Director at Colegio Granadino, Manizales in Colombia
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Colegio Granadino, Manizales (Colombia)

Oct 6, 20
Nov 30, 20


Position Posted  06/10//2020

Deadline   30/11/2020



Colegio Granadino

Manizales, Colombia

Seeks School Director

Effective August of 2021

Colegio Granadino is a private, non-confessional school founded in 1980 to provide students with a bilingual, American style, college preparatory education. Accredited by the global accrediting agency, Cognia, and the Colombian Ministry of Education, the school caters to 819 students in grades Kinder 1 through 12. While college preparatory by design, with over 99% of our students going on to higher education, the school strives to educate the whole child, focusing on not only the students’ academic development, but also on their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. It is this holistic focus that earns Colegio Granadino recognition as the most prominent school in the state, and one of the best in the country. 

Set on a 30-acre campus in the beautifully green “barrio” of La Florida (part of a small town called Villamaría just outside of Manizales), the school consists of 3 quads: one for High School, one for Middle School, and one for Elementary School as well as an independent area for our “Jardín” (Preschool), a cafeteria building, a coliseum and several sports fields. At the center of campus is The Red House, an original Colonial style coffee house which came with the land when the school purchased the site and where administrative offices are currently located. While Granadino is continually growing and adding to its facilities, the Red House will always remain as a living testament to the school’s and region’s history. 

During October of 2017, Colegio Granadino initiated a construction and expansion plan (PEC-Plan de expansión y construcción Granadino) with the objective of improving current installations, expanding, and constructing new facilities to meet the needs of our growing school and process of modernization. In 2019, the school purchased land and educational facilities adjacent to our current campus, increasing our campus size from 22 to 30 acres. In the first phase of PEC Granadino, we paved the entrance road leading to the school, built a new entrance, and added new Preschool facilities. PEC Granadino will be carried out over the next 20 years to be able to accommodate up to 1,224 students.

Colegio Granadino has a 180-day school year which begins in August and ends in June with 4 week holiday at Christmas and one week long holidays in October and March. The student day runs from 8:00am to 3:30pm each day with extracurricular activities and sports running until 4:45pm. The staff day runs from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Thursday and from 7:30-3:30pm on Friday. There is an hour of staff time after school (Monday-Thursday) for planning, meetings, and professional development. The schedule is designed to allow for plenty of planning time to accommodate our hard-working and dedicated teachers who are constantly working to grow professionally.  

Colegio Granadino serves a community that is 98% local Colombian. Our families are among the most affluent in the city coming from business, politics, medicine and other professional endeavors and it is an expectation that their children will go to university and eventually take their place as the leaders of our community, city and country. One of the benefits of working at Granadino is the undeniable support and involvement of our parents in the education of their children and their recognition of the outstanding education their children receive at Granadino.

Student Profile

We take great pride in the quality of our graduating students and what they will bring to the world.  Once a student has successfully completed their studies toward both a Colombian and U.S. High School Diploma at Colegio Granadino, he or she will:

  • Be prepared for college either in Colombia or abroad having received a holistic education founded in current best practices.
  • Be truly Bilingual and Bicultural (Spanish and English).
  • Be honest, well-balanced, respectful and responsible to himself or herself, his or her family, his or her community and the environment.
  • Be interested in his or her community’s progress and problems, seeking others’ well-being first
  • Be a critical and creative thinker able to analyze and question reality in order to propose and implement solutions for improvement both in personal and community life.
  • Value the Granadino Community and demonstrate an ongoing love for the school.




School Values


Altruism:  Serve selflessly; have an empathetic attitude; form a social vision; feel joy in giving.
Feel, think, say and act in a coherent and transparent way focused on the truth
To constantly embrace and embody the spirit of the values of the Community of Granadino
Be humble, recognizing myself, without going over others; be supportive; be ethical; respond with dignity
Give value to myself and to the other; value my dignity and that of the other; take care of myself, the other and the environment
Fulfill my duties; assume the consequences of my actions



The Country

At the northern end of South America, Colombia is an extraordinarily beautiful country of varied geography: mountains, rain forests, cloud forests, snow–capped peaks, Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, and even deserts—an ideal location for traveling!

Colombia is the oldest continuing democracy in Latin America, has one of the strongest economies on the continent and, given its human and natural resources, is a country with both an engaging history and limitless possibilities for the future.

The City


“There is no more beautiful a place, gracious a people, or better friends than we find in Manizales.  We can't wait to see you all again! With lots of love,”

 – Hank Nichols and Susan Baum, leaders of The International Center for Talent Development, world class conference key note speakers, researchers and presenters who have travelled the world training teachers in international schools


Manizales del Alma!” means “Manizales of my soul!”  Also known as “The City of Open Doors”, Manizales is renowned for the friendly nature of its inhabitants and the safety of living here. Set in the heart of the coffee region, with a population of over 400,000 people, Manizales is the capital city of the Department of Caldas.   


Undoubtedly the feature of Manizales that first impacts any visitor is the natural beauty of its setting. In the heart of the Andes mountains, with an average year-round temperature of 18°C (68°F), Manizales is an overwhelming blend of lush greens, accented by the snow-capped peaks of the Nevado del Ruiz and crisp mountain skies. It is hard not to be taken back by the coffee speckled mountainsides, towering stands of bright green bamboo, orchids, flowering trees, and seemingly endless hills.  It should come as no surprise that Manizales is surrounded by national parks, with hiking, mountain biking, and adventure sports common activities among locals and visitors.


