Elementary School Principal at International School of Tanganyika, Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania
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Elementary School Principal
International School of Tanganyika, Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania)

Sep 1, 21
Sep 24, 21




Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Seeks an Elementary School Principal

Effective August 2022



The International School of Tanganyika is seeking an exceptional leader and visionary educator to serve as the Elementary School Principal commencing in August, 2022.  As a member of the senior management team, the Elementary Principal works collaboratively to ensure that all IST students are appropriately challenged, supported and inspired to fulfil their potential and improve the world.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have a significant impact within a school community that has a history of excellence, service and innovation.



The International School of Tanganyika (IST) is widely regarded as one of the leading international schools in Africa. The school was founded in 1963, is not for profit, and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. IST is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and IB Diploma Program. With over 260 employees, IST serves approximately 750 students from the age of three to Grade 12 and has a strong reputation for academic and extra-curricular excellence.


Challenging, inspiring and supporting all our students to fulfill their potential and improve the world.


IST will be a global leader in the education of internationally-mobile young people.  All students, regardless of their starting point, will think critically, achieve academically and develop the wisdom to make good choices. They will show curiosity and creativity in addressing authentic problems, local and global.  They will pursue their varied passions with enthusiasm, developing resilience, perseverance and confidence. Understanding the diversity of people and cultures, they will act kindly, fairly and responsibly.  All members of the IST community will work together to fulfill this Vision.


All members of the IST community are:

Responsible. We act responsibly, positively and constructively, towards ourselves and other people. We learn from our mistakes and accept the consequences of our actions.

Inquiring. We show curiosity, perseverance and open-mindedness in seeking to understand and solve problems. We persevere in the face of difficulties and we embrace the learning that comes through failure as well as the joy of success.

Compassionate. We empathize with others and act with care, kindness and courage. In our interactions, we behave with patience, generosity and integrity.

Balanced. We believe in a broad education for our students, seeing the value of participation in a varied curriculum.

Diverse. We treasure the diversity within the IST community, using the rich opportunities for deeper understanding that come from our differences.


Our Strategic Plan is in place to help our community align efforts to better reach our school’s mission, vision and values.  This plan is focused on three aims with identified goals to support our work towards each aim.  More detailed information about our strategic work at IST can be downloaded here.

1.      Personalized Learning:

Student learning is progressive, achieved through interaction and exchanges with teachers and peers, and most successful when schools have well-articulated frameworks to define coherent expectations in terms of essential knowledge, understandings and skills. Students are empowered through their work with teachers and peers in and outside the classroom, and motivated to explore their interests, think critically, and to pursue excellence. Effective assessment systems are in place to help guide students and to make instructional decisions and all stakeholders are well informed about student progress towards curricular expectations.

(a)    The written, taught and assessed curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners.

(b)   Creation and implementation of the technology plan in order to ensure that future developments of media and information technology address the long-term needs of the school.

(c)    Professional learning opportunities are designed to have a positive on impact student learning.

(d)   Ensure IST is recognized globally as an exemplary IB World School.

(e)   Continued development of IST’s inclusion programs to support personalized experiences for all learners.

2.      Engaged Community:

IST is a vibrant learning community that relies on effective communication to ensure that all members are devoted to the collaborative success of IST students. IST strives to develop effective partnerships to ensure that students have access to a network of experts within Tanzania, and around the world. A well informed, interconnected community embraces IST's values, supports the school, is concerned about its continued success.

(a)    Build and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the school community.

(b)   Continued development of  partnerships with local and global individuals, organizations and alumni to enhance student learning.

(c)    Develop and review processes and systems to enhance communication within the  IST community

3.      Ensured Sustainability:

In support of IST's vision to be a global leader in education of internationally-mobile young people, long term plans are in place to align financial resources to support excellent facilities and a world class faculty and support staff.  These long term plans help to facilitate communication amongst stakeholders, build support for educational programs and financial expenditures and maintain transparency within the community. As a tuition dependent school, IST maintains fiscal discipline to ensure that financial resources are utilized effectively.

(a)    Continued review and implementation of master site plan - with focus on inclusion and access as well as facilities to support innovative programs

(b)   Review procedures to retain and recruit employees who are aligned with our strategic plan.

(c)    Improve IST’s ability to work more sustainably and align environmental frameworks to improve our educational experiences and operations.

