Posted - 19 December 2017

Are you an experienced, dynamic, learning-focused school leader able to inspire a continued drive for the highest quality of student learning?

The Netherlands
seeks a

secondary school principal

effective August 2018

The School

“Learning is the heart of the International School of The Hague”

The International School of The Hague is a highly successful, popular, semi-public school for primary and secondary international education located in the beautiful city of The Hague in the Netherlands.  We have diversity in abundance, with our 650 primary students and 1250 secondary students comprising 99 nationalities and over 60 mother-tongue languages. The primary and the secondary school are united by a clear mission of child-centred learning.  The modern school campus is located in an attractive semi-rural site on the south side of the city. The primary school is an IPC school. The secondary school is an IB World School accredited by the CIS.

The International School of The Hague is part of a group of eight schools for both Dutch and international primary and secondary education in The Hague and Leiden: Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation.  The group consists of two other international schools. The principals of the primary and the secondary school of the International School of The Hague report directly to the Executive Director of the foundation.

The Position

For the secondary school, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, learning-focused school leader to inspire our continued drive for the highest quality of student learning. 

The successful candidate will be:

  • Internationally-minded and connected
  • An innovator who can formulate a vision for the future and can strategically embed new ideas, showing stamina in the realisation of planned objectives
  • An inspiring and empowering educational leader
  • Up-to-date with current research on learning
  • Strong leader with track record in change management geared towards continuous improvement and innovation.
  • A people manager, relationship builder and team player, who will take into account all stakeholders
  • Visible, approachable, with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humour
  • Flexible, creative and adaptable
  • Methodical, rigorous and resilient
  • Diplomatic, culturally sensitive and politically astute
  • An excellent communicator and able to build on the excellent reputation of the school
  • A role model for the entire school community in terms of school ethos
  • Committed to diversity.

and will have:

  • A successful track record in education, including at least five years of leadership experience at senior level in international schools
  • Experience with the International Baccalaureate Curriculum for secondary schools.
  • Excellent fluency in English (verbal and written)
  • Readiness to learn Dutch and function within a Dutch context.
  • An innovative vision on ICT in the curriculum
  • Experience with and committed to “inclusive education” within an international school context
  • Experience with working with school budgets
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • A Master’s degree and teaching qualifications for secondary education
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.

Given the rich diversity in languages and cultures in our school, knowledge of other languages would be considered an asset.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the European Union.

Given the rich diversity in languages and cultures in our school, knowledge of other languages would be considered an asset.


CIS is delighted to announce that The International School of The Hague has retained CIS, represented by Pauline O’Brien in consultation and with support of the CIS Leadership and the School Support & Evaluation Teams, to lead the search for a Secondary School Principal.

Leaders who are interested in this opportunity, please send your application and CV to

Candidates who already have an up-to-date leadership portfolio with CIS, should submit a cover letter of application.

If the school receives an outstanding application, the school reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date below.  The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.

Finalists will be invited to The Hague for final interview to meet with the Search Committee, Board and constituent groups of the community, with the intention of making an appointment as soon as possible.

Application Deadline

Friday 12 January 2018.

Onsite interviews for finalists will be on 13 & 14 February 2018. 


For further information on the International School of The Hague and Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation:

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

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