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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Vacancy - Head of Middle School

International School Suva, Fiji

seeks a new

Head of Middle School

to start in January 2018

International School Suva (ISS) provides exceptional international based education for the children of those families who come to Suva, Fiji from abroad, as well as families based in Suva looking for an international style education. We are seeking an educator with the creativity, resilience and commitment to lead the Middle School to achieve continued academic excellence and thriving student life in line with its Mission and Vision.


That every ISS student should have the confidence to be themselves, be independent in thought and action, be enterprising and prepared for life as a global citizen.  ISS will strive to become the premier provider of primary and secondary education in the South Pacific where students will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences of the highest international standards that can assist them to achieve to their maximum potential.


ISS is committed to rigorous and high academic standards and instillation of ideals of life-long learning and responsible global citizens.  We strive to ensure that every student leaves ISS with an international understanding, an ability to think critically, act with compassion, care about themselves and others and display the attributes of School Wide Learner Outcomes.



Acquiring the skills necessary to conduct research and construct meaning, stimulating a love of learning that will be sustained throughout their lives.  Demonstrate curiosity and value learning questioning the truth and principle behind concepts.


Exercising initiative in applying higher level thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions, to solve complex problems and to reflect on findings.


Receiving and expressing ideas and information confidently in more than one language or mode of communication, including the language of mathematical symbols, use of computer technology, and non-verbal modes of communication.  Demonstrate effective listening skills.


Approaching and analyzing unfamiliar situations with the confidence required to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  Showing the courage and commitment to articulate and defend their beliefs.


Exploring themes which have global and local relevance and importance, in order to acquire a critical mass of knowledge and skills in a range of significant subject areas.


Having a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning.  Displaying integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.  Advocacy for those unable to speak for themselves and for just causes.


Showing sensitivity towards the needs and the feelings of others.  Displaying self-respect, self-esteem and being enthusiastically involved in the community.  Developing the skills knowledge and compassion to empower others and serve the community


Respecting the views, values and traditions of others.  Seeking and considering a range of perspectives with sensitivity and tolerance.


Understanding the importance of physical, spiritual and mental balance and personal well-being.  Taking action through participating in a wide range of cross-cultural activities including the arts and sport.


Giving thoughtful consideration to learning and analyzing personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.


Picturing different directions, assessing how to move forward using judgment and foresight, wisdom, integrity and perseverance.  Knowing when to be a participant or a spectator.


ISS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary and Diploma programmes, the Cambridge IGCSE programme as well as the Australian Capital Territories (ACT) certificate.  Our student-centred programme offers a technology-rich and inquiry-based approach.  ISS offers a programme of study that allows all students to reach their potential.


ISS actively pursues a sense of community characterized by students who are cooperative, communicative, productive and responsible.  Students are encouraged to view themselves and their school as integral parts of the global community.  Our community is a partnership of stakeholders who are actively engaged in the school and collectively shape its direction and ethos.


We promote global citizenship and the expectation of our students is to reflect upon their own world and the world around them and to develop the skills required to make positive changes worldwide.  We encourage students to embrace the diversity present at ISS and to celebrate the fact that it makes us a richer school community.


ISS is a private co-education day school providing internationally-recognized education programmes for 600 children aged from three to 18.  The school was established over 40 years ago by a group of families as an alternate education provider offering broader-based, internationally-focused education.

ISS offers a unique combination of internationally accredited curricula that are not available at other schools in Fiji.  The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) forms the framework for the primary program for children aged from three to 12.  This follows a holistic approach to education, addressing the social, physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing of children in addition to their academic needs.  Students progress into a School-Based Curriculum in Years six to eight.  Academically rigorous, it is a good prerequisite for the Cambridge IGCSE program for Years nine and 10.  Together, this five year programme places emphasis on knowledge acquisition, and the use of ideas and principles.

In their final two years of school, the ACT Certificate is taught alongside the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).  Both are rigorous courses which are based on a combination of the principles of inquiry-based learning, academic rigor and critical thinking.  This provides a student with a Year 12 ACT Certificate, an ATAR score or an IB Diploma which provides entry to universities all over the world.

The school has a common set of e School Wide Learner Outcomes to which teaching and learning are aligned.  Whether a Primary, Middle or High School student, the programmes are aimed at engendering a lifelong love of learning and establishing an inquiring and critical thinker who is conscious of global issues and comfortable in a multicultural situation.


The faculty is currently comprised of nearly 80 teachers throughout the school. Most of the teachers are recruited from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand as well as from the USA, UK, France, China and other countries.


The school campus is located in Laucala Beach Estate, Suva, Fiji.

In 2013 the school embarked upon a major renovation and building programme.  As a result, a new library building incorporating an amphitheatre, administration offices and a student and staff cafeteria was opened in 2015 and in the same year the dedicated Middle School was developed. At the beginning of 2017 a new, 15-classroom Primary block is due to open after which work on the second phase of development of the Primary School is due to start. It is expected that the development of the Primary School will be completed by mid 2018.


ISS has been accredited for many years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and received its most recent 6-year accreditation in 2014.  In addition ISS is affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization, Cambridge International Examinations, the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies and is Fiji’s EducationUSA Advising Centre.  ISS is also a member of the East Asia Region of Overseas Schools.


ISS is looking for an experienced educator with strong leadership and managerial skills.

The Head of Middle School will be charged with:

Being a member of the Senior Leadership Team and working closely with the Head of Primary School, Head of High School and Head of School.

  •  Articulating the vision of the school within the Middle School.
  •  Managing the day-to-day work of the Middle School.
  •  Assisting in the recruitment and hiring of faculty.
  •  Leading the annual evaluation of faculty.
  •  Ensuring that the academic and extra-curricular programme of the school reflects the best practices of international education.
  •  Paying attention to the detail needed for the programme within the Middle School to run smoothly.
  •  Maintaining good communication between and among the various constituencies of the school.
  •  Displaying a willingness to represent and promote the school throughout Fiji.


  •  An advanced degree with emphasis in education and leadership is preferred.
  •  Previous experience of school leadership in an international setting.
  •  Dynamic, creative thinking with the ability to make decisions that reflect the best interests of all concerned parties.
  •  Ability to solve problems with determination, creativity and in good humour.
  •  Good team-building skills and a person who can inspire confidence and trust.
  •  Excellent communication skills as a speaker and writer.

Terms of contract

The initial contract would be for three years.  Salary will be competitive for the region.

Application procedure

Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest possible time but no later than 31 January, 2017.

Applications will be accepted in electronic form only.  Qualified candidates are asked to send all application materials in a single pdf file of 4MB or less to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , copied to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter

  •  Resume, generally not more than two pages
  •  Statement of education leadership philosophy
  •  Names and positions of at least three references, with current and accurate email addresses

Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISS reserves the right to bring the search to an early close.

Please refer to the school’s website: for further information and pictures.