Primary School Principal at Dresden International School in Germany
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Primary School Principal
Dresden International School (Germany)

Dec 22, 21
Jan 17, 22

Dresden International School, Germany 

seeks a 

Primary School Principal 

for August 2022

Dresden International School (DIS) is an IB World School serving the academic, cultural and business community of Dresden, the beautiful capital of the Free State of Saxony. Founded in 1996, DIS serves 500 students from 55 countries with over 80 faculty members in the school.  

The DIS Vision

Inspire. Move forward. Give back.


The DIS Mission 

We are a diverse community that empowers innovative and collaborative learning. As learners, we are prepared to be multifaceted, self-sufficient individuals who contribute to society.


The DIS Values


We value:

  • Commitment


  • Open-mindedness


  • Compassion


  • Integrity

DIS is authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP and Diploma Programme. The school is also fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).  DIS is a member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). DIS is a not-for-profit school, registered as a gGmbH.

The Position: DIS’s continuing growth and development presents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader who is seeking to progress further in a highly successful IB World School.  The Primary School Principal will serve as a member of the school´s Leadership Team together with the Secondary School Principal and Directors (Director/CEO and Business Manager/CFO). DIS is seeking an experienced and well-qualified school administrator with a successful track record as a skilled educator and communicator. We require a campus based principal able to develop, communicate and implement a new vision for the Primary School, who can inspire and support staff, serve as a student advocate and gain the loyalty and trust of staff and parents.  


The initial contract period is 2 years. 

The requirements of the successful candidate include:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a senior school leadership position

  • Experience of curriculum leadership in the IB PYP Programme   

  • Academic qualifications at Masters level 

  • A proven ability, understanding and commitment to school improvement and change management

  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills

  • A high degree of cultural sensitivity, flexibility and resourcefulness relevant in the context of a culturally diverse school

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

  • Fluency in English and willingness to learn German language

  • Commitment to student and staff well-being and belonging

Key Strategic Issues:

  • Sustaining and improving further the School’s academic performance and student well-being.

  • Identifying, developing and implementing the School’s strategic action plans linked to school accreditation agencies’ standards in collaboration with key stakeholders.

  • Increasing enrollment in the Preschool and Primary divisions.

Position Responsibilities: The Primary School Principal is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the Primary School, working in conjunction with the Director to ensure that the DIS Mission and learning goals are delivered. In working with different stakeholders in the school the professional responsibilities of the Principal are varied and include the following in relation to:

1.  Student Learning Programmes

  • Oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of the school’s IB Primary Years Programme. This includes the process of curriculum review, documentation of performance standards and implementation of the school instructional programme.

  • Oversees the development of a Master Schedule, extra-curricular activity programme and Primary School Events Calendar each school year.

  • Monitor, evaluate and review the assessment strategies used in the IB Programmes and ensure that all teachers know, understand and use the school’s assessment and reporting guidelines.

  • Organising any internal and external testing arrangements in conjunction with the PYP Coordinator.

  • Responsibility for the planning, staffing and evaluation of appropriate out of school visits.

  • Participation in the Student Services Support Team with the Guidance Counsellor and Learning Support Coordinator

  • Reviewing the results of student learning including review of grades, standardized test results and other relevant data. 

  • Providing leadership in the regular and on-going cycle of the school’s accreditation with the IBO, CIS and NEASC.

2. Personnel Management and Professional Development

  • Participation in and advising the Director in the hiring of faculty, including attending overseas recruitment fairs.

  • Interviewing and selecting local hire faculty and staff.

  • Assisting in the preparation and implementation of orientation programme for new faculty.

  • Responsibility for overseeing the arrangement for teacher substitution.

  • Responsibility for the evaluation of teaching faculty and non-teaching staff in the Primary School. This involves working closely with faculty in overseeing the setting and review of annual professional goals in a timely manner.

  • Responsibility for conducting regularly scheduled faculty management and planning meetings.

  • Responsible for overseeing, through planning and organisation, the professional development of all faculty and staff.

  • Regular review and update of handbooks relevant to the Primary School. 

3. Students

  • Overseeing the admission process of new student registrations. This includes the recommendation for admission of students and course placement based on a review of school records, screening tests and reports.

  • Administering all policies affecting students. 

4. Parent/Community Liaison

  • Responsibility for maintaining productive, on-going dialogue with parents throughout the school year in promoting a positive attitude towards the school. 

  • Leading or coordinating special school events e.g. Assemblies, Back to School Meeting

  • Attending whole school parent information meetings as required.

  • Organizing and leading school Coffee Mornings and other information meetings with parents.

  • Contributing regularly by example to the DIS News and Notes and the annual School Yearbook.

5. Other Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assuming leadership responsibility for the management of the school in instances of absence of the Director.

  • Coordinating requests for the academic budget based on curriculum programme needs.

  • Assisting in the maintenance of an orderly, safe and secure campus environment. 

School Facilities: Dresden International School has two campuses, the main Annen campus (PK5 to Grade 12) based near the historic centre of the city and the Goetheallee campus (PK1 to PK4) in a beautiful residential suburb of the city. The Principal is based on the Annen campus site but will regularly visit the Goetheallee campus. The main campus comprises two multi-storey buildings and a large, modern, multi-purpose full size gym and a variety of outdoor play and sports areas for all children.  School buildings and campuses are fully connected for digital learning which serves a student information system and a wide range of technology and software to support learning. The Primary building also contains a performing arts room, art room, a music room, library with over 10,000 volumes and a cafeteria.  

Staff:  DIS currently employs 80 full time teachers from the United States, Canada, Germany, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Latvia, Chile, Poland, Serbia, Japan, Austria, Spain, Singapore and India.  

Salary and Benefits:  DIS offers a comprehensive and generous remuneration package commensurate with the challenges of the position.  This includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • Return airfares at start and end of contract

  • Arrival allowance

  • Freight Allowance

  • Subsidized tuition for dependent children

  • Professional Development allowance

  • Excellent state medical health care

  • State pension contribution

Location: Dresden (population 550,000) is the capital of the state of Saxony located in southeastern Germany and borders Poland and the Czech Republic. It is known as the Florence of Germany with a beautiful Baroque city centre on the banks of the River Elbe. Museums, art galleries, festivals and the world-famous Semperoper opera house attract tourists from all over the world. Living in Dresden is safe, clean, inexpensive and the choice of quality accommodation is very good in one of the greenest cities in Germany. Staff generally walk, cycle or use the efficient tram system to travel to and from school. Berlin and Prague are only two hours´ drive away and the nearby Saxony Switzerland and Erzgebirge mountain areas are ideal for hiking, cycling and skiing.

How to Apply: Applicants must include the following in one file:

  • Letter of application, 

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages) 

  • Contact details of three references of current and former line managers

  • Statement of personal educational philosophy (maximum one page)

The above must be forwarded for the attention of Steven Calland-Scoble, Director, at by January 17, 2022. 

Further information on Dresden International School can be found on the school´s website

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