Working at WIS

With faculty and staff hailing from more than 30 countries, in addition to many employees who have lived and worked outside the United States, WIS offers a welcoming place for lifelong learners who seek to advance international education in Washington, DC.


WIS values diversity, respects different points of view, and asks individuals to model the principles we hold dear. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, coupled with an institutional commitment to professional development.

For teaching positions a bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree and teaching experience in the field are preferred. For staff positions we seek candidates with relevant experience, a commitment to excellence, and an appreciation for WIS's mission.
 

Current Opportunities

Long Term Substitute Teacher | Upper School Biology/Environmental Studies

Washington International School seeks a dynamic, long-term substitute Upper School Biology/Environmental Studies teacher from April 1 to June 12, 2019, to replace a teacher on parental leave.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching a full course load (four sections) of science in grades 9-12, as well as acting as homeroom advisor.
  • Working with and collaborating as a member of the upper school faculty, science department, and grade level teams, as well as other duties on campus. 

Experience with an upper school, laboratory and science skills-based integrated science curriculum is essential — one that encourages students to explore science through hands-on learning activities and problem solving processes. 

IB teaching experience preferred.

The ideal candidate has a relevant Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience teaching science at the high school level, with a thorough understanding of high school level best practices.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about and has experience with differentiated instructional and assessment practices, experience in developing lesson plans, units, and reports, and experience with grading and providing feedback on assignments/projects.

To be considered please send the following to jobs@wis.edu:

1) a cover letter detailing why you are applying,
2) an updated resume, and
3) a list of three professional references (include current email and phone numbers).

Director of Human Resources

Washington International School welcomes applications for the position of Director of Human Resources. Please submit your cover letter and CV to hrdirector@wis.edu.

SUMMARY OF POSITION
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Director of Human Resources (DHR) is responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the Human Resources function. The DHR ensures WIS practices are in compliance with state and federal personnel policies and procedures and works closely with the Head of School, the Associate Head of School, members of the Business Office, and division and department heads, in order to establish and communicate HR policies and practices. The DHR supports the School’s mission by attracting and retaining the best faculty and staff.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Human Resources is a 12-month position, with key responsibilities outlined below. The CFO and/or Head of School may assign additional duties in support of School objectives.

  • Create, manage and oversee recruitment policies and procedures to employ highly skilled and trained exempt and non-exempt professionals.
  • Participate, in conjunction with senior administration, in the advertising, vetting, and interviewing of all applicants.
  • Prepare offer letters for new hires, letters of intent for faculty, annual contracts for faculty, and salary confirmation letters for regular staff.
  • Oversee all aspects of onboarding new hires (e.g. criminal records checks and required documentation) and offboarding departing employees (e.g. exit interviews and termination of benefits).
  • Create and continuously update an appraisal system for all faculty and staff that exemplifies best practices.
  • Manage, in consultation with an immigration attorney, applications for J-1 exchange teacher program, H-1B and permanent residence.
  • Oversee the process for staff seeking citizenship.
  • Develop and oversee all employee benefit programs, including: health insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, self-funded salary continuation (short- term disability, parental leave, FMLA), flexible spending plans, supplemental vision, prepaid legal, 403(b) retirement plan, COBRA, and retiree benefits.
  • Oversee annual retirement audit and Form 5500 preparation.
  • Manage Workers Compensation claims.
  • Provide analysis and counsel to the Head, Associate Head, and CFO in the establishment and implementation of HR policies and programs that are in compliance with all mandated regulations.
  • Communicate changes in School HR policies and procedures to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Update employee handbook and other relevant documents.
  • Ensure payroll system and personnel files are up-to-date.
  • Monitor wage payment and leave practices and policies, ensuring compliance with staff association agreement and School policies.
  • Consult with employment law counsel as appropriate and necessary.
  • Participate in staff association contract negotiations and work with staff association leadership to resolve issues.
  • Supervise the Human Resources Administrator.
  • Create and maintain recruitment budget.
  • Plan and implement trainings, meetings with benefits contractors, and wellness initiatives for staff and faculty.
  • Complete annual surveys (salary and others) such as NAIS-DASL, EEO-1, etc.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry standards and trends as it relates to employment and other related legislation.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES

  • At least seven years experience in HR administration
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure, and pay attention to detail
  • HR certification from SHRM or HRCI, SPHR or SHRM-CP preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passion for WIS’s mission
  • Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Previous experience at an international school and/or cultural fluency derived from international experience is a plus
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English would be an asset, but is not required

Temporary Primary School English Teacher - Shared

Reporting to the Primary School Principal, the English teacher is responsible for teaching students how to speak, read, write and understand English in a language-rich, interactive environment, through a push-in and pull-out support model. In addition, the English teacher is responsible for providing small-group support for all students in Grades 3-5.

