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Director of Primary School

8 February 2020

UWC Maastricht

UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future

UWC Maastricht

We offer a challenging and engaging education for students from all age groups, equipping them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to live a meaningful and flourishing life. The UWC Maastricht educational experience is about knowing and acting. We nurture an understanding of the world and its major challenges, and help students discover how they can serve others and make a positive contribution to society and the planet. We currently serve over 900 students from more than 100 countries, 200 of whom live in our residential community on campus.

The value of a UWC education

A UWC education is life-changing. We empower change makers and future leaders through the delivery of a unique programme in a deliberately diverse community. The educational ethos of UWC combines rigorous academic standards with experiential and inquiry-based learning in areas such as sustainability, intercultural dialogue, social justice, conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship. UWC students come together from very diverse backgrounds, including the most marginalised. Access to a UWC education is given independent of socio-economic background, supported through a rigorous admission process and a comprehensive scholarship programme: around 65% of UWC students attending the final two years of secondary school are awarded a full or partial scholarship.
UWC’s 60,000 alumni are prized by top universities worldwide and, in their professional lives, they occupy positions of influence in industry, finance, civil society, government, healthcare, academia and the media.

Join us!

UWC Maastricht recruits qualified and experienced staff from around the world who are committed to our school’s mission to make education a force for peace and a sustainable future.


UWC Maastricht is committed to upholding the highest standards in student safeguarding. Throughout the application process we will be assessing your suitability to work with children and young adults. Prior to an offer of employment being made, UWC Maastricht will check directly with current and past employers about safeguarding.
UWC Maastricht has a full time vacancy for a:

Director of Primary School


The job

As member of the school Leadership and Strategy Team our new colleague has a crucial role in the whole school community. At the same time, she or he is line managing the Primary school with currently 300 students and 40 members of staff. This a challenging position and we are looking for the candidate with the background and motivation to match our fantastic school. Personality wise we are looking for a smart, driven, adept and gentle but persuasive Director who can balance all the different demands and needs in the school and is well able to work with and in a closely-knit team. UWC Primary School has developed its own inquiry-based curriculum in the last few years and is a government-funded Dutch International Primary School.

The successful profile & qualifications


Pursuing the UWC mission requires a commitment from our staff members to the following values:  International and cultural understanding, celebration of difference, personal responsibility and integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a sense of idealism, personal challenge, action and personal example.
Our school is a dynamic and high energy environment: the satisfaction from working at UWC Maastricht is high – but so are the demands on time and engagement.

Education degree and Professional experience

  • Completed Master degree of International School Leadership desired.
  • Teaching Qualification and proven successful experience as a school leader in an international environment.

Professional competencies

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies on a professional proficiency
  • Subject knowledge and methodological competence: Demonstrating the necessary academic knowledge and methodological strategies to effectively educate students. Helping students to make themselves familiar with the cultural and professional baggage that is necessary for them to fully function in society. Providing students with structure and support in a safe learning environment to enable them to develop socially, emotionally and morally.
  • Strategy: design, plan, communicate and implement the strategy for our Primary school as part of UWC Maastricht overall strategy.
  • Organizational: Creating a well-organized, orderly and task-oriented learning environment.
  • Collaboration with colleagues: Making a professional contribution to a good pedagogic and didactic climate, to effective mutual collaboration and good school organization. 
  • Interpersonal: Creating an atmosphere of trust by dealing with staff and students in a positive and open way.
  • Interaction with the environment: Ensuring good communication and coordination with parents and others involved in the education and development of the students.
  • Reflection and development: Reflecting regularly on the development of personal and professional capabilities.

Terms of Employment / Remuneration

  • You will get a contract of employment under Dutch law: the initial contract is until August 1, 2021.
  • The package will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position, according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Primary Education (‘CAO PO’).
  • Participation in the school’s pension plan via the ABP Retirement/Pension Fund.
  • Support in the application for the ‘30% Facility for Incoming Employees’ with the Dutch Tax Authorities (if relevant).
  • Location: UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • To be able to work in the Netherlands, a (foreign) staff member must be able to successfully apply for:
    • Residence and work permits for the Netherlands.
    • A Dutch VOG (certificate of good conduct).
UWCM will assist in the application process for residence and work permits and VOG.


If you would like to know more about this challenging position, please contact our HR Team via / via +31(0)43 2410 410, or check our website

Our procedure

After shortlisting, we determine the suitability of the remaining candidates to work in our school via online
screening, reference checks and interviews at our school or via Skype.

Your application

You can express your interest by applying via our website via:
us/working-with-us/vacancies and upload your motivation letter and CV.
The deadline for application is February 1, 2020. Further information can be found on our website via
‘Working with us’. UWCM reserves the right to identify and appoint a qualified candidate prior to the
submission deadline.