Elementary Principal at Colegio Maya in Guatemala
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Elementary Principal
Colegio Maya (Guatemala)

Appointed - Position has been filled
May 12, 15
Jun 1, 15

Elementary Principal

Colegio Maya – Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala


Colegio Maya, The American International School of Guatemala, seeks a passionate elementary principal to build on current successes and innovatively lead the elementary school into the future.

School Details

Colegio Maya, founded in 1958, is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities.  The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from the third week of August to the third week of December and from the third week of January to the first week of June.


Organization:  The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by the Colegio Maya Association.  Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.


Curriculum:  The School offers a complete U.S. curriculum.  Spanish is required for one class period daily for all students.  Placement in Spanish classes is determined by the student's level upon enrollment.  Beginning French is offered at the secondary level as an elective.  All other instruction is in English.  In addition, graduation requirements include language arts, science, math, social studies, physical education, and several electives.  Presently special services offered are for mild learning disabilities and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL).  Parents with special needs children should contact the School for a description of the services available.  The student activities program is considered to be an integral part of the curriculum and is treated as such by the administration and staff.  The school is recognized and authorized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 


Faculty:  In the 2013-2018 school year, there are 47 full-time faculty members including 35 U.S. citizens, 3 third-country nationals, and 9 host-country nationals.


Enrollment:  At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, enrollment totaled 356. Of the total, 81 were U.S. citizens, 70 were host-country nationals, and 205 were third-country nationals, representing 35 other countries. 



The school is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City.  The facility includes several buildings which serve the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students.  In addition, the gymnasium complex includes a large multi-purpose room, 4 middle school classrooms and a cafeteria.  Within the school facilities there are science laboratories, a technology resource center, a high school media center, an elementary computer laboratory, a soccer/football field, and a covered outdoor court.  The completely renovated and enlarged elementary and secondary library complex houses more than 21,000 volumes and students and faculty have access to more than 2,000 periodicals on line.  The most recent building project, finished in 2006, provides the school with a state-of-the-art Performing Fine Arts Center, which includes classrooms for art, drama and music and a 336 seat theater complete with dressing rooms and ample set and costume storage space.

The school recently completed substantive renovations including new thermally insulated windows in classrooms, LED lights in all classrooms, resurfacing of walkways as well as cosmetic upgrades to the campus and gardens.


Position Qualifications

  1. Current North American teacher and/or principal certification
  2. Master’s Degree
  3. Teaching and administration experience (minimum 5 years)
  4. Demonstrated successful leadership, organization and management


Job Description

REPORTS TO: Director

SUPERVISES: Assigned faculty and support services personnel

Organizational Results:

Ensure that Elementary School students achieve the mission and exemplify the core values of the school.

  • Ensure that children learn what they are supposed to learn.
  • Ensure that this learning takes place in a positive, caring and educationally stimulating environment for all concerned.
  • Ensure that this is done in an efficient and effective manner with the resources provided.

Position Responsibilities:

Provide the overall leadership for the ECC and Elementary schools in a way that places students and adult learning at the center.

  • Provide for the day to day management of the school operations.
  • Pro-actively engage the school-community to create relationships and shared responsibility for student and school success, particularly parents.
  • Ensure, in collaboration with the director of curriculum and staff development,  that systems are in place to effectively link and align student learning efforts including curriculum, instruction and assessments which are continually improving.
  • Create and support a learning organization and its culture in order to continually develop our organizational capacity.
  • Lead an environment based on personal integrity, with fairness and an ethical manner  while actively facilitating Collegiality and Professionalism.

Preferred Attributes:


  • Flexibility - adapts leadership behavior to the needs of the current situation and is comfortable with dissent
  • Culture - fosters shared beliefs & sense of community & cooperation
  • Input - involves teachers in the design & the implementation of important decisions & practices
  • Change Agent - is willing to actively challenge status quo
  • Ideals/Beliefs - communicates & operates from strong ideals & beliefs about schooling
  • Visibility - has quality contact & interactions with teachers & students
  • Optimizer - inspires & leads new & challenging innovations
  • Affirmation - recognizes & celebrates school accomplishments & acknowledges failures
  • Relationship - demonstrates an awareness of the personal aspects of teachers & staff

Section Management

Maintains a Safe and Orderly Environment

  • Situational Awareness - is aware of the details & undercurrents in the running of the school & uses this  information to address current & potential problems
  • Discipline - protects teachers from issues & influences that would detract from their teaching time or focus
  • Order - establishes a set of standard operating procedures & routines
  • Focus - establishes clear goals & keeps goals those goals in the forefront of the school’s     attention
  • Contingent Rewards - recognizes & rewards individual accomplishments

School Community Relations

Systematically encourages Parent and Community Involvement

  • Outreach - is an advocate & spokesperson for the school to all stakeholders
  • Communication - establishes strong lines of communication with teachers and students

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

In collaboration with the director of curriculum and staff development ensures a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students

Supervises teachers to set Challenging Goals and provide Effective Feedback to all students

  • Monitors/Evaluates - monitors the effectiveness of school practices & their impact on student learning
  • Knowledge of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - is knowledgeable about current curriculum instruction & assessment practices
  • Involved in Curriculum, Instruction Assessment – collaborates with the director of curriculum and staff development in the design & implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment practices

Learning Organization – Professional Development

  • Resource - provides teachers with materials & professional development necessary for       the successful  execution of their jobs
  • Intellectual Stimulation  - ensures that the faculty& staff are aware of the most current

           theories & practices


Salary and Benefits

Salary and Benefits are competitive with other international schools in Central America.

Please send applications with CV, current photograph, and list of referees  to shupp@cm.edu.gt

Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us (Admin@searchassociates.com) that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Robert Barlas is the author of the Teaching Overseas Handbook.