International Schools Partnership (ISP) is currently seeking to appoint a Head of School for their school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
A successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of outstanding senior leadership in a school. It is preferred that the candidate is experienced in IB curriculum and foreign language programs. They will be a visionary, strategic leader and a committed team player who demonstrates a collegiate and collaborative approach to working with others. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships with all the school’s stakeholders.
The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues, in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our students, colleagues, and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.
ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, educates children and students from 2–18 years of age. We have now expanded to 50 schools that employ over 8,000 staff and deliver multiple curricula to over 46,000 students located across the globe.
We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that can forge successful careers and lives, in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools to be the leading school of choice in their local area.
A competitive salary will be offered, along with free school tuition for school- age dependents.
Reports to the Regional Managing Director, Sarah Graves (RMD), ISP US and Canada.
1. WELL-BEING AND SAFETY
- You are responsible for the safety and well-being of all students and adults in your school. This means all activities, functions, and policies are monitored to ensure students and adults are kept safe, both physically and mentally, enabling them to learn without barriers.
- You model and foster an open and inclusive culture, where everyone looks out for one another and focuses on learning and getting better.
- You work in partnership with your leadership team and colleagues to learn from their feedback and you collaborate on action plans to improve the school.
- You make the school welcoming, safe, supportive, and an inspiring space for everyone to grow and develop.
2. LEARNING AND EMBEDDING QUALITY
- You empower your teachers to focus on the quality of learning in your school and work in partnership with them to ensure progress towards the 9 criteria in the ISP Learning Improvement Process.
- Where applicable, you use the process to support your school’s accreditation(s) and external reviews.
- You see the quality of learning across all 5 key pillars of the learning offering, as integral to the success of your school and its position as a school of choice within the local community.
- Every teachers’ professional learning and development thrives under your stewardship of the school.
- You facilitate and engage in a professional and respectful dialogue with teachers, parents, and the ISP community, about learning and teaching, so that you inspire a shared commitment to getting better.
- Your teachers feel confident to have open and honest conversations about the learning of their students, their own learning, and how they can get better.
- You regularly gather, document, and analyze evidence of learning from around your school and use this to inform your decision-making process. You work with your teachers to identify targets and action steps to improving learning.
- Parents/carers and students recognize and endorse the school for Amazing Learning.
3. LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
- You lead your school with vision, empathy, and integrity.
- You connect, collaborate, and engage with colleagues throughout the school and the wider ISP organization intentionally, and have a clear understanding of what is going on across all functions.
- You understand your own strengths and areas for development, knowing when to push ahead and when to seek out advice, support, or mentorship. You recruit, develop and retain talent using appropriate policies.
- You identify whom to bring together to leverage skills and ability, and you use this to build and empower high-caliber senior and middle leadership teams.
- You are attuned to the needs of others, helping to discover, nurture and amplify employees’ strengths and inspiring your leadership team to do the same.
4. VISION AND STRATEGY
- You are fully focused on the ISP Principles and Educational Philosophy.
- You use your own insight and knowledge and seek others’ input, to understand what this means within your local context.
- You create and lead on this strategy in partnership with your senior leadership team and ISP.
- You align with and model the ISP Principles ensuring these are at the heart of your school strategy, as well as visible through your daily actions and the actions of your leadership team and colleagues.
- You make public commitments to learning and getting better through transparency, communication, and action.
5. MARKETING, ADMISSIONS, AND COMMUNICATION
- You are a clear and compelling storyteller, articulating the vision and story of your school and ISP in a way that inspires parents, students, and colleagues.
- You have a clear understanding of your school’s market, new and existing target audiences and understand how best to reach and engage with them, consistently tailoring and personalizing your message and differentiators as appropriate.
- You work closely with ISP Regional Marketing and Communications to optimize the branding of your school and communicate an inspiring vision of the offering to attract the right families and students, as well as making current families ambassadors for the school.
- With the support of ISP Regional Admissions, you ensure that families have the best and most personalized experience possible during the admissions process, maintaining a high lead to enrollment conversion rate.
- You use parent feedback and sentiment to guide future plans and parent engagement. This all translates into enrollment growth and student retention.
6. COMMERCIAL SUCCESS AND KPIS
- You see the school as your business to nurture and grow.
- You understand your commercial responsibility for the school as Head of School, co-creating, owning, and taking responsibility for your school delivering on its targets and KPIs (financial, learning, people, marketing, health & safety, and safeguarding).
- You successfully lead your team and organize and manage resources to drive profitability.
- You specifically monitor and communicate progress towards enrollment growth and income-generating KPIs, thereby facilitating the achievement of your school’s financial goals. You identify and implement new and improved ways of doing things that have a demonstrable impact on the school’s success.
- Through the school’s finance team, you ensure fees are paid promptly and that any debts are managed and recovered appropriately, with sensitivity to individual situations.
- As well as enrollment growth, you recognize the importance of student retention as a priority and this focus feeds your approach to building parent relationships.
- You drive the delivery of the parent and employee NPS and engagement surveys, taking action where improvement is needed and ensuring good becomes even better.
7. PARTNERSHIP WITH ISP
- You are committed to working in partnership with ISP.
- You understand, value, and articulate ISP’s role as a trusted advisor and resource to support you in building and creating your school as a school of choice.
- You work collaboratively and effectively with your RMD and the regional functional leads.
- You and your school team see the school as part of ISP and articulate the wider benefits of being an ISP School to your team.
- You understand your collective responsibility to the school and ISP, successfully balancing the school’s interests with the ISP vision and strategy and asserting yourself confidently and with consideration and respect for others’ views.
8. PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS, CARERS, AND THE COMMUNITY
- You lead the school informing effective relationships and partnerships within the community.
- You understand our students and their families; their expectations and their future requirements; and you focus on identifying opportunities to provide value to students and their families beyond their expectations.
- As well as the formal mechanisms, such as surveys and assessments, you foster a culture of partnership based on effective, regular and direct communication, as well as two-way feedback between teachers and parents.
- Together with your teaching team, you help parents and carers understand the school’s shared ideas about learners and learning, in ways that help them to engage confidently when talking about what their child is getting better at, what their next steps are, and how they will be supported at home.
- Accessible and available to parents and carers, you ensure their individual needs are understood and that they feel informed and involved as valued members of the school’s learning community. You are the face of your school to a wider community of employers, third-party vendors, regulatory bodies, and others, and you excel in forging and developing beneficial connections.
Applying for this Post
Please send your cover letter outlining your suitability for the role together with your CV and references to Olivia Haynes, Director of HR – ISP US and Canada Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org.