Middle & High School Principal

Job Summary

The Principal has overall responsibility for initiating and leading significant enhancements and continual improvements in teaching and learning across the grades within his/her Division. The Principal examines and assesses current classroom practices, and encourages, inspires, and guides faculty in their ongoing efforts to provide an outstanding 21st-century education to all students. Staying ahead of the curve, and being highly knowledgeable about leading-edge education research, the Principal is a mentor, resource, and support for faculty and for senior administrators throughout the school community. The Principal is a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the Director.

The principal will be accountable for the following:

Curriculum Development

  • Effectively leads the development, alignment, and execution of the curricula.
  • Oversees the established ISPS curriculum review cycle and supports teachers through all of its phases.
  • Monitors the vertical and horizontal alignment of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
  • Provides scaffolded training to teachers to enhance their PYP, MYP, and AP Unit and Lesson Plans.
  • Leads teachers in developing a scope and sequence of curriculum standards within the IB frameworks (up to grade 10).
  • Provides scaffolded training to teachers in the use of the School’s cloud-based curriculum storage and development software.
  • Perform other duties as needed by the Director of the School.

Instructional Leadership

  • Ensures that the ISPS mission and vision shape the educational programmes, plans, and actions.
  • Clearly identifies the learning goals for each school year.
  • Ensures that a culture of high expectations exists for students and staff.
  • Is committed to preparing students to be contributing members of society.
  • Effectively monitors faculty and staff in the delivery of Unit and Lesson Plans.
  • Knowledge of student engagement strategies, and guides teachers in their implementation of inquiry-based and project-based learning (PBL).
  • Coaches/leads teachers to promote 21st Century skills in their classrooms.
  • Supports the integration of technology as a learning tool.
  • Conducts regular informal walkthroughs and observations of learning, using the AdvancED ELEOT, and formal teacher evaluations using Danielson’s Domains.
  • Provides both written and oral feedback in a timely manner to promote learning and student achievement aligned with the School’s mission and vision.
  • Provides scaffolded training to faculty and support staff to promote research-based instructional best practices in the classroom.
  • Identifies and assists teachers in implementing instructional strategies to engage all learners in meaningful ways and to ensure the achievement of expected outcomes. 
  • Inspires teachers to increase their repertoire of learner-centric instructional strategies.
  • Encourages and supports teacher leadership.
  • Conducts and supports parent learning opportunities.
  • Use of Data and Assessment.
  • Monitors the execution of the ISPS Data Plan to ensure the execution of the established protocols.
  • Ensures that student achievement is closely monitored.
  • Provides scaffolded training in the evaluation, interpretation, and use of data to improve, adapt and differentiate instruction.
  • Supports professional development and instructional practices that incorporate the use of achievement data and results to promote student progress.
  • Guides the development of a formalized system of reviewing data in a purposeful manner to inform instruction.
  • Supports teachers in the use and analysis of a wide variety of formative, summative, and external assessments to inform instruction and promote student learning/achievement.

Professional Development

  • Researches and suggests professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to support the mission and vision of the School.
  • Monitors PD opportunities provided in support of SIP goals, IB, and AP requirements.
  • Organizes the in-service and PD programmes and consultant visits.
  • Facilitates the evaluation of the impact of professional development on instructional practice.
  • Shares the leadership of the Tuesday collaborative learning sessions and effectively implements meeting protocols.
  • Coordinates in-house professional learning (e.g., peer observation, mentoring, coaching, study groups, etc.).
  • Ensures teachers who have attended PD sessions have opportunities to share their learning with colleagues.
  • Seeks and participates in professional development opportunities to stay ahead of the curve and remain highly knowledgeable about leading-edge education research.

School Improvement

  • Monitors the School’s accreditation process and ensures ISPS meets or exceeds the AdvancED accreditation standards for standards 3 (Teaching and Assessing for Learning) and 5 (Using Results for Continuous Improvement).
  • Is a member of the School Improvement Team (SIT).
  • Is committed to high standards of learning and continuous school improvement.

School Climate

  • Incorporates knowledge of the school community (e.g., social, cultural, leadership, and political dynamics) to cultivate a positive, engaging, and balanced learning environment.
  • Ensures that teachers provide a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Models and collaboratively promotes the IB Learner Profile.
  • Models and encourages creativity, innovation, and a growth mindset.
  • Respects and promotes the concept of the “whole child” and the appreciation of international-mindedness and diversity.
  • Actively supports the programs and policies of the school.
  • Actively celebrates the success of students in a variety of ways.

Communication and Community Relations

  • Maintains visibility and accessibility to students, staff, and parents.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in the best interest of the students and the School.
  • Disseminates information in a timely manner to students, staff, and parents through multiple sources.
  • Advocates for students and acts to influence school decisions affecting student learning.
  • Utilizes shared decision-making and collaboration, as applicable, to build relationships with students, staff, families, and the school community.
  • Promotes effective school-family partnerships.
  • Effectively communicates ISPS vision and mission within his/her section of the school.
  • Effectively communicates IB PYP or MYP vision and mission within his/her section of the school.
  • Clearly identifies and effectively communicates the learning goals of the school.
  • Clearly communicates an implementation plan which outlines objectives and strategies to achieve the school goals.
  • Treats community stakeholders equitably.
  • Is highly visible and actively involved in the activities of the school.

Effective Management

  • Ensures safety and security procedures of the school are followed.
  • Accepts responsibility for the management, organization, and provision of resources for an efficient learning environment.
  • Ensures that knowledge of learning, teaching, and student development is used to inform management decisions.
  • Ensures that operational procedures are designed and managed to maximize opportunities for successful learning.
  • Ensures that problems are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
  • Employs effective problem-solving skills.
  • Effectively manages the division’s budget.
  • Supports the decisions of the Leadership Team.


  • Understands and adheres to the School’s professional code of ethics.
  • Is committed to bringing ethical principles to the decision-making process.
  • Is committed to subordinating his/her own interest to the good of the community.
  • Is committed to the development of a caring school community.
  • Demonstrates values, beliefs, and attitudes that inspire others to higher levels of performance.
  • Treats people fairly and equitably.
  • Treats people with dignity and respect.
  • Applies procedures and rules fairly, wisely, and considerately.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years’ experience in a similar administrative position.
  • Bachelor's degree in Education. 
  • At least 5 years’ experience administering the IB Middle Years Programme.
  • Knowledge/experience working in and/or with Professional Learning Communities, Concept-based Curriculum, Inquiry-Based Learning, and Project Based Learning.
  • Deep knowledge and proven experience with MYP and AP programs.
  • Demonstrated success in leading educational change.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.


Deadline for submission is October 14, 2022. 

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