Deputy Director at American International School of Niamey in Niger
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Deputy Director
American International School of Niamey (Niger)

Dec 8, 21
Jan 31, 22

School Details

The American International School of Niamey (AISN), established in 1982, is an independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from nursery through grade 12. The school year consists of two semesters that begin in mid-August and end in late May or early June.

The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors, six of whom are elected by the AISN Association for two- year terms. Membership in the association is automatically given to all parents of AISN students and faculty members.

The curriculum is similar to that of most U.S. public schools. Class sizes are small, and students are grouped in multi-age level groups. Instruction is in English. In addition to language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies, the curriculum includes music/band, French, and physical education. All grades 1-12 receive three 65-minute periods per week of French language instruction. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten receive two periods of French language instruction per week. AISN has a strong community-based education program. Standardized achievement tests are administered biannually. AISN is fully accredited from PK-grade 12 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).

The Learning Support Program at AISN focuses on strengthening academic skills within the context of a student’s emotional, social, and cognitive development, taking a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of learning support students of all levels of English Proficiency and students with mild to moderate special needs. Mild/moderate special needs include (but are not limited to) specific learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADD, ADHD, mild intellectual disabilities, SCD (Social Communication Disorder), and (when appropriate) autism spectrum disorder. The curriculum ensures that every individual student at AISN is challenged academically.

Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, AISN has 129 total staff including 31 faculty, 5 of whom are U.S. citizens, 9 host-country nationals, and 17 third-country nationals.

At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 102 , including 38 U.S. citizens, 9 host-country nationals, and 55 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 21 are dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees. The cut-off for age requirement for grade placement is September 1.


The school consists of four single-story, air-conditioned buildings with nine classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, a multipurpose room, two student toilet blocks, a nursery school, administration offices, locker rooms, a gym, and a dance studio. The playground areas includes a grass athletic field and covered basketball and volleyball court, along with an assortment of other playground structures. The cafeteria and community center includes a dining hall and cafe, a pool, a tennis court, and a full-service kitchen. Dinner service and special activities, such as Quiz Night and Open Mic Night, are also organized to take place at what is called the AISN Rec Centre after 5:00 pm. All students, parents, faculty, and official U.S. personnel are members of the AISN Rec Centre.

Position Qualifications

The Deputy Director - Learning Development reports directly to the Director. S/he works across the Primary, Middle School, and High School Sections of the School and has specific responsibility for four areas: Counseling; Learning Development; School Accreditation & Affiliation; Intra/Extramural Programs. S/he substitutes for the Director in his absence and is a member of the School Leadership Team.

Counseling: Advise students and parents on college admissions procedures through individual and group meetings, year-round, including evening seminars, workshops, and presentations; Write recommendations for each university candidate assigned as needed, and process all application materials; Coordinate college applications, including applications themselves, teacher recommendations, transcripts, fees, and mailings; Coordinate PSAT and AP programs.

Learning Development: Maintain an effective school-wide Teacher Evaluation framework; maintain Professional Development processes and procedures that enhance student learning and program development; ensure that processes are in place to track and respond to student achievement data; work with faculty to develop a process of curriculum review.

School Accreditation & Affiliation: Ensure the effective implementation of the MSA accreditation process, and assisting the Director in overseeing the satisfactory completion of all requisite requirements; ensure our school’s active support and involvement in AISA. Oversee any other memberships as shall further the aims and programs of the school.

Intra/Extramural Programmes: Supervise the PE department and the Rec Center to ensure that the following programs are delivered effectively: competitive sports; tennis academy; swimming lessons, etc. Supervise the Activities Coordinator to ensure that the ECA program is delivered effectively. Work with the Director and the Rec Center Director to develop and promote school activities and events.

General Responsibilities: Assist the Director in ensuring the overall well-being of Faculty and Staff. Assist the Director in the supervision of Faculty. Oversee the Faculty Induction Program. Ensure that the Faculty Policy Manual is up to date and regularly reviewed. Coordinate Emergency Drills and ensure sound Health and Safety oversight procedures. Ensure that the Emergency Procedures Manual is up to date and regularly reviewed. Attend sufficient meetings so as to ensure a full and active awareness of the life of the school in all its aspects. Participate in teaching. Carry out any additional duties as shall be reasonably assigned by the Director.

Professional Knowledge and Experience: Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in education, organizational development and management, social sciences or related field; teaching qualification; at least 5 years of work experience in international education program management, coordination or supervisory role;
excellent command of spoken and written English.

Competencies: Experience in planning, monitoring, implementing and managing programs and/or projects in the field of education; ability to think strategically and to manage and drive change; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; high level of organizational awareness; ability to build, manage and promote effective teams, cross-sectoral collaboration and external partnerships; ability to plan and use instructional strategies, activities and materials that appeal to and challenge diverse interests, utilize individual strengths, and accommodate various styles of communication and learning; ability to lead, motivate and manage staff, develop clear goals, independently plan and prioritize own work and those supervised, and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; positive attitude and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Salary and Benefits

A salary & benefits package, which includes housing, annual flights to HoR, R&R allowance, Local Living Allowance, utilities allowance, professional development allowances, health insurance, among other benefits, is in line with the top international schools in the region.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should send a current résumé or CV, letter of application, and the names and contact information of at least three references to:

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Dr. Barry Drake has over 40 years' experience in administration and teaching in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia.