Primary School Principal
Washington International School
Washington, District of Columbia
Salary: Based on Experience
Date Posted: 9/6/2018
Job ID: 43910
Position/Title: Primary School Principal
Employer: Washington International School
Department: Primary School
Category: Administration
Type: Division Head/Principal of Lower/Elementary Sch
Status: FullTime
Job Description/Responsibilities:
Washington International School (WIS) seeks a dynamic, innovative and globally-focused Primary School Principal to begin in January 2019 or July 1, 2019. The Primary School Principal is the educational leader of the division and is responsible for the successful implementation of the academic program, overseeing the social and emotional support of students, and the hiring and retention of qualified instructional and support personnel. Working closely with two other Primary School leaders, Early Years Assistant Principal and Assistant Principal for Grades 1-5, the Principal is accountable for supporting and fostering the implementation of the mission and core values through all aspects of the division.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is the framework for the organization of the curriculum. The PYP is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Students explore topics in mathematics, science and technology, languages, social studies, arts, and physical education through the interdisciplinary Units of Inquiry. All students in the Primary School study and explore these areas in two languages.

Along with strong academics, WIS concentrates on developing the whole child. The PYP promotes positive attitudes and good character. Teachers emphasize traits such as respect, tolerance, integrity, and confidence and encourage students to reflect, choose wisely, and act responsibly with other children and their teachers, as well as in the wider community. Weekly morning meetings, or assemblies, allow children and teachers to explore the learner profile by transforming words into actions.
From Preschool onward, students at WIS are immersed in the arts, taking classes in music and visual art that foster skill-building and aesthetic appreciation. In the upper Primary grades, students may join chorus and band. PE classes begin with movement and motor skills, followed by a focus on building agility and coordination.

The Primary School Principal will:
1. Maintain congruency between the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs and all activities of the Primary School.
2. Act as the educational leader of the Primary School, responsible for its day-to-day operation.
3. Provide direction to ensure a learning environment for faculty, staff, and students that is safe, engaging, and conducive to meaningful learning opportunities
4. Be a visible presence in all areas of the Primary School.
5. Oversee and direct the activities of the grade level coordinators and faculty committees.
6. Be responsible for regular meetings with the faculty, grade levels, or teams.
7. Supervise and evaluate Primary School teachers and Administrators through the WIS appraisal systems.
8. Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs.
9. Oversee the assessment and reporting methods used in measuring student achievement.
10. In cooperation with Middle and Upper School Principals, ensure the clear articulation of the vertical and horizontal curriculum.
11. Establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress.
12. Set and maintain appropriate standards with student discipline issues.
13. Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
14. Collaborate with the Associate Head and the Director of Human Resources to oversee the recruitment, hiring, retention, and assignment of the Primary School faculty and staff.
15. Maintain the Primary School budget in cooperation with the Chief Financial Officer.
16. Work closely with the Head of School and other members of the WIS Leadership Team ensuring that WIS continues to thrive as a unique international school in the DC region.

Minimum Degree: BA
Certification Required: No
Minimum Experience: 5-7 Years

Desired Experiences and Qualifications of the Primary Principal:
• Cultural fluency derived from international experience
• Significant experience with the PYP curriculum
• Knowledge of Harvard’s Project Zero
• Experience with a dual or multi-language program
• Experience working effectively with a diverse parent body who have high expectations for their children and the School
• Visionary, action-oriented leadership, particularly the ability to lead and empower others
• Passion for WIS’s mission of transforming children and young adults into thoughtful, responsible, and engaged world citizens
• Familiarity with current educational pedagogy and research and with the International Baccalaureate program
• Strong communication skills
• Committed to being a strong visible presence and active participant in the leadership team of WIS
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Fluency in a language in addition to English would be an asset, but is not required
• Master’s degree in elementary education is preferred
Application Notes:
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A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate, and why you are interested in the position.
• A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
• A one to two page statement outlining educational philosophy and leadership style.
• A one-page list of references with names, titles, phone numbers and E-mail addresses.
• A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession.
• Submission of your application is an acknowledgement that the school may contact references both listed and not listed who would know your professional background.

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Contact Info
Please send applications as instructed below no later than October 15, 2018. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Candidates should note that, in the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, WIS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above and to close the search. We encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Please indicate whether you were referred by a search firm or recruiter. Candidates should send all the information requested below as an email with a single PDF attachment to Isabelle Badoux, Director of Human Resources: