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Professional Societies

Professional societies are support mechanisms for international schools operational professionals and school leaders in the area of Human Resources (HR), Facilities Management (FM) and other school operations fields. These networks were created to ensure international schools operations professionals and leaders keep up to date with best practices in these fields and guarantee collaboration opportunities and career development opportunities.

ISS has collaborated with leading professional organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities to provide  expert information from industry leaders, specialty resources, on-call assistance, and networking opportunities.

Choose which professional society fits your role

ISS Human Resources (HR) Society

Designed for human resources professionals and school leaders working in international schools. ISS Human Resources Society benefits are offered through an exclusive collaboration between ISS and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

ISS Facilities Management (FM) Society

Designed for facilities and operations professionals and leaders working in international schools. ISS Facilities Management Society benefits are offered through an exclusive collaboration between ISS and APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities.

ISS Human Resources Society

Be part of a global network of international school human resources professionals and school leaders.

This valuable society combines a unique array of services dedicated to the unique needs of international schools, in addition to exclusive discounts and the opportunity to learn, grow professionally and network with other like-minded international schools professionals.

Perfect for HR Professionals, Head of Schools, Operations Managers, Business Managers, and other school leaders who are responsible or interested in talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, risk management, compliance and other legal topics, career development, HR policy, and more. SHRM is the foremost expert and world leader on matters impacting workplaces. It is the world’s largest HR professional society, with over 300,000 members from 165 countries. ISS brings its deep, real-world international school operations experience to further support you in your career.

ISS human resources training partner SHRM

HR Society benefit highlight: Connections just a click away

ISS HR Society fellows enjoy direct, unlimited access to HR advisors who can answer any HR related question via phone, chat, or email. Through the ISS HR Society Communication channel, you can connect with other HR society fellows and easily share experiences, exchange resources,  ask for advice and collaborate.

Purchasing an annual fellowship will immediately grant you a membership with SHRM and provide you its full suites of benefits including Unlimited On-call Access to HR Advisors and interactive tools to assist you with the daily HR activities among other essential services.

Annual fellowship fee is just $230 USD. A 10% additional discount for groups of two or more fellows are available.

  • Quarterly ISS HR Society Gatherings with subject matter experts and guests
  • The opportunity to connect with other ISS HR Society members directly through the ISS HR Society communication channel and easily share experiences, exchange resources, ask for advice and collaborate
  • Discounts on ISS-SHRM Professional Seminar and certifications. Savings of up to 25% off registration on the ISS-SHRM virtual seminars offered during the year
  • View upcoming ISS-SHRM events

George Rivera III, SVP Commercial and Enterprise Sales, SHRM

Amber Clayton, Director, Knowledge Center, SHRM

Joining the ISS HR Society has been so helpful to me – especially the self-service resources through SHRM and the ability to connect with peers around the world.  Looking forward to PD sessions in the fall.

Jenny Whitaker

Human Resources Director, International School of Beijing, China

ISS Facilities Management Society

Be part of a global network of educational facility management professionals and a unique society of international school professionals.

This valuable society combines a unique array of services dedicated to the unique needs of international schools and their operations, in addition to exclusive discounts and the opportunity to network with other like-minded international schools professionals.

Perfect for Facility Managers, Operations Managers, Head of Schools, Business Managers, and other school leaders who are responsible or interested in general facility administration and management; facility operations and maintenance; energy, utilities, and environmental stewardship; and planning, design, and construction. Whether it is facility budgeting and cost management, fire protection and other structural systems, sustainability, or capital planning, there you can find detailed support on these topics and hundreds more.

This society synthesizes a wide range of detailed topics related to day-to-day operations to large-scale planning and provides you the opportunity to network and learn with other international school professionals like you.

ISS facilities management training partner APPA

FM Society benefit highlight:

Transform the way you work, using best practices in education facilities through the APPA body of knowledge and keep up with the latest advancements and tools in the filed. connect with other international schools facility management and operations professionals through the ISS Facility Management (FM) Society Communication channel. Chat, call, share ideas, meet virtually, and collaborate.

Purchasing an annual fellowship will immediately grant you membership with APPA and provide you its full suite of benefits including:

  • Access to APPA’s Body of Knowledge, Robust Resources, Facilities Manager Magazine and more
  • Annual fellowship fee is just $215 USD. A 10% additional discount for groups of two or more fellows are available
  • Quarterly ISS FM Society Gatherings with subject matter experts and guests
  • The opportunity to connect with other ISS FM Society members directly through the ISS HR Society communication channel and easily share experiences, exchange resources, ask for advice and collaborate
  • Discounts on ISS-APPA Professional Seminar Series. Savings up to 20% on ISS-APPA virtual workshops led by industry experts, including a preparation seminar for the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential
  • View upcoming ISS-APPA events

About APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities

APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities is the premier educational facility management society. For over 100 years, APPA has provided education, information, research, recognition programs, and services to educational facilities professionals. Today, APPA provides support to more than 17,000 educational facilities professionals from more than 1,200 learning institutions. ISS brings its deep real-world experience of building, designing and maintaining school buildings and grounds to further support you in your career.

Lander Medlin, APPA President and CEO

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