Assistant Head of School at Frankfurt International School in Germany
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Assistant Head of School
Frankfurt International School (Germany)

Appointed - Position Filled
Aug 15, 14
Oct 1, 14




The Assistant Head of School position was created four years ago due to an identified need by the Head of School, Administrative Council and Board of Trustees, to sustain the momentum and depth of focus on the school-wide instructional programs of our strategic plan as well as providing support to the Head of School in other key strategic initiatives.   

The responsibilities of this position include: 

  • Provide leadership and coordination of First Steps to Grade 12 alignment in educational areas relating to curriculum, strategic teaching and learning initiatives, and student services
  • Lead a focus, in support of the divisional principals, on school wide assessment of and for learning, and building teacher's capacity through professional development
  • Support the Administrative Council in the implementation of the school’s Strategic Plan, provide on- going accountability of the data collection and reporting for our CIS process, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, IBDP and IBPYP
  • Provide vision and leadership for our initiatives in performance appraisal, curriculum review process, professional development and assessment
  • Collaborate with the Administrative Council and the entire FIS Community of Learners to develop, shape, and inspire a cohesive FIS teaching and learning ethos
  • Coordinate human resources to include hiring, orientation and assessment of satisfaction  



Our mission is to be the leading culturally diverse and family-oriented international school with English as the principal language of instruction. We inspire individuals to develop their intellect, creativity and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible and internationally minded citizens, by ensuring a dynamic, inquiry-driven education of the highest standard.

We believe that…

Honesty, integrity and respect are essential for building trusting relationships

Each person is unique and has equal worth

All people are responsible for their actions

Open-mindedness, empathy and compassion are essential for living in a diverse community Developing head, heart and hand is necessary to realize one’s potential  

Leading a healthy and active lifestyle improves quality of life

Expectations that are challenging lead to higher levels of performance and improve results Commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance lead to success

Education is a shared responsibility of students, family and school

Contributing positively to society and the environment is our shared responsibility  

Our lives and the life of community are enriched by diversity Nurturing curiosity and creativity stimulates exploration and discovery throughout life  



The Assistant Head of School will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities:  



  • Collaborate with Head of School, Principals, Director of Technology, ADCON, Teachers, and Assistant Principals, to ensure the delivery of an aligned and exceptional curriculum throughout the school
  • Lead effective implementation and continuous improvement of the FIS curriculum review process and student assessment protocols
  • Support and facilitate the collaboration of department chairs, team leaders, subject coordinators, and teachers to ensure First Steps to Grade 12 articulation and alignment of the curriculum
  • Collaborate with the Director of Technology to ensure the effective integration of technology into the classroom to enhance, enrich, and accelerate student learning
  • Provide leadership for the analysis and use of assessment data to inform instruction and continuous improvement efforts
  • Facilitate research and design team to insure FIS is positioned as a leading international school 


Staff Development: 

  • Lead, support collaborative efforts, and ensure effective coordination of all professional development time including PD days, orientation week, European / German conferences, and FIS academy
  • Support Divisional Principals, Teachers, and ADCON in the implementation of school-wide initiatives, and ensure proper and ongoing professional development sustains them including in the area of technology
  • Provide oversight management for divisional and individual professional development expenditures noting appropriateness of said expenditures, ensuring connections to strategic / divisional improvement plans, in collaboration with the following principals.
  • Gather and report data on staff development progress to faculty and staff, Principals and Head of School • Engage in the professional feedback process for teachers
  • Engage with ECIS, NAIS, NCSD, etc. in the selection of consultants that best advance the FIS mission
  • Maximize the potential of FIS talent through the expansion of FIS academy  


Human Resources: 

  • Provide supervision and leadership for Manager of Human Resources
  • Participate in recruiting efforts with Head of School, principals, human resources and marketing personnel.
  • Manage overseas teacher communication for new hires
  • Manage new hire mentor program
  • Manage faculty, parent, and new hire satisfaction survey content 


Continuous Learning and Improvement: 

  • Ensure the implementation of strategic action plans specifically addressed to improvement of instruction, learning, and assessment
  • Facilitate school wide alignment, which cross divisions such as student support services, counselors, SIS, and reporting.
  • Collaborate with the Head of School to design summer and mid- year Leadership Retreats, strategic planning retreat, and other learning opportunities
  • Facilitate the Board of Trustees Education and Policy Committee with the Head of School and Board Chair of the committees
  • Contribute to the professional development plan for administrators
  • Oversee the standardized testing, assessment data management, and KPI analysis of the entire school
  • Promotes and model the use of technology to access, analyze, and interpret school data to focus efforts for improving student learning 



Excellent communication and diplomatic skills to establish an effective dialogue with all of FIS’s constituencies 

  • Maintain parent and fac/staff portal for all responsibility areas and professional development opportunities.
  • Gather and report data on curriculum implementation and delivery to Principals, Head of School, parents, and Board of Trustees.
  • Gather and report progress data on curriculum review process to faculty, principals, Head of school, parents and Board of Trustees
  • Communicate within the school community on curricular matters, including meeting with parents, providing written articles for school publications. Use a variety of media and formats to communicate, interact, and collaborate with the school community
  • Implement school wide systems that will enhance overall effectiveness and are data driven  



A demonstrated track record as a change agent, while at the same time maintaining consensus building 

  • Engage in systems thinking and problem solving with the Head of School
  • Ability to multitask and keep on top of many important challenges simultaneously
  • Serve as Head of School in his absence from campus
  • In collaboration with the Head of School, lead presentations to select constituencies
  • Maintain a visible presence with classrooms and at extracurricular events  


The successful candidate will have:  

While it is not expected that any single candidate will perfectly match all of the characteristics outlined below, these are the preferred qualifications for the Assistant Head of School position at FIS. 

  • Love of working with people
  • A resourceful and can-do attitude
  • The ability to participate effectively in collaborative teams
  • A positive sense of humor
  • Administrative Qualifications and minimum 5-7 years administrative experience at a principal level or above. Certification (or working towards) as a superintendent or Head of School
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • High level of experience and current knowledge of curriculum design and implementation
  • Experience with curriculum mapping, Understanding by Design framework for curriculum development, best practices of curriculum implementation, and differentiated instruction
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • The ability to participate effectively in collaborative teams
  • Led the implementation of a staff development plan which supports a strategic plan and school-wide goals
  • Inspired and prepared staff to engage in Professional Learning Communities to enhance teaching and learning
  • Experience in faculty and administrator recruitment, retention, supervision and evaluation
  • Knowledge and understanding of the PYP and IBD Programme
  • Working knowledge of an international style education from reception through high school with a focus on the whole child
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly diverse and multicultural environment
  • Experience in supervision of academic program development and facilitating implementation of strategic initiatives
  • Certification in evaluation of faculty, administrators, and staff
  • A proven track record in leading change and school improvement  



An application letter, resume, and list of references should be forwarded to the address noted at the end of this announcement. Additional information about Frankfurt International School can be found on the school’s website at All applications will be treated confidentially.

Question and applications may be directed to the Head of School by 1 October 2014

Dr. Paul M. Fochtman, Head of School  

Frankfurt International School

An der Waldlust 15

61440 Oberursel, Germany


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.