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General Director

Berlin Bilingual School Pfefferwerk gGmbH is seeking to appoint a new general director with a clear commitment to uphold our school’s vision!
Starting Date: December 01, 2024 (ideally)
Application deadline: August 10, 2024

Who we are
Berlin Bilingual School is currently offering a unique opportunity to lead a team of 100 highly dedicated teachers and support staff in providing a creative and inspiring educational experience at our community-based school.

BBS provides a bilingual education in English and German to a diverse student body comprised of over 30 different nationalities. We place emphasis on a creative and stimulating environment where the individual needs and capabilities of our students are placed at the centre of our learning approach. It is in this spirit that we are also strongly committed to providing an affordable education, where we make our best effort to accommodate the individual requirements of each family. Guided by the core values of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, BBS aims to uphold the highest standards of academic rigour in offering a curriculum leading up to the German Abitur while providing as much space as possible for creativity and intellectual curiosity, the development of critical thinking skills and growth of our students.

BBS was founded fourteen years ago upon the initiative of parents and, in 2017, was established as a gGmbH (a non-profit company with limited liability under German law). The structure currently includes a primary and a secondary school. Our new head will be working in a spirit of cooperation and inclusivity together with all members of the school community: teachers and students, parents, management and administration as well as external partners across both schools.

Your tasks

  • Provide strategic leadership and overall management to ensure the effective operation and growth of the organization
  • Overall yearly budget planning, annually or for several years and undertaking trend analyses
  • Active leadership and setting the agenda for future leadership trainings, e.g. looking at the strategic development of the school and its expansion opportunities
  • Take responsibility for staff management and planning
  • Growth of the school to include at least an additional location
  • Oversee facility management, ensuring the proper maintenance and repair of the building, and manage both small and large-scale investments and improvements
  • Responsible for organizing various events to promote our school community
  • Enhance and implement the existing communication strategy to increase the school's visibility and reputation in Berlin
  • Representing the school in public and at the senate level
  • Convening of shareholder meetings: Action and presentation of topics stipulated in the partnership agreement, e.g. site selection or rental of buildings
  • Responsible for signing the school contract and initial discussions with parents

Your profile

  • Degree or comparable qualification, ideally in business and management or finance
  • Leadership experience, ideally in a comparable environment
  • Organizational skills and solution-oriented way of working
  • Pragmatic, reliable and open-minded
  • Strong communication skills, presentation skills and ability to work in a team
  • Social and intercultural competence
  • Fluent in both German and English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of (German) school policy structures is an advantage
  • Ideally possess knowledge of the Berlin/German educational landscape and/ or private schools, including an understanding of funding mechanisms.

Our offer

  • An international community consisting of students, parents and employees
  • An appropriate salary
  • An indefinite employment contract
  • 30 vacation days and flexible working hours
  • Various health management offers such as Urban Sports, job bike and private pension scheme

How to apply:

Please send your application with a letter of motivation and the names and contact addresses of three references to: jobs@berlin-bilingual.de by August 10, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Inga Burgmann (inga.burgmann@berlin-bilingual.de).

How to Apply

Please address your electronic application to jobs@berlin-bilingual.de

Please note

Under Berlin state law we are only able to employ:

Teachers who hold a university degree in primary/elementary school education and/or their QTS qualification. Without this qualification we are unable to offer any position, regardless of the applicants' experience. Qualifications such as TEFL or CELTA teacher are not adequate.

Educators who are state-recognized or have an equivalent recognized qualification such as:

  • state-recognized social workers, graduate social educators and graduate pedagogues.
  • Persons who have applied for a lateral entry (Quereinstieg) through the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family on the basis of a related pedagogical professional qualification.
  • Persons with equivalent qualifications obtained abroad and recognized by the state of Berlin.
    Without one of these qualifications we are unable to offer a position, regardless of the applicants' experience.