Upper School Principal at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
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Upper School Principal
Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Appointed - Howard De Leeuw
Sep 23, 2019
Oct 25, 2019


Howard De Leeuw has been hired as the Secondary Principal on the Gávea campus of the American School of Rio de Janeiro starting in July 2020. 

Howard has worked most recently as the Secondary Principal at the International School of Hamburg, Germany, and, prior to that, as PreK-12 Principal at the International School of Dongguan, China. He has also served as an ELL Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, and as the State Director for Migrant and Bilingual Education in Washington.



The American School of Rio de Janeiro seeks an experienced Upper School Principal

for its Gavea campus, to commence July 2020


To make a difference - This is the common purpose that we share as educators at Escola Americana do

Rio de Janeiro. It has been our school’s mission for over 80 years and continues to be the fundamental belief that drives all of us as we work with the EARJ community to offer a world-class American international education in the ‘cidade maravilhosa’ that is Rio de Janeiro.


The history of EARJ is a story of change, of innovation and of ambition. It is a story that has taken EARJ from a small villa on the beach at Ipanema, to the opening in 1971 of our iconic rainforest campus in Gávea, to our more recently-opened second campus in Barra, designed to bring an EARJ education to those who live in the rapidly growing western area of Rio de Janeiro.

Our school is unique in many ways, not least because of its alumnae, many of whom are second, third or even fourth generation graduates of EARJ. They help us to remain connected to our past as we look to innovate, change, grow and embrace the world ahead of us. Our community is diverse ethnically, culturally and linguistically. Our student body blends the internationality that comes from so many home nations on our roll, with the international mindedness and global outlook of our Brazilian families who are ambitious for their children to become global citizens. Our faculty body is similarly diverse yet united by both a commitment to the ideals of international education and a joy in being a part of the EARJ story.


In the Gavea Upper School Principal Candidate Information Pack you will learn more about the role and the leadership characteristics that we are looking for in our new Gavea Upper School Principal, as well as information  about the competitive package that we are able to offer. The pack contains further information about our school, the city in which we live, and the nation that provides such a rich context for the work that we do as educators. You will read about the values we hold, the programs we are developing, and the qualities that distinguish the educators who work here at EARJ.


The future for the EARJ Upper School is incredibly exciting. We have been an IB World School, offering the IB Diploma, since the 1980s, and we see our commitment to the IB programs increasing on both the Gavea and Barra campuses over the course of the next four to five years as we work toward becoming a full IB Continuum School. The new Gavea Upper School Principal works in partnership with the Upper School Principal on our second campus in Barra. Both will play key roles in ensuring that the ground is laid for the successful implementation of the practices and programs of the IB Continuum, as well as the continued success of our IB Diploma programme. If you want to lead in a very special community, embarking on an incredibly exciting journey - and if you want to make a real difference through the work that you do - then maybe EARJ is the kind of community where you will feel at home.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials electronically (as single or separate PDF documents) in one email:

  •  A cover letter expressing interest in the position; listing your strengths as a candidate and how your qualifications and experience align with our school's values and our candidate profile
  • A current resumé not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of at least 3 referees with current phone numbers and email addresses, one of whom should be your current employer.

Applications should be sent to: Paul Poore, Senior Consultant, Search Associates, ppoore@searchassociates.com by October 25, 2019



September 23-October 25 - Advertisement/Application Period

October 25 - Application Deadline 


Please note that, In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, EARJ reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.

EARJ is committed to child safe recruitment practices. The school shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the selection and interview of all potential new hires ensures that appropriate screening and checks are conducted.

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