Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation at American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C. in Mexico
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Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation
American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C. (Mexico)

Appointed - Dr. Sascha Heckmann
Jun 7, 19
Aug 1, 19

 

 

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General description of the school, city, and school community

ASFM is a private, secular, non-profit, Nursery through 12th grade, college-preparatory, U.S.-accredited, co-educational institution, which offers both a Mexican and U.S. High School Diploma that serves the local and international population.

ASFM is a community of learners, engaged in the search for open minds, caring hearts, global leadership, and sharing of knowledge and experience among its members.  This community, composed of students, alumni, parents, teachers, support service personnel and administrators, recognizes and is enriched by the fact that each member brings their own personal experiences, national heritage, language and family customs and values to our institution.  Each member is a unique individual, possessing a wealth of thoughts and feelings that are most valuable when shared with others. 

Monterrey is one of the three most important cities in Mexico. Surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains in the Northeastern part of the country, the city has an altitude of 537m above sea level. Its population reaches more than 3.5 million people. The city is full of tradition, culture, and progress.

Monterrey has nine months of warm weather and three months of colder temperatures. Being a semi-desert region, rainfall is sporadic throughout the year. The warm weather starts in March and continues until the end of October with temperatures ranging from 80° to 100°F. During January and February, some cold spells usually occur. Temperatures can go below freezing; however, snow is rare.

Though primarily a city of industry, Monterrey offers its share of museums and restaurants, with many interesting places to visit nearby. In addition, Monterrey has many things to do for the adventurous: rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and more.

Vision

We believe in open minds, caring hearts and global leadership as essentials for a healthy and successful life.

Mission

The American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM) fosters open minds, caring hearts, and global leadership within the entire school community. ASFM serves a diverse population and prepares all students through an innovative, inclusive, and intensive program focused on engaging and enabling students to achieve their individual potential in citizenship, academics, athletics, and the arts.

Academic program

ASFM offers an educational program for grades Nursery through 12th grade.  The Preschool is composed of Nursery and Pre-Kinder. The Elementary School includes Kinder-Grade 5.  The Middle School includes grades 6-8.  The High School includes Grades 9-12. The Mexican Bachillerato program is a six-semester program that corresponds to Grades 10-12.

It is our purpose to provide each student with a learning environment that is both challenging and rewarding; one that encourages discovery and the development of special talents, abilities, and interests in academics, athletics, citizenship, and the arts; one in which the teacher serves as a facilitator and catalyst to learning as well as a source of knowledge.  It is our goal that in this environment each student will learn to appreciate a diversity of opinions and ideas and will become a critical and creative thinker and communicator as well as a self-disciplined and positive member of the community.

The ASFM curriculum shall reflect the following guideline:

  • The curriculum shall be modeled after best international practices.
  • The curriculum in each subject area should reflect a coherent, orderly progression through the grades.
  • The curriculum should be continually reviewed by the professional staff to ensure that it meets the needs of our students and to constantly upgrade and improve the course of study.

Curriculum development is the responsibility of the entire academic staff, but the leadership and coordination of the development process is the special task of the Head of Innovation and Learning in conjunction with his or her staff.

ASFM offers a demanding college preparatory program modeled after current international educational trends and methodologies that fosters open minds, caring hearts, and global leadership, serves a diverse population and prepares all students through an innovative, inclusive, and intensive program focused on engaging and enabling students to achieve their individual potential in citizenship, academics, athletics, and the arts.

ASFM is licensed to operate as a private school in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and is subject to the regulations of the Secretary of Education of Nuevo Leon and local and federal legislation that are applicable to private schools.

Description of the faculty, staff, and student body

School Governance & Administrative Structure

The ASFM Board of Directors determines and reviews policy, hires and evaluates the Superintendent and then delegates executive, supervisory, academic, and instructional authority to the Superintendent, and through the Superintendent to the employees. The Board of Directors is composed of no more than fifteen (15) Members appointed by the Associate Assembly. 

The ASFM Organizational structure consists of the following key administration:

 Superintendent

  • CFO and Central Office staff
  • After School Athletic Director and staff
  • Technology Directors and staff
  • Legal Department
  • Communications Department
  • HR Department
  • Admissions Department
  • Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation

  • Director of Innovation and Technology N-12
  • Director of Support Services N-12
  • Director of Eagle Parent University N-12
  • Administrative Assistant to the Asst. Superintendent

ELEM Head of Campus / ELEM Principal

  • Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Assistant Principals for day to day management (N-PK; Grades K-2; Grades 3-5)
  • Instructional Coaches (Literacy; STEM), Teachers and Support Staff
  • Administrative assistants

