How to write a Head Teacher job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Head Teacher job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Head Teacher job titles

    Head Teacher
    Head Teacher (4+ Years’ Experience)
    Head Teacher (with EEC certification)
    Head Teacher (Part-Time)
    Head Teacher

Head Teacher job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Head Teacher job summary

Our teachers are passionate about the intellectual and emotional development of children, and we are currently in search of an equally passionate and enthusiastic Lead Teacher to join our child care team. The Head Teacher will be responsible for maintaining a positive and appropriate educational environment, and creating a programme that meets the intellectual and emotional needs of all of our children. The successful candidate will work closely with the Educational Director to ensure our programme provides education, physical health, emotional well-being and parental involvement services to all enrolled students.

Head Teacher responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Head Teacher responsibilities

    Create a developmentally appropriate programme for our students
    Develop weekly lesson plans, activities and class set-ups
    Assess children’s needs and development
    Work closely with families to encourage mutual cooperation
    Provide guidance to instructional staff to help resolve issues with students when necessary
    Ensure the safety of all children in our program
    Closely follow licensing regulations related to child care

Head Teacher qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Head Teacher skills

    Bachelor’s degree in education, child development or related field
    Valid primary teaching registration
    2+ years’ experience in teaching capacity and lesson planning
    Passionate about the development and well-being of children
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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