Primary Years Programme Coordinator at International School of Paris in France
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Primary Years Programme Coordinator
International School of Paris (France)

Sep 16, 22
Oct 31, 22







Primary Years Programme Coordinator 

The International School of Paris is looking for a PYP Coordinator.

The position is based at the International School of Paris in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The contract will be full-time (190 working days per school year) with a permanent contract starting mid-August 2023. The position has a teaching commitment of no more than 9 hours per week. Please refer to the PYP Job Description for a comprehensive outline of the position. 

Candidates are invited to apply through the employment page of our website by October 31st, 2022.

It is essential for all applicants to hold teaching qualifications and proven leadership and staff management skills.

A minimum of one reference from your current or most recent employer is a mandatory requirement in addition to two other professional references.

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview and undergo pre-recruitment procedures. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy, they will also be asked to provide official criminal background checks from all countries in which they have lived in for the last 10 years.

Please note that ISP reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the application deadline, should an appointment be made before the closing date.

Teaching and Learning at ISP:

ISP holds the prestigious IB World School status and is the first school in Paris fully authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. As a member school of the IB global learning community, we share a common commitment to the goals and standards of the IB, which complement those of ISP. 

The three programmes - PYP, MYP and DP - encourage students' academic advancement and promote their development as active and compassionate community members. The PYP Coordinator will work closely with the Whole School Learning Continuum Director, the Middle Years Programme Coordinator and the Diploma Programme Coordinator.

ISP holds accredited member status from two premier accreditation organisations: the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the United States. This means that our School's philosophy, governance, curriculum, resources and staffing meet rigorous standards set by these international school organisations. 


 Learning Objectives - Educating for Complexity & The IB Learner Profile:

Educating for Complexity - We strongly promote an inquiry-based approach and we recognise the importance of a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum that connects students to real-world contexts for their learning. We are keenly aware of the need to adapt our teaching and learning model to respond to the needs of our students in a world of fast-paced change.

As a fully authorised IB World School, ISP follows the philosophy and guidelines laid out by the International Baccalaureate, including its commitment to international education. The IB learner 

profile runs across all three IB programmes and is central to the definition of what it means to be internationally-minded. 

A Unique School / Three Campuses

ISP is quite unique as one school but with three campuses. A Primary School site, a Middle School (Grade 6 to 9) site and a High School (Grade 10 to 12) site. This provides opportunities for a tailored delivery of the three IB programmes. The campuses are all approximately ten minutes walking distance from each other. At the same time, this also creates some unique management, organisational, logistical and programme continuity complexities. 


 Specific Responsibilities:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator actively promotes the ISP and IB mission, vision and values.  The PYP Coordinator is a member of the Primary School Leadership Team (PLT), reporting to the Primary School Principal and the Learning Continuum Director. The PYP Coordinator fulfils a pedagogical leadership role and works closely with the Vice-principal for Organization and Learning to ensure the effective implementation and development of the IB programme. The PYP Coordinator coordinates aspects of curriculum development and is a member of the whole school Educational Leadership Team (ELT).


  • Be aligned with and actively promote the philosophy of ISP (Vision, Mission, Guiding Statements and High Quality Learning Definition) to all members of the community.

  • Collaborate closely with the Principal, the Learning Continuum Director, Vice-Principals and the other members of the Primary School pedagogical leadership team in the evaluation and development of the programme.

  • Work with and support the Principal in maintaining a visible and approachable profile of positive leadership in the Primary School.

  • Lead and contribute to Middle Leadership (MLT) and Educational Leadership (ELT) meetings and initiatives. 

  • Lead and facilitate grade level and departmental planning meetings to ensure consistency of approach across the Primary School.

  • Liaise with the Learning continuum Director, MYP and DP coordinators to ensure the articulation of the programme.

  • Promote a positive and professional learning culture.

  • Liaise with the Learning Continuum Director regarding programme evaluation in order to prepare effectively for any IB visits.   

  • Keep the leadership team, faculty and parents informed about IB programme implementation and development.

  • Support the G5 to G6 transition process for students moving to the Middle School. 

  • Advise the Primary School Principal on the recruitment of teachers and in the process of attributing positions of responsibility internally.

  • Gain support for the IB programme across the community by leading parent workshops and publicising/ celebrating the pedagogical practice at ISP.

Curriculum planning, documentation and development:

  • Ensure the coordination and documentation of the curriculum according to the IB Programme standards and practices.

  • Liaise with the IB and keep records of all correspondence with IB offices and ensure that the school meets all IB deadlines and follows required regulations.

  • Organise the schedule of collaborative planning, curriculum development meetings, the curriculum review cycle and the assessment timeline.  

  • Monitor the assessment and evaluation of student work.

  • Work with the Vice-principal for organisation and Learning to ensure effective reporting on student learning.

  • Support teachers in the development of assessment tasks and tools in line with the school’s policy on assessment. 

  • Support teachers in the orientation of students new to the programme. 

  • Provide comprehensive information on the IB PYP to parents, such as unit newsletters.

  • Facilitate curriculum review and development in collaboration with the Principal, Learning Continuum  Director and Vice-Principals. 

  • Develop an understanding of the other IB programmes in order to aid articulation of the curriculum.

  • Advise the Principal on appropriate professional development opportunities in relation to the programme. 

  • Work with the leadership team in organising and providing curriculum orientation for new members of staff.

  • Develop the professional capacity of the faculty through mentoring, modelling of inquiry-based learning, and engagement with the appraisal and professional development processes.

  • Monitor the resourcing of teaching and learning and ensure the effective use of resources in collaboration with the Middle Leadership Teams.


Preferred Skills, Dispositions & Experience:

  • Experience in working as a member of a school leadership team.

  • Recognised Teaching Qualifications.

  • 2 years or more years of leadership and management experience in an IB PYP School.

  • Demonstrate ability to design and implement the PYP.

  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills.

  • Self-sufficient, independent, flexible, resourceful and able to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, students, parents and community members.

  • Demonstrate an ability to inspire and motivate people (i.e., staff, parents and students) and instil accountability and achievement in all.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences.

  • IT literate and experienced in the effective use of technology for learning.

  • Commitment to modelling and promoting the school’s vision, mission and guiding statements.

  • Ability to ensure that at all times the school’s curriculum provides a safe, supportive learning environment for students, teachers and all other members of the ISP community.

  • Understanding of and ability to promote a culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, exercise leadership and strive for academic excellence.

  • The ability to speak French would be an advantage.

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