High School Principal at Colegio Panamericano in Colombia
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High School Principal
Colegio Panamericano (Colombia)

Apr 26, 22
May 31, 22



Colegio Panamericano – Bucaramanga, Colombia

Seeks a High School Principal

Start date: July 18, 2022

Interim One Year Contract – OR –

Full time Three Year Contract

Reports to: General Director


Founded in 1963, Colegio Panamericano is a progressive, non-profit school with a global perspective offering both Colombian and U.S. diplomas. The school has 850 students from EC2-12th grade and is continuing to grow. We are committed to a high quality, international education and envision our graduates as socially responsible, adaptable, life-long learners and leaders, capable of passionately pursuing their dreams. In 2018, Colegio Panamericano's STEM program was accredited by AdvancED/Cognia, making it the first school in South America with this certification. There are plans in process to build a new high school building. 


Our Purpose

Colegio Panamericano is a progressive, non-profit educational community with a global perspective offering both Colombian and U.S. diplomas.  Our rigorous curriculum and exemplary faculty empower students to develop their intellectual, physical, and ethical potentials in preparation for a quality university education and a successful life.

Our Vision

We envision our graduates as socially responsible, adaptable, life-long learners and leaders capable of passionately pursuing their dreams.


The Setting

Bucaramanga is the capital of the department of Santander. Known as the “City of Parks”, Bucamanga enjoys pleasant weather all year long. With a population of 1,000,000 inhabitants, the city is large enough to have all the amenities like shopping centers, hospitals, bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and markets, but also small enough to easily move around. It is nestled in the Andes mountains, which makes it the perfect location for visiting “pueblos” in the area or to do rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, cycling, and hiking in and around the famous Chicamocha Canyon.

The school is located in a suburb of Buaramanga called Floridablanca. The area around the school is a mixed commercial/residential areas where teachers can find everything that they need. This is also the neighborhood where most of the foreign hired teachers live. Most teachers live within a five minute walk to the school in apartments which are modern, spacious, and have 24-hour security and swimming pools.  

The Campus

The school campus includes several academic buildings including kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school sections. The coliseum offers indoor space for basketball and volleyball and the school has a large natural grass soccer field. Additionally, the school has several STEAM labs, a media center, lower school library, administration offices, a school store and restaurant and a school multipurpose auditorium.


High School Principal Job Description

The high school principal is part of the Senior Leadership team and oversees all aspects of the education program in grades 9-12 including staff hiring and supervision, curriculum implementation, community development, student learning and wellbeing and the day-to-day tasks of running the section.   


Qualifications and Experience

  • M.A./M.Ed./M.Sc. or equivalent

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, leadership and communication skills

  • Demonstrated success in a similar international or multicultural context

  • Understanding of middle and high school curriculum design, implementation and assessment (Common Core, Advanced Placement)

  • Experience with STEM and/or project-based learning.

  • Experience with special education, ELL and gifted student populations

  • Experience with budgeting and strategic planning

Personal Attributes and Characteristics

  • English and Spanish languages with excellent communication skills

  • A passion for working with high school-aged students

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: good listener, collaborative, people-oriented approach

  • Adaptable and self-reflective

  • Effective communicator who can articulate a vision to all stakeholders

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

  • An advocate for student learning and wellbeing

  • Effective at creating a positive climate and morale

  • Able to navigate the need to create high expectations with compassionate leadership in challenging times

Additional Resources:

School Website 

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Our GPS: A Pathway to the Future 

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Application procedure

  • A cover letter, no longer than two pages, expressing your interest in the position and articulating your strengths as a candidate.

  • A current resume.

  • A list of at least three references with current contact information.


Please send as a single PDF attachment to dan.yamasaki@panamericano.edu.co. For further information about Colegio Panamericano visit our website: www.panamericano.edu.co.


The deadline for application is May 31; however, the review of candidates will begin as soon as applications are received.

Did You Know…?

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