The Franconian International School (FIS) in Erlangen, located in southern Germany, serves primarily the international community of the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg and educates students in an international environment according to high academic standards. It provides an atmosphere respectful of diverse cultures and promotes responsible global citizenship. The FIS Strategic Plan is committed to Cultures of Thinking and developing an excellent pastoral program. The FIS is a non-profit, financially stable organization governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the members of the FIS Association including the sponsoring companies, most prominent of which are Siemens and adidas.

The FIS is looking for a

Head of Primary School

Starting: August 1, 2022
Employment Type: Full-time
Contract Type: 2 years

The Position

The Head of Primary School is the leader and role model of learning in the Primary School, incorporating academic and social/emotional development of Primary School students by enacting the FIS Mission and Vision. The Head of Primary School has an awareness that education occurs outside as much as inside the classroom, has clear ideas of what a successful lesson should look like and role-models it when teaching. They are an advocate for students, giving them voice and empowering them as individuals and learners.

The Head of Primary School is part of the Senior Leadership Team at the FIS.


1. Operations

  • Lead the Primary School in close liaison with all stakeholders, in alignment with  Philosophy, Standards and Practices of the program implemented in the Primary School, the FIS Mission and Vision, Strategic Plan and with other FIS programs
  • Organize the day to day running of the Primary School, including daily schedule, calendar, field trips, staffing and cover, reporting, operational systems 
  • Provide professional and personal support and direction to all section faculty
  • Together with other stakeholders, play an essential part in the FIS appraisal system
  • Put systems in place to develop and drive active student leadership
  • Identify staffing needs, find short-term solutions if needed and actively participate in the staff recruitment process
  • Communicate section relevant topics to all relevant stakeholders
  • Develop, implement and monitor section relevant policies
  • Be highly visible inside and outside classrooms and at school events
  • Enforce rules throughout the section
  • Foster a vibrant Primary School spirit by demonstrating and providing opportunities for positive interactions 
  • Drive and live school culture
  • Responsible for well-being of members of section

2. Support

  • Support Head of School as needed
  • Support successful building, planning, implementing and evaluating of pastoral program
  • Support successful building, planning, implementing and evaluating of section curriculum
  • Support Head of Administration and Business Manager with financial planning and running of section

3. Teaching 

  • Teach and manage the educational program relevant to subject and grade level(s) based on the FIS curriculum and as required by the Head of School

The successful candidate will meet many of the following criteria:

  • Degree in Education
  • Passion for educating Primary School students
  • Ability to role model successful teaching
  • Proven successful leadership experience and expertise
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Understanding of the educational programme of the Primary School as well as alternative programmes
  • Previous experience in international schools
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders
  • Commitment to developing connections to both the international and local environment
  • Possession of strong core values that drive their actions

What we offer:

  • An exciting position in an international, friendly and open working atmosphere
  • A modern workplace with excellent resources
  • Competitive salary, relocation package, contributions towards pension scheme
  • Opportunity to learn and grow as a professional

Application Procedure:

Interested and qualified should submit the following documents:

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A CV, describing relevant experience including clear indications of completed qualifications
  • A statement of personal education philosophy
  • A one-page list of references with phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of three letters of reference, which may already be in your possession

Please submit all required application materials at your earliest convenience and no later than January 10, 2022

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Equal Opportunity and Child Protection Statement

The appointment will be subject to satisfactory references, verification of identity and proof of qualifications. The Franconian International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and national/international disclosure and barring services. The Franconian International School is an Equal Opportunities employer, and welcomes applications for all posts from appropriately qualified persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief.