Director at American International School in Cyprus, Nicosia in Cyprus
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American International School in Cyprus, Nicosia (Cyprus)

Aug 1, 2023
Sep 30, 2023

School Details

The American International School in Cyprus (AISC), part of the Esol Education group of schools, is seeking to appoint an experienced and motivated educational leader from August 1, 2024 to continue and build on the excellent work of AISC’s current Director, who has led the school since 2019.

American International School in Cyprus (AISC)

Founded in 1987, The American International School in Cyprus (AISC) is a private, coeducational, K-12 university preparatory international school located in the capital city of Nicosia. AISC is proud to provide a first-class American and international educational program to all members of the community who wish to access high-quality educational services. AISC serves a unique function in the Cyprus community, supporting diplomatic and multi-national communities, as well as local Cypriot and international families.

AISC Mission

The American International School in Cyprus inspires students to become enthusiastic lifelong learners who value integrity, cultural diversity, and the pursuit of excellence. Using an American and international curriculum, our qualified professionals work with the school community to prepare students to be creative, critical thinkers, and socially responsible world citizens.

The AISC Belief Statements

• Everyone must be valued as a unique individual.
• Everyone deserves an education which respects his or her differences.
• Understanding and appreciation of diversity are critical to peace and harmony.
• The development of all aspects of the individual is essential.
• Critical thinking and problem solving are vital in a changing world.
• Participation in activities and service learning fosters a sense of self-worth, community, and school ethos.
• Technology must be an integral part of the education process.
• Learning must be a lifelong process for everyone.
• Everyone is entitled to have his/her opinion heard and considered.
• At AISC, everyone has a right to safety, love and learning.

AISC ensures a holistic approach in the development of its students, seeking to promote their social, emotional, and physical development, along with their academic growth and progress. Our students participate in community service and character-building life experiences, athletic and cultural trips both locally and abroad. The school prides itself on its warm family atmosphere, a strong cultural heritage program, excellence in teaching and learning across all divisions, and in encouraging and fostering diversity and international-mindedness.

Our families come from 50+ nationalities speaking at least 38 mother tongue languages. Its graduates are well prepared for admission into universities in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, and many other universities worldwide.

AISC is an inclusive school and supports students acquiring the English language through its Language Policy and those who have mild to moderate learning difficulties through its learning support services. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 follow a US Common Core and Virginia State standards-based and IB curriculum, using a concept-based curriculum framework. All students graduate with an American High School Diploma Program and in the last two years may choose to take on all or part of the IB Diploma Programme and graduate with an IB Diploma or IB certificates. English is the language of instruction in all classes other than Greek, French and Spanish, and IB self-study language options.

AISC is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

Esol Education

AISC is part of the Esol Education (Esol) group of schools. Esol enjoys a successful 40-year track record of establishing and operating high-quality international schools. Today, Esol’s team of educators and other professionals operates a total of nine international schools educating over 10,000 students in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Hong Kong. Its American schools are all accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and its British schools are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe.

Six of its schools offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), with many of its American schools also offering the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP). Esol’s schools are known for uniformly high educational standards and broad academic and extra-curricular programs in the arts, culture, sports, and service. The organization’s focus is best summed up by its Vision Statement: To be the most reputable and trusted provider of high-quality international education.

Esol and its schools have longstanding affiliations with the leading organizations in international American education, such as the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and the Association of International School Heads (AISH), as well as regional organizations like the Near East/South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) and the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS).


Cyprus is a relaxing place to live and affords a high-quality life. It is a safe country with a low crime rate and a very good standard of health care. The pace of life is slower than in much of Europe. People still stop and chat, taking an interest in other people's lives. Family life is still very important, with grandparents often living with or close to their children and grandchildren and extended families living together. It's a great place for visitors, with archaeological sites, cafes, beaches, nature walks, historic sites and tourist shopping galore, and terrific local cuisine, and almost everyone speaks English. Besides all that, it's convenient if you want to travel to the Middle East and Northern Africa or to Asia and most of Europe.

Position Qualifications

The Role of the Director

The Director’s primary role is to lead learning across the school. He/she supports the administrators, teachers, and non-teaching staff members in the day-to-day management of their academic, educational and other operations. Overseeing the financial operations, the facility, and the school personnel, the Director works with all stakeholders and provides the vision, leadership, and direction for the school and ensures that it is managed and organized to meet its aims and targets.

The Director will lead the Senior Leadership Team, building trust and empowering others to achieve goals. The Director will provide leadership to the school and the community, supporting and inspiring each level of leadership in its own defined area.

The Director will be expected to recruit, appoint and retain staff and lead in their development as excellent practitioners in every sphere, ensuring that every individual receives support and professional development and is monitored and evaluated regularly in order to reach his or her potential, ensuring high-quality teaching and learning and the constant improvement of standards of attainment and progress.

The Director will be expected to establish a culture of encouragement, high aspirations, ethical behavior, risk-taking, a love of learning, and a belief in continuous improvement that is shared by staff and pupils and will promote the ideals of awareness resulting in action.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• A proven track record in educational leadership, including at least three years of experience as the Head of a high-quality American or international school
• Previous experience with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
• The ability to lead and work collaboratively with a talented team of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel
• Strong communication skills
• The ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers
• The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations and work with parents as well as a diverse community of learners
• Integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information of at least three (3) references via email to: Esol Education will be accepting applications for this position until September 30, 2023, but may conclude the search earlier if it is able to appoint an outstanding candidate before that date.

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