Primary School Principal at Berlin Brandenburg International School in Germany
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Primary School Principal
Berlin Brandenburg International School (Germany)

Nov 8, 21
Nov 26, 21



BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School Seeks a Primary School Principal

Starting August 2022

BBIS is looking for a Primary School Principal who has deep pedagogical knowledge and understanding, developed leadership skills, emotional intelligence and empathy who can lead students, parents and teachers in fulfilling the BBIS Mission and values. The Principal is primarily responsible for the leadership of teaching and learning, taking responsibility for IB PYP educational approaches in our Regio Emilia inspired Early Education groups (age 3 to 5 years), and in our grades 1 to 5 groups (age 6 to 11 years).

BBIS Mission

Our mission is to inspire everyone in our learning community to be responsible, compassionate global citizens who make a difference through inclusion, innovation and action.

Our Values

BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School’s enduring values are Pioneering, Reflective, Excellent and Caring.

Pioneering students are courageous, determined and resilient. They explore the unfamiliar. They question assumptions. They seek creative solutions to the challenges they discover. They collaborate with others to achieve personal and shared goals. They put ideas into action.

Reflective students are thoughtful, open-minded and considerate. They evaluate feedback and evidence of learning, recognising their successes and setting goals for further development. They inquire into their approaches to learning, identifying conditions and strategies that help them learn well. They learn from mistakes by analysing and attributing causes for failure. They develop growth mindsets. They take responsibility for their own learning.

Excellent students have high expectations of themselves. They are passionate about learning, embrace opportunities, and take steps to improve themselves. They are driven to be their best selves. They take learning seriously through high levels of engagement, and commitment to self-development. Excellent students welcome and respond to feedback.

Caring students are empathic, and principled. They take responsibility for self, others and the environment around them. They are committed to service. They learn strategies to overcome impulsiveness and manage their emotions. They build and develop relationships. They manage and resolve conflict. They act as responsible digital citizens. They consider how they can share their skills to help their peers. Caring students take a stand for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.


BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School was founded in 1990, and is an international, inclusive day and boarding school registered as a non-profit organisation. English is the language of instruction. From ten students in 1990 to over 760 students in 2020, BBIS has continued to grow and become a leading international school in the Berlin and Brandenburg area. The school opened BBIS Boarding in 2008 to students in Grades 9 and above.

BBIS is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years (2001), Middle Years (2005), and Diploma (1995) Programmes. The school has been accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA) since 2005. BBIS is currently a member of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).


BBIS promotes and celebrates its diverse community, with students from more than sixty countries. Approximately one quarter of the students on roll hold German nationality. A rich variety of first languages are spoken by our students as their mother tongue, and English is a second or third language for many.


The Early Elementary to Grade 12 faculty consists of over 150 educators including teachers, school assistants, librarians, counsellors, psychologists, English as an additional language, and special education specialists.  Each of the school’s two divisions – Primary (PYP) and Secondary (MYP and DP) - has a Principal. There is also a Director (CEO), Managing Director (CFO), Head of Student Support Services, and Head of Boarding. Pedagogical leadership is also provided by PYP, MYP, and DP Coordinators. A Head of Counselling provides leadership for the counsellors. Our approaches to 21st Century learning are supported by two EdTech Integration specialists.

Academic Programmes

BBIS provides a university preparatory program with English as the language of instruction. The school has chosen the International Baccalaureate to provide the framework for the school’s educational programmes as the educational philosophy and objectives of the IB closely align with BBIS’s mission and values. Graduates earn a North American style High School Diploma, and most students elect to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.



BBIS is committed to supporting students with diverse learning needs, including students who would benefit from a higher level of challenge as well as those who require more scaffolding, support or different approaches to teaching and learning. We are seeking educators who value inclusion in a community school context and are knowledgeable in a variety of approaches to teaching and learning that meet the needs of all learners.

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Child protection and safeguarding are priorities for us at BBIS. Policies, procedures and leadership has been established to ensure that children’s safety and well-being is paramount and our most important consideration. Training is provided for all employees so that we are able to protect children from any form of abuse or neglect by being alert to indicators. An environment has been established where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Our children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach, and we respond appropriately and sensitively with every suspicion or disclosure of abuse or neglect.

Positive Education

BBIS has identified that values, self-knowledge and character strengths are important to prepare students for lifelong learning and develop excellence in all areas of their lives. Developing resilience and creating purpose and meaning in our lives are critical for personal well-being and also for having a sense of direction to live a meaningful and balanced life. Positive Education provides a framework for a positive, safe environment for learning and working.


BBIS has a boarding programme, open for students in Grades 9 to 12, which provides opportunities for overseas students to access the MYP and DP learning programmes the school offers. There are currently 65 students boarding with us, making up almost one fifth of the total Grade 9-12 student body. A balance of nationalities is preserved. The Boarding Programme aligns to the school's overall mission and guiding statements and has developed a clear and concise set of goals to guide students' shared living environment while away from home: to embrace a healthy lifestyle; achieve academic potential; and share cultures to foster intercultural understanding.

The Position

Strong leadership of the Primary School at BBIS has seen the introduction and/or development of: prioritising high expectations for personalised student learning outcomes through eg writers’ workshops and coherent mathematics curriculum, whilst ensuring structured inquiry pedagogies; a clear focus on developing global citizenship through exploration of sustainability goals, and actions; outdoor and authentic learning experiences that give opportunities for skills development and which help to put classroom learning in a real-world context; and application of design- and systems-thinking to student learning and real-world problem solving, and to the systems and procedures in place to enhance staff productivity. There is a very positive learning culture at BBIS where students have high expectations for themselves and high levels of care and compassion for others.

