Head of Primary School at International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia
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Head of Primary School
International School of Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Sep 1, 19
Oct 15, 19

International School of Ulaanbaatar

Head of Primary School Search


General Information: The International School of Ulaanbaatar is a non-profit, independently-governed international school located in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar.  The enrollment ranges from 350 to 370, with 45-55% of the students in the primary division.  Students come from 30 countries, with many of them dependents of embassies in Ulaanbaatar.  Approximately 15% of the students are Americans, 15% are Australian, 35% are Mongolian and the remaining 35% are of other nationalities.

The Head of Primary is the curricular, instructional and motivational leader of the primary school.  She/he works closely with the Director, the Deputy Director, the Head of Secondary and the PK-12 Administration.  Collectively, they form a team that supports the faculty and the students.

The initial contract is for three years, renewable annually thereafter. The contract year is 210 days, which includes periodic weekend duties.  Salary and benefits are competitive with similar schools in the region, and include:  Pension payment; housing allowance; health insurance; settling in/shipping allowance; and support for professional development. 


  • A minimum of 2 years of prior experience as an administrator in a PK-12 setting
  • A minimum of 5 years of prior teaching experience in primary grade levels
  • Prior teaching and/or administrative experience in the IB PYP Programme
  • Teacher and administrator certification (or equivalent), where appropriate
  • Advanced university degree
  • Prior overseas teaching and/or administrative experience desirable
  • A willingness to assist with activities and duties outside of the office

Job Description: The Head of Primary School provides leadership for the planning, development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of the primary school division in collaboration with students, parents, faculty, primary school leadership team and senior administration.  The Head of Primary reports to and collaborates with the Director and Deputy Director, and works with all school constituencies.

Professional Qualifications Sought:

  • Possess a Masters Degree or higher in Education and a current administrator credential/ certificate/license, where appropriate
  • Possess a profound understanding of enquiry and differentiation in pedagogy, together with a desire to be actively engaged in all aspects of the delivery of ISU’s primary school curriculum
  • Possess a strong understanding of criterion-referenced assessment
  • Strong understanding of, and strong support for, the IB Programmes
  • Ability to use data to inform educational decision making
  • Demonstrate success in promoting learning as both a teacher and a Principal
  • Ability to work well with all constituents to create a shared vision for excellent education
  • Provide evidence of a passion for learning and for the profession of teaching, genuine care for students and the ability to effectively collaborate with a wide variety of people to further develop a high-performing learning community
  • Possess exceptional interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a multi-cultural/multi-lingual school community

Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Sustain and develop the culture of learning, collaboration and professional self improvement among the primary school faculty for the primary purpose of promoting the education of the whole child
  2. Oversee primary school curriculum development, refinement, implementation and evaluation
  3. Work closely with the IB Programme Coordinators, the Head of Secondary and the Director on PK-12 curriculum articulation, review and revision
  4. Develop and implement annual primary school division objectives focused on continuous improvement and aligned with the ISU Strategic Plan
  5. Monitor student performance on a regular basis and use the information to guide the further development of action plans focused on improving student learning
  6. Make specific recommendations for instruction, taking into consideration current educational research and practices as well as specific primary school needs
  7. Actively participate in consultation and decision-making regarding student admissions and progression

Faculty and Staff:

  1. Assist in the recruitment, selection, orientation, supervision, development and evaluation of the primary school professional staff, including but not limited to classroom teachers, counselor, librarian and student services personnel
  2. Coordinate the assignment of students to classes and the development of the primary master schedule


  1. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for internal and external school communication
  2. Liaise with various groups (such as the PTG, Student Council, members of the school’s administrative staff) to ensure that a positive and productive working relationship is sustained

Planning & Reporting:

  1. Develop an annual budget for the primary school, and monitor expenditures throughout the year consistent with the approved school-wide budget
  2. Provide regular updates on the primary school as needed by administration
  3. Attend Board committee meetings as needed

Other duties:

  1. Consistently model the core values of ISU
  2. Actively support community service and the development of student action and agency
  3. Support a wide range of co-curricular activities (athletic, creative and academic)
  4. Represent ISU to students, parents, faculty, staff, and the broader school community in a professional manner
  5. Recognize and strengthen personal performance through feedback and self-reflection, participation in professional development activities, exploration of educational research and participation in professional organizations
  6. Work cooperatively with the school Director and other administrative colleagues to plan and support PK-12 initiatives and programs
  7. Support and implement child protection practices in the primary school

 To Apply:       In order to be considered for this administrative opening at ISU, please send the following items as one single PDF or document of no greater than 5MB to principal.search@isumongolia.edu.mn:

  • A cover letter not to exceed two pages
  • A CV of no more than two pages
  • A statement of educational and leadership philosophy
  • A list of at least three supervisory references, including email and telephone details

  • Up to three recent letters of reference which may already be in your possession

The deadline for applications is Tuesday October 15, 2019. Long-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone or Skype. Short-listed candidates may be brought to ISU for on-site interviews thereafter.  Should a suitable candidate be found earlier in the process, ISU reserves the right to cancel the search and make the appointment ahead of this stated timeline.

Please note that ISU subscribes to child protection recruitment practices.  Candidates in the advanced stages of the process will be asked to provide information to help us ascertain their suitability for employment at the school.


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.

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