High School Principal, San José, Costa Rica

Closing date:Expiring soon

Blue Valley SchoolSan José, Costa Rica

Date posted:
Start date: June 2020 or sooner.
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include transportation, health insurance, free tuition for school-age dependents, work permit process and housing .
Contract term: Permanent

The High School must be a strong educational leader, excited by, and committed to the ongoing development of BVS. They will be:

• An inspiration to teachers 

• A developer, leader, and manager that will ensure the placement of an outstanding teacher in every classroom,

• A promoter of professional growth focused on improving student outcomes and strengthening teaching and learning;

• A “leader of learning” with a clear vision of how to optimize learning opportunities for the diverse learners at BVS;

Preferred Qualifications and characteristics of the new Principal include the following:

• Masters in Education

• Educational Administration training

• Ten or more years as a teacher with an exemplary teaching record

• Three or more years of experience in high school administrative position (e.g.  Principal or Assistant Principal)

• Proven leadership skills

• IB experience (Certification preferred)

• Experience facilitating, overseeing and coordinating curriculum and instruction

• Skilled at empowering, and mentoring faculty and staff

• Experience supervising and evaluating high school faculty and staff

• Ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers

• Flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations.

• Strong communication skills

• Evidence of positive relationships with students, parents, faculty and staff

• Highly organized and task oriented

• Interested in a long-term commitment to Blue Valley School 

• Committed to additional hours required beyond the typical school hours

• Bilingual; English and Spanish (preferred)


Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Responsible for the overall achievement, welfare and safety of students within the high school.

• Direct planning activities and implement programs to ensure attainment of school’s mission. 

• Provides curricular and instructional leadership by supervising the design and development of academic programs and activities, their implementation, and their evaluation.

• Works closely with the school faculty and staff in identifying educational and instructional needs, and in developing plans to improve the instructional process.

• Monitor instructional processes to ensure that program activities are related to outcomes.

• Establish clear expectations for staff performance with regard to instructional strategies, classroom management, and communication with the community.

• Observe employee performance, record observations, and evaluate the performance of faculty and staff. Provide opportunity for improvement as needed.

• Foster collegiality and team building among staff members. Encourage their active involvement in decision-making processes. Assign academic, advisory, and administrative tasks.

• Ensure that school rules are uniformly applied and that student discipline is appropriate and equitable in accordance with student handbook. 

• Contribute to the formulation of the school’s strategic plans, and direct day-to-day operation of the high school programs.

• Confer and consult with parents regarding student performance, behavior, and alternative problem solutions.

• Develop and administer budgets to ensure that operations are cost effective and funds are managed wisely. 

• Plan professional development activities. 

• Demonstrate awareness of school and community needs and initiate activities to meet those needs. Use appropriate and effective techniques to encourage community and parent involvement.

• Oversee the maintenance and the proper utilization of facilities, in coordination with Head of School and Finance Director. 

• Actively participate in Senior Management Team and other administrative meetings.


Candidates should submit the following information as a single pdf file attached to maria.herrera@bluevalley.ed.cr

• A cover letter no longer than two pages explaining strengths and why interested in the High School Principal position at BVS

• A current resume not to exceed two pages

• Two letters of reference from supervisors within the last five years

• A list of family dependents including names, ages, and grade level if seeking student enrollment at Blue Valley School




More about Blue Valley School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Apartado 1784-1250, Escazú, Costa Rica. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +506 2215 2204
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