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The Position: What You Will Do

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is a PK to grade 8 independent school with two campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: one in Oakland and one in Emeryville. EBI is the only Spanish-English bilingual, International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Northern California.

The Lower School Division Head is responsible for supervising the overall Lower School program and all activities involving Lower School students, families, faculty and staff.

The Lower School Division Head leads, manages and administrates the program for the holistic development of learners as well as promotes parent and community involvement. The Lower School Division Head serves on the Senior Leadership Team and reports to the Head of School.

An EBI Employee: Who You Are

The community of EBI, including the faculty and staff, is a unique and valuable asset to the school. It is with this in mind that, in addition to specific responsibilities, it is essential that all EBI employees demonstrate the following:

  • Personal alignment with the EBI mission and the IB mission

  • Value for bilingualism, educational excellence, diversity, international mindedness and cultivation of character

  • Enjoy working in a diverse, international and collaborative school environment

  • Effective listening, speaking, writing and presenting skills in both Spanish and English, as required

  • A positive attitude and a deep sense of professionalism

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional.  Applications received by March 17 will receive priority review.  For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:


Priority Deadline: March 17, 2024

Start Date: July 1, 2024

Reports To: Head of School

Remote Semifinal Round: Late March

On-Site Final Round: Early April

Decision Announced: April 15, 2024

Salary Range: $140,000 to $150,000

Classification: Full-time, Exempt


Divisional Oversight and Student Success

  • Oversee daily operations of the Lower School program, be a visible presence on the San Pablo Campus, and be regularly available to students, faculty, staff and parents.

  • Monitor and guide the developmental growth and learning of all Lower School students, and ensure their well-being and success.

  • Oversee the coordination of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

  • Oversee guidelines for proper student conduct and response in alignment with the school's mission, values, policies, and IB Learner Profile.

  • Meet parents as needed regarding the specific needs of their children.

Faculty and Staff Leadership

  • In collaboration with other administrators, observe, supervise, hire, retain, and evaluate the Lower School faculty.

  • Design and maintain the Lower School professional development program in collaboration with the Director of Academics, and establish programs to support new-teacher orientation and in-service teacher training.

  • Lead the Lower School faculty in the articulation of the school’s mission, goals, and assessment and curriculum practices.

External Affairs

  • Support the Lower School admission process and participate in admissions events.

  • Support and participate in the school's efforts to advance the mission of the school, including community and fundraising events.

  • Oversee communication between the school and Lower School families.

  • Function as the chief articulator of programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed.

General Operations

  • Serve on committees and teams, including the Pedagogical Team, EBI Student Success Team, and CAIS/WASC Accreditation Team.

  • Serves on Board Committees as assigned by the head of school.

  • Maintain the division budget as directed by the Business Office and head of school

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school.


Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (graduate degree highly desirable)

  • 2+ years of experience as an administrative leader

  • 5+ years of experience as a classroom teacher

  • Spanish language fluency 

  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices in Lower School curriculum, instruction, and assessment

  • Understanding of the physical, social and emotional developmental stages of elementary school students

  • Understanding and commitment to DEI/social justice, including anti-bias and safe identity educational practices

  • [Preferred] Knowledge of the IB PYP Programme

Personal Qualities

  • Willingness to collaborate with diverse constituencies, work in a diverse team, and be a leader

  • Flexibility, joyfulness, emotional intelligence, and empathy, given the uncertain times we are living through

  • Ability to maintain composure, confidentiality, tact, sensitivity, and flexibility during peak stress periods and crisis situations 

  • A strategic and visionary mindset

  • Advocacy for the needs of students, faculty, and staff

  • Thoughtfulness, adeptness, and resourcefulness during times of difficult conversations and conflict resolution

  • A collaborative leadership style and intentional commitment to life-long learning

  • Courage to support and make difficult or unpopular decisions

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, listening, and organization skills

  • A commitment and prioritization to form deep relationships with students, faculty, staff and families


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

EBI is an equal-opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.


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