Dr. David A. Wells and the GLOBAL School Consulting Group join the Chiang Mai International School and the Church of Christ Thailand in the search for a new Head of School, to begin on July 1, 2020.  CMIS is seeking a Christian leader who is professionally qualified and experienced to support and promulgate the unique mission and vision of this successful international school, providing leadership to a highly diverse staff and school community.  CMIS is seeking a replacement for its successful current head, with the expectation that the successes of the past will serve as a foundation for ongoing success and impact. In addition to being qualified through preparation and experience, the successful candidate for the Head of School position will utilize a collaborative and affirming leadership style, demonstrating a disposition and ability to learn, adapt, and lead a highly diverse school community effectively, in a manner which is consistent with and contributing to the school’s purpose, mission, and values. The Head will have the capacity to set appropriate expectations, hold staff accountable, and to effectively implement change as determined by the Church of Christ in Thailand and/or the Board of Directors, as informed by long-range goals and the strategic planning process. The Head will ensure that the needs and interests of the community of families and students are effectively met. The Head will be an effective communicator, with clear English expression and the ability to communicate effectively with non-native English speakers.

The CMIS Board has established the following requirements for consideration for the position:

  • Christian Faith
  • Administrative Certification
  • Head of School Experience or more than 6 years of Principal Experience
  • 3-5 years of K-12 Teaching Experience
  • Age 45-60

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) is an independent, co-educational, nonprofit day school for students from Preschool to Grade 12. Founded in 1954, CMIS has been meeting the educational needs of families in the international community in Northern Thailand for sixty-five years. The Core purpose of CMIS is to be a supportive Christian environment for learning that empowers students to thrive in the global community, as expressed through the school’s mission, which is “To develop learners who can pursue personal and academic goals, based on educational excellence and strong moral foundations. To equip international students for lives of learning and positive contributions locally and globally.” CMIS values educational excellence, a supportive Christian community, and celebration of variety in the human community, as reflected in the school’s vision, committing the school “To provide educational excellence in a caring Christian community that respects and celebrates diversity.”

CMIS offers an English-language, American-sourced education taught from an international perspective. The school’s well-qualified teachers provide instruction that is aligned to a standards-based curriculum focused on student learning. The academically rigorous Advanced Placement courses offered in high school help students prepare for admission to outstanding universities and colleges around the world.

CMIS celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity. Students have historic and cultural connections to many different countries, speak multiple languages, and often hold more than one passport. The school strives to maintain a culturally diverse student body, adding to the richness of the international educational experience. This diversity extends to religious backgrounds and beliefs, reflecting a high level of tolerance, acceptance, and respect.

Individuals who are interested in serving as the Head of School at the Chiang Mai International School are invited to visit the school’s website, at and the search announcements and materials below. Inquiries concerning this position are to be directed to the Search Consultant, Dr. David A. Wells. Applications are currently being accepted, and the start date is July 1, 2020.


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