Assistant Middle School Principal at American Community School of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates
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Assistant Middle School Principal
American Community School of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Dec 2, 19
Dec 31, 19


American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Seeks a new Assistant Middle School Principal

Start date is August 2020


School Identity

Established in 1972, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a non-profit, U.S. accredited college preparatory school serving a culturally diverse student body. Our American, standards-based curriculum provides excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, and service.


We are a compassionate, student-centered community of learners that engages, prepares, and inspires.


Our community empowers all students to define and shape their futures for learning, service, and global citizenship.


Established in 1972, ACS is a private, non-profit school licensed by the U.A.E. Ministry of Education, accredited by the Middle States Association, administered by the Superintendent and governed by an eleven-person Board of Trustees. Community support for excellence in education, a strong leadership team, highly qualified faculty and staff, and outstanding students have enabled ACS to establish an excellent reputation in the Abu Dhabi community and worldwide.

ACS currently has 1200 students and will be moving to a new campus on Saadiyat Island in a few years. This new campus will be built to accommodate 1500 students and is approximately 10 minutes from our current campus.  Because of the continuing development of Abu Dhabi, we typically have more applications for admission than available seats.

Our Students

The 1200  students at ACS represent 50 different nationalities, with Americans representing the largest segment of the student body at 64%.   Enrollment is open to all English-speaking students who are likely to be able to successfully complete our challenging American, college preparatory curriculum.

Our People

An eleven-member Board of Trustees governs ACS. Trustees are non-employee members of the American Community School Association.  Eight members are elected by the Parent Teacher Association which includes parents, administrators, faculty and staff; and three members are appointed by the elected Board.

Our administration team includes a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, three Principals, and two assistant principals. They are supported by  Directors in Finance, Human Resource, Athletic/Activities, Technology, Government Relations, Admissions, Institutional Advancement, and Facilities.

ACS faculty members are dedicated professionals who work together in collaborative teams to develop and deliver the curriculum. ACS currently employs 136 faculty members, creating an overall student/teacher ratio of 9:2. Approximately 70% of ACS faculty members have Master's degrees or more, and roughly 70% of our teachers have at least 10 years of teaching experience. Faculty and staff are actively involved in sponsoring numerous after school activities that enhance students’ experiences at school including a variety of academic, musical, dramatic, artistic, recreational, technological, and athletic activities.

Our parents are highly supportive of the school and are deeply involved in activities such as classroom enrichment, booster club, seasonal events, and intramural sports. A thriving parent volunteer program is a trademark of the school.  The school encourages students to be involved in after-school programs and community support makes this possible. Our students contribute more than 6500 hours of service annually.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is a college preparatory program that is comparable to high-quality private schools in the United States. Based on U.S. standards, it is an integrated K-12 curriculum that is reviewed annually and updated on a four-year cycle. The development of a well-aligned and relevant curriculum and the implementation of sound instructional practices contribute to the academic success of ACS students. Our Director for the Office of Learning is supported by two curriculum coaches and a data specialist.

In addition to traditional core courses provided in an American school, ACS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, an integrated technology curriculum, a wide selection of elective courses in the middle school and high school, various fine arts options, and service opportunities for students. ACS graduates have an impressive record for college acceptances and standardized test scores.

Our Location

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates established in 1972. The population of the UAE is approximately five million inhabitants of which an estimated 80% are expatriates.  Wise government leadership has enabled the UAE to remain a stable and prosperous country where people of many nationalities live and work together in peace and harmony. While the official state religion is Islam, the practice of all religious beliefs is allowed.  For additional information on the UAE, please visit the following links:

Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates, occupies 87% of UAE's area. The Abu Dhabi government has been successful in gradually expanding the economy to reduce dependence on oil and attract a diverse professional population through the implementation of the “Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.

The island city of Abu Dhabi, within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is the country’s capital. Abu Dhabi is a clean, safe, and modern city with many recreational opportunities available for residents. It is a cosmopolitan city with excellent roads and infrastructure, numerous parks, modern high-rise buildings, shopping malls, and beaches. The multinational expatriate community enjoys a pleasant environment including many western shops, restaurants, services, and cultural events.

