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International School of Turin

Turin, Italy
seeks a

Head of School

Effective August 2020

What do children of all ages need to be successful in an exciting, changing, advancing, technological information age?

Do you have a clear vision?

Are you passionate about the pursuit of academic excellence?

Are you an effective communicator and collaborator in a multi-cultural community?

The International School of Turin seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to open the doors of tomorrow’s world – have you got what it takes?


Founded in 1963 as the American International School of Turin, the School was re-founded in 1974 as the American Cultural Association of Turin and is now known formally as the International School of Turin, the only full IB school in Piedmont, accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is a not for profit association in which parents of students are members. IST is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors, elected by associate members. The school is managed by the Head of School in collaboration with the financial and operations managers.

IST is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory day school which offers an integrated English language and Italian programme from Nursery to Grade 12, for students from the local and international community of Turin. Enrolment is currently around 450. 53% of students are host country nationals with the remaining 47% from 42 other nationalities. Admission is open to students of three years and older, with priority given to international students whose native language or language of fluency is English. Students leaving IST enter recognised institutions of higher education throughout the world.

Instruction is in English. Italian, French, German and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Special needs teachers provide instruction in art, music, PE, computing skills and English as an additional language.

IST is housed in new, purposely-designed, spacious campus, which blends traditional, restored buildings with modern, up-to-date facilities. Located in the heart of the Piedmont, in the green countryside of Chieri and 15 km from the centre of Turin, the new campus includes spacious classrooms, fully equipped Science laboratories, dedicated rooms for Music, Art, Drama and ICT, a large assembly hall, a rich library and research centre, an indoor gymnasium and outdoor sports pitches and an outstanding purpose-built canteen.

IST’s adoption of innovative learning into the classroom continues through its “1:1” iPad program in grades 5-8, MacBooks in grades 8-12 and is currently rolling out 1-to-many iPads in the Nursery through Grade 3 and will be introducing iPads in Grade 4.

IST has modern, eco-friendly facilities and is justifiably proud of having been awarded their green flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) – as an official Eco School, following a successful campaign involving the whole school community.


The School’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning and international mindedness, empowering each student to reach their full potential

IST is a fully accredited IB school that, empowers every student to maximise his or her unique potential within a friendly, supportive and inspiring environment. Through innovative education of the highest standard, the school nurtures lifelong learners, preparing them for the challenges of a changing world.

The School's instructional methods, in keeping with the IB philosophy, emphasize inquiry, reflection, critical thinking, effective communication, intercultural awareness, and appreciation of a variety of points of view. Through both the curriculum and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to discover their individual talents, interests, and capacities for leadership, and to experience the joys of achievement and of service to others.

We believe that these objectives are best achieved in a supportive environment of trust and respect between the educational staff and the student body, inspiring a general sense of well-being and self-confidence, while demanding accountability and team-work. A primary role of IST's administration and governing body is to foster and promote this environment.


IST is looking for a highly experienced English-speaking Head of School, with sound knowledge of the IB curriculum, strong leadership, communication and financial skills.

The successful candidate will be deeply and enthusiastically committed to preparing children of all ages for the challenges of the 21st century and have a clear vision of what this requires. S/he will have a proven track record in a multi-cultural setting, a deep understanding and passion for international education, as well as a strong desire to understand and integrate in the local environment in order to better reconcile the needs of the international and local community.

A passion for rigorous academic excellence is a must and the successful candidate will be required to lead and inspire a team to build on the School’s exemplary level of academic excellence. Equally critical will be the ability to communicate effectively and to collaborate with all stakeholders – students, faculty, parents, the community and the Board.

Candidates should demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Experience as HoS in IB Schools
  • Sound knowledge of the three IB curriculum (PYP, MYP, DP) enforced by a proven academic record
  • Strong leadership attitude and good personal relationship skills
  • Marketing, communication and commercial skill
  • In depth understanding of the local cultural environment or willingness to acquire it.
  • Record of selecting, recruiting, developing and motivating an outstanding faculty
  • An excellent command of the English language. The ability to speak Italian, while not essential, would be an advantage.

The Head of School reports to the Board, whose main function is to appoint and give support to the Head, establish policy, define the direction of the School, approve the finances and ensure the School has adequate facilities. The Head of School has both an academic and operational leadership role.

It is the Head’s responsibility to:

  • Provide leadership to the whole school community
  • Develop and maintain a strong relationship with the School Board, the leadership team, faculty and support staff, parents and students as well as with the international and local community
  • Recruit, appoint, evaluate and develop teaching staff
  • Implement the School’s mission, vision and policies
  • Develop and coordinate the School’s educational programs to enhance academic excellence
  • Oversee the development and prepare an annual budget, in cooperation with the financial manager, for approval by the Board that ensures financial viability and enables growth
  • Oversee the total operation of the school within approved policies and budget, in cooperation with the Operations Manager.


The initial contract will be for three years but a commitment for a longer period would be strongly appreciated in order to guarantee a major stability and continuity to the school. The salary and benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience sought in the candidate.

Application Procedure

CIS is delighted to announce that International School of Turin has retained CIS Leadership Search Services to lead the search for their next Head of School.

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria outlined in the brochure, apply now via the link below. Please provide a letter of motivation and 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 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 copies of the following:

  • University degree/s
  • Certificates/licenses confirming qualification in your field/s of expertise
  • A copy of the biographical page of your Passport
  • Criminal background checks from all countries where you have lived or worked as an adult
  • 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 on-site for interview with the intention of making a final selection shortly thereafter.

Should they receive an outstanding application, the International School of Turin 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:

Application Deadline

31 July 2019


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