Orbital Education


seeks a

Executive Principal

effective date: Applications are welcomed for early 2019 start (February 2019 onwards)

Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced school leader, with experience of delivering a British style international education in a bilingual Spanish-English environment? Do you have fluent professional competence in both written and spoken Spanish and English? If so, you will be interested in this outstanding opportunity to lead an established international school in Guayaquil, Ecuador through an exciting new phase in its development.

About the Opportunity

Orbital Education (https://orbitaled.com/) are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced Principal or Head Teacher to join the school as Executive Principal.

The school has over 1,000 students on roll, and will provide an exceptional British style education, leading to UK and international qualifications, to mostly Ecuadorian students.

Joining the Orbital Group will provide the successful candidate the platform to further their career within a fast paced and constantly expanding environment. The group currently owns and operates 10 international schools in culturally attractive and historically important destinations, such as Russia, Spain, Qatar, Hungary, Slovenia, and China, in addition to our established and successful school in Quito, Ecuador

As a group of international schools with exciting growth plans, the role offers collaboration on an international scale, wider development possibilities, as well as enhanced opportunities for future International career development.

This is a high-profile opportunity for an intelligent, ambitious, and energetic Senior Leader, to extend their experience and impact and shape international education, in an established and developing school in Guayaquil.

About the Role

In this role, you will be responsible for providing inspirational and engaging leadership which drives continual improvement and the delivery of high quality education to all students across the school.  

Alongside other senior colleagues, stakeholders, and executives, you will be responsible for the school’s development plan and vision, to ensure all actions and outcomes are owned and actioned, and all pupils and staff are empowered to excel and surpass expectations.

The role requires an individual who can successfully motivate and manage staff by delegating responsibility, setting clear expectations and targets and evaluating staff performance against them. It is a job which requires an impactful presence in school and in the local community, to develop and promote the school’s brand, reputation, and service offering.

About the person 

The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging role must be able to demonstrate:

  • Substantial prior experience as a Principal or Head Teacher and a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership positions in educational institutions
  • A passion and a drive for excellence at all levels
  • Substantial experience of working in a British international school environment outside the UK in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural setting.  Latin American experience a distinct advantage
  • Full professional competence and fluency in Spanish language is essential
  • The ability to lead change and achieve sustained improvements through engagement with stakeholders
  • The ability to work collaboratively with peers towards the achievement of common goals
  • A passion and a drive for developing teachers to deliver excellent teaching and learning experiences for their students.

A role profile and person specification is available to download and should be reviewed by potential candidates prior to making an application.  For more information about the Orbital Group, interested candidates should visit our website at https://orbitaled.com/

Living and working in Guayaquil

Frequently referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific, Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador, with the country’s main port and a population of three million.

Guayaquil offers a good quality of life, good healthcare, transportation and a growing economy.  The city has a relaxed, welcoming, and friendly environment, with an all year-round summertime and average temperatures between 23-27C.

Guayaquil has an International airport with regular flights to Europe, the US, and the region.

Application Procedure

If this describes you, and a school you would be excited to lead and develop, we would welcome hearing from you.  

Applications should be submitted by e-mail and include your up to date CV, a recent head and shoulders colour photograph, and details of two referees, including your most recent employer.  In a covering letter, applicants should highlight how their experience, knowledge and skills match those of the ideal candidate as set out above and within the role profile.  Please note - Applicants who are not fluent in both English and Spanish will not be considered. Please do not apply unless you have this competency.

Application Deadline

Interviews will commence on a rolling basis until the post is filled.  We urge interested applicants to apply without delay, as the application process will close once the right candidate is found.


Applications should submitted to recruitment@orbitaled.com and should state your earliest availability to commence in this role, if successful.



As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people, all post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (if ever worked or lived in the UK), Prohibition Checks where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.