Head of Operations


The European School The Hague is looking for an experienced Head of Operations (0.8-1.0 fte). The school offers a pleasant working environment with plenty of autonomy and development space for employees in an international culture and setting. Employees are expected to use that space in a way that keeps their work engaging and motivates students to become who they want to be. 

As the Head of Operations, you will coordinate the budget cycle and manage the formation, financial resources and procurement processes. Does this challenge appeal to you? Then apply now!

  • Primary education
  • Secundary education
  • European Baccalaureate
  • The Hague
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The core of the function

Together with other members of the Executive Board, the Head of Operations bears responsibility for school policy as a whole. Additionally, the Head of Operations is integrally responsible for the portfolios of finance, housing, ICT, administration (student and staff), timetabling, school facilities and advising the Director in these areas.

You will work on the further development of the internal operations and lead the teams in charge of operational services. These include the facilities team, the administration team, the timetable makers, the communications staff, the education support staff, the ICT department and the library teams.

What does the European School The Hague require from you?

  • A college/university degree, preferably a graduate degree in business administration and/or economics; 
  • Subject matter expertise and broad knowledge of/experience with financial and business management processes at the strategic level;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the budgeting and formation process in school for primary/secondary education and the ability to align/maintain these with educational policy; 
  • General knowledge of the policy areas of ICT, facility management and administrative organisation; 
  • Further bringing and keeping the finances and operations of an organisation in order, from a connection with the school and colleagues; Knowledge of and experience with scheduling systems, scheduling issues and the formation process in a school is a plus;
  • Experience working and leading a diverse team;  
  • Experience developing professional development skills within the organisation. You can delegate/direct well from within frameworks.

About the European School The Hague

The European School The Hague was established primarily to provide education (primary and secondary school) for children of staff working at Europol, Eurojust, EPO, ESA-ESTEC, EMA etc. There is a continuous education provided for pupils aged 4 to 18. 
Compared to Dutch schools, the pupils go to secondary education one year earlier and secondary education lasts one year longer (7 years).  

Unlike in Dutch education, pupils do not make a choice of educational direction at 12. All students join and work towards the European Baccalaureate diploma. This sometimes requires considerable effort and an adapted program. Classes are smaller on average and there is a broad support package to provide students with the right offer at the pace that suits them.

The European School has four language sections: Dutch, English, French and German. Students take their final exam subjects in two languages. In addition, students can follow a mother tongue program provided in 13 languages in addition to the regular curriculum.

The European School trains pupils for the European Baccalaureate. This education is equivalent to Dutch VWO education. 

For more information see www.eshthehague.nl.

What does the European School The Hague offer?

The Head of Operations at European School The Hague receives a salary commensurate with the weight of the position. This position is valued according to scale 13 CAO VO. Upon appointment he/she will receive an offer in the form of a one-year contract, after which, if suitable, an appointment for an indefinite period of time will be assumed. In principle, this is a 0.8 - 1.0 FTE position.

Application and additional information

Please apply not later than September 17th, 2023, to the attention of Wouter Abrahamse, Director, via the application button below.

For more information about the content of the position and the procedure, please contact Frans van der Knaap, at 06-30 42 07 59 or frans.vanderknaap@versteege-search.nl.

The vacancy will be published simultaneously internally and externally.

An extensive digital information package can be downloaded below. This package includes relevant (policy) documents of the European School The Hague and an extensive profile for this vacancy.

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