Orbital Education


seeks a

Head of Secondary

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

Are you a fully qualified, dynamic, and enthusiastic teacher, with teaching and leadership 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 join an established international school in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as Head of Secondary School.

About the Opportunity

Orbital Education (https://orbitaled.com/) are seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic practitioner who has a proven track record of successful leadership in a whole school context. This opportunity will suit a skilled and hard-working teacher who has at least three years leadership experience in a British style international school.  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 fantastic opportunity for an intelligent and enthusiastic teacher, to extend their teaching and leadership experience in an established and developing school in Guayaquil.

About the Role

The Head of Secondary is accountable for standards within the secondary phase, including curriculum, teaching and learning, and student and staff performance. In this role you will support the delivery of the school's mission and vision, through the implementation and constant monitoring of the academic programmes.

The role requires an individual who can successfully motivate and manage by delegating responsibility, setting clear expectations and targets and evaluating performance, to ensure all pupils and staff are empowered to excel and surpass expectations.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team and play a key role in the development and implementation of the school’s strategic plan. Full professional competence and experience of working in Spanish is essential.

About the person 

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

  • Substantial previous experience as a school leader in an SLT position
  • British style International School experience, outside the UK in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural setting. Latin American experience a distinct advantage
  • A passion and a drive for education and excellence at all levels
  • Full professional competence and fluency in Spanish language is essential
  • 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.