The next Primary School Principal will therefore have proven leadership experience and personal characteristics, who can build upon current school programme strengths whilst guiding the Primary School in addressing school improvement priorities. They will be committed to developing young people who are lifelong learners and global citizens prepared to make a positive change in their local and wider communities.


  •  Ensure the BBIS mission and vision is supported and maintained by the best possible development, implementation and delivery of curricular, extra-curricular, and social and emotional learning
  • Create a climate and culture that is learning focussed, reflective, values relationships and collaboration, is internationally-minded, models global citizenship, and values professional accountability
  • Develop rich collaborative relationships with students, staff, and parents through meetings, assemblies, focus groups, small group meetings, and other forums, building strong, supportive, solutions-focussed teams
  • Lead learning programmes in the relevant section, overseeing, guiding and supporting Curriculum Coordinators and other pedagogical leaders, instructional coaches and faculty
  • Ensure consistency and alignment of curriculum, assessment and reporting through cyclical review and curriculum mapping, while using a detailed knowledge of the latest research in pedagogy, assessment and reporting
  • Implement and lead the utilization of systems to collect and analyse student data, and lead processes that ensure that data analysis contributes to school improvement planning and the improvement of student learning outcomes
  • Work closely with the Head of Student Support Services to ensure learning support, English as an additional language and counselling meets the learning needs of students, and that child safeguarding is a priority
  • Responsibility for a school schedule that maximizes optimal student learning in all areas
  • Responsibility for ensuring the organisation of internal and external assessments, including the requirement that all guidelines and best practices are rigorously observed.
  • Practice and lead positive student behaviour management procedures
  • Lead school improvement processes in the relevant section, overseeing, guiding and supporting the Curriculum Coordinator and other pedagogical leaders, instructional coaches and faculty
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of school-wide school improvement plans, and provide guidance and support to the Accreditation Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinators in accreditation and programme evaluation
  • Ensure that relevant stakeholders are kept informed with up-to-date handbooks and publications, newsletters and briefings, information released by the IB, parent and student information sessions, and individual counselling and advice for students and parents
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Office regularly to support prospective and incoming families through the admissions process, and make recommendations for student admissions
  • Supervise and evaluate staff while providing constructive feedback on teaching and learning
  • Propose staffing changes and work with the Leadership Team and Human Resources on staff recruitment and recruitment processes
  • Collaboratively plan new staff orientation programmes and professional development programmes with the Leadership Team, identifying needs and opportunities, providing approval to requests for training, and ensuring that accurate records are kept
  • Prepare the annual budget proposal for the relevant section and manage the budgets approved
  • Effectively communicate with various constituencies
  • Lead a vision for EdTech integration and ensure the effective use of technology to extend the student learning environment, increase teacher productivity, and provide excellent opportunities for 21st Century learning
  • Lead Instructional Assistants to maximize student learning
  • Work collaboratively with other divisions to best serve our Early Elementary to Grade 12 students
  • Keep the Director regularly informed of critical and strategic matters
  • Prepare annual reports for Managing Directors and the Board
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director


  •  Strong core values and a sense of moral purpose, a clear vision, a passion for education
  • Enjoys working with teaching staff, children and parents, and is a skilful and experienced educator who can demonstrate and model best practice
  • Models emotional maturity, emotional intelligence and empathy, and values care and compassion
  • Strong intercultural understanding and global mindedness
  • Values openness, fairness, trust, approachability and mutual respect
  • Inspires trust and confidence in his or her leadership
  • Positive, proactive, reliable and collaborative
  • Commitment to improving student learning and well-being, listening to students’ views and developing their leadership qualities
  • Advocate for inclusion, diversity and equity
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and change management
  • Respectful for what has gone before whilst leading towards the future
  • Ability to motivate and inspire, build a shared understanding and a common language
  • Develops leadership abilities and empowers others
  • Ability to reflect and demonstrate a growth mindset, setting goals for personal development
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Energy and stamina
  • Models humility and a sense of humour
  • Balanced
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong, positive organisational culture


  •  At least three years’ leadership experience at Principal level
  • International school and international education experience
  • Teaching qualifications and at least five years’ prior teaching experience with International Baccalaureate programmes
  • Strong academic background and Master’s in Administrative/Education Leadership required
  • Training and experience with an IB Educator Network role: Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Member, etc
  • Prior experience with international school accreditation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead excellence in teaching and learning, and an enthusiasm for professional learning on a continual basis
  • High level of professional proficiency in written and oral English with strong and concise communications skills
  • Training and experience in staff supervision and evaluation (appraisal)
  • Demonstrated experience in leading instruction, programme development, faculty development and faculty evaluation, and improving student learning outcomes
  • Good understanding of assessing and teaching for understanding within International Baccalaureate programme frameworks
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated consensus building skills

Salary and Benefits will be competitive with other international schools in the region.

How to Apply

The successful applicant’s contract will start on 1st August 2022. The deadline for applications will remain open until 26th November 2021. Candidates should note, however, that in the event outstanding applicants are identified early in the search process, BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School reserves the right to make an appointment. For this reason, it is important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be held between 15 November and 3 December 2021.

Applications should include the following information compiled as a single .pdf document and uploaded to the BBIS Application Form (see link below):

- A two-page letter of application explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Primary School Principal position at BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School

- A current resumé, not more than two pages

- Names and positions of at least three and not more than five current or recent supervisory referees, with accurate email addresses, phone numbers, and the position they held when you worked with them. Referees may be asked to submit confidential comments.

- A one-page statement outlining your philosophy of leadership.

Please avoid sending high-density pictures or graphics.  The pdf file should be 5 MB or less in size.

Additional information about BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School can be obtained from the School's website at

Nick Hazell, Director/CEO +49 (0)33203 8036-0 ext 113 (during office hours).

Applications should be addressed to the Search Committee, and uploaded to the BBIS Application Form.

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