Head of Primary School at International School of Denver in USA
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Head of Primary School
International School of Denver (USA)

Dec 27, 19
Jan 17, 20


 International School of Denver


Job Title:

Head of Primary School

(ECE-Gr 5)



1.0, Exempt





Head of School


ISDenver seeks in its next Head of Primary School a high-energy and driven individual who is approachable and professional, collaborative, fair-minded and evenhanded, with excellent listening and communication skills. The successful candidate will be a proven administrator who exudes energy, decisiveness, a sense of humor, and has the organizational and interpersonal skills necessary for working with a dynamic faculty, a diverse student population, and a dedicated parent community.


 Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports the Head of School in ensuring the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively in the primary school, demonstrating the vision and values of the school in everyday work and practice and motivating and working with others to create a shared culture and positive climate.
  • Plays a major role under the direction of the Head of School in formulating and operationalizing the strategic plan of the primary school, establishing the policies through which they shall be achieved, managing staff and resources to achieve the aims and objectives of the school and monitoring progress towards their achievement.
  • Leads the K1-G5 curriculum development process including working with faculty to establish/ maintain standards and benchmarks in all subject areas, and developing a common K1 – G5 curriculum vocabulary, common learning principles and common pedagogical approaches.
  • Leads the development and training of staff to ensure effective pedagogical and administrative practices are implemented across all programs and grade levels.
  •  Enhances the school’s reputation and profile as an innovative place for teaching and learning.
  •  Acting academic head of school in his/her absence.
  •  Leads the behavior management processes in the lower school in collaboration with student services


 Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Coordinates the development of the primary school academic program.
  • Oversees the implementation of standards and benchmarks across ECE and lower school, including divisional transitions, developing the overall scope and sequence and coordinating curriculum mapping.
  • Create a learning culture around the ISDenver teaching and learning principles, ensuring teachers and students understand and are implementing these principles consistently and effectively.
  • Coordinates and oversees various academic matters including scheduling, recording and sharing of departmental grades and external testing results and publication of the K1-G5 course and curriculum guides and ensure up to date information is available in relation to curriculum and learning.
  • Develops proposals for curriculum change.
  • Supports the study and selection of curriculum materials.
  • Works cooperatively with the Division Principals, Assistant principals, coordinators, and language leaders in the direction and supervision of curricular programs for teachers and administrators through appropriate outlets for the purpose of improving learning and teaching.
  • Monitors the work of the Student Support Team (K1-5)
  • Oversee the School Libraries and Librarians in collaboration with the middle school principal

 Professional Development/Recruitment and Training


  •   Works with the appropriate administrative staff to establish and supervise an effective professional development application process for faculty
  • Develops links between the evaluation process and professional development in alignment with school goals.
  • Supports faculty recruitment and hiring, including screening and interviewing of candidates (ECE-Gr 5).
  • Works closely with the Principals to ensure that the school’s reflection, evaluation and growth policies are properly implemented by monitoring the annual cycle and its improvements.
  • Observes and evaluates teachers, in coordination with Principals and assistant principals, and assists when improvement is needed.
  • Manages in-house Professional Development sessions throughout the year.
  • Works cooperatively with the Principals, Assistant principals, language leaders, and Coordinators in the direction and supervision of professional development for teachers and administrators through appropriate outlets.
  • Coordinates, along with the middle school principal, the school’s opening meetings including the new teacher orientation program, and mentoring programs
  • Researches, promotes and organizes training for academic and administrative leaders.


  • Monitors the accreditation process for all the programs, liaising with and supporting accreditation leaders and Head of School to ensure all processes and procedures are followed appropriately.
  • Assists Head of School in any international school accreditation process.

Other responsibilities

  • Assists the Head of School in all areas deemed appropriate and necessary.

Desired Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  •   Master’s Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent, preferably Master of Education or School Administration, required
  • A proactive person who motivates and inspires others with his or her energy and enthusiasm, collaborative approach and focus on results.
  • Wisdom and confidence to provide advice and counsel on sensitive matters of importance with respect to the school.
  • Understands the “big picture” and can delegate or execute tasks as needed.
  • Comfortable working on complex issues and handling multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Minimum 3 years previous principal leadership experience; K-5 school experience a plus
  • Successful training, managing and mentoring of staff members.
  • Ability to speak Chinese, French, Spanish preferred, but not required. Other second language also a plus.
  • Ability to document process and procedure, and manage logistical details with respect to personnel and program management
  • Knowledge of local, state, national and international policies which impact the school, as well as best practices, and research supported trends in elementary and middle school education
  • Knowledge and experience in Spanish, French, Chinese curricula and educational institutions preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of International Baccalaureate Organization policies and procedures
  • Experience working in an international school, IB and/or bi-lingual/multi-lingual school preferred, but not required.
  • Well-refined interpersonal skills and the ability to interact comfortably with a variety of people with public speaking ability in large group and smaller, more intimate settings.
  • Ability to promote a vision, communicate a strategy and see it through to practical execution
  • Knowledge of child development and commitment to stay current.


Physical Demands:

  • Regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee may occasionally be required to bend, stoop or kneel.


To apply, please visit our online portal and submit your application.  Please note, this position is NOT eligible for a visa:




No phone calls or emails, please.  This is a full time, benefitted position.  The position will be listed until January 17, 2020.


ISDenver reserves the right to remove the listing and/or hire prior to the listing removal date.


ISDenver is an EEO employer and follows all applicable employment laws.

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