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Find your School Overseas

Ready to lead an international school? Explore our administrative job openings and see where your vision can take you. Over 400 schools trust ISS with their search for school leaders, so we're ready to help you find the best match for your skills, experiences, and passions!

Launch Your Journey

ISS membership opens doors. Access our online database, which hosts a wealth of resources and tools. Upload your resume, documents, and creative multimedia to show who you are as you connect with school recruiters.

Streamline the Search

Finding a school leadership job is a highly competitive process, so give yourself the ISS advantage. Our network offers hundreds of schools at your fingertips, plus the opportunity to attend any of our online and in-person job fairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of administrative positions are available? Is prior overseas administrator experience required? Do I need a Doctorate?

Great leaders have questions. We have the answers.

Distinctive Qualities of ISS Recruiting Services

Limitless Access

Once you are an active candidate, you have complete access to our database of vacancies at hundreds of school around the world. Active members are also able to attend any ISS event free of charge – no invitation required and no limits on attendance!

Cutting Edge Tools

The ISS portal provides you with a host of tools to assist you in your job search, including detailed profiles for every school with salary/benefits info. Our innovative “Best Match” technology promotes your profile to international school recruiters whose open positions match your background.

Caring Assistance

We care deeply about the work we do and take pride in our exceptional customer service. Our team knows that the job hunt can be stressful, so when you need that personalized help during your journey, we are there by your side!

A Vibrant Community

ISS recruiting memberships are valid for two years or until you find a job overseas, but ISS participation goes far beyond this initial recruiting cycle. When you come on with ISS you are joining a community of educators with a purpose: making a world of difference.

ISS Membership Process

Opening a file with ISS is a simple process! Our $195 membership is valid for two years or until you find a job overseas, whichever comes first. Returning ISS alumni pay only $75 to renew their file.

International schools begin looking for new administrators early in the recruiting season, so we encourage our candidates to apply with us in the summer or early fall. This gives candidates time to create an active profile, polish their professional dossier, and make sure everything is perfect when schools begin interviewing.

  1. 1 Before joining ISS:
  2. 2 Fill out the online application and submit all of your materials.
  3. 3 ISS will review your application to make sure you meet basic criteria, and then conduct a full review to prepare your profile for recruiters. The team will contact you with any questions as your application is reviewed.
  4. 4 Once you are approved, you are ready to begin the search! Use our online database to search for jobs or attend a job fair.
  5. 5 ISS will be there to ensure the process runs smoothly, from the start of your application to your first day at your new school and beyond. Meet the team to find out who will be there at every step to help you with your search!
  6. 6 Secure your position, move to a new community, and embark on the experience of a lifetime!
  7. 7 No matter where in the world you end up, stay involved in the ISS family. We invite you to attend our professional development opportunities, chat with us through our social media channels, and just keep in touch about all your adventures abroad.


Ready to lead an international school? Finding out is easy.

Schools generally prefer administrators who meet all of the criteria below. To become an ISS administrative candidate, you must have at least two of these:

  • An advanced degree in Educational Leadership/Administration
  • At least two years of experience as a successful school administrator
  • Administrative certification

In addition, an ideal administrative candidate possesses the following:

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • High-energy level
  • Sense of humor and adventure
  • Vision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Collaborative leadership style

Documentation: Things You'll Need

ISS needs to receive your references via our confidential online evaluation form. The importance of your confidential references cannot be underestimated. Remember, as soon as you submit your application, your referees will be contacted. Let them know to expect our email.

You must provide contact information for at least three supervisors:


  • 1 At least one supervisor from your current position
  • 2 The remaining two references can be from positions you've held within the past seven years. Ideally, these people should have supervised you while you were in an administrative role.

To create a well rounded profile, we encourage all candidates to add as many references as possible. While three is the minimum, recruiters appreciate having a larger selection of references to consider.

If you have a spouse/partner who is not an educator, we require a Partner Statement. This document serves as your spouse/partner's introduction to international school recruiters. It is not a cover letter or resume. This document should be completed whether or not your spouse/partner will accompany you overseas. When you submit your application, our system will email your spouse a link to complete this form.

Copies of official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded. We request official transcripts of your highest degree earned.

Please upload all educator/administrator certifications from the Department of Education or government office in your State/Province/Country.

What supplemental materials can be included?

While these materials are optional, recruiters do enjoy viewing them to get a multifaceted sense of who you are.

  • Personal resume and reference list
  • Philosophy of education
  • Open letters of reference
  • Professional Profile Photo
  • List of specialized achievements and/or published works
  • YouTube, Animoto, or Prezi video (Check out videos prepared by other ISS alumni)

"…I extend my warm thanks and appreciation for your collective efforts with the Secondary School Principal’s search for our school… we were provided with a large candidate pool from which to work along with the necessary responsive and attentive ISS approach to the process throughout the journey…"

- Peter Nanos , Director General, Bahrain Bayan School

“…The entire Leman Manhattan Prep School community wants to thank you for your masterful facilitation of the successful search for our Upper School Head. Your guidance from the first time I contacted you to your offer of support after the position had been accepted, and every step in between, provided the necessary direction to make this a very positive experience. The obvious wisdom resulting from your experiences as accomplished educational leaders provided much credibility and great comfort to all members of our community. Experienced educators such as you both know the qualities and traits necessary for leadership and it is quite obvious that you were able to tailor this search to meet the demands of our growing and unique school…”

- Drew Alexander , Head of School, Leman Manhattan Preparatory School, NYC, USA

Recently Posted Leadership Searches

Robert College

Head of School

Start Date: July 2019
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

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Haile-Manas Academy

Founding Head of School

Start Date: February 2019

Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

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American School of Dubai

Associate Superintendent

Start Date: July 2019
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

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