Director at International School of Luxembourg in Luxembourg
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International School of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

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Dec 15, 13
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  The International School of Luxembourg (ISL)


Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

seeks a new Director effective 1st July, 2015


The Position 

The Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the School, responsible for its management and general welfare.  The Director also advises the Board of Governors on all policy matters and works with the administrative team to carry out such responsibilities as:


  • develop, recommend and implement the overall educational policies, goals and objectives of the School;
  • Manage the Strategic Plan for the School and specifically assist the Board of Governors with the review, on-going development and management  of the plan;
  • promote good relations with the Government
  • lead the Accreditation process
  • provide leadership in the on-going development of a sound educational programme;
  • promote and reinforce the vision of the school with all participants in the learning process at ISL;
  • manage the administrative staff;
  • recruit a competent, qualified faculty and provide the support needed to enable them to carry out their functions effectively;
  • evaluate the Principals and the administrative staff; review and approve the Principals’ evaluations of the faculty, and make all decisions concerning their contracts;
  • develop and manage the budget, once approved by the Association;
  • educate and lead staff in budget discipline to facilitate a balanced budget.
  • give final approval of pupils applying for admission to the School;
  • provide and maintain all school facilities  at an efficient level to support the full range of educational and extra curricular activities 
  • provide for the safety of both staff and pupils;
  • communicate to the School community the philosophy, policies and objectives, as well as decisions made by the Board of Governors;
  • promote and enhance the reputation of the School in the community at large;
  • represent the School with organisations of which the School is a member;
  • participate in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations process
  • carry out other duties as may be requested by the Board of Governors.


The candidate will be an inspiring educational leader who displays a commitment to excellence. 

Among the attributes likely to distinguish the new Director will be: 

  • Outstanding leadership skills;
  • A demonstrable record of expertise and reputation within the international education community;
  • First class educational credentials;
  • Strong budget discipline.  A financial qualification would be an advantage.
  • Ability to relate and communicate effectively to a broad spectrum of individuals in a multi-national community;
  • Ability to act as an ambassador and champion for the school within the wider community;
  • Commitment to international programmes in education;
  • Confidence to advise the Board and lead the School community in participatory decision-making;
  • Genuine interest in the educational process and the people involved in it;
  • Excellent communication skills in English.  Fluency in other languages, particularly French or German, would be a significant advantage.

The School


Founded in 1963, the International School of Luxembourg is strongly committed to provide an outstanding education for children, primarily of the international community in Luxembourg.  The School is an independent, non-profit, university-preparatory day school and is registered as an “Association” under Luxembourg law.  The School is governed by a 15-member Board of Governors who themselves are elected by the members of the Association (the parents or guardians of the students). 

Enrolment is at an historical high of almost 1200 students. Numbers have virtually doubled in the past seven years and are expected to continue to increase to maximum capacity within a few years.  The School operates in two sections on the same campus: the Lower School (Pre-S to Grade 5) and the Upper School (Grades 6 to 12), each with its own Principal and administration. Within the Upper School there is a Middle School section covering Grades 6 to 8.


ISL is accredited by the Council of International Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The School achieved its latest re-accreditation approval in 2008 and recently passed the five-year conversion review with a number of highly complimentary comments.



Philosophy, Mission and Curriculum 


Our mission is to provide an outstanding education in a caring international environment, inspiring all our students to reach their true potential and to act as responsible participants in a global society.


The International School of Luxembourg believes it is vital that we teach children the knowledge and skills they need to function successfully within both the community of our school and the multilingual, multicultural societies in which we live. It is also essential that we provide our students with the opportunity and motivate them to develop skills to become lifelong learners, enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning and well-being. The school considers the following attributes to be of great importance:

  • Inquiry
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Open-mindedness
  • Risk-taking
  • Creativity
  • Reflection

We believe it is equally important that the school together with the family and the wider community foster responsible attitudes and desirable behaviour, enabling students to act with integrity and to take responsibility for their actions.

We have a duty to set world-recognised standards of achievement and to enable students to meet these standards. We believe that instruction should be differentiated to equably support those students capable of exceeding the standards and students who have difficulty in achieving them.

We recognise the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance by providing a diversity of sporting, recreational and creative activities.  

We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We believe, moreover, that the school must offer an environment where children of different nationalities, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs can learn to know, understand, and respect each other. 


Curriculum and IB results 

ISL provides the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.  The IGCSE programme was introduced last year as a supplementary offering, primarily as a preparatory examination experience for the IB but also to support those students who may follow the A level system elsewhere at a later date. 


The vast majority of our students take the full IB diploma.  Both the pass rate and the average score have comfortably exceeded the world wide average for the past nine years.


The School places a strong emphasises on its language programme. English as a Second Language is available for students at every level, French is taught from Kindergarten onwards and German is available from 6th grade.  IB Language A is taught in English, French and German.   Spanish will be introduced in 2014/15 and it is planned to introduce ab initio Mandarin Chinese in the near future. The School further supports a diverse range of mother-tongue languages in its extra-curricular programme.


ISL requires that all Middle School students take Music, Art and Drama.  These become electives during the high school years; IB art and drama are popular selections among older students. 


