Posted - 21 December 2017


This opportunity to join an international learning community in Amsterdam calls for an outstanding leader with excellent communication and diplomatic skills, capable of building relationships within the local and international community, who is prepared to embrace Dutch culture, as well as maintain an appreciation and sensitivity to different cultures; and ready to apply their IB curriculum expertise, operational and financial knowledge to whole school leadership. 


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effective August 2018


The AICS is the first Dutch International Primary and Secondary School in Amsterdam, founded in 2003. AICS is affiliated with the Berlage Lyceum and the Europaschool in Amsterdam, which, together with a number of other schools, form the group of ‘Esprit Scholen Amsterdam’.  The school is subsidised by the Dutch government, which enables it to deliver high quality education at competitive fees.  The AICS is a school for international education that is accredited by the Council of International Schools and focuses on children from international backgrounds.  Currently the school offers primary education to students aged 4 – 10 (IPC International Primary Curriculum) and secondary education to students aged 11 – 19 (IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme). The main language of instruction for classes is English. After several moves since the start of the school in 2003, the AICS now comprises two state of the art buildings with over 1200 students. AICS is about to grow to a population of 1800 students within the next 5 years.


To be a community where learning is at the heart of everything we do.


The AICS facilitates high quality, accessible, community-based international learning for students of all nationalities living in The Netherlands. 

  • Ensuring high academic standards and international education.
  • Setting standards for students to understand their place in a global society, develop leadership skills and an understanding of global issues.
  • Overseeing the business operations of the school, including finance, human resources and facilities issues.
  • Leading systems of faculty/staff monitoring, whereby all staff receive systematic feedback on their professional performance.
  • Ensuring that the Board of Directors of Esprit Scholen are appropriately informed about important operational issues and other matters of concern to the school community.
  • Strengthening the AICS by working closely together with the Deputy Director and by jointly and actively engaging internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working in accordance with guiding principles and policies while maintaining the strong academic focus and ethos of the school.
  • Providing academic leadership through staff recruitment, curriculum development, maintenance of international accreditation standards and focused, mission-driven professional development planning. 
  • A thorough understanding of the International educational mode, as well as the International Baccalaureate.
  • Prior senior management experience.
  • Prior experience leading a similar type educational institution.
  • Outstanding leadership and team-building skills.
  • A relevant university degree.
  • A broad sense of working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills to establish an effective dialogue with the Board of Directors, faculty, parents, students, business and diplomatic communities, etc.
  • English proficiency and Dutch language skills, or the willingness and ability to acquire these are essential

The director shows active involvement in International, nationwide and local networks for the interest of the school and group of schools (Esprit).

Remuneration: We offer a competitive salary based on labour agreement (cao) VO and depending on experience.  


CIS is delighted to announce that AICS 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 Head of School.

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 Selection Committee 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 Belgium 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

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee as early in the process as possible. Finalists will be invited to The Netherlands for final interview to meet with the Search Committee, Board and constituent groups of AICS, with the intention of making an appointment shortly thereafter.


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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