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The International School of Düsseldorf recuits qualified and experienced teachers from all around the world who believe in our school’s mission and philosopy.

Recruitment begins in January for positions for the upcoming school year starting in August. Applications can be submitted in December once positions are listed on our website or made known through external websites. The list of openings we have is updated regularly during the recruitment period.

Our Director, Mr Simon Head, attends the job fairs and carries out personal interviews for prospective candidates.

Current openings

Director of Sports & Activities



from August 2016 (or negotiable)  

The School

The International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) is a well-established, not-for-profit, forward looking, K-12 IB World School (PYP, MYP, DP), in one of the most desirable locations in Europe.  We are an international community of learners who work together to inspire our students to be confident, creative and critical thinkers.  The school is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

An exciting place to work and learn

We value creativity, willingness to challenge assumptions and research-led practice, so we offer teachers outstanding opportunities to develop their professional knowledge and skills.  The best professional development happens in the classroom so we provide teachers with support to investigate new ideas and techniques, try them out, and to share their learning and experiences with colleagues.  Each member of faculty has an annual personal professional development allowance as well as additional financial support for matters such as IB programme training.

Desirable location

ISD is a very attractive location whether you are interested in an international adventure or settling longer term.  Düsseldorf is a bustling Rhine metropolis in the heart of Europe.  We are in the charming and historic suburb of Kaiserswerth with excellent transport connections: ten minutes from the airport, 20 minutes by tram from the main station and at the centre of one of the best developed motorway systems in Europe.  Germany has a strong economy and stable government, and Düsseldorf is a safe city well-endowed with cultural institutions, some of the best shopping in Europe, and a plethora of restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes.

We are an international community of learners

Internationalism at ISD means demonstrating the open-mindedness, flexibility and curiosity which enables us to appreciate not only our many differences, but also our common humanity.  We strive to overcome barriers and use our gained understanding to care for each other and to cooperate for the common good.

The strong working relationships among teachers and between teachers and students are among our most valued assets.  The school has approximately 1100 enrolled students. There are approximately 240 members of staff (academic and support). There are currently 80 coaching staff involved in the sports offerings at ISD and approximately 20 staff involved in the after school activities programme.


Leading innovation in learning for a better world

Our goal is to deliver an outstanding education that prepares our students to be successful and inspires them to make a difference; an education that will equip them with the skills and aptitudes to tackle the global challenges they will face.

We have focused our vision around how we can provide every ISD child with access to success and the support needed to meet their personal needs and interests.

Our learning principles

We believe that

  • learning happens best when all participants form positive relationships, set high expectations for their learning and feel secure in taking risks
  • learning is most effective when the participants are inquisitive, active, and engaged in authentic learning tasks; when learners collaborate, evaluate their own thinking and have opportunities to act on feedback<
  • the learning process results in constructing new understanding and leads to action

Sports & Activities Programme


ISD participates in the NECIS (Northwest European Council of International Schools) as well as the ISST (International Schools Sports Tournaments)

The NECIS and ISST Sports Councils exist in order to provide opportunities for international schools located in Europe to exchange in friendly sport weekends and meet at specified tournaments on a competitive basis. Each school should work toward a common aim to achieve an efficient and well-balanced program that promotes healthy competition, sportsmanship, and maximized participation.

NECIS and ISST holds competitions in cities including: Amsterdam, Luxemburg, London, Antwerp, Bonn, Copenhagen, The Hague, Stavanger, Frankfurt, Geneva, Vienna, Hamburg, Munich and Brussels. Teams are selective, based on experience and ability level and the seasons are shorter than those of Sportverein teams. The highlight for NECIS and ISST teams is the end-of-season tournament, where schools from around Europe come to play for the championship. Typical offerings include soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, golf, swimming, track and field, tennis, softball and rugby.

Sportverein (Local Club)

Since 1995, ISD has operated its own registered, open to the public Sportverein (club). Through the existence of this important and unique programme, ISD are able to better integrate into the sport environment of its host country. Additionally, the Sportverein provides its participants a longer-term training and competitive experience, usually extending across an entire school year. Embedded in the experience are core values such as the recognition of cultural diversity, adherence to higher standards of sportsmanship and opportunities to positively represent ISD within the local community.

The ISD Sportverein offers students the chance to compete against teams within the Düsseldorf region in the following sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball and rugby. Swimming lessons are also offered once per week.

For the Sportverein teams, training is typically one to two times per week and games are played on most weekends. Teams are formed when the school year begins. Seasons range in length from 7 – 9 months, depending on the sport played. Players and families interested in a Sportverein team must demonstrate the ability to dedicate themselves over an entire school year. For older players (U-12 through U-18), it is common for Sportverein and NECIS/ISST teams to consist of the same players. This unique situation provides the student/athlete significantly more playing experience, both locally and internationally, along with the opportunity for long-term dedication to a chosen sport.