Applicants for this position should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@wis.edu.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The PS English teacher will:

  1. Assess students and conduct ongoing assessment to inform individual instruction.
  2. Work with students on oral, written, and listening skills.
  3. Plan for individualized and small-group instruction in order to adapt to the curriculum and learning needs of each student.
  4. Develop or adapt materials to support students within the classroom and in coordination with the classroom teacher.
  5. With the classroom teacher, communicate with parents regarding ongoing progress.
  6. Work with students who need support (individuals or small groups) in reading, writing, and/or oral language (with a focus on Grades 3-5).
  7. With the English Instructional Support Teacher, identify students who need support through teacher recommendations, classroom observations and assessments.
  8. Collaborate and plan with teachers to implement differentiation (including support and enrichment) and to foster best practices and vertical alignment of the curriculum.
  9. Assist in administering beginning- and end-of-year assessments in Grades 1-5.
  10. Assist with testing accommodations.
  11. Participate in Student Support Team meetings for Grades 3-5.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, YEARS EXPERIENCE):

  • Bachelors degree or foreign equivalent; masters degree preferred
  • Bilingual or proficiency in more than one language
  • Minimum three years as a Primary School teacher
  • Previous experience in a PYP school and/or trained as a PYP teacher

Long-Term Substitute Teacher | Middle School Science

Washington International School seeks a dynamic, long-term substitute Middle School Science Teacher from February 11 to May 31, 2019 to replace a teacher on parental leave.

Responsibilities include teaching a full course load (five sections) of science in grades 6 and 7, as well as acting as homeroom advisor. Experience with a middle school, laboratory and science skills-based integrated science curriculum is essential — one that encourages students to explore science safely through hands-on learning activities and problem solving processes.

The ideal candidate has a relevant Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience teaching science at the middle school level, with a thorough understanding of middle school level best practices. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about and has experience with differentiated instructional and assessment practices, experience in developing lesson plans, units, and reports, and experience with grading and providing feedback on assignments/projects.  

Responsibilities also include working and collaborating as a member of the middle school faculty, science department, and grade level team, as well as other shared middle school responsibilities. A genuine interest in, appreciation for, and love of middle school students is essential.

Please send a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: HRMiddleSchool@wis.edu.

Summer Camp Nurse

Washington International School’s summer camp is a unique experience that opens minds to an international and multicultural perspective. The WIS camp opens windows to the world through a wide range of activities ranging from immersion or intensive language programs to early childhood camps and specialty workshops with an international twist.

We are looking for a qualified and outgoing nurse certified in the District of Columbia. Our camp will be offered on both WIS campuses — Cleveland Park and Georgetown — this summer. We are seeking a nurse who can join our staff and assist us for a few weeks. If you join our team and have a child who would like to attend camp, your camp fee will be reduced to the employee rate.

SCHEDULE
June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019; orientation scheduled for June 20 and 21
Monday – Friday:  8 AM – 4 PM

Job Description

  • Primary health care provider for day campers
  • Oversee all chronic and/or acute medical issues and emergencies
  • Advise Director of Auxiliary Programs on all health matters
  • Communicate with campers, staff and families on daily basis
  • Maintain all documentation relating to health occurrences
  • Manage all medical supplies
  • Dispense medication

Requirements

  • Current RN licensure in DC, or eligible for reciprocity
  • Current certifications in Adult and Child CPR, First Aid, and AED
  • Minimum three years nursing experience:  School Nursing or Pediatrics preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • BSN preferred

Hourly rate is commensurate with experience.

For more information about the program and the school, please see our website: http://www.wis.edu.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, copy of current RN licensure and list of three professional references to: jobs@wis.edu.

Upper School Principal

Washington International School (WIS) seeks a dynamic, innovative and globally-focused Upper School Principal to begin in July 2019.

