Secondary Islamic Studies Teacher

Full time @Swiss International Scientific School posted 6 months ago

Job Description

A prominent international day and boarding school, the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) aims to inspire the next generation to become self-assured and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to take on the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly globalized society. With more than 1470 students hailing from more than 70 different countries studying at our state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Dubai, our school, which opened its doors in 2015. SISD follows the complete continuum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program from Pre-K to Grade 12 in three streams that focus on personalized learning and the development of 21st century skills. Both the English with extra languages/STEAM and the English, French, and German streams are available to those who so desire to pursue them. In addition to the PYP, MYP, IB CP, and IB Diploma programs, we are proud to be an IB Continuum World School that has been fully accredited by the IB (DP). Our customized international curriculum provides students with a stimulating learning environment, the opportunity to get a deeper awareness of cultural differences, and the comfort of knowing that they are part of a large and active worldwide network. Students can choose from a large selection of extracurricular and sporting activities thanks to our eco-friendly and cutting-edge campus, which is located just next to Dubai Creek.

Job Scope
The role of a Secondary Islamic Studies Teacher is to deliver excellent teaching and
learning in the context of the IB Middle Years Programme (grades 6 to 10) and/or the
IB DP Programme (grades 11 to 12). In addition to teaching, the Secondary Islamic
Studies Teacher will share in the wider pastoral and co-curricular life of the school.
This will include, inter alia, leading at least one extra-curricular activity per week and
providing Boarding House support in terms of supporting a group of students as a
Tutor at least once a week. Occasional participation in outreach or promotional
activities may be required, but every effort will be made to ensure that this request is
reasonable and shared equitably amongst all teaching staff.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
This not an exhaustive list of all duties/responsibilities:
Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • To teach Islamic Studies to suit the individual needs of all students
  • To prepare and implement the Islamic Studies curriculum for students, with

the goals of helping students to develop confidence and proficiency in the
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subject, a love of learning, as well as preparation for success in the IB MYP E-
assessment and/or IBDP examinations (where applicable).

  • To establish and maintain classroom environments supportive of learning.
  • To ensure that the environment, materials, and equipment are safe, clean,

attractive, challenging, functional, anti-bias, and developmentally

  • Maintain constant awareness of the needs of any students to whom Arabic

and/or Arabic is additional language

  • To plan and organise the curriculum and activities to meet the physical, social,

intellectual, and emotional needs of each student and to provide the students
with a safe, stimulating, and engaging learning experience.

  • To support students to build critical and creative thinking skills through

inquiry, observation, and experimentation.

  • To prepare written reports for each student, including parent conference

reports, and references for tertiary education when applicable.

  • To maintain records and documentation of each student’s learning and

progress in line with the school’s assessment policy.

  • To provide documentation and to communicate with the Senior Leadership

Team, parents, and outside specialists if students need further support or

  • To conduct effective parent conferences including preparing detailed assessments of the student’s development and providing relevant examples
    of the student’s learning activities.

    • To engage with co-teachers through collaboration and discussion of individual

    students’ needs and daily curriculum planning.
    Pastoral and Wider Community

    • To use non-contact time during school hours to prepare for upcoming

    activities, to participate in team meetings and to be available for cover.

    • To interact with students using a positive, supportive, respectful and open-

    minded attitude, language and tone, and to support and sustain the school’s
    codes of conduct.

    • To always remain alert to the safety and well-being of the students, and on

    any off-site activities.

    • To support students’ social and emotional growth.
    • To recognise that as role models for students, one’s own personal conduct

    and the example of behaviour set must be of the highest standards.

Other Duties

  • To attend and participate in staff meetings, departmental meetings, and

other meetings as required.

  • To maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
  • To communicate in a positive, supportive and professional manner with

parents (written and verbal) on an ongoing basis.

  • To conduct effective project-related events for families including

presentations when required.

  • To establish and maintain a positive relationship of cooperation and respect

with colleagues.

  • To contribute to the development of community among staff by having open

and constructive communication and to be proactive in feeding ideas and
suggestions for school improvement to the relevant responsible persons.

  • To maintain an attitude of continuous personal and professional

development and improvement.

  • To maintain confidentiality and to model a professional work ethic.
  • To represent the broader SISD ethos and values to parents, staff, and

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  • To attend professional development workshops and trainings including, but

not limited to, internal training events, and to engage constructively in
systems of professional appraisal and development.

  • To perform other duties as necessary and as assigned by the Head of

Secondary School to ensure programme compliance and quality services to
children and parents.

  • To be familiar with the SISD Teacher Standards and Employee Handbook and

to work within the policies set out there

Key Relationships
Students, Senior Leadership Team, Deputy Senior Leadership Team, Secondary
Leadership Team, Curriculum/Subject/Grade Coordinators, Head of Depts, Teachers,
Counsellors, Healthcare Team, HSE Team, Marketing & Admissions Team, HR Team
Parents, KHDA, IB

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies
  • Professional Teaching Qualification

Relevant recent professional development that qualifies the candidate for this

  • A fluent first language Arabic speaker and French Speaker
  • Extensive international secondary teaching experience of at least 2 years
  • Significant experience of delivering the Ministry of Education curriculum in

Islamic Studies

  • Experience of curriculum planning and development in Islamic Studies
  • Proven track record of excellence and tangible outcomes in examination


  • Evidence of outstanding teaching practice.
  • Experience of working in an international environment is preferred, however

not essential.

  • Experience with being a form tutor preferred, however not essential
  • Experience with assessing student work and providing feedback against

success and IB E-assessment and IB DP exam criteria.

  • Experience in using technology in the classroom and online to maximise

student learning experience.


  • A positive, flexible, ‘can do’ work ethic.
  • A genuine love for the subject taught, and the desire to instil this in students.
  • A commitment to ensuring high standards of teaching and learning
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills to foster partnerships with teachers, students and


  • A clear personal philosophy on education and how this informs practice.
  • A genuine interest in progressive, inclusive student-centred approaches to


  • An interest in social enterprise, charity and service learning, and how these

can be embedded formally into the curriculum.

  • A desire to be involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom and an

understanding of the importance of this to student learning

  • Excellent standards of personal presentation.

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  • Enjoyment of working in a positive, collaborative team environment with the

values of honesty, integrity and mutual support at the core.

  • An enthusiasm for engaging with diverse cultures tempered only with high

levels of patience and adaptability

Inter-culturally aware with well-developed interpersonal skills.
Salary & Benefits
Competitive remuneration and benefits
Fixed Term contract
Candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter of one page, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are

interested in this position

  • Current CV not to exceed two pages
  • 3 professional references with current contact details (position, phone number

and e-mail address) not older than 5 years. One must be your current or last Line


Please send your application to
Due to the expected volume of applications we will only contact those applicants that
are shortlisted for interview.
We are committed to providing a safe and happy environment for all our employees
and in which our students can thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of all our employees and students. All employees are subject to
appropriate vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both
country of residence/home country and any other country of residence.

Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai – UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,

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