Our Facilities

Our current facilities are located on a four-acre campus and include 88 classrooms, media centers, science laboratories, art and music rooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, two gymnasiums, fitness and dance centers, a 25-meter swimming pool; synthetic grass athletic fields; and a nurse's clinic. The school is committed to educational technology with more than 800 computers currently networked and linked to the internet for student and faculty use.

The Middle School Assistant Principal collaborates with the Middle School Principal to provide professional leadership in the organization, administration, supervision, and evaluation of school programs and personnel.  The Middle School Assistant Principal works closely with Middle School Principal and Counselors, teachers, students, parents, and support staff to accomplish this goal. The Middle School Assistant Principal helps the Middle community to achieve the Strategic Goal for the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS): “To be a compassionate, student-centered community of learners that engages, prepares and inspires.”

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The typical duties and responsibilities of the Middle School Assistant Principal include the following, but are not limited to:

Instructional Leadership

  • Assist with the development of a program for the evaluation and improvement of instruction to ensure maximum educational benefits for students
  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive curriculum and program of services in cooperation with teachers and school leadership
  • Assist in maintaining effective programs to strengthen and monitor student discipline and individual progress.
  • Assist with the selection and assignment of Middle School faculty and support staff
  • Serve as a resource for teachers in supporting their classroom curriculum efforts
  • Make effective use of consultants, specialists, conferences, and other professional learning opportunities in program and staff development
  • Work cooperatively with teachers and school leadership in sharing ideas, techniques, and procedures for improvement of the learning environment
  • Provide leadership and/or feedback iin the areas of interdisciplinary  and inquiry-based learning, and UbD unit and lesson design.
  • Keep abreast of new information, innovative ideas, and techniques

Student Support

  • Assists with the student caseload as part of the leadership team,
  • Works with Student Support teachers, students, and their families to create Individualized Learning Plans. 
  • Commits to using developmentally appropriate practices associated with adolescents as defined by the Association of Middle Level Education.  
  • Create Values Learning plans in accordance with the handbook utilizing a restorative learning philosophy.

Operational Leadership

  • Assist with the administration of the school budget
  • Assist with planning the school day and year to provide for efficient operation of the school (calendaring & scheduling)
  • Assist with the maintenance of safe, clear, attractive, and well-kept facilities and materials
  • Supervise, teach, and direct the work of volunteers and student assistants
  • Serve on school-based and district-wide committees

Organizational Leadership

  • Assist in providing professional leadership to organize, administer, supervise, and evaluate programs for the Middle School
  • Assist in establishing an optimal learning environment within the school
  • Ensuring that communication regarding the reporting procedure is well understood. Liaising with the tech department to ensure smooth preparation and dissemination of the electronic report card and grade book.
  • Respond to situations productively and handle other tasks as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal or School Superintendent, including: Assume the responsibilities of the Principal in his/her absence; Participate in Leadership Salam Meetings; Collaborate with the Principals in the development of agendas for professional development and other trainings/meetings; Assist in preparation for school opening and closing; Help counselors with scheduling students as needed; Coordination of special schedules with the High School; Supervision at break time, lunch, and after school bussing; Chaperone and assist with Week Without Walls organization.  


  • Enthusiasm for working with Middle School students
  • Openness and warmth in working relationships with students and staff
  • Ability to conceptualize, create, and operate an exemplary Middle school program
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team


  • Masters degree from an accredited college/university
  • Experience in a position of educational leadership
  • Experience teaching, modeling, and coaching Middle School teachers 
  • Experience and/or leadership with pastoral care programs and master scheduling.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with K-12 staff, students, and parents

In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ACS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.

Qualified and interested candidates should send the following information as a single PDF attachment by December 31st to:

Marise Jayendran

Director, Human Resources

Subject: Assistant MS Principal Position

  • Cover letter of application, not to exceed two pages, stating your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this position.
  • Resume, not to exceed two pages.
  • A list of references (at least three) including their names, positions, current email addresses, and the current superintendent of your present school.



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