SUMMARY OF POSITION
Reporting to the Associate Head of School, the Upper School Principal is a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for the successful implementation of the Upper School academic program, overseeing the social and emotional support of students, and the hiring and retention of qualified instructional and support staff. Working closely with the two other Upper School leaders—Assistant Principal for Grades 9-10 and Assistant Principal for the IB Diploma Program—the Principal is accountable for fostering and managing the implementation of the mission, core values, and core beliefs in all aspects of the Upper School program.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Upper School Principal is a 12-month position, with key responsibilities outlined below. The Associate Head of School or Head of School may assign additional duties in support of School objectives.

  •  Maintain alignment between all Upper School activities and the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs.
  • Act as the Upper School educational leader by ensuring faculty, staff, and students thrive in a safe environment that provides meaningful learning opportunities.
  • Develop plans and programs to meet the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the school community.
  • Manage the Upper School’s day-to-day operation and be a visible presence in all areas. This includes ensuring faculty/staff adhere to school policies; maintaining the Upper School budget; and ensuring student academic and attendance records are complete and accurate.
  • In conjunction with the Middle School Principal, oversee and maintain the Grades 6-12 master schedule and shared human resources and facilities.
  • Oversee assessment and reporting methods to document student achievement.
  • Direct department chairs and faculty committees and conduct regular meetings to deal with routine school matters and to stimulate the exchange of ideas regarding issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • Oversee the appraisal system and promote faculty/staff professional development. In cooperation with the Upper School Assistant Principals, evaluate faculty performance through regular observation in classrooms.
  • Establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress.
  • Engage with Upper School parents—through regular division meetings and one-on-one meetings/communication—in support of student achievement and mental/physical wellness.
  • Ensure all Upper School constituencies are well informed about expectations, opportunities, programs, and events.
  • Oversee the Assistant Principal for IB DP in meeting the requirements and standards for delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
  • Oversee the Assistant Principal for Grades 9-10 in developing/managing the Upper School schedule and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including school assemblies and programs.
  • Ensure the clear vertical and horizontal articulation of the curriculum within the division and also in cooperation with the Middle and Primary School divisions.
  • Support the Assistant Principals, when necessary, with student discipline issues.
  • Directly supervise and mentor the Upper School Assistant Principals, the University Counselors, the Upper School Counselor and the Upper School Learning Specialist.
  • In cooperation with the Middle School Principal, supervise and mentor the Athletics Director and the Tregaron Director of Teaching and Learning.
  • In cooperation with the Associate Head of School, ensure compliance with government/agency legal requirements and regulations, and maintain educational standards established by state and accrediting organizations.
  • Assist in testing, interviewing, and evaluating applicants for enrollment.
  • Cooperate with the Associate Head and the Director of Human Resources, and other colleagues as needed, to oversee the recruitment, hiring, retention, and assignment of the Upper School faculty and staff. 

 KEY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES

  • Previous administrative/supervisory experience (at least five years) at an IB or international school
  • Visionary, action-oriented leadership and the ability to inspire and empower others
  • Ability to evaluate efficacy of professional development
  • Ability to lead staff toward instructional improvement and conduct relevant training
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with school stakeholders
  • Cultural fluency derived from international experience
  • Significant understanding/hands-on knowledge of the IB Diploma Program
  • Teaching experience, preferably in Grades 9-12
  • Knowledge of Harvard’s Project Zero
  • Familiarity with current educational pedagogy and research
  • Experience working effectively with a diverse parent body who have high expectations for their children and the School
  • Passion for WIS’s mission
  • Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English would be an asset, but is not required

Application Process
Please send applications as instructed below no later than December 15, 2018.

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Candidates should note that, in the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, WIS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above and to close the search. We encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Please indicate whether you were referred by a search firm or recruiter.

Candidates should send all the information requested below as an email with a single PDF attachment to usprincipalsearch@wis.edu.

  •  A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the position.
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages.
  • A one to two page statement outlining educational philosophy and leadership style.
  • A one-page list of references with names, titles, phone numbers, Skype and E-mail addresses.
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession.

Submission of your application is an acknowledgement that the school may contact references both listed and not listed who would know your professional background.

