Assistant Superintendent for Learning  at International Schools Group - District Office in Saudi Arabia
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Assistant Superintendent for Learning
International Schools Group - District Office (Saudi Arabia)

Appointed - Position Filled
Jun 28, 14
Sep 1, 14


Saudi Arabia


Dhahran British Grammar School                                                    ISG Jubail

Dhahran Elementary/Middle School                                                 Yanbu International  School

Dhahran High School                                                                          Sara Village School

ISG Dammam


Committed to Excellence"

Assistant Superintendent for Learning required for August 2015

International Schools Group, Saudi Arabia (ISG) seeks an Assistant Superintendent for



The Assistant  Superintendent  for Learning  joins a senioleadership  team that includes  the Superintendent Assistan Superintenden of   Governmen Relations Assistant Superintendent  for Human Resources,  Director of BusinesOperations,  Director of Support Services, Director of Facilities Development, Director of Digital Learning, and seven Principals/Headteachers. 

The International Schools Group


The  International   Schools  Group  was  founded  in  1962  to  originally  serve  the  needs  of expatriate families living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The district is a not- for-profit’,  forward-looking  school districcomprised  of seven schools  in five locations.  The school ar coeducationa da school deliverin preschoo to   grad 1 program for expatriate  children and a growing number of students from the host country. Depending  on the school, each offers either an American, British or Internationacurriculum. ISG currently serves the needs of over 4,160 students and this number is projected to steadily increase.


The  District  is  governed  by  12-member  Board  of  Trustees  and  is  licensed  by  the  Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education. Middle States Associated of Colleges and Schools accredit the Americaand International  curriculum  schools; British curriculum  schools undergo accreditation through the Council of International Schools.


Living  in  Saudi  Arabia  icomfortable,  secure  and  rewarding.  The  rich  culture  of  the  host country  makes  living  ithe  Kingdom  fascinating  and  enjoyable.  Saudi’s  location  provides unique access to travel opportunities,  both within the region and beyond. Salary and benefits for administrators  are competitivand generous and, when coupled with excellent work and living conditions, makes for an excellent package.




Th Assistan Superintenden fo Learnin i a   ne positio an offer a exciting opportunity as ISG enters its next phase of development.


ISG  has  launched  a  21st   century  learning  initiative  across  its  seven  schools.  We  seek  an exceptiona candidat wh ca suppor the   highl collaborativ leadershi tea as  it implements  the various components  of the district’s vision for excellence  in the 21st  century. The successful candidate embraces the challenge of shifting practice in the classrooms, and in leading  administrativ colleagues   to  offer  outstandin support  to  classroo teachers.  A change plan organizes and guides the initiative.


ISG is committeto a progressive,  technology-rich  learning environment,  while at the same time promoting  literacy across all disciplines  using brain-based  research on learning as well

as tried and true traditional techniquesWe value collaboration,  and the district has recently adopted  the coreethical  values  of respect,  responsibility,  integrity,  and acceptance,  with  a commitment to act.


The  Assistant  Superintenden for  Learning  will  have  direct  responsibility   to  oversee  the change  plaimplementation  and assessment,  and direct  all communications  related  to the improvement initiative. The role is diverse and flexible as she/he supports the Superintendent in managing day-to-day operational issues in the district.




The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Support the Superintendent in leading and supervising all educational efforts of the school, and ensuring data in all areas are collected and communicated to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees;
  • Communicate with the Superintendent, School Principals/Headteachers, and Distric Office administrators about progress and challenges;
  • Participate fully in senior leadership meetings;
  • Offer recommendations  to the Superintendent to make improvements in the change initiative, in district-wide data analysis, school accreditation, teacher recruitment, curriculum and instruction, budget development, and learning support;
  • Participate in Board of Trustees meetings and committees;
  • Set and hold staff accountable to high standards for performance.
  • Contribute to district communicationefforts, including public relations, marketing ISG, publications and design, the district website, and school calendars.
  • Collaborate with and support the school Principals/Headteachers for on-going curriculum review and adoption;
  • Systematically assess and monitor an individualized professional learning plan for each teacher, assisting in the data collection to show growth and adequate performance;
  • Collaborate with and facilitate external consultants in support of the 21st century learning initiative;
  • Develop and lead a systematic approach to professional learning to ensure that staff continue to develop and are able to make progress on the change initiative;
  • Make recommendations  to the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and
  • Superintendent regarding the hiring and retention of staff and administrators;
  • Collaborate with Principals/Headteachers to meet the expectations of staff evaluation identified in district policies and regulations, and assist in the successful improvement or release of non-performers;
  • Collaborate with parents to ensure open and honest communication throughout the IS
  • community;
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of International Schools Group organizational policies, practices and procedures;
  • Prioritize tasks to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Superintendent in his/her absence;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.




The successful candidate will be expected to display/demonstrate  the following:

  • Model ISGs core values;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and proactive manner, and under direction, according to need;
  • Proven ability to use a range of IT, including social media;
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Ability to work in a focused team environment to meet common goals;
  • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively;
  • Ability to think creatively in responding to ISGs leadership and support needs;
  • Ability to use initiative and sound judgment;
  • Confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues;
  • Positive attitude towards continuous self-improvement.



The successful candidate should ideally have:

  • Previous administrative experience, preferably at the Head of School, (Superintendent), Asst. Head of School (Asst. Superintendent)or Principal/Headteacher level, or Assistant Principal/Deputy
  • Headteacher level;
  • International school experience and teaching experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Proven track record in collaboratively leading change and school improvement initiatives;
  • Knowledge of current trends in American, British and international education;
  • Knowledge of current trends and educational resources available in technology;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent command of English, both written and oral;
  • Masters or Advanced Degree;
  • Enthusiasm for ISGs change initiative. 


Timeline for Search:

•    June 27 Search commences

•    September 1 Application deadline

•    September - October Candidate interviews

•    October - November Site Visits

•    November - December Announcement of Assistant Superintendent for Learning


ISG reserves the right to close the selection if a suitable candidate is found prior to the dates indicated above.


Interested and qualified candidates should apply directly to ISG via Human Resources, copied to  the  Superintendent Send  via  email:   and Please submit the following in a single PDF document, submitted no later than September 1,


•    Max 3-page letter of interest in the position;

•    Max 2-page resume of relevant qualifications and experience;

•    Up  to  5 contacts  tserve  areferees,  which  must  include  your  current  supervisor

(Head of School), and a previous supervisor.


A  link  to  an  online  portfoli that  goes  into  depth  or  provide additiona example of experiences and skillsets is highly welcomed.


For further information about the position please call John Chapman, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, on 330 0555 Ext 3203.  Additional information may be found about the International Schools Group by following the link to the district website:


Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us  at that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 

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