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Secondary School Principal

Ecole Internationale de Geneve
Geneva, Switzerland, Europe
Start date
Start September 2024
  • Middle School, High School, University
  • Director/Principal
  • Master
  • 1 year of teaching experience
  • Other Certification

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A strong and respected educational leader, with a track record of mentoring and developing faculty, encouraging students, and fostering a dynamic and healthy learning community.
  • Senior-level leadership experience, earned in an international independent school environment, or a variety of complex educational contexts.
  • A global mindset, an international outlook, and deep experience in (and commitment to) educating young people for success in a complex and changing world.
  • A demonstrated track record of administrative leadership and management, and a reputation as a fair, collegial, and collaborative colleague.
  • The ability to identify trends and anticipate developments in our rapidly changing education environment; this will include experience with integrating new educational technologies in the classroom.
  • A track record of success in thinking strategically and taking strategy through to tactics and implementation.
  • Experience preparing and delivering instructional feedback to teachers, particularly as it relates to curriculum design and lesson plans, but also in the context of evaluations, coaching, and mentoring.
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of community and diversity, and a commitment to respecting and embracing the philosophy and values of the Campus des Nations and Ecolint.


  • A strong academic background, and a track record of success in academic administration at the secondary level.
  • Experience with, or an aptitude for, working collaboratively and constructively with faculty/staff/unions.
  • An understanding of the International Baccalaureate would be an asset.
  • The principal will speak both English and/or French with a minimum of B2 level in the other language.

Candidates are required to apply online by sending them:

  • CV
  • Three professional references from your Managers, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer, that may be followed at the point of interview
  • A covering letter addressed to Conrad Hughes before February 8th, 2024 mentioning the reference number 410 266.

To be discussed after the interview.

Appointment of Secondary School Principal Nations campus - Geneva

Seeks for September 2024

Founded in 1924, the Foundation of the International School of Geneva, commonly known as Ecolint educates 4500 students aged from 3-18 representing over 130 nationalities. Each of our seven schools is dedicated to the development of seven life-worthy, future-ready global competencies: we develop lifelong learning, self-agency, and the ability to interact with the world, with others, and with resources to develop transdisciplinary, multiliterate thinking. Through this, we drive our mission, which is to educate students to be global citizens with the courage and capacity to create a just and joyful tomorrow together. Ecolint is built on strong humanitarian values and prides itself on its long history of pedagogical innovation, including the creation of the Model United Nations system and the International Baccalaureate. We have around 1250 employees representing more than 60 nationalities, united as one core of dynamic professionals, committed to our mission.

Opened in 2005, Campus des Nations is the newest of Ecolint’s three campuses and educates more than 1,113 students, ages 3 to 18, from over 100 nations. The Campus is comprised of two schools (Secondary and Primary) and is located in the heart of Geneva’s international quarter. Campus des Nations is proud to be an IB World School and the only campus that offers all four IB programs in a wholly integrated educational experience.

To complete our team, we are looking for a: Secondary School Principal

Reporting to the Director General, the Secondary School Principal has overall responsibility and accountability for the academic and administrative leadership of the Nations Secondary School.

In addition, the Principal is a key member of the senior leadership team that provides strategic direction to the International School of Geneva as a whole.

With 679 students from Years 7 to 13, the Secondary School is large and complex and requires a leader who is both a strong and experienced people manager and an outstanding collaborator and communicator.

The new Secondary School Principal will be an experienced educational leader with strong management and administrative skills, ideally earned in a variety of educational contexts. The ideal candidates will bring a global perspective to their thinking and approach, a vision for education and where it is going, a deep and natural connection to students, and the ability to inspire a community in pursuit of common goals.

Key responsibilities:


  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Administrative Team of Ecolint, to ensure that all three campuses are providing an outstanding education to their students and that the overall goals and strategies of the School as a whole are being pursued.
  • Have overall accountability and responsibility for all aspects of the Campus des Nations Secondary School.
  • Provide direction, motivation, and inspiration to secondary school faculty, staff, and students.
  • Seek new approaches to innovative learning and program delivery, based on educational research and best practice.
  • In collaboration with the Primary Principals, set and implement strategic priorities for teaching and learning across the campus.
  • Work constructively with the Faculty Association and the unions to ensure productive, positive partnerships and open and collegial relationships.
  • Liaise with parents, students, teachers, and other members of the internal and external Campus des Nations community, acting as an extension of the Secondary School.


  • Remain current with the International Baccalaureate expectations and curriculum, ensuring compliance with practices and policies while, at the same time, thinking broadly and creatively about innovation in pedagogy and new approaches to learning.
  • Work collaboratively in identifying and integrating technology tools that transform learning in the classroom.
  • In collaboration with the Primary Principal, work to ensure a seamless transition for students as they journey through their time at Campus des Nations.
  • Work in partnership with pastoral care and the learning support team to ensure appropriate provision for students with identified learning needs.
  • Oversee the development of innovative programs that provide students with authentic and transformational learning opportunities.
  • Ensure continuous professional growth of faculty to support program excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Conduct faculty evaluations, oversee faculty induction orientation programs, and take an active role in the mentoring of new teachers and department heads.
  • Lead, coach, and support teachers in curriculum design and development, and ensure consistency in instructional and assessment practices.


  • Take an active interest in the lives of the students at Campus des Nations, providing advice, counsel, wisdom, and support as they journey through the Secondary School.
  • Seek out and support students’ involvement in the leadership and governance of the Secondary School.

Personal Qualities:

  • An excellent listener who possesses tremendous organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to ‘roll up the sleeves’ and multi-task in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining an excellent rapport with all constituents.
  • A collaborative and collegial approach, with the ability to inspire faculty, staff, students, and parents in pursuit of a common vision.
  • Integrity, empathy, resilience, optimism, responsibility, humility, and respect for others.
  • A truly global mindset, a deep appreciation of diversity in all of its forms, and a sensitivity to cultural differences and traditions.
  • A demonstrated ability to embrace and communicate change, and the courage, judgment, and wisdom to make important decisions when necessary.
  • The ability to connect easily with others, and balance firmness and fairness in problem resolution.
  • A passion for teaching and learning, and for working with teenagers.
  • A strong desire to support students’ growth, and to enable them to navigate in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

The International School of Geneva values and encourages diversity among its staff. As such, we welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. The School is seriously committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All successful candidates will be subject to rigorous conduct and child protection checks appropriate to their position, including prior checks with their previous employers and the authorities.

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We prepare students for membership in communities that are socially and culturally diverse, for citizenship, and for engagement with the political, ethical, and environmental challenges of their times. We expect them to want to take an active part in making their world a better place and one that is based on the mutual understanding, respect, and shared values to which the school has been committed throughout its long history.

The International School of Geneva serves both the international and local communities of the Geneva area. We are committed to preparing students to live in a multilingual and multicultural world and, as a bilingual Foundation, to develop their fluency in both English and French.

The school exists for the sake of its students and is committed to a continual re-evaluation of their needs in the light of social, economic, and cultural change. The school strives continually to promote excellence in all aspects of its provision, to do better than its previous best, and to model the values that it encourages in its students.

The main principles of an international education

A key element of this unity is a commitment to a particular kind of international education.

The Foundation has defined those main principles as follows:

Encouraging important international values Supporting the student’s language development Ensuring an international dimension to the curriculum Recognising the importance of global issues Showing respect for, and integration with, the host country
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