Middle School Assistant Principal/Principal at The International School of Panama in Panama
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Middle School Assistant Principal/Principal
The International School of Panama (Panama)

Oct 30, 18
Jan 15, 18

 Middle School Assistant Principal


Principal 2020-2022


The International School of Panama (ISP) seeks a dynamic educational administrator with a deep knowledge of middle school level functions and structures, experience with curriculum leadership, a collaborative mindset, and outstanding communication skills to assist our middle school principal. The successful candidate will be committed to the growth and development of students, faculty, staff, and self, and to the establishment of the ISP middle school as a world-class program.



Panama is a rugged and mountainous country located on the narrow isthmus linking North and South America.  It is in the tropical region just north of the equator and has two seasons, wet and dry.  Panama’s population is approximately 3.4 million.

Panama City, with a population of 1.5 million, is situated on the Pacific coast and has become a business and economic hub in the Central American region; it is a multinational, modern metropolis with all the benefits and dynamism of a large population center, and is known as a safe and easy place to live and work.  Excellent medical care is available as are fine dining, modern apartments, and low cost shopping.  Good roads provide easy links to tourist areas.  Divers and surfers have excellent opportunities to explore the waters off Panama, the beaches along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean.  National parks offer pristine nature and wildlife, and a variety of hiking options.  The Panama Canal is a signature attraction, and one of the greatest engineering feats of modern times.



The Position

This position will serve as the ASSISTANT principal for the 2019-2020 SY. Upon successful completion of this assignment the candidate will become the PRINCIPAL in 2020-2021 SY. The best candidate will have the opportunity to perform during the first year as the assistant principal, get acquainted with the position and have a solid vision of the school needs for the future.

For SY 2019-2020, the primary function of the MS Assistant Principal, in partnership with the current principal, at the International School of Panama is to organize and foster a positive, safe environment that is conducive to best meeting the needs of all students, staff and parents. The MS Assistant Principal is a critical leader who works in partnership and assists the principal to build a cohesive team, supports and leads the MS faculty and staff, and works to ensure outstanding results are measurably achieved. The Assistant Principal acts in the capacity of the principal during the principal’s absence from the school. ISP seeks a dynamic educational administrator, creative, open-minded professional, highly motivated, committed, with a good sense of humor, ability to cope with the unexpected and with a deep knowledge of middle school level functions and structures, experience with curriculum leadership, a collaborative mindset, and outstanding communication skills. The successful candidate will be committed to the growth and development of students, faculty, staff, and self, and to the establishment of the ISP middle school as a world-class program. 


  Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Management functions

  •  Assist the Principal in the overall administration of the Middle School.
  • Assist the principal with maintaining, evaluating and improving operating systems and processes.
  • Assist the principal with facilities and technology.
  • Coordinate with the counselor to supervise students and support student discipline.

Leadership functions

  • Participate and assist in school events and serve as an active liaison and problem solver with students, parents, and staff.
  • Assist the principal with direct supervision and evaluation of teachers; assist with the joint supervision, and provide input for evaluations as necessary.
  • Assist with the recruiting, screening, hiring, training, assigning and evaluating of the school’s professional staff.

Professional Learning

  • Meet with grade level teams during appropriate planning times to help with coordination and planning of curriculum.
  • Work with the administrative team to plan, implement and evaluate professional development.
  • Supervise and evaluate teachers and support staff as directed by the principal.


  • Communicate with grade level and specialist teams.
  • Maintain and share school vision for ongoing improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Gather information/data from parents, students and staff as needed.
  • Assist the principal in providing parents with information regarding curriculum, instruction, divisional procedures and special events.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Work collaboratively with staff and administrators to facilitate improvement and refinement of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • Regularly observe teachers and teaching assistants to provide feedback, to facilitate student learning, and foster ongoing improvement of instruction using best practices and school goals.
  • Develop teachers’ conceptual knowledge and skills in the specified curriculum areas.

Student Support

  • Provide leadership and work in collaboration with different specialists to develop a comprehensive program to better support our students.
  • Coordinate the sharing of information with staff regarding best practices in student support. Ensure, along with other school administrators, that student support is provided at an appropriate level to meet the needs of our students.




  • Successful experience as a teacher in the middle school grades
  • A comprehensive understanding of the developmental needs of middle school students
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and understanding of curriculum development, a passion for education, and a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Proven successful experience in a leadership role.  Enthusiastic and visionary leader
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral
  • The ability to problem solve under pressure
  • A commitment to collaboration and shared leadership
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Proven organizational and technological skills
  • Qualifications in educational leadership (or current study in that field)
  • Sense of humor
  • Flexibility and patience
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Effective interpersonal and professional communication skills
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive criticism

Strongly Preferred:

  • Qualifications/advanced study in subject specific areas
  • Experience in school administration
  • Experience in an international school setting

 Minimum Requirements:


Education:  BA required; Master’s degree preferred

Experience:   A minimum of 5 - 7 years of experience in the field of education, preferably including a combination of teaching and administrative.

Application Process

Candidates should submit the following through; https://www.isp.edu.pa/apps/pages/open_positions

  • Brief letter of application stating reason for interest in the position
  • A current CV/ resume, not to exceed two pages
  • A statement of philosophy of education and educational leadership, not to exceed one page
  • Two letters of reference

November 30th, 2018 is the deadline for applications. Candidates should note that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISP reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline. For this reason, it is very important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

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 Gez Hayden led the first international school authorized to offer all three IB programs in China.