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The International School of Lausanne (ISL) is a leading non-profit, 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.

Teacher of French at 60%

Permanent contract from 1 August 2022

Our Primary School community (320 students) is exceptionally diverse with students from 52 countries speaking 36 languages. Our 45 teaching staff are experienced, passionate, and self-motivated educators. We are seeking to employ an inspirational and passionate teacher who is committed to provide engaging learning experiences for our learners.

The new teacher will join a team of 5 teachers collectively teaching all Primary students from three to eleven years old. Our students attend classes three to five times a week in level groups from beginners, intermediate and advanced/Francophones. We are teaching our own curriculum through the Primary Years Programme principles.

Qualifications and Qualities desired

  • Ability to teach French to students in Primary School (three to eleven-year old children)
  • A recognized teaching qualification (graduate or postgraduate level)
  • A recognized FLE teaching qualification (Français Langue Etrangère) is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the educational philosophies of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is a strong asset
  • The ability to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons that stimulate and motivate students to learn
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to cultural variance; a work experience in an international environment is a strong asset
  • Adaptability, flexibility, dynamism and a sense of humour
  • The ability to meet high expectations of students, colleagues and a professional parent community
  • Excellent ICT skills and knowledge of their effective use to support pedagogy
  • A commitment to self-reflection and professional development
  • Proficiency in English both oral and written is an advantage


To apply, please submit the following documents on Job Up which can be accessed through our website:

  • CV/ résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Statement of educational philosophy
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Copies of work certificates/ reference letters (if any)
  • Copy of work permit (if applicable)

Due to work permit limitations, preference will be given to candidates having a Swiss/ EU citizenship or holding a Swiss work permit.

Closing date: Friday 5 May

Why join ISL?

Our school is a unique place. We are an organisation of a size where your work will have a direct impact on our community. We provide a multicultural environment where diversity is valued and in which every opinion counts. We are highly reflective on our practices and impact, and dedicated to the well-being of our staff and students.

Our staff members form a committed, hard-working, and passionate community. In return, we offer a rewarding, collaborative, and trusting work environment, an approachable leadership team, and a modern and spacious campus located at a stone’s throw from the centre of Lausanne.

We care for children

The International School of Lausanne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all of its staff to share this commitment. A background check, including criminal records check and/ or police clearance, will be conducted on all successful applicants.

We value diversity

ISL is committed to being an inclusive employer that values diversity. This is reflected in our recruitment practices and in our Code of behaviour.