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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 listed below and carries out personal interviews for prospective candidates.

SEARCH Melbourne: 3 - 6 January 2016

SEARCH Bangkok: 8 - 11 January 2016

CIS London: 14 - 17 January 2016

SEARCH London: 21 - 24 January 2016

Current openings

Elementary School Principal

from August 2016

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. Currently, the Elementary School has 409 students representing over 50 nationalities among staff and students. There are approximately 84 members of staff (academic and support) within the Elementary section.


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


The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child as an inquirer, inside and outside the classroom. The programme provides a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children and prepares them towards becoming active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

Our teachers work towards preparing students to become internationally minded citizens with attributes outlined in the IB Learner Profile. There is an integrated approach to teaching and learning, and a variety of differentiated teaching methods are drawn from a range of exciting learning tasks and strategies applied to all key learning areas. Specialist teachers plan and work collaboratively with classroom teachers to implement a trans-disciplinary programme of inquiry. This is achieved by integrating subject areas so students can make connections within the programme.


Elementary School Principal

The position

The Principal of Elementary School will provide professional leadership and administration to motivate the performance of instructional and support personnel in order to provide the best possible opportunities for student growth and development, both educationally and personally.

The Principal will foster a holistic, forward-thinking, creative learning environment by providing visionary leadership in a collaborative manner

Professional experience and personal qualities

The ideal candidate will demonstrate creativity, energy and drive, the highest integrity and ethical standards and a passion for teaching and learning. In addition, he/she will be innovative and should have many of the following skills and experience:

  • An excellent and extensive record of experience as a school administrator in a senior leadership role
  • Classroom teacher certification/qualification at Elementary level;
  • Master’s degree in Educational leadership or equivalent;
  • In depth knowledge of and experience with the PYP and/or constructivist learning theory and its implementation
  • 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 and plan collaboratively with colleagues, staff, parents and students;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, both verbal and written;
  • Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills;
  • The maturity and commitment to exercise sound judgment;
  • IT competent;
  • The ability to assist in the selection, professional development and retention of first class teaching staff, as well as the ability to build an inclusive community of students, parents and professional staff and set high performance standards
  • Experience in managing a budget and delivering against financial targets

Compensation Package

The salary for the Elementary School Principal is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and is competitive. The position includes German mandatory medical insurance coverage for the principal, spouse and qualifying dependents 18 years or under who reside with the principal 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 and will be commensurate with the responsibilities of this prestigious position.

Application Procedure

The International School of Dusseldorf (ISD) has selected Search Associates to assist in this search process. The deadline for applications is December 9, 2015. 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, in a single PDF attachment not to exceed 6MB.

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Elementary Principal 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 (if you are a candidate with Search Associates please state that in your letter).

Applications should be submitted to:

with a cc to:

Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology (CIT)

October 2015

The Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology reports to the School Director and will work collaboratively with other members of the executive leadership team.

The Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology will work very closely with the Principals and relevant coordinators to ensure the most effective continuity of learning, the monitoring of student progress and that academic programmes are contemporary, challenging and relevant. A key element of the role is in fostering conditions whereby curriculum innovation (next practice) is embedded in practice and prevails throughout all learning areas.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Director of Curriculum Innovation & Technology will collaboratively oversee the development of curriculum innovation and technology from Reception-12 and lead the transformation of teaching & learning in line with the school vision. The Director of CIT will support the development of teaching and learning strategies that utilize flexible learning space in transformational ways. The Director of CIT will oversee the visioning & implementation process for the development of an Institute of Innovation in Learning.

Essential Duties:

1. Provide collaborative leadership and innovation for enhancing teaching and learning through the identification, evaluation, adoption, and integration of effective educational innovations into the curriculum.

2. Collaborate with faculty from different areas in inter-disciplinary opportunities and experiences for students.

3. Partner with the Principals to formulate and provide a professional development programme designed to support faculty in the design, development and delivery of curriculum and instruction using sound research-based course design for both local and distance learning opportunities.

4. Provide leadership in the development of strategic approaches for the integration of technology and the implementation of the vision for the use of technology in all areas of the school.

5. Maintains awareness of best practices, emerging technologies and new potentials in education that may be adopted as new pedagogies and practices.

6. Maintains appropriate records and data to produce monthly performance reports, annual performance reports, and external reports.

7. Assists with the process for systematic review and evaluation of the educational technology and curricular innovation.

8. Implement a vision for an Institute of Innovation in Learning and explore strategic partnerships with external organizations.

Essential Requirements:

1. Demonstrates commitment to achieving excellence in education, the communication of an educational vision and passion for the development of an educational approach that meets the needs of students.

2. Ability to inspire and motivate the school community towards high educational standards.

3. Understands, applies and shares contemporary educational research, theory and practice in pedagogy, assessment and reporting.

4. Defines challenges clearly and seeks positive solutions, often in collaboration with others.

5. Makes and is able to communicate decisions informed and supported by available evidence and analysis.

6. Demonstrates high level skills in establishing effective working relationships with staff, students, parents and the wider community.

7. Highly developed oral and written communication skills which facilitate ready understanding by a diversity of groups and individuals in schools and across the broader educational community.

8. Demonstrates ability to work with a team initiating and managing change.

9. Highly developed IT skills.


At least five years teaching experience with a minimum of three years in leadership


This is a full time salaried position limited for two years and will commence on August 1, 2016.







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 together with your resume, references and copies of qualifications via email to Marie Willis,

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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