Job Opportunities

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Art Teacher

As our school grows we are looking to appoint an outstanding and motivated teacher to be the sole teacher of Art across the school.

The successful applicant would be the sole teacher of Art to students from Reception to Year 9, teaching using the International Early Years Curriculum, the International Primary Curriculum and the International Middle Years Curriculum. Experience of teaching Art is essential, experience of teaching the IMYC would be an advantage.

Class sizes are a maximum of 16 students. The successful candidate would report directly to the Head of Primary School and Head of Middle School.

It would be an advantage if the successful candidate could also teach History to the Middle School students (Years 6-9) or EAL across the school. For this second role they would work under the Head of EAL, liaising with her and the other EAL teachers as necessary.

John F. Kennedy International School  is a small school with a family atmosphere. Student role is approximately 80 in Autumn and Spring and 120 in Winter. Staff at the school take on many roles such as lunchtime supervision, after school activities, accompanying excursions (including overnight), chalet team events and hikes/cycles. In line with all teachers at JFK, the successful applicant would be expected to lead an after school activity of their choosing during either the Autumn or Spring term. Staff know all of the students across the school and are comfortable teaching across the age range. All staff are expected to exhibit the JFK Core Values of Adaptability, Morality, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Communication, Thoughtfulness and Respect.

Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations. The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. References will be taken from 2 sources and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching qualifications.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 April 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will take place in April via Skype.

Please apply through the TES website for the Art Teacher position: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/art-teacher-saanen-1312278

Music and Drama Teacher

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and motivated music and drama teacher with a proven track record of achievement. Applicants need to be flexible and able to teach and develop the music and drama programme across the school.

You would be the sole teacher of music and drama to students from Play School to Year 9 using the International Early Years Curriculum, the International Primary Curriculum and the International Middle School Curriculum. Experience of teaching music and drama is essential; experience of teaching with the International Curriculum would be an advantage.

You must be willing and able to prepare students for a Christmas concert and present this to parents and friends of JFK in the local church, as well as producing a whole school production at the end of each Academic Year. This would involve all students from Reception to Year 9. You should be able to offer a musical instrument, preferably piano, as an after school activity.

It would be an advantage if the successful candidate could also teach History to the Middle School students (Years 6-9) or EAL across the school. For this second role you would work under the Head of EAL, liaising with her and the other EAL teachers as necessary.

Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations.  The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. References will be taken from 2 sources and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching and sports qualifications.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 April 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will take place in April via Skype.

Please apply through the TES website for the Music & Drama Teacher position: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/music-and-amp-drama-teacher-saanen-1312234

Play School Manager

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and motivated teacher and manager for our Play School, leading a team of assistants. The successful applicant would be Early Years trained with at least 2 years of experience in managing a playschool setting. Learning and development is underpinned by the four learning strands of the International Early Years Curriculum. The number of students varies during the year to a maximum of 18 students.  The successful candidate would report directly to the Head of Primary School.

John F. Kennedy International School is a small school with a family atmosphere. Student role is approximately 80 in Autumn and Spring and 120 in Winter. Staff at the school take on many roles such as lunchtime supervision, after school activities, accompanying excursions (including overnight), chalet events and hikes/cycles. Staff know all of the students across the school and are comfortable teaching across the age range.

All staff are expected to exhibit the JFK Core Values of Adaptability, Morality, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Communication, Thoughtfulness and Respect.

Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations.  A full /clean driving license, with recent driving experience is required. The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. References will be taken from 2 sources and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching qualifications.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 April 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will take place in April via Skype.

Please apply through the TES website for the Play School Manager position: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/play-school-manager-saanen-1312417

Head of PE and PE Teacher

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and motivated PE teacher with a proven track record of achievement to run our PE department. Applicants need to be flexible and able to develop the sports programme across the school. They should be comfortable with teaching and administrative work.

You would be the sole teacher of PE to students in Reception to Year 9 for the Autumn and Spring Terms as well as one of a team of swimming teachers. You would develop the swimming programme and lead the other teachers. In the Winter term you would be the ski programme assistant, a largely administrative role, though the ability to ski would be an advantage. After school activities would be part of your timetable in all 3 terms, as would occasional weekend events.

The successful applicant will demonstrate their commitment to raising the profile of sports at JFK, as well as standards. They will run after school activities, attend SGIS events across the country and organize internal events such as sports day for the whole school.

John F. Kennedy International School is a small school with a family atmosphere. Student role is approximately 80 in Autumn and Spring and 120 in Winter. Staff at the school take on many roles such as lunchtime supervision, after school activities, accompanying excursions (including overnight), chalet team events and hikes/ cycles. Staff know all of the students across the school and are comfortable teaching across the age range. All staff are expected to exhibit the JFK Core Values of Adaptability, Morality, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Communication, Thoughtfulness and Respect.

Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations. The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. References will be taken from 2 sources and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching and sports qualifications.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 April 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will take place in April via Skype.

Please apply through the TES website for the Head of PE / PE Teacher position: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/head-of-pe-and-pe-teacher-saanen-1312400

Reception / Year 1 Teacher

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and motivated homeroom teacher for our combined Reception and Year 1 class. The successful applicant would be the Homeroom teacher to students in Reception and Year 1, teaching Maths and English as well as ‘Unit’ (encompassing Science, History & Geography) using the International Early Years Curriculum.

Experience of teaching this age group is essential; experience of teaching with the IEYC would be an advantage. Class sizes are a maximum of 16 students.  The successful candidate would report directly to the Head of Primary School.

