Primary Principal (Early Years - Year 6) at Luanda International School of Angola in Angola
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Primary Principal (Early Years - Year 6)
Luanda International School of Angola (Angola)

Nov 8, 21
Dec 6, 21


Luanda International School (LIS) 

Luanda, Angola

Seeks a new Primary Principal (Early Years – Year 6) 

Effective August 1, 2022

Deadline for applications: Monday 06 December 2021 at 09:00 am (WAT)


We are seeking an exceptional person to join Luanda International School (LIS) and lead our Primary Section from August 2022. This role deserves someone dedicated and passionate about supporting the whole child to foster growth, learning, and healthy relationships, as well as inspire students and colleagues alike. We believe this is a unique school and context so we are looking for the right person to be part of our team. 


The School:

Luanda International School is a private coeducational day school, which offers an English medium educational programme for students from age 3 to 18. With representation from 42 different countries, including Angola, there is a real presence and sense of cultural diversity and internationalism which we celebrate and embrace. LIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is authorized to offer three International Baccalaureate programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP). We use these programmes as the framework for an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. As stated in our values, LIS is committed to self-review and continuous improvement. Although a relatively young school, LIS is fully accredited with NEASC and CIS. We have successfully completed a synchronized IB/CIS evaluation and continue to thrive. 

LIS was founded in 1996 and whilst it has grown over the years, it still has a warm family-like atmosphere. The students are our greatest pride and, along with our mission statement, take center place in our discussions, decisions, and community. We believe the quality of instruction in any school is only as good as the quality of its educators. Our teaching faculty are recruited from around the globe and bring a significant level of experience, qualifications, and passion to the LIS community. We are truly privileged to attract such a high caliber of internationally-minded educators and leaders. If you don’t know our school already then take a look at our website (, which offers all the information you need to find out who we are and what is important to us.  

The Role:

Being a Primary Principal is a complex and challenging position, as you must have a genuine appreciation of the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the young. Understanding this dynamic and creating effective, safe pastoral and academic support is the heart and soul of what makes an effective Primary Principal. Several key responsibilities come with such a position, so please see the Job Description for details.  To ensure we find the right person for this position, it is important for you to understand things that make LIS unique, what we value most, and areas where we need to see growth and improvement. As we are a community-minded school, focused on gathering the voice of all our stakeholders, the information and attributes below are common themes shared by our students, staff, and families in response to the key questions.

The Community: What do we want the new Primary Principal to understand about our school and community at LIS as well as life in Angola?

  • LIS is a safe and caring school where relationships are important. Students and staff like to be addressed by name.

  • We are proud to be LIS Lions. 

  • We believe a strong community and school culture is built on inclusion,  a sense of belonging, engaging the community, and celebrating our diversity within and beyond the classroom. 

  • We value an inquiry-based approach to learning. The Primary School learning resources, spaces, and facilities need some development. 

  • Angola is a vibrant country and can be rewarding in so many ways. It also comes with some challenges so flexible thinking and resilience are necessary.

  • We have over 40+ nationalities in our diverse learning community. Respect for ourselves and others, the environment, and our cultural context guide our thoughts, actions, and relationships. 

The Learning & Teaching:  What do we want the new Primary Principal to know about learning & teaching and our school in general?

  • A strong IB background and philosophical alignment to our vision, mission, and core values are important.

  • We are a multicultural and multilingual school community that wants to thrive. 

  • The School prioritizes the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of students. 

  • Student voice and agency are integral to our decision-making. Time spent in the classroom, playgrounds, co-curricular activities, and school events is time well spent. 

  • The learning resources at LIS need some investment to ensure students continue to thrive.

  • We like to learn with others. Some more engagement between year levels and school sections would help to enrich the learning experience. 

The Person: Effective principals need a range of skills, qualities, and experience to be effective leaders. What skills and capabilities should our new primary principal have that would be a “good fit” for our community?