Part-Time Playground Supervisors

Reporting to the Primary School Assistant Principals, the Playground Supervisor is responsible for supervision of students on the playground and assisting the Assistant Principals with other related tasks. Daily hours are 10:00 AM until 1:45 PM or 11:00 AM until 2:45 PM, with the exception of Wednesdays, when attendance at the weekly faculty meeting may be required between 3-4 PM.

 Major Functions and Responsibilities

 The Primary School Playground Supervisor will:

  1. Supervise students on the playground with a careful eye toward safe and inclusive play.
  2. Maintain an orderly playground environment, enforcing school rules and appropriate consequences while on the playground.
  3. Employ a variety of strategies in order to encourage inclusive play.
  4. Bring students to the nurse when they are hurt.
  5. Report any student issues to teachers as necessary.
  6. Pump up balls on a weekly basis.

Qualifications (Education, Experience, Credentials)

  •  At least 3 years’ experience working with children from Preschool to grade 5 in an outdoor academic, after school or summer program
  • Physical ability to perform required tasks and work outdoors in extreme environmental conditions (heat, cold, inclement weather)
  • Collaboration skills
  • Effective communicator with children and adults
  • Self-motivated, responsible and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to speak French and/or Spanish a plus

Interested candidates should send a cover letter/email, resume and list of professional references to  HRPrimarySchool@wis.edu.

MS/US Learning Lab Tutors

WIS employs tutors for the after-school Learning Labs in Middle and Upper School. Tutors must be available to work 1-3 days per week, Monday-Thursday, 3:15-4:15 PM and/or 4:15-5:15 PM.

 Tutors are needed for all subjects, including; English (with focus on writing and the IB Diploma Program), organizational and study skills, Math, Sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), French and Spanish.

 Requirements include; tutoring experience with students in the respective grades, solid knowledge of the skills or subject area being taught, ability to explain concepts clearly through a variety of teaching methods.

 Knowledge of the International Baccalaureate program, whether as a student or teacher, is preferred.

 Tutors will be expected to communicate regularly with parents, classroom teachers and the Learning Specialist supervising the program in either the Middle or Upper School. Reliability is essential and preference will be given to candidates who can commit to the entire school year,.

 We offer a competitive, hourly salary, sick leave, parking and access to public transportation.

 Interested candidates should send a cover letter addressing tutoring experience, references about that experience, a resume, and 4-5 page writing sample (for English positions) to olga.kryazheva@wis.edu.

Substitute Teachers

WIS is in need of substitute teachers for the 2018-19 academic year beginning August 27, 2018 and ending June 14, 2019.

Substitute teachers are needed for all divisions - Primary (Early Childhood through grade 5), Middle (grades 6-8) and Upper Schools (grades 9-12). There is a particular need for French, Spanish and Chinese teachers (Chinese for Middle and Upper School only); native speakers only.

Early Childhood - Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten - includes full immersion in either French or Spanish, grades 1 through 5 receive half the instruction in English and half in either French or Spanish in all subjects (math, social studies, science). Specialists include Art/Digital Technology, Music and PE.

Expertise in all subjects is needed, including, math, the sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, general science), English (including writing as well as literature), digital media, history, geography, economics. 

Candidates with flexible schedules who are available for frequent assignments in several subjects and/or grades are likely to work more often. 

Requirements include a relevant degree and a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. Knowledge of the PYP or IBDP preferred but not required.

Please email a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to olga.kryazheva@wis.edu.


Professional Development

WIS has a reputation for the depth and relevance of its professional development programs. With a teaching and learning coordinator on each campus, faculty members are encouraged to explore opportunities to improve their craft on- and off-campus. Click here to learn more about our teachers and their  activities.

Faculty learning groups meet on a regular basis to delve into topics of mutual interest and share best practices. Current learning group topics include: Digital Curation, Research, Making Across the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with Gender in Mind, Nature Walk and Talk.

A long-standing partnership with Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Project Zero and generous grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation led to the establishment (in 2013) of the WIS Summer Institute for Teachers. This one-week program invites DC-area public and private school educators to collaborate and learn from each other.

The success of WISSIT and related programs encouraged WIS to create the Professional Development Collaborative @ WIS. This non-profit organization partners with local organizations and schools to deliver programs and events that ultimately benefit thousands of students.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

There shall be no discrimination by the School in the selection of its Board of Trustees, the employment of personnel, the admission of students, or the administration of the school's programming on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, veteran status, tobacco use, unemployment status or any other factor protected by applicable law.