Washington International School is seeking an individual to become a part of the Upper School leadership team and provide administrative support to the Upper School Principal, other academic administrators, teachers, students and parents.
The ideal candidate will be organized, flexible, and approachable. He/she will possess strong technical skills, an ability to adapt to and use online educational platforms, and understand and manipulate data. They should be comfortable working independently while also ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the Upper School. The US Assistant should be able to anticipate needs and engage in strategic thinking about school systems and processes. This person must be able to build and maintain relationships of trust with colleagues, students and parents.
This person would perform duties including; scheduling, purchasing supplies, writing correspondence, tracking budgets and serving as the main point of contact for students, parents and teachers in the Upper School.
Previous experience in a school, especially an independent or international school is preferred. A successful candidate brings a friendly demeanor and enjoys working with teenagers and adults.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant administrative experience, ideally in an academic setting
Strong technical skills - MS Office suite, database management, ability to use social media in a professional setting
Excellent oral and written skills
Demonstrated patience, collaborative and collegial demeanor, with colleagues, students and parents
Proficiency in French or Spanish preferred
Ideally, the start date would include several days of crossover training between June 12-23, with a start date of July 24, 2017. We are flexible depending on circumstances and planned vacations.
Please submit a cover letter with salary expectations, a resume and a list of three professional references to David Markus, Upper School Principal, HRUpper@wis.edu.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience; position is non-exempt. We offer excellent benefits e.g. professional development, collegial and friendly environment, generous company match for retirement with immediate vesting, 75% health/dental premium paid by the School, FSA, prepaid legal, supplemental life insurance, free parking and much more.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, PreSchool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full capacity of 900 students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s ch...allenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB); the Asia Society; and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is central, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French, Spanish or Dutch. Chinese is offered beginning in Grade six. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma. Upon graduation, approximately two-thirds attend American universities and one-third universities abroad.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.