A rare opportunity is open for educational leaders who are well versed in research and trends in middle school professional practice and educational pedagogy. One of the largest international schools in the world needs a middle school principal. The Hong Kong International School's (HKIS) Middle School has more than 600 students and 70 faculty and staff. The Middle School offers outstanding facilities and is undergoing an ambitious expansion plan. 'The role of Middle School principal is incredibly rewarding and varied,' said Patricia Beveridge, the school's director of human resources. 'The role is challenging and rewarding and no two days are the same.' This is a key leadership role and its incumbent will be a member of the school's senior leadership team. Duties will include curriculum development, literacy programmes, instructional assessment, strategic planning and interfacing with a wide range of parent community groups. The ideal candidate must be passionate about children and learning in a middle school environment for children aged 11 to 14. 'The successful candidate must support the mission of HKIS - [that of] dedicating our minds to inquiry, our hearts to compassion and our lives to service and global understanding,' Ms Beveridge said. It is important to possess integrity and demonstrate a keen sense of fairness and personal values. While much time is spent on campus, there are opportunities to attend conferences and recruitment fairs. 'Each year, the Middle School Principal also leads a group of students on a learning experience which focuses on supporting orphanages, schools, villages and charities on the mainland,' she said.