Vacancy The Hague - Deputy Director (Secondary)

Naam school:
Europese School Den Haag
Europese school
Vervaldatum vacature:
20 januari 2020
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Per 1 February 2020 the Europese School Den Haag is looking for a Deputy Director Secondary School for 1 fte.

Algemene Informatie

Who are we?

The European School The Hague Rijnlands Lyceum (ESH) is an accredited European School providing multilingual and multicultural education at Early Years, Primary and Secondary levels. The ESH, located in the international zone of The Hague is part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation. The Early years and Primary School opened its doors in 2012, followed by the Secondary School in September 2014.

Since then, the school community has seen rapid growth, resulting a dynamic and open-minded culture, that is enriched by the diversity of its multicultural and multilingual students, teachers and families. As a learning organisation, ESH understands that continuous development of the School is vital for future growth. Students and staff are proud of what has been achieved in just a few years; a broad and balanced European curriculum and a special multicultural position in the Dutch and European education sector. A general consensus between staff and students is that ESH is committed to investment and development in order to become a leading European School.

Currently ESH has more than 1.400 students and over 300 staff members. ESH has two locations in the Hague, an Early Years/Primary school, and a Secondary school. Each school is managed by its own Deputy Director, who is the head of that school. These two Deputy Directors along with the general Director of ESH and the Facilities Manager, make up the Senior Leadership Team of the European School The Hague. The further growth and development of the ESH whole school organisation in general and the Secondary School in particular will be a key issue for the coming years. The Deputy Director Secondary is expected to make a significant contribution in this regard.

The ESH Secondary

The ESH Secondary school offers an educational program that leads to the European Baccalaureate diploma. Starting with only 75 students in 2014, the Secondary School has bloomed to a fully operational organisation, currently housing 518 students and 110 employees. Over the next couple of years, the Secondary School expects to grow towards approx. 800-900 students. Due to the retirement of the current post holder, we are looking for a Deputy Director Secondary, an experienced school leader who can inspire a continued drive for the highest quality of student learning.

The Foundation

The Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation is an educational organisation for secondary and primary education in The Hague and Leiden area. At nine locations the schools offer national and international programmes for a total of 7.500 primary and secondary students. Besides the European School it consists of Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar (including international school, and including School Jong Talent Koninklijk Conservatorium), Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest (including international school), Rijnlands Lyceum Sassenheim, The International School of The Hague (primary and secondary) and Eerste Nederlandse Montessori School.

Who are you?

Derived from the mandate of the general Director, the Deputy Director Secondary is responsible for managing the Secondary School’s operations and activities. You oversee the European School’s curriculum and its regulations. You provide staff and students with a safe and productive environment to learn. You are responsible for developing and maintaining the academic goals, and implement standards and programs set by the ESH, the Rijnlands Foundation, the Dutch Education authorities and the European Schools System. You serve as the public face of our Secondary School.

We are looking for a Deputy Director who cares for, and has knowledge of (international) education, students and employees. Everything you do is with the students’ best interest at heart. Our Deputy Director has natural authority, is authentic, and – through excellent social skills – a unifying figure amongst staff and students. You are an analytical thinker and a strong communicator, and you know how to take further initiatives in our organisation in a systematic and programmatic way. You are vigorous and affable, and you act as a strong sparring-partner in the Secondary Leadership team, as well as to the Director of ESH. You have a pleasant personality; you know how to present, and you are able to put things into perspective. You feel at home in an international work environment.

As a Deputy Director you are responsible for a continuously developing organisation that shapes future-faced and qualitative education of our Secondary School. With a healthy dose of entrepreneurship, you will naturally take the lead to further develop the School and to advance education by enabling students and staff to realise their potential. In cooperation with staff you are capable of expressing the (educational) vision apperceived by the School that gives you the motivation to effectively translate this into (practical) policy. This will appeal to your high conceptual ability and your knowledge and skills in the area of transformation processes. Evidently, you embrace the direction that the School has recently embarked on and will help in developing suitable strategies and solutions to education. You are focused on good mutual cooperation, on an adequate division of roles, and on stimulating ownership in your staff. Moreover, you are focused on sharing information, the evaluation of results and the continuous development of the School as a learning organisation in which you inspire further development toward a professional culture.

You have a dedication to the job which would require a significant time commitment and high expectations of oneself. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you strengthen team cohesion and team spirit of the total ESH organisation, and you contribute to the development of the vision and long-term strategy.

As Deputy Director we expect you to have the following required skills:

  •  Master’s degree in a secondary school subject. Teaching qualification to teach in the diploma years of the school;

  • proven educational leadership qualities and vision, also towards inclusive education;

  • fluent in English and a good knowledge of Dutch or willing to learn Dutch;

  • sound financial management skills with experience in setting and managing school budgets and resources;

  • excellent organisational, social and communicative skills;

  • excellent ICT skills. Knowledge of school administration software (including time tabling software);

  • the skills to lead situationally, therefore encouraging ownership and decision-making;

  • proven contribution to school development;

  • the ability to offer feedback in a development-minded manner and appreciate receiving feedback;

  • experience in dealing with different stakeholders, such as highly educated expat parents.

Preferred skills:

  • knowledge of the European Schools System and European Baccalaureate;

  • good knowledge of preferably French and/or German or other European languages.

Essential characteristics:

  • insight into the European societal developments relevant to the School;

  • a warm European heart and affinity with European/International education;

  • sensitivity, flexibility and able to delegate and easily switch between various subjects and stakeholders;

  • attention to the interests of the organisation, its students and staff;

  • a high analytical level;

  • the quality to stabilise and to guarantee continuity;

  • a systematic and programmatic approach;

  • prepared to collaborate in an international team;

  • a sense of humour;

  • willingness to settle in (the vicinity of) The Hague for a longer period of time

We offer:

  • an appointment based on the Dutch collective labour agreement for secondary education;

  • an attractive relocation package;

  • ongoing Professional Development;

  • practical HR support to help you relocate to The Hague.

Practical information and how to apply

Currently the function is rewarded with scale 13 but depending on experience and profile scale 14 CAO-VO is an option. We offer you good secondary employment conditions and the 30 percent rule applies for candidates from abroad for the first five years of your employment. An assessment may be part of the recruitment process. Candidates must be eligible to work in the European Union.

The preselection conversations will take place on Monday 28th of January 2020. The first-round interviews are scheduled on Monday 3rd of February, and the second-round interviews on Tuesday 11th of February. The preselection and the first-round interviews will be conducted via Skype. The second-round interviews will be in person at the School. 

To apply, please click on the submission form on the B&T website to fill out the online application and to submit your CV and motivation letter in English, for the attention of Mrs. drs. Marja de Kruif, stating our number 20190530.

More information on or call +31 8 8 20 51 600. Information about The European School can be found on Alternatively, you can reach out to Marja de Kruif directly if you have any questions that you would like to ask.

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