Director at American International School in Egypt - West Campus in Egypt
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American International School in Egypt - West Campus (Egypt)

Appointed - Dr. Leslie Potter
May 6, 2014
Nov 1, 2014

American International School in Egypt — West Campus
 Cairo, Egypt 

seeks a

 Effective in July of 2015 

The American International School in Egypt, West Campus (AISE-W), part of the Esol Education group of schools, is seeking an experienced and motivated educational leader to be its new Director beginning August 1, 2015.  AISE-W’s current Director, Dr. Walther Hetzer, intends to retire from day-to-day school administration after completing his fourth year as Director of AISE-W at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. 


About the School:

AISE has been a leading school in Egypt since it opened its doors to its first 240 students in 1990.  Today the school has over 1,500 students from 41 countries on its beautiful Main Campus in New Cairo.  AISE’s West Campus opened in September 2009 with an initial enrollment of 150 students.  Its enrollment is 915 students in 2013-2014 and is expected to exceed 1,000 students in 2014-2015. 


AISE’s mission is to provide a comprehensive and challenging American and international college-preparatory education that that fosters informed and engaged local, regional, and global citizenship.  AISE inspires students to be lifelong learners who contribute positively to a diverse and changing world. 


Curriculum and Accreditation:

AISE offers a full Pre-K-12 American curriculum, taught in English by a highly motivated staff of certified and experienced teachers.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into highly competitive colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.


AISE is accredited by both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).  It offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) as an option to students in Grades 11 and 12. Students who do not choose to pursue the full IB Diploma may still earn IB certificates in specific subjects. 


AISE’s curriculum includes a full complement of arts, drama, music, foreign languages, and athletic programs, and its students also enjoy a broad range of extra-curricular activities.  The school's sports teams, as well as groups such as the Model United Nations Club, travel regularly to take part in international tournaments and other events.



The AISE-W campus occupies a 31,000 square meter plot of land on the edge of a residential development in the Cairo suburb of Sheikh Zayed City.  The new campus, now in its 5th year, includes IT facilities, superb music, performing arts, dance and visual arts studios, a 500-seat theater, and equally attractive libraries and sports facilities. The school also benefits from excellent IT infrastructure and resourcing.  


Students and Faculty:

The teachers at AISE are predominantly North American, with the exception of some specialist teachers and native speakers of French, Spanish, and Arabic who teach language classes.  AISE-W serves a predominantly Egyptian student population with a steadily increasing number of other nationalities. 



AISE-W is organized as an Elementary School and a Secondary School.  The Elementary School extends from pre-K through Grade 5, and the Secondary School currently includes Grades 6-12. Its leadership team includes an Elementary Principal, a Secondary Principal, and two Assistant Principals.


AISE-W’s Business Manager supervises the school’s finance and operations teams and reports to the school Director.  The Director reports to the school’s Board, which is comprised of three or more members of the Esol Education leadership team. Esol Education’s executive team, including its Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Education Consultants, and others, provide support to AISE-W and other Esol Education schools in their respective areas of expertise.


About the Position:

The Director of AISE-W is responsible for leading the school’s team of administrators, teachers, and support staff members in the day-to-day management of its academic/educational and other operations.  The Director also works with the school’s leadership team, its Board, and other administrators of Esol Education on the formulation and implementation of new ideas and strategies to continually enhance the quality of the school’s programs and the life of its community.


Preferred qualifications for candidates include:

  • 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 International Baccalaureate programs.
  • Ability to lead and work collaboratively with a large and talented team of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.
  • Flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations.
  • Integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic.


The position entails a highly competitive package of salary and benefits.


Procedures for Filing Application

AISE-W has appointed Search Associates as consultant in its search for a new Director with John Magagna, Jim Ambrose, Ralph Jahr and Bridget McNamer as consultants.  The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014.  Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as the Search Committee and the Board reserve the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found. 


The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.  Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee as early in the process as possible.  Finalist candidates will be invited to Cairo to meet with the Search Committee, the Board, and Esol representatives for final interviews and to visit the school campus and meet with faculty, parents, students, and non-teaching staff.  The new Director will be selected immediately following the conclusion of the site visits and final interviews.  The new Director will begin in August 2015.


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 AISE-W Director position.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
  • A one-page list of references with current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.


Additional information may be requested from selected candidates after an initial review of applications has been conducted.  Total document size should be kept to less than four (4) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to: .  


Additional information about AISE-W can be found on the school’s web site at .





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