Junior School Principal at International School Basel in Switzerland
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Junior School Principal
International School Basel (Switzerland)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Sep 16, 15

International School of Basel, Switzerland

seeks a

Junior School Principal

effective August 2016


The School

International School Basel (ISB) is an English-language international day school for students from ages 3 to 18. It is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). ISB is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for younger students aged 3 to 11, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students in the final two years of their school careers.




The City of Basel

ISB is connected to the city of Basel by excellent public transport and road systems. Many students and staff live within the environs of Basel or across the borders in France and Germany, and travel to and from school by tram, bus, rail or bicycle. The EuroAirport at Basel-Mulhouse is accessible by car and bus and provides easy access to other European hubs such as Amsterdam, London and Paris.


The city of Basel is a thriving location for cultural and commercial activity. Theatres, museums, carnivals, art and trade fairs abound; pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, scientific research and banking are strongly associated with the city. Sport and recreation is a major feature of Basel life, and is well represented by FCB football club and tennis (Roger Federer is a Basel native); cycling, swimming and many other physical activities are very popular with many citizens.

Basel has a long and strong reputation in representing and supporting many academic disciplines, in particular those connected to the sciences, mathematics and philosophy. Erasmus, Jung and Nietzche are counted among the city’s historical residents and the University of Basel is the oldest in Switzerland.



ISB Facilities

ISB was founded in 1979. Situated where the edge of Basel meets the countryside, and just a few kilometres south of the city centre, the School comprises three purpose-built campuses—Reinach, Fiechten and Aesch—representing the Senior, Middle and Junior Schools.


All three campuses enjoy spacious and comfortable classrooms, including specialist rooms dedicated to science, technology, art, drama and music; auditoria and dining rooms; first-aid rooms; playgrounds accommodating a wide range of recreational equipment; well-stocked, multi-media libraries; sporting facilities including indoor gymnasiums, artificial surface pitches, climbing walls, and indoor and outdoor courts, fields and tracks.


Internet, wireless and landline connectivity exists throughout the School. The IT infrastructure allows for teaching and learning activities to be communicated at home and in the classroom. The School embraces the use of technology to support teaching and learning, and is proactive in its planning for current and future technology requirements.   






As of September, 2015, the School has on role approximately 1400 students. Currently, the Junior School at Aesch campus has 600 student enrolled. Upwards of 60 nationalities are represented among staff and students.







The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of teaching and learning at ISB, ensuring that adults model its attributes and students understand and embrace its relevance.


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) PYP1 – 8

The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child as an inquirer, inside and outside the classroom. The programme provides a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children and prepares them towards becoming active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.


Our teachers work towards preparing students to become internationally minded citizens with attributes outlined in the IB Learner Profile.  There is an integrated approach to teaching and learning, and a variety of differentiated teaching methods are drawn from a range of exciting learning tasks and strategies applied to all key learning areas. Specialist teachers plan and work collaboratively with classroom teachers to implement a trans-disciplinary programme of inquiry. This is achieved by integrating subject areas so students can make connections within the programme.

Subjects taught are Mathematics, Language, Science, Social Studies and the Arts. Specialist Subjects include Music, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Information & Communication Technology, and German.



There are approximately 270 members of staff (academic and support) within the School.


ISB Mission

ISB is committed to creating a welcoming environment for students and families from across the globe and to promoting learning and respect for people of all nationalities, religions and cultures. The mission of ISB is to provide students with an international education held to the highest academic standards.



The International School of the Basel Region AG (ISBR AG) is a not-for-profit shareholding company registered under Swiss law. The purpose of the Company is the operation of an English speaking private day school for girls and boys aged from three to nineteen years on a non-profit and self-supporting basis.


The ISBR AG has a 7 to 12 member Board elected by the shareholders. The Board is responsible for the governance of the School as a non-sectarian, politically neutral entity that provides an education promoting learning, cultural and international understanding and respect for all nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.


The Director is the chief executive officer of the ISBR and, with the support of senior management, has full operational control of the School.


The Junior School

ISB’s Junior School is based at Aesch campus and supports students throughout the Primary Years Programme (PYP1 – 8/approximately 3 – 11 years of age).



The Position

The Principal will provide professional leadership and administration to motivate the performance of instructional and support personnel in order to provide the best possible opportunities for student growth and development, both educationally and personally.


The Principal’s responsibilities include general administration related to the day-to-day running of the Junior School, oversight of the curriculum and the pastoral welfare of the Junior School students, budgeting and the effective provision of resources, student admissions, participation in recruitment, staff appraisal and training. The job holder is expected to provide inspiration and vision for the School in order to secure its success.


Professional Qualifications and Qualities

  • Master’s degree in Educational Management or equivalent;
  • Classroom teacher certification/qualification to teach at the Junior School level;
  • An excellent and extensive record of experience as a school administrator;
  • Prior experience working internationally and with families in a multicultural environment;
  • Experience in managing a budget and delivering against financial targets;
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to motivate staff essential;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and plan collaboratively with colleagues, staff, parents and students;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, both verbal and written;
  • Strong organisational, time management and multi-tasking skills;
  • The maturity and commitment to exercise sound judgment;
  • Able to work with tact and discretion and to maintain appropriate confidentiality;
  • IT competent;
  • Demonstrated reliability in current position including an excellent attendance record;
  • Must be free of physical limitations that would exclude performance of any of the above tasks;
  • Work during times of school closure will be required;
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility, reliability and initiative in support of all ISB related activities.


Interested candidates are welcome to submit application including contacts for four references, electronically to recruitment@isbasel.ch  The Cover Letter and CV must be in English. Please note that hardcopy applications will not be accepted.


A closing date for applications is not included with this posting as an offer will be extended as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.


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. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Robert Barlas is the author of the Teaching Overseas Handbook.