The city itself also commands attention. Boasting 8 major universities, the vibrant energy that students from throughout the country bring to Manizales serves as a perfect complement to the Colonial buildings, Neo-Gothic Cathedral and traditions that remain from the city’s founding in 1849.  It is this fusion of tradition and modernism that defines the character of the city allowing it to host such diverse events as the International Theater Festival, the Manizales Jazz Festival, and the Feria Manizales, which as the second largest celebration in the country remains a very traditional Spanish influenced agricultural fair. Manizales is unique and it is able to blend tradition and progress into something truly unique.



The position


The Director is the chief executive officer of the school and will be responsible for leading the school through its current period of growth and help to develop the strategic and master plans. He/she will support the school’s mission and values, be responsible for all aspects of the school’s academic and educational programs, and provide leadership and direction to other administrators, faculty and parents, while continuing the school’s tradition of academic excellence.


Core strategic responsibilities: The successful candidate shall:

1. Ensure high institutional quality.

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to update and implement the strategic plan to advance the school mission and to fulfill the vision.
  • Follow all norms and procedures stablished by the school and Colombian educational law.
  • Plan accordingly with the strategic plan.
  • Be responsible for leading and executing the strategic plan, following short- and long-term indicators.
  • Promote continuous institutional improvement (data based).
  • Promote the active participation of all stakeholders towards the accomplishment of institutional goals.
  • Lead the accreditation processes.


2. Ensure high academic quality and standards.

  • Lead and monitor the development of educational and curricular plans and projects.
  • Utilize collaborative data-driven decision-making processes that are transparent to all stakeholders.
  • Ensure professional development opportunities for teachers and staff members.
  • Be responsible for faculty recruitment, selection and contracts, orientation and evaluation of staff and all other matters related to teaching personnel.


3. Be a leader of the educational community with high integrity.

  • Establish solid, respectful relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Promote a safe, respectful, caring working and educational environment.
  • Have a student-centered philosophy with knowledge of current best practices across early childhood through grade twelve.
  • Make difficult decisions and stand by them with integrity.

4.Promote healthy, respectful relationships between all members of the educational community.

  • Show exceptional communication skills.
  • Collaborate and foster relational trust among all community stakeholders, managing communication in an assertive yet diplomatic fashion.
  • Support and communicate the school’s mission and values within the greater community.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using multiple current forms of technology to lead and communicate with the community.


Personal Attributes: The individual we are seeking

  •  Is an ethical person:  Acts with integrity, there is coherence in what they think, say and feel both in their personal life and work life. They respect all members of the educational community and the organizational policies. They communicate intentions, ideas and feelings openly and directly.
  • Is multicultural: Has the ability to live, communicate, accept and understand all members of the educational community in a flexible, respectful and open manner. They appreciate their own culture and as well as the culture of others and gets results in a diverse environment.
  • Is a leader: Serves and inspires others towards building a shared vision that enables the development of human potential and organizational effectiveness.
  • Is responsible: Executes commitments, assumes the consequences of their acts and achieves high quality objectives, through care of self, others and their environment in the spiritual, physical, emotional, social and environmental dimensions.
  • Is creative: Generates ideas and developments to meet the challenges and everyday conflicts in a proactive, pragmatic and innovative way, creating a visible improvement in the school.
  • Has critical thinking skills:  Understands and systematically and constructively analyzes events or situations that require improvement or change in the organizational environment.
  • Is empathetic: Recognizes and expresses emotions in a balanced manner, understanding those of others to foster an atmosphere of constructive social interaction.
  • Is an energetic, dynamic, and committed team leader that has a genuine love for children and learning.
  • Is adaptive, with a positive disposition and a sense of humor.
  • Is able to handle adversity in a calm and thoughtful manner.
  • Has excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Is honest and reliable, and has high emotional intelligence when dealing with people.
  • Is an innovative and flexible thinker with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Is highly visible within the community through involvement in events at all levels of school, and is approachable to all stakeholders……….


Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefit package for the Director General is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.


Qualifications & Experience


  •  Prior experience as Principal or Director
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Master’s degree in education or educational administration or the equivalent
  • Highly successful previous senior leadership experience at a top US curriculum K-12 school with proven ability to execute, manage, organize and delegate
  • Willing to make a three to five-year commitment


  •  Experience working in all levels of K-12 education
  • PhD degree in education or educational administration or the equivalent
  • International school experience in leading a multicultural community
  • Experience in school-wide curriculum development, planning and assessment.
  • Experience in the accreditation process
  • Experience in facilities planning and development
  • Fundraising experience


Application Process

The Board of Director has created a Search Committee in charge of running the process and will be managing the process internally. Please submit your application addressed to the President of the Board of Directors, Mr. Henry Fonseca Cruz, and send all required information as a single pdf document to our Search Committee Secretary, Ms. Erika Marin Valdés (

Interested candidates should send an application AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME but no later than November 30th, 2020 as we will be screening candidates as their information is received and reserve the right to close the process at any time.

Please provide the following information in a single pdf document no larger than 6MB.

  •  A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page statement outlining educational philosophy and background
  • A one-page list of references with phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of three letters of reference preferably current

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