(d)   Enhance processes for creating, auditing and reviewing IST policy and procedure documents.


IST operates on two campuses in desirable suburbs of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. IST Elementary serves children from age 3 through Grade 5 while IST Secondary, 5 kilometers away, serves Grades 6 – 12.  Dar es Salaam is a well-resourced city, with many opportunities to explore beaches, markets, restaurants and activities.  The country of Tanzania is home to some of the best wildlife parks in the world.  In addition, the country offers the chance to scale mountains such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, or relax on world class beaches on the island of Zanzibar.  The combination of the available amenities in Dar es Salaam, combined with the travel opportunities within the country, help to make Dar es Salaam a highly desirable location for expatriate families. At the same time, Tanzania is a tropical and developing country with the normal challenges of such an environment.


A Board of Governors, elected by parents of students for three-year terms, governs the school with the Director reporting to the Board. The Elementary Principal reports to the School Director and is a member of the Senior Management Team at IST.  The Elementary School Leadership team includes the Director of Teaching and Learning/PYP coordinator, ES Vice Principal and the Student Support Services Coordinator. 


IST is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and there is a strong commitment to the PYP framework within the elementary school. The curriculum at IST benefits from thoughtful collaboration among teachers, planning and documenting student learning. Our ICT network, systems and hardware have received significant investment in the past few years and support the effective use of technology for teaching and learning. Significant strides have been taken toward IST becoming a more inclusive school, in which all are supported and challenged. Our admissions processes are relatively open and we have put the resources in place to support a wide range of student learning needs. The Student Services Department at IST contributes to ensuring that all students achieve essential learning expectations and their full potential by helping to address their academic, social-emotional and English-learning needs. Student Services staff includes a Student Support Services Coordinator, Learning Support (LS) teachers, English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers, and two counselors. IST achieves strong academic results, and takes great pride in the holistic nature of our programs.  Arts, service and athletics are embedded within our school day, and are also supported with an impressive array of options with our co-curricular program (ASA’s).


Faculty salary and benefits are internationally competitive and IST continues to attract exceptional and passionate members to join our community. Currently, there are over 40 faculty members working in the Elementary school at IST. The diversity of the faculty at IST is a significant strength with over 15 nationalities represented. IST values a professional learning community and supports the development of its faculty and staff with internal and external opportunities over the course of the school year.


IST’s students are engaged in learning and are dedicated to understanding and serving their community. IST values student leadership and initiative at all levels and students are actively involved in decisions that affect them, through a range of channels. IST currently has an ES enrollment of approximately 350 students with families representing a diverse mix of long-term residents, Tanzanian citizens, expatriates working in the private sector, NGO and diplomatic workers from numerous countries. IST has a student population that is 20% Tanzanian, 15% American, 15% European, 11% British and 10% Indian with the rest comprising approximately 55 other nationalities.  There is a high level of engagement among the parents of IST students which results in parents spending a lot of time and energy on school activities and supporting their children’s learning.


IST Elementary consists of more than 30 classrooms, all air conditioned, and equipped with SmartBoards and/or document cameras.  Classrooms are spacious and well-resourced to support the learning environment for IST students. As the Elementary school operates as a separate campus, ES students also benefit from exclusive access to a newly refurbished multipurpose hall, a library, a 25m swimming pool, an athletic field, and two covered courts.


The elementary school boasts a comprehensive co-curricular program for students. IST has a varied and rich arts and cultural program, including musical and drama performances. Our After-School Activities program is diverse and busy, with a vast array of service-learning, sporting and artistic activities on offer, and a high rate of student participation, reflection and leadership.


Professional Competencies:

(a)    An active leadership style with high visibility both within the school and throughout the community

(b)   Demonstrated leadership skills and an ability to engage with and inspire trust in faculty members, students, and members of the IST community

(c)    Commitment to student-centered learning

(d)   Ability to develop a shared vision and accountability in a community of diverse cultures

(e)   Maintain high ethical standards and ensure appropriate levels of confidentiality

(f)     Current with research in international education

(g)    Ability to inspire faculty and staff to grow and challenge themselves individually, and as a group.

(h)   Excellent communication skills in spoken and written form

(i)      Empathetic and compassionate, yet able to make difficult decisions in the best interests of students and the entire school community.

