High School Principal | American School of The Hague

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American School of The Hague

The Hague, The Netherlands
seeks an

Experienced High School Principal (full time)

effective August 2020


You believe that a school should prepare students for a meaningful life, and not just the next stage in education. You are always seeking to improve your students’ experience, taking into account the latest research in learning, pedagogy, and successful organizations in order to support excellence in academics and personal development. You understand that your role is a leader of both the learning and development in the classroom and the learning and development of the adults in the school.

You are passionate about working in the High School. Modeling our school's core values and setting the tone and spirit in our High School, you bring out the best out of our teachers and students every single day.

Furthermore, you have the leadership and interpersonal skills to share the beliefs mentioned above and inspire staff, students and families to see and realize possibilities and potential for learning and growth.

Additionally, you have:

  • The required administrative certification (Master’s degree strongly preferred) and experience as a High School Principal and teacher, preferably in an international or independent school
  • An understanding of the journey toward university or other post-secondary experiences for all students
  • In-depth knowledge of both the AP and IB Diploma programs
  • Experience in and strong knowledge of American educational philosophy, High School Philosophy and Practices
  • Outstanding communication skills (oral and written), the ability to motivate and delegate effectively
  • Current knowledge of instructional methodologies, “learner-centered” classrooms, program development and evaluation, differentiated instruction for a range of students with special needs, student assessment, personnel evaluation, change processes
  • Genuine interest in and concern for students, student learning and student development
  • Knowledge of and experience with advisory programs
  • Experience with and desire to work in a multicultural environment
  • Strong organizational and technology skills
  • A sense of humor

The Role

The High School Principal reports directly to the Director and is one of the eight members of the leadership team. In close collaboration with the other leadership team members, you direct and coordinate overall school affairs, especially as they link to operations of the High School.

As High School Principal, you are assisted by an Assistant Principal.

The Work

As High School Principal, you provide leadership and direction for the overall operations and strategic development of Grades 9 to 12. In conjunction with the Director, you develop and implement High School goals and follow up on action items. Assisted by the Assistant Principal, you evaluate and supervise all High School staff and are responsible for the day to day operations of the High School. Additionally, you:

  • Inspire staff, students, and families to see and realize possibilities and potential for learning and growth
  • Implement Strategic Plan goals and action items that relate to the High School
  • Work with the Director to hire the best faculty and staff to serve High School students and contribute to a vibrant High School culture
  • Guide development of staff, in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development
  • Monitor curriculum and coordinate its appraisal, in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development
  • Communicate with stakeholders regularly using the school’s various communication vehicles
  • Develop and oversee the High School budget, in conjunction with the Business Manager
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Director

The School

American School of The Hague (ASH) is a co-educational day school offering a university preparatory program for ages 3 - 18. The school serves a population of over 1,200 students at its Main Campus and Early Childhood Center. The student body is approximately 26% US and 12% Dutch, with the remaining 62% coming from 74 other nationalities, making ASH a truly diverse and international environment for students to learn and grow.

The two campuses of the school are located a few minutes apart in Wassenaar, a residential community located on the north side of The Hague. The two campus locations offer wireless internet, three libraries, two cafeterias, high quality facilities for music, theater and art, three gyms, plus a newly renovated double sports hall and work out gym, and outdoor sports areas for all age groups, including soccer and baseball fields.

American School of The Hague is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools and is governed by a parent-elected Board of Trustees.

The Curriculum

ASH offers a learner-centered, American-style educational philosophy, modified for the needs of the international student and parent population.

The instructional approach focuses on building self-esteem and positive character traits to help students strive for personal excellence, which is characteristic of American education. The curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma and is broad enough to suit the needs of a diverse population. Students are also encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including The Hague International Model United Nations, and strong visual arts, drama and music programs.

Child Protection and Safety

The American School of The Hague promotes a safe and positive community and takes its obligation to protect all students with the utmost seriousness. All employees are bound by the Code of Conduct and are required to provide police clearance certificates. These police checks are updated on a three-year cycle for current staff. All members of the community are responsible for the safety and well-being of every child.

Application Procedure

CIS is delighted to announce that The American 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 Team, to lead the search for a High School Principal.

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria, apply now via the link below. Please provide a letter of motivation along with your CV. The letter of motivation should clearly outline your interest in the school and the position you are applying for, what you would bring to the role and how you meet the requirements in the above profile.

Apply Now

Should you progress to the next stage, you will be invited to continue the application process and will be required to provide the following:

  • Employment history
  • Education history
  • University degree/s (copies are sufficient)
  • Certificates/licenses confirming qualification in your field/s of expertise (copies are sufficient)
  • A copy of the biographical page of your Passport
  • Criminal background checks (pdf) from all countries where you have lived or worked as an adult (copies are sufficient)
  • Contact details for three supervisory referees

This information must be complete when you enter the final stages of an application process.Finalists will be invited to ASH for interview to meet with the Search Committee and constituent groups of the school community, with the intention of making a final selection shortly thereafter. Should they receive an outstanding application, the Selection Committee reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date mentioned below.

If you have any questions about the position, the application process, or require any assistance, please contact the team: leadershipsearches@cois.org

Application Deadline

Monday 3 June 2019



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