Director of English—Immersion Christian School for Spaniards

The Alliance is looking for a director to provide spiritual, educational, and administrative leadership to all school personnel and programs.

Posted on January 5, 2021

Spain

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Educational
  • ESL
  • Leadership development
  • Evangelism/discipleship
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)

The director provides spiritual, educational, and administrative leadership to all school personnel and programs. It is his/her responsibility to inspire, lead, and oversee all phases and departments of the school’s operations, framed within the context of a Christ-centered school culture.

Opened in 2017, LIFE International School is the first English-immersion Christian school for Spaniards that will serve as a model for a pioneer network of 20 Christian schools throughout Spain in the next 20 years. LIFE is located in Tres Cantos, a growing, upper-middle-class city, strategically located on the north side of Madrid.

Christian schools in Spain aspire to maximize the transformational nature of Christian education by partnering with local Christians and churches for meaningful, impactful presence.

Responsibilities:

  • In compliance with board-established policies, oversee the design, implementation, and administration of curricula, student programs and services towards the fulfillment of the school’s mission – training and equipping students for life and service to Jesus Christ through a biblical worldview, character development, and academic excellence.
  • Create an amicable community of stakeholders engaging in fellowship and laboring together to meet the school’s mission; ensuring an appropriate spirit of Christ-like community is made visible through the words, actions, and attitudes of the staff.
  • Recruit/hire appropriate personnel, either from Spain or abroad, and set standards for professional expectations and performance, and establish a context for education harmony and excellence among all staff members.
  • Ensure a professional, safe, positive learning environment befitting of an international Christian school, thereby earning the trust, confidence, and respect of the school and local community.
  • In cooperation with the board, establish the annual budget and expend funds towards the fulfillment of the mission, and ensure the self-sustaining financial solvency of the school.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of Alliance Polity
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
  • Possess credentials and experience in administration, education and finance and recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Preferred master’s degree in one of the following proficiencies: administration, education and finance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Spiritual

  • Believe, without reservation, and actively support the school’s statement of faith, core values, mission, vision, and purpose statements
  • Be a role model in speech, actions, and attitudes and model a consistent, daily walk with Christ
  • Have a vibrant and verifiable testimony of maturing spiritually and in lifestyle choices
  • Be an active participant in good standing in a local, Bible-believing church
  • Evidence a spirit of biblical, servant leadership.

Professional

  • Be a visionary leader who is an encourager of others and a self-starter with a trajectory of personal and professional growth
  • Possess credentials and/or experience in administration, education and finance that are appropriate for leading the school and its faculty/staff in fulfillment of its mission
  • Be able to articulate a clear, concise philosophy of Christian education and be able to explain to potential students and their parents the reasons why Christian education should be chosen
  • Hold a track record of positive, courteous, professional, and tactful communication when dealing with people
  • Excel in oral and written communications; articulate and timely – fluent both in English and Spanish (or willing to become fluent)
  • Evidence excellent time-management, organization, and delegation skills
  • Handle patiently and efficiently multiple tasks and responsibilities with competing due dates and priorities

Personal

  • Use discernment, discretion, and confidentiality in all matters
  • Remain approachable; interact easily and effectively with staff/constituents and community entities while demonstrating sensitivity to their concerns/needs
  • Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, patience, objectivity, and optimism
  • Demonstrate character qualities of courage, consistency, and perseverance
  • Maintain appropriate and professional standards of grooming and dress

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom-minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit-dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall of 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

World Factbook—Spain
Joshua Project—Spain

LIFE International School is in Tres Cantos, which has been called, “The Pearl of Madrid.” Tres Cantos is a model city (established in 1995) on a main train artery into the center of Madrid; ten minutes by car from the economic heart of Spain and 20 minutes from the airport. It is a safe, family-friendly community with a high quality of life and education. This is a strategic place for forming future leaders, as there are many international companies working in Tres Cantos. Currently, it has a population of 50,000, with a new phase in construction that expects to see the city grow by 30,000 more.

Spiritually, Tres Cantos is a microcosm of Spain, with a majority that has abandoned the Roman Catholic faith, though some 15 percent are practicing Catholics. There are currently three evangelical churches, one of which has its own building. The churches enjoy a positive reputation and cooperative relationship with the mayor and city hall officials.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

While LIFE is an English-immersion school, a conversational level of Spanish is vital for the relationship with parents, churches and community leaders. We have language- acquisition schools in our city, so language learning can occupy the first six months while getting to know the school under the current director, who will take on the role of director of the foundation of Christian schools in Spain.

Health Considerations:

Spain has modern healthcare facilities with well-trained doctors. Most medications are readily available.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary, based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

While there is no formal expectation for full-time ministry for the spouse, opportunities for ministry within the school context and and/or the local church abound.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

LIFE International School is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is in the process of dual accreditation with Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACS), making LIFE an excellent educational option! For the 2021-2022 school year, LIFE will be offering classes for students 3 years old up through middle school, and LIFE will continue to offer a new grade per year through high school, complete with AP classes and eventually issuing an internationally recognized, accredited diploma.

Compensation

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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