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Head of Academics English Stream - High School



The DSK is a bilingual German co-educational school abroad, where we welcome learners and families from more than 40 nations to our international school community. We teach German mother-tongue learners from Grade 1 – 12 and English-speaking learners from Grade 5 – 12, respectively and offer both South African and German university entrance qualifications.
Our vision is to provide our learners with skills and values to become balanced, capable and responsible members of our global society.

We offer our learners an outstanding academic education through individual support and the opportunity for each child to develop academically, socially and personally according to his or her full potential.
As a German International School in South Africa, founded on Christian and Humanistic values, we build bridges between societies and cultures. We embrace our diversity and foster exceptional social and environmental consciousness, open-mindedness and mutual respect.

We foster a culture of languages at our school. The German language, which is central to our school, is key to a multitude of opportunities, nationally and internationally.

Position Overview

The Head of Academics is the academic and administrative leader and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the English Stream High School. The Head of Academics effectively directs school programs, including academics, co-curricular, and community service programs. The Head of Academics fosters a challenging educational environment that strives to support, care for, and nurture each student and helps develop each student’s academic, physical and emotional growth.

The Head of Academics is responsible for the operation of the IEB stream in accordance with the mission of the DSK and the strategic goals as determined by the Board of the DSK.

He or she works in close cooperation with the Heads of the NSek / English Middle School, the Head of Abitur German High School, the Pedagogical Head, the Deputy Headmaster and the Headmaster.
The Head of Academics sets a standard of excellence for all aspects of the school’s program, including attracting, recruiting, motivating, and supporting an outstanding and diverse faculty. The Head of Academics plays a role in the accreditation process and helps to ensure the school’s professional standing.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Is primarily the learning leader for the NSC (IEB) stream of the DSK.
  • Champions the implementation of the strategic plan and DSK initiatives.
  • Builds a collaborative learning culture within the school.
  • Directs the NSC (IEB) stream curricular objectives and professional learning goals.
  • Plans and implements an expert schedule that ensures that each student receives the full benefit of the program (both curricular and co-curricular) and is financially responsible.
  • Provides, in co-operation with the Pedagogical Head, a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on student achievement and assessment and uses appropriate data and benchmarks to set, monitor, track and evaluate individual student progress.
  • Collaborates with the Heads of the NSek / English Middle School to ensure a seamless transition of learners from Middle School to High School through a consistent teaching strategy.
  • Understands the admissions process at highly selective universities.
  • Oversees the coordination of assessment and ensures the timely reporting of this to parents.
  • Manages change and encourages innovation, communication, and healthy risk-taking.
  • Promotes an environment focused on the school values of Diversity, Inclusion, Responsibility.
  • Drives Innovation and Adaptability.
  • Understands how to best lead learning programs for an inclusive and diverse student population.
  • Ensures that all stakeholders are fully informed on IEB matters.
  • Assist in prize giving events and ensure certificates and awards are prepared for the learners.

Staff Development

  • Collaborates with faculty on individual goals and provides a timely and thorough analysis of faculty performance.
  • Assists in the recruitment, evaluates, and develops high quality, committed faculty and staff.
  • Establishes professional development needs within the strategic plan and DSK goals.
  • Promotes staff growth through using data, developing positive relationships, and creating a safe environment for honest and reflective professional dialogue.


  • Communicates effectively with the divisional faculty and staff to ensure alignment and collaborative decision-making process.
  • Maintains regular written communication with faculty, parents and students.
  • Articulates the DSK school program and initiatives through parent conferences and other venues as needed.
  • Understands and effectively articulates the school’s values, strategic plan, policy and established procedures.
  • Oversees procedures for reporting student progress to students and parents on a regular basis.
  • Collaborates effectively with the Admissions and Communications team regarding local and global marketing and communication needs.
  • Is accessible to DSK students.
  • Promotes growth of student leadership and school spirit.


  • Understanding of IEB assessments as well as transcript documentation for ease of access to universities globally.
  • Co-operation with the counselling team to ensure proper academic counselling and college and career counselling, allowing students access to their best fit universities.
  • Developing an annual budget for academic program of the English High School.
  • Managing and being accountable for the English Stream’s annual budget, ensuring appropriate resources are in place to support learning.
  • Ensuring all stakeholders are empowered to contribute to the budgeting process, identifying priorities and curriculum needs.
  • Demonstrates strength in documentation and focuses on clarity, consistency and coherence.


  • Demonstrates a willingness to be a risk-taker in re-imagining educational courses, spaces and structures.
  • Develops learning opportunities for students in areas such as STEM, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and areas aligned to future workforce needs.
  • Is a force for positive and innovative change where opportunity exists.

School Community

  • Supports Parent engagement and parent volunteerism within the school.
  • Promotes of sense of school belonging among parents, students, and teachers.
  • Is visible at school and community events.
  • Contributes to the building of an annual calendar rich with opportunities for parents, students, and teachers to engage in activities at DSK.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • SACE registered. Minimum of bachelor’s degree in education or similar. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years teaching experience.
  • Minimum of relevant teaching qualification in one subject offered at DSK
  • Successful experience as Head of Academic or Head of Department or similar / relevant management positions in an independent IEB school setting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leading people, managing processes, and improving learning.
  • Exceptional knowledge of best practices in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, and data-driven decision-making.

Should you meet all mentioned requirements, kindly send a letter of motivation including your suitability for the position, accompanied by a CV naming three referees, via email to
no later than 08th July 2022.

The school reserves the right not to make an appointment and an application will not entitle the applicant to an interview. Failure to meet the minimum requirements as set out above will result in applicants disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be considered.

Please note that DSK acknowledges its responsibility to play a role in redressing the inequalities and the marginalization experienced in South Africa in line with our transformation goals. Accordingly, our recruitment process aims to achieve reasonable progress towards diversity, eliminate unfair discrimination, and achieve equitable representation of employees from designated groups. Furthermore, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act), we will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. Therefore, all reasonable measures will be put in place to protect personal information used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process – by submitting your application for this position, you recognize and accept this disclaimer.

Commencement date: January 2023 or sooner (Negotiable)


Closing Date
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa
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