John F. Kennedy International School is a small school with a family atmosphere. Student role is approximately 80 in Autumn and Spring and 120 in Winter. Staff at the school take on many roles such as lunchtime supervision, after school activities, accompanying excursions (including overnight), chalet events and hikes/cycles.

In line with all teachers at JFK, the successful applicant would be expected to lead an after school activity of their choosing during either the Autumn or Spring term. Staff know all of the students across the school and are comfortable teaching across the age range. All staff are expected to exhibit the JFK Core Values of Adaptability, Morality, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Communication, Thoughtfulness and Respect.

Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations.  The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. References will be taken from 2 sources and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching qualifications.

Closing date for receipt of applications:12 April 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will take place in April via Skype.

Please apply through the TES website for the Reception / Year 1 Teacher position: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/reception-year-one-teacher-saanen-1312423

Swiss Outdoor Camp Activity Assistant (3 positions available)

Start date: 30th June – 16th August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: 4’400 CHF
Contract term: Fixed Term

The Camp Activity Assistant reports directly to the Camp Manager with whom he/she will meet regularly, providing advice, feedback and information as required.

The Camp and Boarding House Assistant is to act as a leader and provide participants with a fun and educational camp experience. He/She will provide guidance and support for all camp staff and maintain a positive relationship with staff, parents and campers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Active involvement in the operation and delivery of the camp programs
  • Participate in daytime activities coordinated by AlpineZentrum
  • Assist with planning and implement camp programs (daytime – 8.30am-5.30pm)
  • Ensure all inventories are maintained and kept orderly (i.e. stationery, games, snacks, etc)
  • Participate in daily/weekly staff meetings with Camp Manager & AlpineZentrum
  • Assist with responding to parent questions and concerns promptly to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Contribute to and create photo / video collages with Camp Manager
  • Help track attendance (sign in/sign out sheets)
  • Ensure programs run on schedule and all required supplies are purchased
  • Monitor and ensure the safety of all campers at all times
  • Review, complete and follow up on incident/accident reports and report to Camp Manager
  • Positively support campers in keeping with the camp agreements and code of conduct
  • Be a positive role model to all campers
  • Ensure neatness and cleanliness at all times in personal room and in the boarding house
  • Help to keep premises clean and operating smoothly as needed
  • Ensure First Aid is administered promptly
  • Other duties as assigned

Person Specification:    

  • An effective manager of people.
  • A person with efficient organisational skills.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with children, parents and staff.
  • Excellent ICT skills.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the life of the school / camp.
  • Empathy for children’s needs and feelings across the age range
  • Must hold a current First Aid certificate and a valid Swiss / European Driving License
  • A person prepared to actively promote the school’s / camp’s values and to be fully involved in the extra-curricular life of the school.
  • A sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • A person suitable to work with children.

Swiss Outdoor Camp & Boarding Assistant (3 positions available)

Start date: 30th June – 16th August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: 4’400 CHF – pending qualifications & experience
Contract term: Fixed Term

The Camp and Boarding House Assistant reports directly to the Camp Manager with whom he/she will meet regularly, providing advice, feedback and information as required.

The Camp and Boarding House Assistant is to act as a leader and provide participants with a fun and educational camp experience. He/She will provide guidance and support for all camp staff and maintain a positive relationship with staff, parents and campers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Active involvement in the operation and delivery of the camp programs
  • Participate in daytime activities coordinated by AlpineZentrum
  • Assist with planning and implement camp programs (daytime and night time)
  • Ensure all inventories are maintained and kept orderly (i.e. stationery, games, snacks, etc)
  • Participate in daily/weekly staff meetings with Camp Manager & AlpineZentrum
  • Assist with responding to parent questions and concerns promptly to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Contribute to and create photo / video collages with Camp Manager
  • Help track attendance (sign in/sign out sheets)
  • Ensure programs run on schedule and all required supplies are purchased
  • Monitor and ensure the safety of all campers at all times
  • Review, complete and follow up on incident/accident reports and report to Camp Manager
  • Positively support campers in keeping with the camp agreements and code of conduct
  • Be a positive role model to all campers
  • Ensure neatness and cleanliness at all times in personal room and in the boarding house
  • Help to keep premises clean and operating smoothly as needed
  • Ensure First Aid is administered promptly
  • Other duties as assigned

Person Specification:    

  • An effective manager of people.
  • A person with efficient organisational skills.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with children, parents and staff.
  • Excellent ICT skills.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the life of the school / camp.
  • Empathy for children’s needs and feelings across the age range
  • Must hold a current First Aid certificate and a valid Swiss / European Driving License
  • A person prepared to actively promote the school’s / camp’s values and to be fully involved in the extra-curricular life of the school.
  • A sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • A person suitable to work with children.
playground with sunset view
school building view middle school
church with sunset in the back
top school and playground view
gstaad view of mountains
Gstaad by night 2

Information to Job Applicants

John F. Kennedy International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a criminal check.

Please send by email to zannie@jfk.ch with all of the following documents:

  •       Your CV
  •       A letter of application
  •       Contact details of two referees, including your current employer (if available):
  •       Email address
  •       A copy of your passport

We will consider your application only all documentation has been received. Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Kindly be advised that only EU / Swiss nationals/permit holders will be considered due to strict visa regulations.

John F. Kennedy International School

Zannie Odobasic-Leong
Head of Business & Administration
Chilchgasse 8
3792 Saanen
Switzerland

 

Non-European applications

To our great regret, changes to Swiss law have made it extremely difficult for international schools like JFK to obtain work permits for non-EU citizens. For this reason, applicants without EU passports or Swiss work permits are advised that this greatly reduces their chances of being put on a short list.

Contact Human Resources

Odobasic-Leong Zannie
Zannie Odobasic-Leong