MSHS Head of Campus / HS Principal

  • Middle School Principal (Grades 6, 7, 8)
  • Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Assistant Principals for day to day management (MS and HS)
  • Instructional Coaches, Teachers and Support Staff
  • Administrative assistants

The Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation has the responsibility to:

  • Assist the Superintendent in all areas when necessary to ensure timely and effective execution of school initiatives and projects.
  • Lead the all-school innovation campaign and process as ASFM strives to be one of the best private, international school in the region and in the world.
  • Provide leadership and assist the Superintendent, Administrators, school leaders, Board of Directors, and Community in planning for the delivery of all N-12, educational and learning programs at ASFM;
  • Oversight, Supervision, and management of all activities and events related to:  Support Services Department, Eagle Parent University, Innovation Department
  • Facilities Innovation and Design oversight and planning: CAPEX and OPEX work with the Facilities Director, Heads of Campus, and direct reports, Design team work with new spaces
  • Guide and support the Principals, Curriculum leaders, Department Heads, and Team leaders in ensuring that ASFM offers a coherent, innovative and aligned educational experience and program from Nursery through Grade 12;
  • Monitor and advise on all-school programs like Moonshots, Green Initiatives, After-school Athletics, Technology Integration, and the Inclusion initiative.
  • Monitor and advise on the teacher appraisal process;
  • Monitor and advise on ASFM’s external testing program (MAP testing; PSAT/SAT/TOEFL; Advanced Placement; etc.);
  • Lead and supervise the AdvancED Accreditation – School Improvement process and co-lead with the Superintendent all other Strategic Improvement processes;
  • Maintain positive communications with the staff;
  • Participate in all leadership team decisions (ELEM and MSHS);
  • Participate in the teacher and administrator recruiting process;
  • Attend regional association meetings as needed (Tri-Association; ASOMEX; AdvancEd);
  • Balanced Scorecard measurement oversight and management.
  • Coordination and oversight of N-12 Educational Professional Development opportunities to ensure high teacher capacity and growth:  Indirect supervision and coordination of Assistant Principals (2) of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Coordinate when necessary with outside educational institutions to develop educational partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications for the Position:

  • An advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Education, and/or Educational Leadership;
  • Extensive previous teaching, curriculum leadership, and/or administrative experience;
  • Experience in whole school leadership or administration (three or more years required);
  • Experience as a Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Sectional Principal and/or Head of Campus at an international school (three or more years required);
  • Knowledge of and experience with educational innovation, technology integration, inclusion, and sustainability.
  • Experience in supervision of curriculum, instruction, assessment, program and staff development, and community relations;  Experience with standards-based teaching, learning, assessing, grading and reporting;
  • Experience in multiple international/multicultural schools;
  • A strong, culturally sensitive, collaborative leadership style with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse faculty and staff to achieve change;
  • High visibility with strong support for the School's extracurricular activities;
  • High energy level and accessibility to students, parents and faculty;
  • Excellent communication and listening skills;
  • Bilingual abilities preferred, but not required (English and Spanish)
  • Experience in program development and knowledge of current trends in Mexico, USA and international education.

Salary and Benefits

The salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Reports to: Superintendent 

Initial Appointment:

  • 2 years
  • Extensions will depend on the performance during the first two years and the school’s strategic needs in the future.

Timeline:

  • Applications accepted until August 1, 2019
  • Initial Skype interviews by August 8, 2019.
  • Shortlisted candidates notified by August 15, 2019
  • Finalists interviews will take place by August 30, 2019
  • Possible site visits for one or two finalists in early to mid-September 2019.
  • Appointment announced by the end of September or early October 2019.

How to Apply:

ASFM has appointed Search Associates as its partner in its search for the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation for 2019-2020, with Dr. Brent Mutsch serving as the lead consultant. The deadline for applications for the position is August 1, 2019. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as ASFM reserves the option to select candidates to interview in advance of the closing dates noted on this advertisement. ASFM also reserves the right to close the search and make selection decisions prior to the announced dates above.

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Outstanding candidates will be immediately advanced for review.

The Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation will be selected at the conclusion of final interviews, and reference checks. The new Assistant Superintendent will assume his/her professional responsibilities in August 2020.

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Innovation at ASFM.
  • A statement describing your educational and leadership philosophy, not to exceed two pages.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
  • A one-page list of references of immediate supervisors with current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A maximum of four letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession.

Total document size should be kept to less than four (4) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to: bmutsch@searchassociates.com .  Additional information about the American School Foundation of Monterrey can be found on the school’s web site at < www.asfm.edu.mx>.

Dr. Brent Mutsch                                                    Tel: 970-368-6879 USA – Mountain Time Zone

Skype: brentmutsch                                              Email: bmutsch@searchassociates.com

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