The International School of Schaffhausen (ISSH, is a well-established IB World School located in the green outskirts of Schaffhausen. ISSH is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school, including a bilingual Childcare and an Early Learning Centre. It operates as part of a Foundation governed by a Board of Trustees. ISSH currently has an enrolment of 300 students, ages 0-19, representing 38 nationalities and a teaching, administrative and support staff of about 85. The main language of communication is English.

Responsible to Head of School
Member of Senior Leadership Team
Pensum 80% - 100%

Starting Date: from January 2024

Job Purpose

  • To be responsible for strategic planning in relation to the business and support services of ISSH including all financial implications.
  • To be responsible for administrative, budgeting and analysis aspects of financial management, for personnel administration, facility management and Business Development.
  • To collaborate closely with and to advise the Head of School in the decision-making process of non-school-related matters
  • As a member of the Leadership Team to be responsible for: creating and delivering a shared corporate strategic vision; improving organisational structures, functions, processes and procedures and maintaining compliance in financial and safety aspects; building and sustaining effective relationships and communications strategies; working with the community and other services to improve the outcomes and well being of students.

Terms and conditions

We offer a challenging and multifaceted position in a vibrant, truly international, development-oriented, friendly and caring environment including a remuneration package that meets the standards of the market.

Starting Date: from January 2024

Applications should be sent to: Ebru Güver, Head of School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews in October and November.
Your application must include a CV, a motivation letter, a recent photograph and reference letters.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills

  • Musts:
    Minimum 3 - 5 years business management and finance controlling,including budgeting, reporting, evaluations and analysis
    HR Administration experience
    Minimum 3 - 5 years supervisory experience, including a departmental leadership role
    Bilingual - German and English
  • Desired (differentiators):
    Business Development experience
    School environment experience
    General administration, facilities management or building projects experience
    International experience

Personal Qualities

  • Charismatic and visible leader who is able to use appropriate leadership styles in different situations
  • Ability to deal sensitively with people and resolve conflict
  • High level of organizational and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines


Finance and Business

  • To implement the financial decisions of the Board and Foundation Boards and the Head of School.
  • To advise the Boards and the Head of School on investment, financial and other internal control policies.
  • In conjunction with the Head of School, create, monitor and control the annual budget.
  • Prepare financial analysis as required/ requested.

Human Resources Management

  • To be responsible for general personnel matters, including recruitment administration, visa requirements, pre-employment checks, health and safety and child protection issues.
  • To provide leadership and guidance for office and maintenance staff, including direct line management responsibility.


  • To share responsibility with the Head of School and Facility Manager for the maintenance of ISSH facilities, the preparation of maintenance schedules and the efficient operation of all facilities.
  • To lead the evaluation, planning, obtaining of necessary Senior Leadership Team and Board(s) approvals and implementation of new capital and refurbishment projects on site.

Whole School Administration

  • To manage the administrative functions including the reception desk
  • To manage administrative aspects of student/family visits and onboarding, including contracts and school fee collections, credits to parents as required, and bad debt collections.
  • Direct line management of support staff (Finance, Facility, Reception).
  • To provide for the preparation and production of all school records and publications.
  • To liaise with local businesses, arranging vocational experience and joint projects.

International School of Schaffhausen | Mühlentalstrasse 280 | 8200 Schaffhausen 


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