Working at the International School of The Hague

The International School of The Hague (ISH) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The school is also a member of the Rijnlands Foundation, a prestigious group of schools in The Netherlands which form a Dutch non-profit making organisation, subsidised by the Ministry of Education.

As a school operating within The Netherlands ISH is subject to Dutch social and working conditions, which are among the best in the world. This includes the national pension scheme which is extremely beneficial to the international traveller. 

This highly successful and innovative semi-public school is located in an area of natural beauty on the edge of the city of The Hague, within the dunes of Kijkduin, one of The Hague’s quieter beach areas. The Hague is a cosmopolitan city with a large expat population and as such offers excellent housing, health and transport facilities.

The entire school, teaching children from age 4-18 currently has in excess of 2,000 students and hosts over 100 nationalities with teachers from around the world. The school is divided into Primary and Secondary with a Principal for each section.

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Application Process

Applicants are invited to express their interest by following the instructions on the respective vacancy and submitting the application form, CV and motivation letter, all in English.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email and invited to an initial online interview. If shortlisted for a second formal interview, candidates will be interviewed online or in person, depending on the nature of the position and the applicant's location. The school will contact referees prior to the formal interview. Applicants must provide details of at least three referees, of which one must be their most recent Principal or Vice Principal - for support staff roles, a senior manager in the organisation. All applicants must either be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in The Netherlands.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation our recruitment process might not run as per our standard procedure. Delays, postponements and/or re-advertisements might occur without notification and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Candidate understanding and patience is greatly appreciated.

The International School of the Hague is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to interviews, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

What we offer

As an employer, we offer excellent professional development opportunities and working environment. As a successful applicant, you will be welcomed by a sociable and thoroughly international team. In addition, we can provide free education for up to two dependents for staff hired from abroad*. Initial employment is for one year, followed by a permanent contract subject to satisfactory appraisal and completion of paperwork.

For more information, please read our Primary School and Secondary School Recruitment Packages, and FAQs via the buttons below.  If you are internationally-minded and have the desire to help shape the exciting future of our school, we would love to hear from you.

*in order to qualify for free education for their children, staff must meet certain tax criteria and the arrangement is  for a maximum period of 5 years as of 2019.

Child safeguarding

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

To this end, the leadership team is required to conduct an oral reference check by directly contacting the current or previous employer. Furthermore, those who are appointed at The International School of The Hague are required to obtain a Certificate of good conduct (in Dutch: VOG).  Dutch Law requires a Certificate of Good Conduct (in Dutch: VOG) for positions in primary and secondary education. The decision to issue this certificate lies with the Ministry of Justice (in Dutch: Dienst Justis).

Your appointment with The Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation takes place on condition that you obtain a VOG. The original certificate of good conduct needs to be submitted to the HR department in time and within the deadlines given by Dienst Justis. This procedure will be explained in further detail by your HR contact person together with others terms and conditions of your employment. Needless to say, Rijnlands will reimburse all costs in relation to the above.

Primary Recruitment

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Secondary Recruitment

ISH Recruitment information package