After School Activities

The primary objective of the ASA programme is to provide ISD students with after-school, non-competitive learning opportunities amongst their peers. The programme encourages students to develop a healthy mind, body and attitude while fostering cultural understanding, fairness and respect for others. The ASA Programme welcomes all ISD students to participate.

The After School Activities (ASA) department serves to offer a wide-range of courses through which students can learn exciting new skills and develop in an environment free of formal competition. Courses can include:  Ball Skills, Ballet, Basketball, Drama Club, Golf, Hip-Hop, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Mandarin Language, Math Club, Movement, Dance and Games, Robotics, Soccer skills, Story Telling.

City Championship

Participation in a City Championship event (Stadtsportmeisterschaften) provides opportunities for students to further develop their sporting ability while participating in a competitive team and representing ISD within the local school community. Additionally, ISD is able to further develop relationships to other participating schools from around the region.

The city of Düsseldorf, in collaboration with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, runs a series of annual mini-tournaments in a multitude of sports for middle and high-school aged children. These are short, one-day events which take place during school hours. The winners of each one-day round usually advance on to another round, until a “state-champion” is determined. The state champion then gets to play for the national championship, held each year in Berlin. Competitions can include table tennis, judo, track and field, soccer, badminton, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, chess, swimming, rowing and hockey.

ISD Sportverein e.V. Summer Sports Camps

The ISD Sportverein e.V. Summer Sports Camps take place in August for one week. The current offerings are swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball and rugby.

ISD Lions Club

The ISD LIONS CLUB is a volunteer, fund-raising organization dedicated to supporting the ISD Sports and Activities Program through various community-driven projects such as the Fields Snack Barthe ISD Gym Snack Bar, Vending Machine, NECIS/ISST Awards Dinners and NECIS/ISST Tournament Hosting.

Coaching Staff

ISD currently employ around 80 coaching and instructional staff to run their sports and activities programmes. Some staff are ISD employees and some coaching staff are self-employed coaches who provide specialist coaching.

Sporting Facilities

Within the senior school campus there is a sports and community center that was opened in 2013.

The building comprises of a professionally equipped gymnasium with two professional sized basketball courts. There is an indoor weights and fitness room and a multipurpose room used for dance and drama and other after school activities.

The ES has its own sports hall as well as an outdoor artificial football pitch.

Approximately 2km from ISD, the school has its own sports club known as the ISD Sportverien which is a club open to local sporting events such as football and rugby. The facilities were recently improved to include flood-lit artificial-turf football pitches, volleyball areas, a running track and an on-site cafeteria.

Director of Sports & Activities

The position

The Director of Sports & Activities is responsible for the leadership and administration of the  co-curricular sports offerings at ISD including the ISD Sportverein (a German registered local sporting club).

The Director of Sports & Activities is a senior member of the leadership team and will demonstrate the following:

  • An excellent and extensive record of experience as a school administrator in a senior leadership role
  • Master’s degree in Educational leadership or equivalent;
  • Past experience working in an  international school and/or with families in a multicultural environment;
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to motivate staff is essential;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, staff, parents and students;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English and German, both verbal and written;
  • Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills;
  • Responsible for all budgeting, facility use and equipment management for all areas of the programme including PHE. (The PHE DH is responsible for teaching & learning incl. curriculum development, scheduling & teacher allocation, PHE staffing & appraisal)
  • Managing a team of personnel including Assistant Director of Sports & Activities, ASA Coordinator, Sports & Activities Secretary, Greenkeepers and Coaching staff.

Compensation Package

The salary for the Director of Sports & Activities is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and is competitive. The position includes German mandatory medical insurance coverage for the Director of Sports & Activities, spouse and qualifying dependents 18 years or under who reside with full time.  In addition, the school offers a retirement contribution, professional development allowance, biannual home allowance and a relocation allowance and flights.

The initial contract will be two years with an option to extend beyond the initial contract. The contract is renewable at the discretion of the Director. Salary and benefits for this post are competitive. 

Application procedure

The deadline for applications is 22 April 2016.  Candidates should note, however, that the search committee will begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received.  In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISD reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.  For this reason, it is recommended that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

Candidates should send the information requested below,

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the position at ISD
  • A current CV/résumé not to exceed two pages
  • A one or two-page personal statement outlining your educational beliefs and your philosophy of leadership
  • A one-page list of references with accurate and current contact details, including position, phone number and e-mail address

Applications should be submitted

For more information on the International School of Dusseldorf, please see the school website:


If you are living locally and interested in working as a substitute teacher at our school, please email an application form to Marie Willis, HR Manager Please note that a German work permit is a minimum requirement for becoming a substitute teacher.

Recruitment Fairs

If you are interested in employment for the next academic year, we would recommend that you sign up with either Search Associates or CIS.

This information booklet can be downloaded here.

How to apply

Please send a completed ISD application form

Human Resources Manager, Priority will be given to applicants attending any of the job fairs attended by our Director.

"Teaching to be a World Citizen"

Marie Willis

Human Resources Manager

Tel: +49 (0) 211 9406 718

Fax: +49 (0) 211 9406 787








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