Head of School at Surabaya Intercultural School in Indonesia
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Head of School
Surabaya Intercultural School (Indonesia)

Appointed - Josh Bishop
Apr 1, 2020
May 2, 2020


Surabaya Intercultural School


Surabaya, Indonesia

Seeks a new Head of School


August 2021


Please note-  With the school currently closed due to the world health situation, please refer to the website to see pictures of engaging learning in action.  Please see the link to the website here.


Surabaya Intercultural School (SIS) offers an academically rigorous curriculum within a dynamic learning community where students are engaged, enlightened, and empowered to be creative and collaborative global leaders.

SIS is home to students who represent over 25 nationalities. The students experience a vibrant international mindset every day and show appreciation for other cultures. Our support for each individual and our learning culture make it easy for students coming in from, or going out to, other educational systems.

Core Learning Outcomes

Our philosophy is rooted in our school’s Core Learning Outcome.  SIS prepares students to be Balanced Individuals, Enlightened Thinkers, Engaged Communicators, and Empowered Global Citizens.


Surabaya Intercultural School first opened its doors under the sponsorship of the American Consulate in 1971. Its goal was to provide students with an opportunity to acquire an internationally based education. It began its operation with just 24 students. As the school grew, it moved in 1995 to the present campus, a site of 50,000 sq. meters located in Citra Raya, a self-contained city development in West Surabaya.

Surabaya Intercultural School is the only school in Surabaya accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. First accredited by WASC in 1985, SIS continues to pursue excellence in international education. The self-study and accreditation visits provide opportunities for our school community to reflect upon current practice and develop a plan to continue to move forward.

In the spring of 2012, SIS received authorization from the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the IB Primary Years Program for our elementary (EC 3 – Grade 5) students. For highly motivated high school students, SIS offers the competitive College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program, culminating with the opportunity for students to earn the AP Capstone Diploma.

Currently, SIS consists of Indonesian and international student populations from more than 25 countries. With both student body and faculty composed of a variety of cultures from around the globe, SIS seeks to provide an environment which fosters respect for, and appreciation of different cultures, including that of its host country, Indonesia.

Position Description: Head of School (beginning August 2021)

Budget and Finance: Works with the Finance Committee to prepare and present the annual budget; Establishes and maintains efficient procedures, controls, and monthly reporting of expenses and incomes against projections; Advises the Board on issues, problems, and options regarding the budget and finances of the school.

Board and Community Relationships: Collaborates with the Board on implementation of SIS’s Strategic Plan; keeps the Board informed on issues, needs and operation of the school; fosters a harmonious work relationship with the Board, and between the Board and teaching and administrative staff; ensures that the committees are communicating effectively and that their proceedings are documented.

Strategic Planning: Develops and implements short-term (single year) and long term (five year) strategic priorities as determined by the HOS and the board. 

Plant and Property Management: Develops and implements long-term facilities management plan; creates and enforces policies to govern the use, maintenance, and rental of school facilities; recommends and executes improvements, alterations and replacements; maintains adequate records and inventories of school property. 

Management of staff: Motivates highly qualified teachers and admin staff to fulfill the mission of the school. Administers a performance management program for staff and faculty.  Conducts regular meetings with all school staff to assure transparent communication.  Delegates responsibilities to senior staff.


Education: A graduate degree (MA, MS, Ed.D., Ph.D.) in education or educational leadership.

Minimum Experience and Knowledge: At least five years of successful educational leadership experience in an international school as principal or head of school, preferably in US curriculum and/or IB schools.  Regional experience is an advantage.

Age requirements: Under the age of 55 at time of hire (per Indonesian law) or under at the time of contract start (August 2021)

Required Competencies

Curriculum: Broad knowledge of curriculum and experience with development and implementation.

Administration, Budget, and Finance: Possesses a strong background in finance with a proven record of translating available financial resources into outstanding learning opportunities for students.  Develops and executes sound and fair personnel practices; develops team spirit, staff morale and cohesiveness; delegates authority to the maximum degree feasible for effective school operations. 

Marketing: Advancing the school through marketing, networking, and developing mutually beneficial partnerships

Community relations:  Fostering strong relationships with local and other international schools in Surabaya. Seeking opportunities for alumni involvement in school-based community initiatives. Supporting initiatives set forth by the Ministry of Education.

Qualities: Passionate, activist, visionary, open-minded, inspirational, confident, grounded, integrity, cultural and emotional intelligence.

Salary and Benefits:  The compensation package will be internationally competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications.  Further details will be provided to finalist candidates.


About Surabaya:

Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, is a vibrant port city home to 3 million people within the city limits and 10 million people in the greater metropolitan area.  Located in east Java, within 45 minutes to Bali or two hours to Singapore by plane, Surabaya has a tropical climate with distinct dry (summer) and wet (winter) seasons.  The school and teacher housing is located in “Citraland” a large suburban development on the southwest edge of the city marketed as the “Singapore of Indonesia.”


Procedure For Filing An Application:

The Board of SIS has appointed Search Associates as its partner in its search for a Head of School with Dr. Norma Hudson serving as the lead consultant.  The deadline for applications for the position is May 2, 2020.  Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as the Search Committee reserves the right to close the selection process at any time should the right candidate be identified.

Candidates should submit the following information in the format requested:

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages
  • A list of references of immediate supervisors including current email addresses and phone numbers
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession.

Please note that all materials must be scanned into a single pdf attachment of 4MB or less and sent to Search Associates at the email address listed below. Please send the complete application to nhudson@searchassociates.com.

Dr. Norma Hudson

Tel:  970-389-1906 Mountain Time Zone

Skype:  normajhudson

Email:  nhudson@searchassociates.com

The review of applications will begin as soon as applications are received.   Qualified candidates will be interviewed and potentially forwarded to the SIS Search Committee for further review.  At this point, finalist candidates will be invited to participate in virtual interviews to meet with members of the Board and other stakeholder representatives in late May.  The new Head of School will assume his/her professional responsibilities in August 2021.

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