Trends in Hiring International School Leaders

Recent global events continue to shape the international school hiring marketplace. Carney Sandoe Senior Consultants Art Charles and Deb Welch, both former leaders of international schools, examine recent changes in the marketplace and explore the short- and long-term effects on school leadership hiring and job seeking.

Kate
over 1 year agoNovember 10, 2020
Hello, 

Many of the senior leadership roles that I have come across in International School has a requisite of previous work in an international school. That certainly make sense, however, I was not sure if they are open to Americans with strong independent school experience, but might not have had the opportunity to work abroad? Similarly, IB experience is often listed a desired/required skill. How much of a priority is IB experience? Thanks
Art Charles
over 1 year agoNovember 12, 2020
While it is a good time to be looking, getting the first international school job can be a challenge. First of all, register with CS&A, Search Associates, and ISS. Take an annual $49 subscription with The International Educator if only to see the hundreds of international schools out there. This site is used by school that don't use services like CS&A, SA and ISS but advertize openings for teachers and administrators. They will indicate if IB or AP experience is necessary or if previous international school experience is required. Another suggestion: look for schools with American or Washington or Lincoln in their names - they often offer an "American" curriculum and are more flexible about preparation, although some require certification.
Lynn Lawson
over 1 year agoNovember 10, 2020
Thanks for your positive, specific presentation. I appreciate your sharing the historical overview of international schools, current recruitment trends, and guidance for the recruitment process. My daughters are now young adults, and they often voice thanks for their years living internationally from birth to middle school years. As you mentioned, it turned out to be the greatest gift we could have possibly given them academically and personally. Hence, a possible return to the amazing world of international schools.
Dominique Velociter
over 1 year agoNovember 10, 2020
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Thank you Julie, Art and DEB for this wonderful webinar. I have been looking since June without much success and your reflections and suggestions are cheering me up and encouraging me to keep looking.

As a senior candidate, I am wondering if you have any information regarding visa requirement for people over 60. I hold an American passport and a French passport allowing me to work 8n the EU which is a great gift, however I just found a closed door with Search Associate for Morocco because of this.
Art Charles
over 1 year agoNovember 12, 2020
This is going to vary from country to country. Take an annual $49 subscription with The International Educator if only to see the hundreds of international schools out there. This site is used by schools that don't use services like CS&A, SA, and ISS but advertise openings for teachers and administrators.
Bridget McNamer
over 1 year agoNovember 11, 2020
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on opportunities and trends in international school leadership searches.  I wonder what your observations are about bringing more diverse candidates into the process, especially as the spotlight is shining on international schools on this topic.
Art Charles
over 1 year agoNovember 12, 2020
We are in the midst of two searches for a school in Europe that has asked us to focus on diverse candidates. Equity, diversity, and inclusion has become a priority in many international schools. We need more candidates. I would suggest you also register with ISS and Search Associates as no single firm gets all the searches. Also, take an annual $49 subscription with The International Educator if only to see the hundreds of international schools out there. This site is used by school that don't use services like CS&A, SA, and ISS but advertise openings for teachers and administrators.
Dominique Velociter
over 1 year agoNovember 12, 2020
Thank you Art and Deb for this wonderful presentation and for responding to my question. I found particularly impressive the growth of international schools over the past decade. Education has taken a new stand, altogether a lucrative mean while remaining a path to self, community and world improvement. Let’s continue to work together to make the world a better place for everyone. By the way, school are amazingly resilient even in dysfunctional contexts. Students, teachers and parents keep the boat afloat. I agree that most proprietary schools do intend to do at least a “good job”. In my experience, among other things, I have found the recurring loyalty promotion/nepotism particularly frustrating and impeding. All type of schools need the right people in the right seat on the bus.
Shirley Droese
over 1 year agoNovember 15, 2020
Thank you, Deb and Art, for highlighting the history and growth of international schools globally.  As a veteran international educator, I say, "International teaching is a great way to "do" education."   The work in diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important thread in the evolution of international schools, and recognition of DEI as a strength for a school is taking root.
Mary Henningsen
over 1 year agoNovember 18, 2020
Thank you, Art and Deb (and Julie!) for this session!  Very informative and inspiring!  Deb, I have done recruiting, for my new international school located in Lebanon, at those fairs you talked about.  I have seen the same lines of applicants at the the London, Paris, and other EU schools -- we used to bring Lebanese sweets to entice teachers over to our table!! (Art knows how enticing Lebanese sweets can be!) So I really appreciate what you and Art are saying about the best about opportunities being located in places you've never even considered.  I went to Lebanon for 1 year...13 years ago, and it was the best experience of my professional and personal life!  Glad to hear the trends are favorable for international school leadership opportunities going forward. Also important trends in DEI for international education, very interesting.
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