Working at ISB
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ISB's commitment to hiring and retaining quality employees has created a community of professional and dynamic teaching and administrative staff with low turnover rates and a high degree of involvement in professional development programmes.
At ISB, we live our Mission and are committed to creating safe, caring and affirming learning spaces for our international community, and to promoting learning and respect for people of all nationalities, religions and cultures.
Our main purpose as an Employer is the development of our employees and School in a synergetic way by providing continuous educating and training through internal as well as external training programs.
All ISB employees become part of ISB’s outstanding pension plan, with an employer contribution of 75%.
Working together with a renowned language school, we offer free, weekly German lessons on-campus for all of our employees.
As an Employer we provide free After-School Child Care for all employees’ children enrolled in our Junior School, including staff-in service and Parent-Teacher-Student Conference days.
ISB provides relocation support for incoming teaching personnel for a smooth arrival and transition to Switzerland. Professional and social buddy systems are in place to welcome you to the ISB school community.
All our employees benefit from basic and supplementary accident insurance to cover occupational accidents as well as long-term sickness.
We offer a tuition benefit for dependent children of teaching staff. The proportion of the benefit is based on the employee’s employment rate. Your children are always welcome with us.
Supporting employee engagement and to strengthen ISB's culture, team spirit and creativity, we organize various social events throughout the school year.
- Requirements for Teachers
- Requirements for Admin and Support Staff
- Requirements for Substitute/Cover Teachers
- Safe Recruitment
At ISB, applicants for teaching positions are required to have a Bachelors degree plus classroom teacher certification. Examples of such undergraduate and post-graduate classroom teacher certifications include but are not limited to:
- Swiss PH Teaching Diploma
- German Lehrbefähigung
- French CAPES Certification
- U.K. PGCE/QTS/Certification of Education
- U.S. State Teaching License
- Canadian Province Teaching License
- South African HDE
- New Zealand Trained Teacher's Diploma (K-Grade 6) plus Bachelor of Education (Grades 7-12)
Applicants holding only TEFL/TESOL/TOEFL/CELTA or similar qualifications will not be considered for a teaching position.
Applicants must be qualified to teach the subjects and grade levels indicated in the job vacancy. At least 4 years of post-qualification/certification teaching experience in a comparable school is required. Strong preference will be given to teachers with teaching experience and training in the relevant IB Programmes (DP/MYP/PYP).
Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English.
Due to the timing of academic staff resignation dates, the majority of recruitment activity takes place during November through January of each academic year.
- Applications sent in hardcopy format will not be acknowledged nor returned;
- Due to work permit limitations, preference is given to candidates holding Swiss work permits or Swiss/EU citizenship.
Only candidates who are living in the immediate Basel area and who are eligible to work in Switzerland will be considered for substitute/cover teacher and tutor positions.
ISB accepts applications year-round for qualified and experienced teachers who would be available to substitute teach. Substitute/cover teachers are required to hold the same teacher qualifications and certifications as those listed teacher positions. Specific postings are not advertised for these positions.
Please note that substitute/cover teachers are employed when and if required by ISB and according to the availability of the individual. ISB cannot guarantee assignment nor a minimum of annual working hours for substitute/cover teachers.
ISB actively promotes and defends the rights of the child to physical and psychological well-being, as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In line with the school’s Child Protection Policy, ISB implements safe recruitment procedures to ensure that all members of the teaching and non-teaching staff at the school, including part-time staff, cover staff, and student activities instructors, such as musicians and sports coaches, are subject to police clearance and/or criminal background checks.
References and background checks are conducted on all successful applicants.
International School Basel (ISB) will never ask or require candidates to send money for application fees, interview fees, visas, plane tickets or other costs associated with recruitment. Candidates who have applied for a position at ISB will not be asked for information related to bank accounts or other private information. If you have been asked by someone you think may be representing ISB or another international school to send money to cover such costs, you may be the target of an elaborate scam. Several good international schools have recently had their web sites cloned, and candidates have been asked to send large amounts of money. All candidates are urged to be diligent in investigating potential schools during the recruiting process and prior to signing a contract. Use extreme caution if you have been asked for money or private information.