  • We value a leader who is visible (in and out of the classroom) and approachable to all students, staff, and parents; someone who makes us feel comfortable.

  • LIS is a diverse learning community. We are seeking someone who is a community builder, culturally aware, and possesses strong communications skills. They should be able to communicate comfortably with individuals as well as large groups.

  • A growth mindset is critical. As the leader of learning, be open to leading and modeling professional learning and supporting the professional growth of staff and parents.

  • Happy teachers, happy students, happy parents. Set goals, priorities, and high expectations but don’t be afraid to nurture the well-being of self and others with genuine care and empathy. 

  • Embrace innovation and balance this with sensitive and timely change leadership strategies.

  • There will be challenges. A sense of team, calm, and humor is necessary. 

  • Using your experience, take time to learn about our school culture; understand what makes us special, and work together to define areas for improvement and growth.

Procedures for Application: Luanda International School has listed the vacancy with Search Associates. However, the school will manage the review and screening of applicants. 

The deadline for applications will be Monday 06 December 2021 at 09:00 am (WAT)However, interviews could well be conducted before the December deadline. The search and recruit committee reserves the right to close this search before the application deadline should a suitable candidate be found before then.  It is therefore in the best interests of serious candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A well-written one-page cover letter stating why this position matters to you

  • A clear resume that succinctly documents your experience, skills, and qualifications for this opportunity (not to exceed two pages)

  • A distinct statement of your educational leadership philosophy, not to exceed one page

  • A one-page list of references with current, accurate phone numbers, and work/personal email 

Applications should be emailed in a single PDF document no larger than 8MB to:

Thank you for your interest in this position!


Full Job Description:

Job Description 

Job Title

Primary Principal

School Section


Position Overview

An effective school is dependent on school-based leaders and the quality of leadership they provide. The Primary Principal will assist the Director and lead the Primary Leadership Team in providing the overall leadership and management of the educational programme for the Primary Section. The Primary Principal will report to the School Director and serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Key Expectations

Child Protection

  • All LIS employees are responsible for the safeguarding of children and must perform duties in accordance with the LIS Code of Conduct.

Data Protection

  • All LIS employees are expected to comply with existing laws and abide by the data protection principles.

  • All LIS employees must be committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that the organization processes, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection.

Essential Agreements

  • All Employees are expected to adopt and maintain a clear understanding of the Schools’ Vision, Mission, Values, and Parameters and embed these in all day-to-day practices and professional conduct.

  • All Employees must abide by the school’s policies, procedures, handbooks, employment contracts, and/or other agreements (as applicable).

Professional Growth Plans (PGP)

  • All LIS employees are expected to engage in continuous improvement through learning and development and to submit an annual PGP.

IB Standards and Practices


  • 0101-01: The governing body and school leaders articulate a purpose for learning that aligns with the IB’s philosophy and mission.

  • 0101-02: The school’s pedagogical leadership team embraces educational approaches that encourage students to become active, compassionate life-long learners.


  • Leadership 0201-01: The school regularly reviews and follows all IB rules, regulations, and guidelines to support programme implementation and ongoing development.


  • Coherent curriculum 0401-01: The school plans and implements a coherent curriculum that organizes learning and teaching within and across the years of its IB programme(s).

Guiding Principles

  • Contribute to the development and communication of a clear Primary School vision and development plan

  • Effectively communicate with all community stakeholders (students, staff, parents, Board)

  • Foster and develop a strong sense of belonging and international mindedness

  • Support student learning and achievement through collaborative effort and best practice

  • Support and promote the Early Years to Year 13 curriculum based upon the IB goals and mission

  • Lead change and empower innovation by incorporating current research and best practice in decision-making

  • Encourage reflection and capacity building from all members of the community

Strategic Leadership & Experience

As a member of the Primary Leadership and Senior Leadership teams:

  • Support and model the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, the LIS Mission, Vision, and Values

