“Excellence is our guiding principle.”

Why work for John F. Kennedy International School?
 
Education is the most important gift we can give to our children. Here at JFK, we ensure that we combine challenging and enriching experiences with academic rigour and creative opportunities. We offer a unique, family-oriented, educational environment where all students are motivated to fully develop their talents and skills.
 
We want our students to explore all the opportunities that are available to them. We strive to ensure that the academic achievements of our students are the best they can be, and here in Saanen, we draw from the opportunities afforded by our beautiful location to enrich the education we provide. 
 
Whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, on the piste or whilst participating in an expedition, we want our students to reach goals higher than they ever thought possible. In having high expectations of our students, they learn to have high expectations of themselves.
 
We have completed a substantial refurbishment of the original Saanen Schoolhouse, providing wonderful new facilities. There are 2 separate female and male boarding houses set in traditional Saanenland Chalets which accommodate boarders age 6 to 14.
 
Boarders learn how to live, work and play together, sharing experiences with people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. We aim to provide a caring 'home from home' for boarders, where they can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives as part of an international boarding community, having the feel of a large family. 
 
We are committed to continuing the ethos which has become synonymous with JFK, and to ensure we instill a lifelong love of learning in each and every student.

Nursery Teacher / Manager - starting 1st December 2017

Key Responsibilities
·      To lead and manage the JFK Play School under the direction of the Head of Primary and the School Director to support children in all areas of learning.
·      To provide a range of high quality, integrated educational services appropriate to the personal welfare, educational and developmental needs of the children in the nursery.
·      To ensure the preparation of a well-ordered, secure and stimulating environment that fosters all-round development of the children through sensitive understanding of their individual needs and interests.
·      To plan & develop the Early Years curriculum and participate/organize team meetings.
·      Supervise and support children both indoors and outdoors to ensure a safe environment.
·      To contribute to the writing of children’s records in accordance with the agreed policies. 
·      To involve parents/care-givers in their child’s progress through daily informal contact, record keeping and plan meetings as appropriate.
·      Ensure the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times (especially snack / meal times and bathroom times). 
·      To develop the framework of policies and procedures of the JFK Play School as this is a new addition to the school.
·      To participate in trainings, workshops, staff meetings, supervision and contribute to school policies.
·      Attending to children who are unwell and determine the appropriate treatment.  To record accidents/incidents and inform the Main Office / parents accordingly.
·      To carry out all duties with due regard for health and safety at work regulations and safeguarding the welfare of children at all times.
·      To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed and commensurate with the level and responsibility of the position.  
 
Person Specification:    
·      Fully trained and qualified preschool teacher (i.e. bachelor in early childhood education, EYT, QTS / EYPS Status or equivalent qualification).
·      Native or near native level of English, good understanding of German required (French an advantage).
·      Experience of working with young children in an educational setting.
·      Passion for teaching and supporting young children.
·      A person with efficient organisational skills, good oral and communication skills.
·      An ability to be flexible, show initiative and develop new skills.
·      Enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the life of the school.
·      Empathy for children’s needs and feelings across the age range.
·      Must hold a current First Aid certificate and a valid European/Swiss Driving License
·      A person prepared to actively promote the school’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.

Nursery Assistant - starting 1st December 2017

Key Responsibilities
·      To work as a member of the JFK Play School under the direction of the Nursery Teacher and the School Director to support children in all areas of learning.
·      To support a range of high quality, integrated educational services appropriate to the personal welfare, educational and developmental needs of the children in the nursery.
·      To assist in the preparation of a well-ordered, secure and stimulating environment that fosters all-round development of the children through sensitive understanding of their individual needs and interests.
·      To participate in Early Years curriculum planning and attend any relevant team meetings.
·      To assist the Nursery Teacher to supervise and support children both indoors and outdoors to ensure a safe environment.
·      To contribute to the writing of children’s records in accordance with the agreed policies.  
·      To involve parents/care-givers in their child’s progress through daily informal contact, record keeping and plan meetings as appropriate.
·      Ensure the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times (especially snack / meal times and bathroom times). 
·      To work within the framework of policies and procedures of the JFK Play School as this is a new addition to the school.
·      To participate in trainings, workshops, staff meetings, supervision and contribute to school policies.
·      To attend to children who are unwell and determine the appropriate treatment.  To record accidents/incidents and inform the Main Office / parents accordingly.
·      To carry out all duties with due regard for health and safety at work regulations and safeguarding the welfare of children at all times.
·      To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed and commensurate with the level and responsibility of the position.  
 
Person Specification:    
·      Minimum qualification NVQ Level 2 in childcare.
·      Native or near native level of English, good understanding of German required (French an advantage).
·      Experience of working with young children in an educational setting.
·      Passion for teaching and supporting young children.
·      A person with efficient organisational skills, good oral and communication skills.
·      An ability to be flexible, show initiative and develop new skills.
·      Enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the life of the school.
·      Empathy for children’s needs and feelings across the age range.
·      Must hold a current First Aid certificate and a valid European/Swiss Driving License (useful not required).
·      A person prepared to actively promote the school’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.

Our Offer:

·     A competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.
·     Working in a ‘Small School with a Big Heart’ with a team of innovative and international staff.
·     The opportunity to actively participate and contribute in the educational development of the school.
·     Additional benefits (e.g. pension scheme contribution, private accident insurance coverage, fresh and healthy lunch prepared by our Chef, etc).

Interested in joining our JFK family?
Please send your application with a letter of application, complete Curriculum Vitae (including details of employment, educational qualifications) and letters of references to: Head of Business & Administration, Mrs. Zannie Odobasic-Leong at zannie@jfk.ch


John F. Kennedy International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will therefore be subject to an criminal check and reference checks.

2017 JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp - a great success!

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A great adventure!

This year we had a great success with our JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp receiving more than 90 children for an outdoor adventure during 6 weeks. Children enjoyed the day activities such as rafting, climbing, hiking, camping, etc. depending on the 3 themes offered during each week, rock (climbing), water (water adventure activities) and mountain (camping and hiking). The experience is not limited in outdoor activities, but also children enjoy the social and cultural activities organised in the camp. Each outdoor activity is always related to an outdoor learning subject given live on site and in an "outdoor classroom" called nature. Applications are opened to a new adventure for Summer 2018.

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