Primary School Principal

The Vienna International School is looking for a Primary School Principal (one-year interim position).

The Primary School Principal is expected to:

  • Provide educational leadership, curriculum and professional development in the primary school to enable the organisation to deliver the highest standards of education within the frameworks of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes.
  • Establish a professional working environment which enables continuous improvement and is characterised by professional practice that is consistent with the Board of Governor’s mission and policy.
  • Manage the human and physical resources of the primary school.

Please read here to find more information regarding this job position (e.g. selection criteria, employment process and job description).

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Principal is to administer the Primary School according to the policies established by the Board of Governors and under the overall supervision of the Director.

Please also see the attached full copy of the Job Description.

The Interim Primary Principal shall possess strong leadership skills in order to continue the excellent work of our school.  They will include:

  • A proven ability to cultivate a wholesome and rewarding school culture for children, staff, and parents.
  • A knowledge of, and commitment to, the Programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  • The ability to inspire and motivate staff and students.
  • A commitment to quality Early Years-12 curriculum development and implementation.
  • The ability to work as a collaborative and creative leader of the entire Vienna International School community.

We are looking for a candidate who is able to:

  • Provide the educational leadership and vision that inspires staff and students to strive for excellence and work together towards fulfilling the school’s mission
  • Plan and manage strategically within a framework of available resources, to ensure their optimum use according to agreed priorities and performance indicators
  • Create an enabling ‘people’ environment through managing performance proactively, coaching and mentoring, and ensuring a positive learning culture for both staff and students
  • Foster engagement and collaboration across a diverse, multicultural school community, by openly and honestly addressing questions and problems, building harmony and a sense of common purpose
  • Initiate and manage constructive change, enabling and encouraging others to face change, and use innovative and creative methods to accomplish their work

Candidates should hold an advanced degree in education/educational administration with at least two years’ experience in a leadership role within a multicultural school setting working with an integrated curriculum.  English fluency is required, and second language proficiency is preferred.

  • Significant experience of enquiry-based learning theory and practice:  PYP
  • A good understanding of effective classroom practice
  • Understanding of class/specialist perspective of Primary age education
  • Lead positive, directed, and focused community discussion
  • Place school goals before personal preferences
  • Lead change efforts in a positive fashion
  • Possess a professional demeanour
  • Strong communication skills:  speaking, writing, listening, non-verbal
  • Visionary
  • A strong commitment to the beliefs and values of the three IB programmes
  • A strong commitment to the belief that all children can be successful
  • A willingness to support and promote intercultural understanding and international mindedness
  • A commitment to harness learning and teaching technologies in order to support inquiring, inspired and involved lifelong 21st century learners
  • A strong commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

The VIS offers an incentive salary (Minimum Euro 107.000,-- gross p.a.) reflecting your qualification, skills and experience.

Application pocedure

Please note that due to the interim nature of this role, only local applicants can be considered.

Interested candidates are asked to apply with a letter of application, CV, and statement of leadership philosophy. Contact details of a minimum of three professional referees should be provided; these should include direct supervisors or persons in senior positions of responsibility who can validate the applicant’s performance in a leadership or management role. 

All applications will receive an automated response.

In line with GDPR, we ask that you do NOT send us any information that can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation, genetic and/or biometric data) in your CV and application documentation.

Following this notice, any inclusion of your Sensitive Personal Data will be understood by us as your express consent to process this information going forward. Please also remember not to mention the information or details of anyone (e.g. referees) who have not previously agreed to their inclusion.

Professional dossiers may also be submitted by the candidate, but the School’s Search Committee reserves the right to apply directly to the writers of open testimonials for confidential statements.

All final interviews will be panel interviews that will also include scenario style questions.

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines regarding social distancing, interviews and meetings are likely to be held virtually.

Applications are welcomed from a broad range of applicants.

  • Please send your application by email as one PDF file with a size not exceeding 5MB.
  • We would ask you not to paste your application into the body of the email. Please note that only the one attached document in pdf-format will be reviewed.

Please address your application to:


Wed., 6 January 2021

Deadline for receipt of full applications (as soon as possible, please, but no later than this date)

Frid., 15 January

Shortlisted candidates will receive the formal invitation and further information

Mond., 1 February (possibly also Tues., 2 Feb.)

Selection day(s): Formal interviews and meetings with VIS staff and students for shortlisted candidates (time requirement: full day on Monday; possibly plus 2 hrs on Tuesday)