  • Have effective interpersonal, leadership, and decision-making abilities and the flexibility to work in a variety of settings

  • Have proven ability to successfully lead meaningful change in a school context

  • Able to see the big picture

  • Manage expectations and keep everyone on the same page


  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all in the Primary Section is the number one priority

  • Relationship orientated and student-centered

  • Develop and maintain a respectful culture that values opportunities for voice, open communication, constructive feedback, and trust within the school community

  • Demonstrate effective team leadership to produce a positive, balanced and healthy school culture that values the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of the school community

  • Be committed to excellence and holding students, teachers, leaders, and parents to high expectations

  • Respect, value, and develop the professional growth of all staff

  • Foster and develop agency in all members of the school community

  • Ensure effective, respectful collaborative practices


  • Promote and sustain safe and supportive learning environments that are conducive to inquiry, transdisciplinary, and concept-driven learning

  • Value and empower an inclusive environment for all students, staff, and families, and other members of the school community

  • Facilitate a positive school climate and build leadership capabilities in the staff of the Primary Section

  • Ensure that LIS has the facilities and resources to develop an outstanding academic, social/emotional, and co-curricular programme

Pedagogical leadership

  • Ensure student learning is the core focus of the school and decision-making

  • Ensure that the educational programmes in the Primary Section are inclusive and differentiated to support the learning of all students

  • In collaboration with Primary Leadership Team (Deputy Principal, and the PYP Coordinator ), implement and monitor the IB Primary Years Programme

  • In collaboration with the PYP Coordinator, develop a common understanding of the IB Primary Years Programme and ensure that all requirements of the programme are met

  • Support the transition of students and families into the PYP and onto the MYP

  • Work with the Co-Curricular Coordinator to plan and advocate for the programme

  • Support teachers with the management of students and parents of concern

  • Ensure that assessment, documentation, and reporting procedures are maintained

  • In collaboration with the Primary Leadership Team, ensure a suitable programme of Professional Learning and Supervision for the Primary Section faculty

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop and maintain a healthy home-school partnership with LIS families

  • Lead the process of recruitment and orientation of highly competent Primary Section staff

  • Supervise and lead the Primary Leadership Team and other section staff

  • Lead the development of systems, procedures, and guidelines that support and prioritize learning

  • Ensure policies, guidelines, and procedures are part of a cyclic review and are current

  • Work directly with the Designated Safeguarding Leader for Child Protection matters

  • Ensure that communication in the learning community is clear, targeted, and effective

  • Ensure successful processes for the planning and organization of events

  • Monitor and maintain the resources and facilities in the Primary Section, including operational, educational and capital budgets

  • In collaboration with other members of staff, conduct parent/staff information sessions that focus on learning in the Primary Section

  • In collaboration with the Deputy Principal, manage staff absences and cover for classes

  • Play an active role in the following teams: Senior Leadership, Whole School Leadership, Primary School Leadership, and Leaders of Learning

  • Attend LIS Board of Director/Board subcommittee meetings

  • Other responsibilities as assigned and required by the Director

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies

  • Strong intercultural understanding and awareness

  • High level of self-awareness

  • High level of competency and fluency with technology to enhance teaching and learning

  • Hands-on approach and results orientation

  • A strong, empathetic, and confident communicator with excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills

  • Highly diplomatic

  • Excellent conflict resolution skills and a commitment to work collaboratively with the school community including students, staff, parents, the LIS Board of Directors, and associated committees

  • Highly organized

Qualifications and Experience

  • An outstanding educator and leader with extensive experience in the IB Primary Years Programme* and international schools *

  • Qualified with a Master’s Degree in Education

  • A minimum of ten years teaching, with international experience*

  • Language in addition to English

(*) denotes preference

The above is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the School reserves the right to revise the job to reflect changes in the organization. The employee will undertake such other requirements as are necessary for the support of the Department and Luanda International School.

Did You Know…?

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