School Principal

Tergar School

Under the direction of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Schools project is the first of its kind, weaving together traditional Tibetan Buddhist principles and practices with contemporary approaches to learning. The project is supported by an international advisory board with a wealth of experience. The Tergar School Kathmandu, located in Sitapaila, Kathmandu is a non-profit boarding school, home to 80 students between the ages of 5 - 13, as well as 10 teachers, 10 caregivers, 4 kitchen crews, and 3 administrators. We are a trilingual school inclusive of English, Tibetan, and Nepali.

Details / requirements:

Guiding principle

The view that all beings are imbued with kindness and resilience guides everything we do. Our path of learning is a process of recognizing these inherent qualities, unlocking their potential, and embodying them for the welfare of all.


Vision statement

Tergar Schools creates K–12 schools that foster kind and resilient human beings who embody awareness, compassion, wisdom, and joy.


Mission statement 

Based in the vision of Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar Schools creates K–12 schools that weave together Buddhist view, meditation, and application with traditional disciplinary subjects. We employ innovative teaching approaches that foster curious and creative learners who thrive in and contribute to a complex, interconnected, and changing world.


Job Overview

The Principal for Tergar School Kathmandu serves as the school’s instructional and operational leader. The principal will provide a clear vision for learning for all students; lead teachers and other staff in implementing our unique school curriculum; and cultivate strong relationships with both the on-the-ground staff and the international advisors. The Principal is expected to engage with both teachers and students, imbuing them with passion and curiosity for teaching and learning. The Principal will work with the international advisors and local administrative staff for selecting and assigning staff, coordinating on-going training, and increasing the capacity of the staff. The Principal will also be responsible for continually imagining how the school can improve in following the mission and vision of the larger, international organization.


Essential Functions

       Steward and operationalize a clear vision for learning for all students and oversee the implementation of our unique curriculum

       Ensure that all school stakeholders (on-the-ground staff and international advisors) are aware of school developments

       Ensure a safe, secure and orderly environment for all  

       Promote high-quality instructional practices 

       Be visible and a consistent presence throughout the school  

       Help implement curricular materials based on cutting-edge pedagogical approaches

       Provide teachers with timely and constructive feedback on classroom instruction

       Clearly communicate learning and developmental goals that reflect our unique curriculum and approach for a diverse spectrum of learners

       Develop a culture of collegial and professional relationships among staff and students that promote our core values of awareness, love and compassion, wisdom and joy

       Manage conflict constructively at all levels  

       Develop systems and a school culture that promotes peer feedback, support, and collaboration  

       Coordinate the selection and assignment of staff  

       Support the ongoing training opportunities 

       Develop positive and collaborative relationships with local community and childrens’ families  

       Oversee the creation of the school budget


Essential Competencies

       Ability to motivate staff, students and families around the vision of the school  

       Clear and effective communication skills for diverse audiences including students, staff and families  

       Well-organized, ability to balance competing priorities and multi-task  

       Passion for developing staff’s instructional and leadership capacities  

       Well-rounded understanding of progressive pedagogical approaches and cutting-edge education research

       Leadership style that encourages teamwork and collaboration to support overall community health

       Belief in student empowerment and willingness to allow students to play an active role and have a voice in supporting the school’s vision and climate 

       Willingness to foster creativity and innovation  

       Persistence in the face of obstacles, productive problem-solving to counter setbacks, initiative to seize opportunities to make change  

       Commitment to the service of students and families  

       Ability to reflect on how to improve, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, willingness to take responsibility for actions and mistakes  

       Empathy for the perspectives of students, staff and stakeholders  

       Clear understanding of policies and law affecting special populations, LEP students and students receiving special education services  

       Ability to model an exemplary work ethic


Minimum Requirements

       Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution  

       Five years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, two of which have been as a Principal or Assistant Principal, educational administrator or other leadership position at the elementary or middle school level

       Language: Fluency in English. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in Tibetan, Nepali, and local Himalayan dialects.




Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The range of salary for the position is NRs120,000 - 150,000.



If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to:


Category Administrative / Management
Openings 1
Salary Based on experience
Position Type Full Time
Position Level Senior Level
Experience 5+ years
Education M. A. (Masters in Art), M. Ed. (Education), Master's preferred
Posted Date 24 Aug, 2023
Apply Before 23 Sep, 2023
City Kathmandu