Director at International School of Dusseldorf in Germany
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International School of Dusseldorf (Germany)

Appointed - Frank Tschan
Dec 5, 2019
Mar 15, 2020



Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the International School of Düsseldorf ( ISD ) we are pleased to announce the appointment of FRANK TSCHAN as their next Director, effective July 1, 2020.

Frank has long been associated with ISD in a number of teaching and leadership roles, initially from 2003- 2016 as Director of Sports, Activities and Club Manager as well as in the role of department head for Physical and Health Education. Across this time Frank also served as Technical Director for the U.S. National Soccer Coaches Association in Europe. Frank’s interest in high level sports also involved roles as a Teacher Training Instructor at both the National Sport University of Cologne, from 2000-2005 and the State University of New York College at Cortland, from 1994-1999.

In the years 2016 - 2018 Frank returned to the United States as Director of Coaching Education for the U.S. Soccer Federation, where he led a nationwide educational reformation project for the development of players and coaches, and then rejoined ISD as Director of Community Relations in 2019. In December of 2019 Frank was chosen by the Board as ISD’s Acting Director.

Frank earned a Master of Science in Education from the New York university system at Cortland State. More recently Frank has participated in PTC workshops on leadership, team dynamics, and finance as well as in IB workshops in sport, exercise, and health science, and physical and health education in the MYP. 

Frank and his wife Catharina have two daughters, Sophia ( 16 ) and Emma ( 14 ). His hobbies are travel, music ( piano ), golf and, predictably, soccer. A persevering language learner, Frank has acquired full fluency in German. 

Frank describes himself as a “servant leader who aims to embody the spirit of the lifelong learner”. Board Chair Andreas Collor, commenting on Frank’s selection from a highly competitive field of candidates and noting his accomplishments in the role of Acting Director, sees Frank as “passionately committed to guiding ISD to a sustainable and exciting future, a trusted leader held in high regard by the ISD community”. Commenting further in the ISD community announcement, Frank “has demonstrated the skills and talent needed to navigate ISD through transition and beyond”.

The ISD community, the Search Committee and Board of Directors, and Search Associates would like to thank all the exceptional candidates who expressed interest in the Director position, and everyone who supported and assisted the search process.

Günther Brandt
Senior Consultant
Search Associates





The International School of Dusseldorf

Seeks a new Director

For July 1, 2021

Deadline for applications has been extended to March 15th, 2020




A world-class education, for whatever your child may do

Founded in 1968, the International school of Düsseldorf is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational day school located in the heart of the international community of Kaiserswerth. Due to our non-profit status, all our income is invested back into the school for the benefit of our students.


Our school has a proud 50-year history of supporting young people to pursue their dreams and ambitions, in all walks of life, and in all corners of the globe. We deliver an outstanding education that prepares our students to be successful and inspires them to make a difference; an education that will equip them with the skills and aptitudes to tackle the global challenges they will face.


In our rapidly changing world we imagine that our students will need the passion and courage to go on learning throughout life and the creativity to dream of a better world. At ISD, we are committed to providing every student with the individual support they need to flourish, to discover pleasure in learning, to become autonomous and intrinsically motivated, and, ultimately, to become architects of their own futures.


  • Council of International Schools

  • International Baccalaureate Organization

  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges

Key Facts

  • Serves students aged 3 to 18

  • Students-Faculty ratio: 8.5:1

  • Maximum class size: 22 students

  • Approximately 1,000 students from 55 different countries

  • Official language of instruction is English, native German language programmes

Our Curriculum

  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) flagship school

  • Primary (PYP), Middle Years (MYP), and Diploma (DP) Programmes encourage personal and academic development and support students to become inquisitive, life-long learners

  • Integrated use of technology throughout all grade levels

The Faculty

  • Dedicated team of university and college-educated, credentialled and professional international teachers

  • Approximately 150 full- and part-time faculty from 24 different countries

Sports and Activities

  • Extensive sports programme - local and international competitions

  • Wide selection of cultural, creative and physical after-school and special interest activities

  • Mother tongue programmes

  • Private music lessons performance opportunities

Community Life

  • Parent Volunteer Centre (PVC) welcomes and helps arriving, departing and residing families

  • Large number of volunteer and parent development opportunities

  • Community sports and music opportunities for adults

  • Annual community events including ‘International Fest’ to celebrate cultural diversity

Special Services

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) support to acquire linguistic competence

  • Access to outstanding personal counselling for all students

  • Learning support to help students meet their potential

  • Robust health services

Career and University Planning

  • Choice of 56 IB courses

  • Detailed, individualised career and university planning from grade 9 onwards

  • Expert guidance with worldwide university applications




The International School of Düsseldorf (ISD), founded in 1968, is a well-established, full continuum IB World School that plays a significant leadership role among the European International Schools. New challenges in a complex and competitive market will require strategic attention to ensure the continued progress of ISD.


The next Director will be an experienced, collaborative Learning Leader with the ability to build a cohesive culture as well as the capacity, integrity, and commitment to advance the school’s vision of guiding students to be knowledgeable, engaged, and independent learners.




  • Head of school experience

  • An advanced degree (M.A. or beyond), in education, or educational leadership

  • Teaching experience in international schools

  • IB programs experience, strong pedagogical leader

  • Collaborative leader and skilful communicator



  • Significant experience as a Learning Leader

  • Strong communicator, both in person and in writing

  • Collaborative leader with inclusive vision that builds on strengths

  • Experience as ambassador in the wider market, building networks

  • Builds partnership with board of trustees on strategic issues

  • Background in financial management and stewardship

  • Proven ability to lead a diverse, international team.

  • Ability to identify, recruit and develop new talent.

  • Organizational management skills in a system of distributed leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to manage change



  • Inspiring and dynamic

  • Good listener, sees strength in diverse views

  • Visible in the life of the school, connected with staff, students, and parents

  • Values relationships, models integrity

  • Internationally minded

  • Leads with compassion, empathy, and humility

  • Knowledge of German an advantage but not essential 




The International School of Dusseldorf (ISD) has appointed Search Associates as a consultant in the Director Search, with Dr. Gunther Brandt as the Lead Consultant. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2020candidates who are submitting their applications after this announcement with the new deadline should follow the instructions below: Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the required materials as early as possible and the ISD search committee reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received, and candidates should send the information listed below in a single PDF FILE attached to an email:

  • A letter of application describing your interest in the Director position at ISD, listing your strengths as a candidate and how your qualifications and experience align with the profile of the desired candidate.
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of at least 4 (four) referees who have been your direct supervisors, with current phone and email addresses
  • A maximum of three letters of reference scanned at low resolution that may already be in your possession

The Total DOC size should be kept at less than (4) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to and to 

For further information on the school please see

Contact Details

International School of Düsseldorf e.V. Niederrheinstraße 336

40489 Düsseldorf Germany

T +49 (0)211 94 06-6





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