(j)      Experience in developing and/or sustaining high performance teams

(k)    Sound decision making, solutions focused, knowledge of child protection and health and safety

(l)      Knowledge of IB Standards and Practices, and expert knowledge of the PYP curriculum framework

Personal Attributes:

(a)    Collaborative team player, empathetic listener

(b)   Integrity and confidentiality

(c)    Strategic thinker, able to convert vision into action

(d)   Internationally minded, emotional intelligence

(e)   Intercultural awareness, creative, persuasive

(f)     Flexible and capable of managing growth and instilling high standards

(g)    Adept in multilingual settings, spirited, pioneering, professional and nurturing


Building professional capacity

(a)    Developing short and medium-term staffing plans for Elementary  to further the school’s mission and aims.

(b)   Assisting in the recruitment of excellent teaching staff and their orientation to the school.

(c)    Ensuring that appropriate professional development opportunities are made available to staff members and that the benefits of these to both the staff member and to the school are maximized.

(d)   Conducting appraisals of teaching staff, within the framework established by school policy.

Maximizing student learning

(a)    Overseeing, throughout the Elementary Grades, the development and implementation of a coherent, consistently documented curriculum that is consistent with the school’s mission, vision and philosophy of teaching and learning.

(b)   Coordinating the design and implementation of a schedule of classes within Elementary to implement the school’s teaching and learning philosophy.

(c)    Encouraging student participation and influence in curriculum development and implementation.

(d)   Ensuring that regular communication takes place with parents about student progress and areas requiring improvement.

(e)   Overseeing the admissions process for students to Elementary, in conjunction with the Admissions Office.

(f)     Maintaining oversight of an After-School Activities program that provides students with stimulating opportunities in creative, physical activity and service-learning, as well as extended enquiry opportunities that complement the school’s curriculum.

(g)    Reinforcing high standards of behavior among our students.

(h)   Providing a structured method for students to reflect upon and record their learning journey.

(i)      Submitting budget plans for educational materials expenditure as requested by the school’s business office monitoring and managing spending against that budget.

Creating an ethos for the Elementary section of the school that supports and furthers the school’s Mission:

(a)    Developing an ethos throughout the Elementary section of the school of openness, respect, collaboration, enquiry and innovation.

(b)   Maintaining a visible, approachable and welcoming profile for parents and visitors, in particular to those directly associated with the  Elementary.

(c)    Reporting to the school community on events within the Elementary section of the school.

(d)   Attending school events and functions as appropriate.

(e)   Communicating, in a supportive way, decisions taken by the school leadership.

(f)     Ensuring that community members understand the curriculum programs of the elementary campus.

Overseeing the Elementary campus

(a)    Ensuring, with the Facilities and Maintenance Manager and Security Manager, the health and safety of Elementary  students, staff and visitors.

(b)   Utilizing campus facilities to support the school’s programs and aims.

(c)    Submitting budget plans for capital expenditure as requested by the school’s business office, monitoring and managing spending against that budget.

Whole school leadership

(a)    Collaborating with other members of the school leadership team in developing school action plans within the framework of the school-wide strategic plan.

(b)   Providing support to the Director in Board meetings and reporting.

(c)    Implementing school policies.

(d)   Contributing to the building of a whole-school ethos across our two campuses.


The salary and benefits package will be internationally competitive, and commensurate with the qualifications and previous experience of the successful candidate. Further details will be given to short-listed candidates.


IST is committed to hiring outstanding educators and is cognizant of our responsibilities to provide  a safe and caring learning environment for our community.  Therefore, IST has implemented child protection procedures for all employees, and will require up-to-date and accurate screening information.



Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest possible opportunity, but no later than September 24th, 2021.  Candidates should note, however, that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, IST reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.  For this reason, it is very important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

  • A letter of application, briefly outlining why you wish to apply for the Elementary Principal position at IST  and what specific skills, qualities and experience you  can offer;
  • A current resume/CV (no more than two pages);
  • A statement of educational and leadership philosophy (not to exceed two pages)
  • The names and full contact details of at least professional referees;

Please note that all materials must be in a single pdf attachment of 4 MB or less and sent to mhardeman@istafrica.com.  The review of candidates will begin as soon as applications are received.

Additional Information about the International School of Tanganyika can be found on the school’s website at www.istafrica.com


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