chaperoning activities, clubs, field trips, camp, long weekend field day etc., and being advisor to a group of students.
  • Fulfill other duties as required by the Head of department/Vice Principal/Principal.

To be considered for the position, please do the following:

  1. Download application form (Click Here)
  2. Fill-in the required information
  3. Email the completed form along with CV / Resume and letter of interest to: stating the position applied for in the subject line

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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