We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2019-2020.

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) is a leading not-for-profit, English language, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School set in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Our school is committed to excellence in education. We strive to recognise the unique potential of each student, and to equip them to play an active and responsible role in a complex, multicultural world. The school employs approximately 250 members of staff on its campus where we welcome approximately 950 students from over 60 nationalities, from 3 to 18 years of age. 

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational, passionate and experienced

Primary School Principal

Full-time permanent position from 1 August 2020

whose vision, commitment, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning will guide our Primary and Early Childhood sections in maintaining and developing a strong intellectual, physical, social and emotional foundation for our students.  The Primary School Principal provides leadership in all areas of curriculum and welfare of the Primary School in conjunction with the Director and the Primary Educational Leadership Team.


  • Together with the Director and the Primary Educational Leadership Team, set priorities and develop an action plan for the Primary School and the Early Childhood that is consistent with the strategy, the philosophy and the mission of the School
  • Define the responsibilities of Primary School and Early Childhood staff, allocate resources, schedule classes and events in accordance with the School’s mission and values
  • Ensure that the philosophy of the School and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is reflected in all activities of the Primary School and Early Childhood
  • Develop an annual academic budget; oversee and monitor expenditures


  • Ensure that the safety and welfare of students are at the center of all action and all decision making
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies, programmes, and activities that promote the well-being of all students
  • Oversee the admission and placement of students


  • Oversee on-going curriculum review, development and implementation; ensure cohesion and consistency in programmes
  • Set and communicate high standards for curricular/instructional quality and student achievement


  • Communicate regularly the School’s strategy and the priorities to the staff, the students, the parents, and the wider School community
  • Coordinate parent information and help parents achieve a clear understanding of the nature of the School’s programme of study
  • Oversee the assessment and reporting procedures

Staff development

  • Regularly observe and evaluate staff members; assist in the implementation of effective teaching strategies to promote student learning
  • Identify staff training needs and development opportunities in collaboration with the leadership team


  • A learning-focused leader with a passion for primary education who is able to share an inspiring vision, a commitment to excellence in education and a continuous improvement mindset
  • Knowledge of the PYP programme and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a significant leadership role
  • Experience in managing enrolment, staffing, scheduling and budget
  • Proven track record of effective leadership by creating a collaborative working environment
  • Ability to personally model our core values: honesty, approachability, respect, openness, enthusiasm, care and concern for others
  • Ability to think strategically with strong organisational skills
  • Adaptability, flexibility, dynamism and a sense of humour
  • International work experience with an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Proficiency in English.  The ability to communicate effectively in French would be an asset
  • Excellent ICT skills and a knowledge of their effective use to support pedagogy
  • Commitment to self-reflection and professional development

This position is open for men and women. Due to work permit limitations, preference will be given to candidates having a Swiss/EU citizenship or holding a Swiss work permit.

Qualified and interested candidates should apply here with the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • CV/ résumé
  • statement of educational philosophy
  • copies of diplomas
  • details of three professional referees


Closing date: 31 January 2020

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