Principal, Moscow

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English International School of Moscow - EastMoscow

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Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable
Contract term: Permanent

Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced School Principal, Headteacher or Senior Leader, with experience delivering the English National Curriculum and interested in a challenging new opportunity overseas? If so, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our successful multi-site International School in Moscow, as Principal from August 2020.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an intelligent, ambitious, and energetic Senior Leader, to impact and shape the delivery of international education at a high quality education establishment.

About the School
English International School (EIS) Moscow (https://englishedmoscow.com/) is a British style International school in Moscow, comprising three campuses in the East, West and South West of the city. Recognised for the outstanding quality of education we provide to students aged 3 – 18, we are well-established and lead the market in providing a British style education.

The school offers learning and teaching experiences based on the English National Curriculum, adapted and extended to meet the needs of international students. Secondary students are prepared for Cambridge University and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A Level examinations. 

The school’s three campuses are located across the city, all within a 25 minute metro ride from Central Moscow. The first EIS campus is located in Novogireyevo District in the East of Moscow. The second EIS campus was opened in September 2012 in the West of Moscow at Molodogvardeyskaya metro station, catering for Primary aged students aged 3–11 years old.  The third campus is located in the South-West part of Moscow at Prospekt Vernadskogo metro station.

The campuses are known for a personalised approach to learning and a family friendly environment.  Class sizes are all under 18 pupils. The school as an examination centre for Edexcel and Cambridge University and a full member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).

EIS Moscow forms part of the Orbital Education Group https://orbitaled.com/, linking the school with many schools across the globe, facilitating  collaboration on an international scale, wider development possibilities, as well as enhanced opportunities for future International career development.  To find out more about the school please visit; https://englishedmoscow.com/

About the Opportunity
We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced Principal, Head Teacher, or Senior School Leader, to lead the school through the next period of exciting development.  The role is due to start from August 2020 and an excellent remuneration package is available.

In the role of Principal you will be responsible for working with the Orbital Leadership team and local stakeholders to drive the strategic direction of the school, in addition to overseeing the operational leadership of the Heads of School in each of the three campuses.  

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of outstanding senior educational leadership, preferably with experience in British style international schools. Interested candidates should download the job profile and person specification for greater detail. 


About the person
Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree from a reputable UK University (or equivalent), Qualified Teacher Status, with either a PGCE or BEd from the UK, and a minimum of 3 years whole school leadership experience in a maintained, independent or international British style school.

They will be a visionary, strategic leader and a committed team player who demonstrates a collaborative approach to working with others. You should have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships with all of the school’s stakeholders.
The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging role will be able to demonstrate:

  • UK-based teaching qualifications and experience
  • A proven track record of achievement in senior leadership positions at all-through schools (4-18 years) 
  • Substantial experience of working in a British international school environment outside the UK in a multi-lingual multi-cultural setting
  • A passion and a drive for excellence at all levels and developing teachers so that they deliver quality teaching and learning experiences for their students.
  • The ability to lead change and achieve sustained improvements through engagement with stakeholders and working collaboratively with colleagues towards the achievement of common goals


Please note that candidates unable to demonstrate the key criteria outlined above will not be considered for this post.

Benefits of working at an Orbital Education School
Orbital Education focuses on delivering the very best in British education to its students around the globe. It’s an expanding group with schools already in Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the globe. Key reasons to work at an Orbital Education School include:

  1. Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students worldwide 
  2. Enhanced professional development opportunities, through partnerships with specialist learning providers to offer recognised and accredited professional development programmes. 
  3. Opportunities for both career development and movement within the group, providing opportunity to see the world whilst progressing an attractive and rewarding career.


Living and working in Moscow
The experience of living and working in Moscow has been said to be quite unlike anything else on earth, due to the unique and fascinating culture the city offers. An iconic, global and rapidly expanding city, Moscow has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world.

The city has changed a great deal in recent decades, to the vibrant spectacular metropolis it is today, offering a bustling and exciting lifestyle and rich culture steeped in history. Moscow's monuments are some of the most immediately recognisable in the world, from Red Square and the high red walls of the Kremlin, to St Basil's Cathedral's onion domes and many other hidden riches waiting to be discovered.

Moscow is a welcoming and modern city, with four international airports and numerous rail transport links, meaning transport to Europe and the UK is simple to access and navigate.


The Process and how to apply
If this opportunity excites you, and you would be enthused by the opportunity to lead and develop our school, we would welcome an application from you.
Your application should be submitted by email and should include a CV with a photograph, a letter of application detailing how you feel your skills and experience meet those contained within the role profile. You should also include the names and email contacts of three referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.

Applications should submitted to recruitment@orbitaled.com, quoting “Principal Moscow” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th December 2019 - However early applications are encouraged to avoid disappointment as we anticipate significant interest in this position.

Initial selection interviews with qualified candidates will take place via Skype on a rolling basis as applications are received. Candidates shortlisted for the role will be invited to a final stage interview in Moscow in the early part of the new year.

Due to anticipated levels of interest we regret that we will not be able to feedback to all candidates. Therefore, if you have not heard from us prior to 31st December 2019, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Safeguarding – English International School (EIS) Moscow is committed to safeguarding children and young people.  As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding, all post-holders are subject to background checks and will be required to present either a DBS certificate alongside a current update from the DBS service, or an International Child Protection Certificate administered by ACRO https://www.acro.police.uk/icpc/ (if ever worked or lived in the UK).

Prohibition Checks will also be required where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.



More about English International School of Moscow - East
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: EIS Moscow East, 66A Zeleny Prospekt, Moscow, 111396, Russian Federation. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +7 495 301 2104
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