We educate and inspire our students to reach their full potential and contribute to the world by providing an exemplary English language education, enriched by our multicultural community.
ISP is a leading international school inspiring students to be conscientious inquirers and empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and make a positive contribution as global citizens.
Who We Are
ISP is a non-profit, student-centered, independent school. Inspiring lifelong learners for a future without borders. We are recognized as a leader in international education, offering world-class opportunities for students from Pre-K (3yr olds) to 12th Grade.
The International School of Panama operates under the license of the Ministry of Education of Panama and is accredited by AdvancED. As an authorized IB World School, we offer the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) for students in grades 11 and 12. In addition, we offer a unique Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate and AdvancED certified STEM programs.
1. - It’s not about me. It’s about us. 2.-We look after the planet, as well as we look after each other. 3. - Learning is a lifelong adventure. 4. - Find ways to stand out. That’s how we become outstanding. 5. - We have a pioneering spirit: every person at our school leaves a footprint.
Position Summary and Purpose:
The Director of Development is responsible for the school’s strategic communications, marketing (including promoting and protecting the school’s institutional reputation, public relations and enrollment), constituency relations and institutional fundraising.
The Director of Development will drive the Development Programme that engages the passion and loyalty of students, staff and parents from the past, present and future to create a world-wide ISP community. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Development collaborates with the other senior administrators and directs the Development Office and Staff.
The role is multi-faceted and involves Marketing, Communication, Admissions and Development. The person in this role is to demonstrate the following in the name of serving the ISP Community and Mission:
Positive, Caring, Committed, Compassionate, Fair, Focused, Friendly, Professional, seeks first to understand.
Foster a vision, share leadership, and learn as a community
Human Relations and Administrative Duties
Foster relationships yet is timely in administrative duties
Attention to structures to support students, staff and community in lifelong learning
Communication and Community Relations
Honest and timely communication strengthening the mission and vision of our school
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Organizes, develops, implements, promotes and supervises systems for: public relations with the local corporations existing and potential future corporate customers and sponsor.
Develops marketing strategies, prepares promotional materials and designs ISP advertising campaigns (in conjunction with the Head of Admissions)
Helps design ISP corporate fundraising campaigns and develop strategies, fund raising funds from individuals and ISP Alumni to support ISP development projects.
Provides direction and support for the planning and execution of the communication master plan, to build and protect the ISP reputation and keep school, local and/or corporate community informed about ISP development and special events.
Coordinates Alumni affairs and develops strategies to promote strong relationships
Liaises with the Parents Association of ISP and provides guidance for execution of PTA led events or outreach.
• Establishes and promotes strong and close relationships with the broader community and the ISP community in a variety of capacities
Communications and Marketing to include:
Provides Leadership in the marketing and promotion of the school and its programs positioning ISP as the School of choice for enrolment and recruitment
Manages the ISP brand, institutional reputation and identity (Including visual identity)
Coordinates and advises internal communication at ISP
Provides internal and external communication guidelines and protocols
Maximizes communication channels including online, social media and print publications
Constituency Relations to include:
Maintains and builds relationships amongst and between all direct constituency members and with the wider community in ISP, Panama and internationally
Builds a fully integrated international alumni program for the benefit of the ISP diaspora and the school
Identifies, trains and manages the school’s advancement volunteers
Provides assistance and support to the school’s Community Service Program
Designs and guides the execution of a public relation’s plan for the school. The plan should include strategies for making the community aware of the school’s community service activities
Represents ISP outreach activities as determined by the Director
Other Professional Duties:
Assists the leadership team with the implementation of school policy and procedure
Supervises Head of Admissions and Communications & Marketing Managers
Responds with sound, fair judgement of unique scenarios that occur throughout the school year
Serves on a variety of working committees
Performs additional duties as reasonably assigned
Master Degree or higher
Bachelor in relevant areas such as marketing or communication
At least 7 years of experience, with a proven track record in successfully driving marketing strategy, communications, constituent relations preferably in the education or service industry in Panama or an international setting.
Skills and Competencies:
Highly skilled and sound experience in managing company reputation and advertising
Must demonstrate the ability to set goals and develop a realistic, strategic plan for attaining the goals.
Has an ability to work as a team player and as a team leader
Have excellent fluency in English and Spanish
Cross cultural sensitivity and an international mindset
Dedicated to a positive School Culture
Committed to ongoing professional development
Flexible, Adaptable and open-minded
Competent in public speaking
High level of professionalism and integrity