Lower School Principal at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
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Lower School Principal
Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Sep 16, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Dear Search Colleagues,

On behalf of the American School of Rio, we wish to announce that Doreen Garrigan has been appointed as Lower School Principal starting in July 2020.

Doreen is currently the Primary School Principal at The Western International School of Shanghai, China, having served previously at The American International School of Bucharest.  


Paul Poore, Senior Consultant

Search Associates


The American School of Rio de Janeiro seeks an experienced Lower School Principal

for its Gavea campus, to commence July 2020


To make a difference - This is the common purpose that we share as educators at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro. It has been our school’s mission for over 80 years and continues to be the fundamental belief that drives all of us as we work with the EARJ community to offer a world-class American international education in the ‘cidade maravilhosa’ that is Rio de Janeiro.


The history of EARJ is a story of change, of innovation and of ambition. It is a story that has taken EARJ from a small villa on the beach at Ipanema, to the opening in 1971 of our iconic rainforest campus in Gávea, to our more recently-opened second campus in Barra, designed to bring an EARJ education to those who live in the rapidly growing western area of Rio de Janeiro.

Our school is unique in many ways, not least because of its alumnae, many of whom are second, third or even fourth generation graduates of EARJ. They help us to remain connected to our past as we look to innovate, change, grow and embrace the world ahead of us. Our community is diverse ethnically, culturally and linguistically. Our student body blends the internationality that comes from so many home nations on our roll, with the international mindedness and global outlook of our Brazilian families who are ambitious for their children to become global citizens. Our faculty body is similarly diverse yet united by both a commitment to the ideals of international education and a joy in being a part of the EARJ story.


In the Gavea Lower School Principal Candidate Information Pack you will learn more about the role and the leadership characteristics that we are looking for in our new Gavea Lower School Principal, as well as information  about the competitive package that we are able to offer. The pack contains further information about our school, the city in which we live, and the nation that provides such a rich context for the work that we do as educators. You will read about the values we hold, the programs we are developing, and the qualities that distinguish the educators who work here at EARJ.


The future for the EARJ Lower School is incredibly exciting. The Board has just approved a roadmap that will lead to EARJ adopting the PYP across both the Gavea and Barra campuses over the course of the next three to four years. Working in collaboration with the Barra Lower School Principal, the new Gavea Lower School Principal will play a key role in ensuring that the PYP is implemented successfully in order to take our school forward. If you want to lead in a very special community, embarking on an exciting PYP journey, and if you want to make a real difference through the work that you do, then maybe EARJ is the kind of community where you will feel at home.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials electronically (as single or separate PDF documents) in one email:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the position; listing your strengths as a candidate and how your qualifications and experience align with our school's values and our candidate profile
  • A current resumé not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of at least 3 referees with current phone numbers and email addresses, one of whom should be your current employer.

Applications should be sent to: Paul Poore, Senior Consultant, Search Associate: ppoore@searchassociates.com  by October 11, 2019


September 16-October 11              Advertisement/Application Period

October 11                                    Application Deadline

October 14-18                              Initial candidate screening and first round interviews

October 21-25                              Semi-finalist candidate interviews

November 4-8                              Finalist interviews on site in Rio de Janeiro


Please note that, In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, EARJ reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.

EARJ is committed to child safe recruitment practices. The school shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the selection and interview of all potential new hires ensures that appropriate screening and checks are conducted.


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Gary MacPhie is based in Toronto, Canada where he started his teaching career, and then spent 26 years overseas as a teacher, principal and recruiter in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.