Media Studies has been introduced in recent years and preparations are currently under way to introduce an IB Design & Technology course in 2014/15.


ISL is committed to a strong athletic and fine arts programme. Team sports are offered from the late primary years in soccer (football), volleyball, swimming, basketball, tennis, rugby, baseball and track and field.  . The majority of coaches come from the teaching staff. Competition is organized both with local schools and other international schools across northern Europe, particularly the NECIS group. The music programme extends throughout the primary and secondary years and includes many performing groups. ISL participates in various music festivals organised by AMIS.  


The Community

The parents are predominantly from the expatriate business community who seek an English-language based education which can be easily transferred to their home country or to another international location.  In addition, there are families who refer to Luxembourg as home.  However, many of these families have some international dimension such as two or more passports or a previous expatriate experience.  Their reasons for choosing ISL are highly diverse.  Finally, there are a steadily growing number of Luxembourgish families who choose to send their children to the School because ISL is seen as providing a more beneficial, international educational alternative to the local school system.  Of the School’s 47 different nationalities, the following have the largest percentages: (Sept. 2013) USA 15.9%, UK 11.3%, Luxembourg 7.3%, France 6.7%, Italy 6.1% and Sweden 5.7%.

The Staff

In most cases, ISL’s teachers are recruited at international recruitment fairs hosted in Europe and North America.  As of September 2013, there are 29  nationalities among the faculty.  There are 157    full-time-equivalent teachers, counsellors and librarians, serving 1198 students.  Thus, the ratio of teaching professionals to students is 7.6 to 1.  In addition, there are 20 teaching assistants assigned from pre-school (age 3) through Grade 2 (age 7), and elsewhere in the programme.  The Administration includes, in addition to the Director; the Upper School and the Lower School Principal, the Upper School and the Lower School Deputy Principal, the Upper School and the Lower School Assistant Principal (Curriculum), the Lower School Assistant Principal (Early Years), the Dean of Students, the Dean of External Examination Programmes, the Business Manager, the Athletics Director, the IT Manager, the Admissions Manager, the HR Manager and the Facilities Manager. In total there are 228 full-time-equivalent employees.


The majority of teaching staff are employed in accordance with terms of employment negotiated under a Collective Bargaining Agreement. 


The Facilities 

The School is located in very modern, purpose-built facilities on a multi-school campus in the predominantly residential area of Merl, in Luxembourg City.  This includes a separate gymnasium and an artificial sports field. The School has recently completed the construction of a state-of-the-art Lower School building at the cost of approximately €50 million, to increase the overall capacity to over 1400 students.  The Upper School building contains an auditorium for four hundred people, a library,  computer laboratories, three art rooms, four music rooms and practice facilities, a drama studio, a multi-media studio, cafeteria and kitchen facilities, four science laboratories and fifty three  networked classrooms. The new Lower School also has its own gymnasium,  a four hundred and fifty seat auditorium,  three   music rooms, three art rooms, a combination science and kitchen facility, dedicated Early Years facilities, including a flexible general purpose space, and cafeteria and kitchen facilities. The classrooms are organised in discreet grade-level clusters, each with its associated shared break-out space.


The Administrative hub is located in a separate building between the Lower and Upper School buildings.


The School also has privileged access to a modern swimming facility within a short walk.


The Finances

The School has an annual operating Budget in excess of €25 million and is financially secure. In anticipation of further enrolment the 2013/14 budget shows a planned deficit of €1.3million, mainly covered by previous years’ surpluses. It enjoys generous support from the Government of the Grand Duchy: part of the facilities are still owned by the Government and provided to the School at no cost, although the remainder, including the new Lower School and an extension to the Upper School building, are owned by the School.  A per capita subsidy is received from the state for each student enrolled as well as a further per capita subsidy for IB students. Tuition increases have been modest in recent years, on average under 3.5% p.a.  The School has recently subscribed to a €10 million loan facility, towards financing the new building.


Salary and Benefits

It is the Board’s expectation that there be stability and continuity in this position.  The salary will be competitive with other comparable European international schools; additional benefits will include in principle: transportation for the Director and  immediate dependents, at the beginning of the employment contract, free tuition at ISL for school-age children, annual home leave travel up to an agreed amount, retirement benefits, health and pension contributions to the local social security programme, reasonable allowances for the transport of normal household goods and settling in as well as a contribution towards housing expenses. 


Application Process 

The new Director will assume responsibility during the month of July, 2015. Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest possible time but no later than 15 March, 2014. (The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.) 

Candidates should send the information requested below. It must be submitted exactly in the form and manner requested. Please do not send any information other than that which is specifically requested here.

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this position.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
  • A one or two-page statement outlining educational philosophy and leadership style.
  • A one-page list of references with phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A maximum of three letters of reference which may already be in your possession. 

Please note that all the above materials must be scanned into a single PDF and sent in the same transmission to all of the e-mail addresses listed below. Also, please note that it is important to limit the size of your single PDF to 5MB.


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Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Diana Kerry was an international educator and administrator for 25 years in various countries, including Iran, France, Thailand, and Indonesia.