Elementary School Principal at The American School of Barcelona in Spain
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Elementary School Principal
The American School of Barcelona (Spain)

Nov 19, 20
Jan 15, 21



Job Title: Elementary School Principal


REPORTS TO: School Director

SUPERVISES: Elementary School students and staff


About ASB

Located in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area, The American School of Barcelona is a private, non-profit, coeducational day school serving students from 3-18 years old.  ASB offers a balanced approach to learning in an international environment for over 880 students.


ASB believes that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.


ASB’s faculty embodies the values of continuously improving through innovation, creating responsible global citizens, and developing independent and critical thinking students while providing a caring environment that gives students the self-confidence to maximize their potential within a context of diversity.  With this in mind, ASB is committed to the professional development of its faculty and offers educators a rich professional experience for continuous growth and improvement.



Position Overview

The ES Principal serves as the educational leader and chief administrator of the elementary school, responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Senior Leadership to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe, child-centered learning environment that meets and exceeds ASB’s core values, following the approved curricula and directives of the school. Achieving academic excellence requires that the Elementary School Principal work collaboratively to lead and nurture all members of the school staff and to communicate effectively with parents, members of the community, and colleagues. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for planning, curriculum development, program evaluation, extracurricular activities, personnel management, financial management, emergency procedures, resource scheduling, and facilities operations.

Job duties

Instructional Supervision and Staff Development:

As the instructional leader, strategically co-plan professional learning opportunities for staff that align with and support ASB´s strategic goals, mission and vision.

Effectively supervise the instructional performance of the professional staff through frequent and ongoing observation.

Support staff members whose performance is not meeting ASB expectations by developing appropriate instructional improvement programs with the Teaching and Learning team.

Provide assistance to the professional staff in developing effective classroom management and discipline techniques.

Monitor team teaching activities and coordinate student grouping.


Staff Selection and Assignment:

Assist in the selection and assignment of elementary school personnel based on knowledge of ability, qualifications, past performance, and school needs.

Demonstrate a concern for heterogeneity in staff selection and assignment.


Personnel Evaluation:

Implement ASB’s evaluation plan utilizing adequate observation time.

Develop improvement plans for any staff members not meeting expectations.


Curriculum Development, Supervision and Evaluation:

Demonstrate a knowledge of ASB’s curriculum and standards, more specifically: common core standards, Reading/Writing Workshop, and STEM best practices.

Implement the school’s curriculum scope and sequence.

Utilize MAP test results in analyzing program effectiveness and identifying areas needing improvement.

Participate in the review and/or recommend for approval all elementary textbooks and curriculum materials.


Student Assessment and Monitoring:

Emphasize student achievement as the primary goal of the educational program..

Support and implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to meet the needs of all students.

Administer systematic and effective methods of objectively monitoring student progress.

Monitor and assist in the development of Individual Educational programs for all students identified as exceptional.

Supervise health, guidance and attendance services.


Establishing an Effective Workplace:

Maintain adequate student discipline through the implementation of a fair and effective discipline code.

Encourage positive staff morale.

Define, articulate and promote the internalization of the school’s philosophy.

Demonstrate prudent risk taking and vision in the interest of school improvement and establish and clearly communicate building priorities and long-range goals.

Promote a tightly managed environment collectively committed to quality instruction.       

Ensure that student and teacher schedules are developed which optimally utilize available resources.


Establishing Effective Communications:

Implement an effective method for reporting student progress.

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the various elements of the school community.

Develop open communication by respecting differences of opinion and reacting appropriately.

Effectively communicate and support management team decisions and school board policies.

Conduct planned, meaningful and effective meetings including student orientation programs as needed.


Decision Making and Problem Solving:

Make decisions in consideration of alternatives, consequences and applicable research.

Avoid crisis situations by anticipating problems and making timely, clearly communicated and effectively implemented decisions.

Follow established administrative protocol.


Community Relations:

Personally interact with parent groups to promote positive school/community relations.

Inform community of school activities through appropriate media and encourage parent and community participation in those activities.

Promote the incorporation of community resources into the school program.

Effectively communicate with a linguistically and culturally diverse staff, student and parent community.


Personal Development:

Demonstrate continued personal growth through participation in professional activities and organizations.


Building Management:

Supervise the implementation of rules and procedures for student and staff safety.

Promote an aesthetically pleasing environment in the school.

Monitor building, office and equipment maintenance.


Record Keeping and Financial Management:

Provide for the maintenance of accurate and current personnel, student and fiscal records.

Supervise the preparation of accurate budgets and effectively monitor expenditures.

Ensure the accurate and efficient preparation of required district reports and requisitions.



The Elementary School Principal will be evaluated annually by the School Director in accordance with the evaluative instrument approved by the Board for this purpose.


Opportunities and Challenges

Opportunities for the next Elementary School Principal include:

Playing an important role in a dynamic, active school with a strong sense of purpose and direction

Participating in a leading Reading/Writing Workshop Program among international schools

Potential to grow a project based learning approach to elementary education

The support of a fully engaged Director and a strong administrative team that works well together

To collaborate with a Teaching and Learning team to co-plan professional development and support an elementary coaching model.

An outstanding faculty that appreciates the school’s commitment to excellence in education and to their own professional growth and development

An attractive and well-maintained campus and Elementary building inaugurated in 2014.

Supportive parents who are proud of their school

A strong sense of community spirit

A school that is not in a bubble, with active programs both locally and internationally

Living and working in a safe, warm and vibrant city like Barcelona


Challenges for the next Elementary School Principal include:

Succeeding a well established and successful elementary principal

Leading a school post Covid and the lack of knowledge of potential impact

Taking the time to get to know the community and to make a smooth transition

Guiding the faculty in adopting a project based learning approach while maintaining the school´s foundational curriculum structures.  

Being a calming, positive, directive instructional leader that unites faculty and leadership in a time of change.


Profile description

Instructional leader with expertise in Reading/Writing Workshop and mathematics instruction

Experience in an international setting working with a culturally and linguistically diverse community.

An instructional leader, strong in curriculum,  knowledgeable about scheduling, and current with professional development and standards-based assessment

A good listener and strong communicator

An experienced and effective manager

Flexible, open-minded, ability to think outside the box

Ability to maintain confidentiality


A calm , kind and warm personality with a high EQ

Sensitive to cultural differences

Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset

Excellent people skills


Benefits and Conditions

Three year contract on a full time schedule (Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 17:00; Wednesdays 9:00 - 17:30).

Free three-course lunch on school and teacher work days

Professional development allowance and opportunities

Overseas hires will receive a relocation allowance, housing search assistance, and a transportation allowance from home of record

Apply by: January 15, 2021

Starting date: August 2021


RECRUITING PRINCIPLES: ASB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks, to the maximum extent permitted by law, will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.


ASB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its recruiting and educational policies.


NOTE: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorised to give instructions or assignments. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.



Application process

Candidates who wish to apply should submit the information requested below in the form and manner requested.

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Elementary School Principal role at The American School of Barcelona.
  •  A current resume not to exceed two pages.
  • A one or two-page statement outlining your philosophy of education.
  • A one-page list of at least four references who have directly supervised the performance of the candidate with the current phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • A maximum of four letters of recommendation which you may already have in your possession.

Candidates should send the requested information in a single PDF attachment.

Please send all materials to Ms. Ana Mercadal at: amercadal@asbarcelona.com

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Julie Ryan was named a National Distinguished Principal by the U.S. State Department and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.