El Colegio Británico de Costa Rica está requiriendo Coordinador de SDS (SENCO). Por favor lea la descripción del puesto que se encuentra a la izquierda. Los interesados pueden enviar su CV junto con una carta (de no más de 300 palabras) con una explicación sobre las razones por las que son adecuados para el puesto al correo staff.applications@bscr.ed.cr

Job Description

SECTION: 11 to 18 year olds

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Maths / Head of Secondary


Main Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the management of the School’s support programmes, policies and procedures (academic and non-academic) for all students.

  • Supervise and direct the full Student Development Services Department (SDS = 4 Psychologists, 1 English Support Teacher and 1 Maths Support Teacher).

  • Undertake day-to-day coordination of student’s provisions though close liaison with SDS staff, academic staff, parents and external agencies.

  • Ensure the ongoing development of students with specific needs by developing effective ways of bridging barriers to learning through such structures as: assessing student needs, monitoring performance, target-setting (e.g. IEPs), keeping accurate records and evaluating the relevant data.

  • Create, implement and manage the School’s Gifted and Talented Programme.

  • Analyse and interpret relevant school, local, national and international data in order to guide decision-making.

  • Ensure that the School carries out all statutory responsibilities regarding all students with specific learning needs.

  • Provide professional guidance to academic staff and parents with regard to meeting student’s specific needs.

  • Contribute to the professional development of staff.

  • Liaise with staff, parents, external agencies and other schools to coordinate their contribution, provide maximum support and ensure continuity of provision for students

  • Advise the General Directors, Headmaster and Heads of Section on priorities for deployment of staff and utilize resources with maximum efficiency.

  • Support the admissions process through meetings with prospective parents and students.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the overall policies, procedures and plans of the School.

  • Participate in the recruitment processes, appointment of and induction of SDS staff members.

  • Contribute to and encourage a positive school culture.

  • Ensure that the welfare of students remains a priority at all times.

Person Specification:

A recognized University degree in Special Education or a related field.

A relevant Master’s degree.
At least five years professional experience, preferably in international schools.
A proven track record of performance in an educational leadership position.
Experience working with students who have English as a second language.
Fluency in English.
Working knowledge of Spanish.
A developed knowledge and understanding of current special educational needs provision.
Have a flexible approach to working and enjoy being a positive team member.
Have effective communication, organization and time management skills
Have good interpersonal skills with the ability to enthuse and motivate others and develop effective partnerships.
Be willing to share expertise, skills and knowledge and have the ability to encourage others.

“Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection” (International Task Force on Child Protection, June 2016 Report: Outcomes and Recommendations). As such this appointment is subject to the provision of an appropriate criminal record check and the satisfactory return of professional referees.


  1. In making an application, for both local and international contracts, candidates are asked to make it absolutely clear for what position they are applying. The School will not necessarily reply to speculative applications; only to those sent in response to advertised positions. However we do keep a limited database of previous applications.
  2. We only contract qualified teachers who have at least two years of relevant, prior experience. Also, we teach English throughout the school as a first language and because of this, we do not offer international contracts to EFL or ESL teachers.
  3. If you qualify and are interested in applying for any of our job openings, please email us at staff.applications@bscr.ed.cr with a copy of your CV and a brief description as to why you think your qualifications and experience would make you a good candidate for the advertised post.

To apply for this job email your details to staff.applications@bscr.ed.cr