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Middle School Principal - Bilingual (English-Dutch)
Dec 8, 21
Jan 12, 22
Middle School Principal
Apply by: 12 January 2022
Job start: August 2022
The Maartenscollege, a bilingual IB World School in the North of the Netherlands, Haren, is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and skilled Middle School Principal for grades 7 and 8.
The Middle School Principal will be responsible for a bilingual programme for approximately 300 students who follow between one third and two thirds of their subjects in English through the IB Middle Years programme.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Ability to lead and promote the IB Middle Years Programme
- Native or near native proficiency in English (CEFR level C2)
- Advanced communication skills in Dutch (at least CEFR level B2)
- Educational leadership experience and relevant training
- Excellent public relation and communication skills
- Affinity with the 11-14 age range
- Teaching qualifications and experience would also be expected although the position would not include any regular teaching duties
Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the rector, Mr Roel Scheepens, at email@example.com.
Applicants will need to apply online via: https://carmel.nl/werken-bij/vacatures (Please note that the interface is in Dutch and that candidates’ command of Dutch will need to be good enough to manage this)
First stage interviews will be conducted virtually. Subject to restrictions, there will be a final selection event at the school.
The Maartenscollege (including the International School Groningen) is a bilingual IB World School located in the North of the Netherlands. The school is part of a large group of schools: the Carmel College Foundation.
The Maartenscollege offers bilingual education to 800 Dutch national students while the associated International School Groningen provides an English language education to approximately 200 students aged between 11 and 18. All departments run the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme, followed by either Dutch national examination tracks or the IB Diploma Programme.
We are an interconfessional school. This means that all faiths are welcome. We ourselves do not adhere to one faith, but we do believe that “knowledge is only half of the story” and that it is important to reflect together on all questions, not only the ones that come with answers. We believe in education for a better world and that is why we are a International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
All our students first follow the IB Middle Years Programme bilingually in English and Dutch.
After that students move on to a mavo, havo or vwo diploma. At the International School Groningen, which is also part of the Maartenscollege, students can even do the IB Diploma Programme entirely in English.
We offer a supportive and dynamic team of teachers and a well-resourced working environment. We offer the opportunity to receive high quality professional development both within the IBO as within the Carmel College Foundation.
This is, therefore, an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a highly successful IB World School in the North of the Netherlands.
School websites: https://maartenscollege.nl and https://isgroningen.nl/
School land line number: +31 (0)50-5275200
The School Leadership Team consists of
- The Rector (the executive director for both schools)
- The Upper School Principal (VWO) of the Maartenscollege
- The Upper School Princiapl (MAVO/HAVO) of the Maartenscollege
- The Middle School Principal of the Maartenscollege (this vacancy)
- The Head of School of the International School Groningen
- The Middle School Principal of the International School Groningen
Primary Responsibilities of the Middle School Principal at the Maartenscollege
The Middle School Principal Maartenscollege is responsible for educational matters in grades 7 and 8 (“leerjaar 1 & 2”, age 11-14) of the Maartenscollege. This is a bilingual programme for approximately 300 students where half of the students follow 1/3 of their subjects in Dutch and 2/3 in English while the other half follow 2/3 of their subjects in Dutch and 1/3 in English.
- Educational Leadership – Draw up team plans and lead team meetings about student support, assessment, reporting, curriculum and activities. Assign mentors to classes. Recruit new staff to fill vacancies. Conduct regular lesson observations to provide constructive feedback on classroom practice. Conduct annual professional evaluation interviews with teachers. Support the professional development needs of teachers.
- Implementation and further development of the IB MYP - Possess sophisticated understanding of the aims and practices of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and lead the teaching and learning accordingly in grades 7 and 8 (in collaboration with the MYP Coordinator and the School Leadership Team).
- Bilingual Instructional Leadership - Develop policies for and oversee the deployment of instructional strategies aimed at effective teaching and learning for all students, particularly in a bilingual context with mixed ability students. This includes the understanding and promotion of Content and Language Integrated Learning (in collaboration with the relevant Coordinators, Heads of Departments and the School Leadership Team).
- Student Recruitment – Present our government-funded bilingual MYP concept to the public and to potential new students and their families.
- Collaboration with Primary Education – Represent the school in interactions with local Primary Schools and collaborate with Primary Schools on the transition from Primary to Secondary.
- Quality Management – Interpret data on student achievement and satisfaction in order to improve the overall quality of student learning.
- Communication - Initiate and sustain meaningful and clear communication between school and home regarding students' progress and goals and school events and developments.
- Daily Management – Deal with teacher absences, incidents, etc.
- Whole school policy development (up to 20% of workload) - Adopt one or more areas of whole school policy development as part of being on the School Leadership Team.
This is an ideal opportunity for an educational leader who identifies with the IB teaching philosophy and who shares our mission to bring the IB educational experience to all students regardless of their parental income or background, in a school that is non-selective and fully state-funded, without charging any school fees.
We are looking for someone to create an ideal learning environment for 11-14 year old students and who can support teachers and mentors who work with this age range.
Because of the bilingual nature of the programme the ideal candidate would be a (near-)native speaker of English (CEFR C2) with sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language (CEFR B2) and culture to be able to function in a bilingual environment within Dutch society. We would expect the successful candidate to relocate to the Groningen/Haren area.
Our ideal candidate would combine the following qualifications and skills:
- Ability to lead and promote the IB Middle Years Programme
- Affinity with the 11-14 age range
- Native or near native proficiency in English (Common European Framework of Reference level C2)
- Advanced communication skills in Dutch (Common European Framework of Reference level B2 or better)
- Educational leadership training and experience
- Public relation and communication skills
- Teaching qualifications and experience would be expected although the position would not include any regular teaching duties
To assist those not familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the following may serve as a guideline:
CEFR level C2: can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
CEFR level C1: can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
CEFR level B2: able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
CEFR level B1: can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Salary and conditions
The initial two-year contract runs from 1 August 2022 – 31 July 2024 and may be continued as a permanent contract thereafter.
Salary: scale 12 (team leader, maximum monthly salary 5784 euro gross for a full time position)
- up to € 7500 reimbursement of costs for relocation and settling in
- thirteenth month salary in December
- 8% holiday bonus in May
- excellent pension arrangement
- personal budget of 50 hours per year for extra leave or task reduction
- work-related travel reimbursement
- discount for medical insurance
- up to one full year of 100% paid sick leave
- for foreign hires, up to 30% of the salary above a minimum threshold remains tax-free for up to first five years of employment in the Netherlands.
The school year in the Netherlands consists of at least 189 school days plus teacher work days. School holidays include six weeks of summer holidays, one week autumn break, two weeks Christmas holidays, one week Winter break, two weeks May holiday, plus long weekends around Easter, Ascension Day and Pentacost. Team leaders enjoy the same holidays as teachers and students except for the summer holidays, which are only five weeks for team leaders.
The deadline for applications is 6 January 2022. First stage interviews will be conducted virtually. Subject to restrictions, there will be a final selection event at the school.
12 January 2022
25 January 2022
Long list interviews online
4 February 2022
Short list interviews on site
7 February 2022
Contract interview with selected candidate
Mid February 2022
Official confirmation of appointment
The first day of the 2022-2023 school year will be Monday 29 August 2022 with a first leadership meeting on Wednesday 24 August 2022.