High School Principal

Leadership · Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
Department Leadership
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor


Located in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area, The American School of Barcelona is a private, non-profit, coeducational day school serving students from 3-18 years old.  ASB offers a balanced approach to learning in an international environment for over 900 students. 

ASB believes that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.

ASB’s faculty embodies the values of continuously improving through innovation, creating responsible global citizens, and developing independent and critical thinking students while providing a caring environment that gives students the self-confidence to maximise their potential within a context of diversity.  With this in mind, ASB is committed to the professional development of its faculty and offers educators a rich professional experience for continuous growth and improvement. 



The High School Principal serves as the instructional leader of grades 9-12 and is responsible for the total operation of the High School including the administration and supervision of all phases of the instructional program and management of the facility. The High School Principal shall provide leadership, administrative, and supervisory skills for the educational development of students as well as to promote parent and community involvement.



  • A Master’s Degree with specialisation in education, administration, or related fields.
  • At least five years of High School teaching experience.
  • Previous experience as a principal or leader in school desired.
  • Previous experience in international school and IB curriculum preferred.



  • Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative working relationships with other administrators, staff members, students and parents.
  • Ability to implement best practices in High School education, curriculum, staff development, essential elements of instruction and clinical supervision.
  • Ability to lead staff toward instructional improvement and conduct staff development sessions.
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures as well as lead grade level and departmental teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. 

All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check as well as a sexual offenders clearance for all other countries where the candidate has lived or worked for a period of 3 months or more, over the last 5 years. As well as that, the verification process includes the cross-check of the requested references, which must cover the last five years of work.


  • Lead and Develop the High School, the International Baccalaureate program, and their staffs. 
  • Coordinate and supervise all activities and programs conducted in grades 9-12 such as schedules, report cards, meetings, and trips.
  • Implement program and policies in grades 9-12 and provide in-service as needed.
  • Oversee support, professional development and supervision of all High School staff and collaborate in hiring process.
  • Assume responsibility for school budget and oversee maintenance and proper utilisation of facilities.
  • Be responsible for the overall achievement, welfare and conduct of students.
  • Promote and maintain strong parental and community involvement.




The High School Principal shall:


  • Coordinate and supervise all activities and programs conducted in grades 9-12.
  • Evaluate the implementation of programs in grades 9-12 and provide in-service as needed.
  • Evaluate the performance of all staff and provide opportunity for improvement or take other steps as necessary.
  • Assume responsibility for maintenance and proper utilization of facilities.
  • Be responsible for the overall achievement, welfare and conduct of students in Grades 9-12.

Organisation and Administration

  1. Show knowledge of School Policies and Procedures.
  2. Work cooperatively with high school administrative team and all staff in grades PK-12.
  3. Demonstrate long-range planning.
  4. Submit accurate reports on a timely basis.
  5. Assume responsibility for all staff members assigned to work in Grades 9-12 and all programs implemented therein, delegating responsibility and authority as appropriate.
  6. Organise all staff and student schedules for the best interest of the students.
  7. Be knowledgeable and aware of all Ministry of Education and IB regulations.
  8. Oversee the implementation and improvement of IB program.



  1. Keep updated on all school policies and communicate policy as needed to the school community.
  2. Keep the Director of Teaching and Learning informed regarding the educational programs, activities, and needs.
  3. Disseminate newsletters on a weekly basis during the school year.
  4. Disseminate guidelines on attendance, curriculum and discipline to both parents and staff at the beginning of each school year.
  5. Coordinate Parent/Teacher conference activities to insure maximum participation.



  1. Provide appropriate staff development as needed.
  2. Evaluate the work performance and write performance reports on all High School staff members.
  3. Fulfill professional responsibility by serving on the Senior Leadership and other committees as needed.
  4. Provide opportunity for staff social interaction to build rapport and morale.
  5. Establish procedure for orienting new staff members.



  1. Be responsible for the health and welfare of the children within the school environment.
  2. Follow procedure for screening and approval of visitors to the school.
  3. Assume responsibility for efforts to improve student achievement 
  4. Oversee the Response to Intervention (RTI) system in the High School. 
  5. Maintain appropriate student records following proper procedures and insure privacy of records.
  6. Oversee the conduct of students and follow through on disciplinary actions in accordance with school policy.
  7. Review and coordinate all student activities.
  8. Be responsible for the classification, promotion or retention of students within the framework of school policy.



  1. Be current in knowledge of curriculum development.
  2. Assume responsibility for appropriate placement and instruction (grade level and special programs.
  3. Assume responsibility for assisting in the development of the curriculum and in planning and adapting the courses of study to the needs and interests of the children.
  4. Review and assess staff utilization and make appropriate changes to strengthen programs such as IB for students.

Auxiliary Services

  1. Oversee management of food services to make sure students are getting fresh and healthy food in the school cafeteria.
  2. Supervise custodial and maintenance services in the High School area.
  3. Oversee health care services.
  4. Coordinate requests for trips and student transportation with teachers, support staff, and other administrators.



  1. Supervise inventory and maintenance of school property in the High School section.
  2. Insure the safety and security of buildings and grounds in the High School section.



  1. Be responsible for student activity funds and other delegated fiscal responsibilities.
  2. Be responsible for assessment of building needs and development of budget requests.
  3. Be responsible for High School and IB budgets. 



  1. Be accountable for ethical behaviour as it applies to job responsibilities.



  1. Continue to grow professionally as evidenced by continuing educational classes, professional conferences, visits to other schools and by maintaining current knowledge of professional literature.
  2. Participate in school functions.
  3. Take interest in local and international professional organisations to promote professional improvement and render greater services.


Contract type: permanent with a three year permanence

Starting date: August, 2022

NOTE: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorised to give instructions or assignments. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. 

RECRUITING PRINCIPLES: ASB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks, to the maximum extent permitted by law, will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

ASB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its recruiting and educational policies.

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  • Location
    Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor