Director at American International School of Lome in Togo
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American International School of Lome (Togo)

Appointed - Ms. Daphne Neal
Jul 2, 17
Aug 1, 17


Dear  Colleagues,

On behalf of the Search Committee and Board of Directors of the American International School of Lomé, in Lomé, Togo we are pleased to announce that after a worldwide search which produced a number of well qualified candidates, Ms Daphne Neal has been appointed as the new Director effective immediately.

Ms. Neal was most recently interim director at AIS-Libreville in Gabon. Prior to that posting, she was Director of the International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) in Cote d’Ivoire for six years. Before becoming Director, she held a variety of teaching and administrative position at the school. Daphne was instrumental in helping ICSA survive during the recent period of civil unrest in Cote d’Ivoire. She has also held admin and teaching positions at the American Cooperative School of Tunis in Tunisia. 

Daphne Neal earned her B.A. from Oberlin College and has two Masters Degrees, an MA in Art from Morgan State University, and a second Masters Degree in Education from The College of New Jersey.

The Search Committee, Board of Directors and Search Associates would like to thank all candidates who expressed interest in the Head of School search, and to everyone who assisted and supported the search process.

Ralph Jahr and David Cramer
Search Associates




The American International School of Lomé

Lomé, Togo, West Africa

seeks a new


-- effective August, 2017 --



The American International School of Lomé is looking for a dynamic and energetic educator who can take the school to the next level. In the past eight years we have added a new high school which is now graduating its fifth class, we have built our own facility with attractive grounds and we have increased enrolment from 52 to 100 students. We would like to continue to increase enrolment, to continue working on and structuring our educational initiatives and to find some new ways to attract additional students. As we work to retire our building loan, we are in a fiscally careful management mode. However, we wish to continue to find ways to improve and expand our educational program. This is the time for an ambitious, new administrator with strong curriculum development and management skills.


Profile of the School

Established in 1967, The American International School of Lomé (AISL) is a private, non-profit, college preparatory day school offering an educational program to students of all nationalities from Nursery (age 2) through Grade 12. The School is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through Grade 12. Semester 1 runs from early September through January, and Semester 2 begins in February till mid-June. This dynamic school is growing, but the much appreciated family atmosphere remains.



A 6-7 member Board of Directors governs the school. Four or five Board members are elected by the American International School of Lomé Association, comprised of parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school. One Board member is appointed by the U.S. Ambassador, and the School Director is an ex officio Board member. 



The curriculum follows the American system with emphasis on inquiry, problem solving and student research. A senior thesis (independent research project) is required for graduation. In addition to the core subjects of math, science, language arts and social studies, students are also required to take French, music, art, Educational Technology and Physical Education. There are also electives such as Spanish and theatre, as well as fourth year science options of physics and or environmental science. The high school math program includes classes from Algebra 1 to Calculus, as well as honors classes. We also offer AP courses when possible. Instruction is in English, and there are ESL support courses for High School students if needed. The IOWA Test of Basic Skills is given each May to students in grades 1-8, and our students prepare for and take the SAT. Most of our graduates attend four year colleges and universities in the US and Canada after graduation.



The school has a vigorous sports program of swimming, basketball, soccer, volley ball, as well as a complete after school activities program. Each quarter we offer some of the following: ceramics, painting, chess, taekwondo, beading, dance, and homework help. AISL also participates in the Odyssey and Model United Nations programs and students attend conferences in the US and Europe as well as on the African continent. High school students are required to participate in community service projects. Other electives such as Yearbook and Student Council also provide opportunities for student participation and leadership.



During the current 2016-2017 academic year, AISL has 20 educators from 6 countries, many with advanced degrees and all qualified to teach in their respective subject areas. These staff members include 4 U.S. citizens, 10 host country nationals and 6 third country nationals. Most classes have fewer than 15 students, making it possible for teachers to give individualized attention to students.



As of September 15, 2016, enrollment is 93 students. Of the total 11 are U.S. citizens, 30 are host-country nationals, and 52 are third-country nationals. Currently one USG dependent attends the School.



AISL is situated in its own purpose built facility, 10 minutes from the U.S. Embassy. This spacious and verdant campus has an elementary playground, a grass soccer field, a running track, a basketball court, lawns and student gardens. An airy atrium serves as entrance to 10 classrooms, a science lab, a library, a computer lab, art and music rooms, as well as a multi–purpose room. A security wall encloses the compound. There is room for expansion within the existing campus.


Mission Statement

The American International School of Lomé is committed to cultivating a student’s intellect and character from Nursery to graduation in a multi-cultural family environment where individual potential, global perspective and preparation for life-long learning are developed through a flexible academic program.



AISL believes in the worth and dignity of all who enter our doors. Our students are treated with respect and as individuals. We consider the development of character to be on par with that of intellect and to fall within our role as educators. Personal integrity, care and compassion for others, understanding and respect for difference are promoted in our classes as well as in all our activities. Our goal is to assist each student to develop self-discipline and to learn to accept responsibility for his/her own actions.


AISL’s academic program follows the best of the American model of education and is taught by a team of effective educators. Research and independent work are prized. Our goal is to instill a respect for intellectual integrity and to teach the skills that lead to both creative and critical thinking. We nurture a desire for life-long learning and create its academic base – which will serve as a foundation for survival and success in our ever changing world. Skills necessary for independent and higher thinking are taught, as is the ethic of taking responsibility for one’s own learning, one’s words, one’s actions and even for the practical realization of one’s ideas.


Following a standards-based curriculum, we guide our students from Nursery to graduation as we prepare them for entry to post-secondary institutions. The language of instruction is English and every opportunity is taken to help students master this language. Our language goal is for students, if possible, to graduate fluent in both English and French - the host country language. In general, students are encouraged to achieve excellence whenever possible. The flexibility of our program allows us to offer challenging and meaningful experiences with awareness of individual differences and personal potential.


Music, sports, art, drama and community service play a role in the whole school program available to each student. While the educational philosophy and curriculum are primarily American, the school is international in its outlook as well as its composition. Our final goal is to prepare our students to become responsible, well-educated citizens with a global perspective and a strong sense of their own personal identity, ready to value others regardless of race, creed or personal lifestyle.


The Position

The AISL Board is seeking a director who has the experience, energy, and commitment to lead AISL in its day-to-day operations, as well as its long-term goals which are to improve the eduational capacity of the teaching staff and curriculum and to consolidate and focus improvement of the school’s administrative and organizational capacity. The school undertook major changes in recent years (new high school, new campus, exciting new range of activities for students) and now seeks to refine organizational and teaching capacities to align better with AISL’s new profile and physical realities. The new director must possess a willingness to integrate information technology tools into basic school administrative functions. Additionally, the new director must possess the ability to lead the implementation of the Action Plans developed for the re-accreditation in April 2016.

 Duties and responsibilities of the Director include the following:

  • implementing the strategic plan linked to the Action Plans developed by the Planning Team during the Accreditation process and the recommendations of the Accreditation Team for school improvement;
  • seeking creative funding sources to finance proposed improvements and pay off the loan for the new facilities;
  • managing the daily operation of the educational program and facility;
  • providing leadership in assessment and development of the instructional program;
  • overseeing the physical plant of the school, teacher housing, and
  • recruiting, assigning, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating personnel;
  • maintaining effective communication with, and support from, various constituencies including the U.S. Embassy and the Office of Overseas Schools;
  • planning and monitoring the school’s budget;
  • advising the Board on all matters that are relevant to the smooth operation of the school;
  • assisting the Board chair in preparing the agenda for Board meetings;
  • actively promoting increased enrollment at the school.

Profile of the desired candidate

  • Administrators with strong knowledge of and experience with the American Educational System and Philosophy
  • A minimum of 2 years administrative experience (preferably in an American or International School) but other administrative experience might be acceptable
  • A certified teacher with extensive (at least 5 years) administrative/managerial experience in an educational institution as a principal or vice-principal
  • 5 years of teaching experience (preferably in an American or International School)
  • Native English speaker fluent in or with good working knowledge of French is preferred
  • Overseas Experience (preferably Africa or a developing world)
  • Some experience with Financial Administration/Management
  • Sense of purpose as well as a sense of humor
  • Good Managerial/Organizational skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit

Desired qualifications

  • Masters in Educational Administration preferred
  • Knowledge of Curriculum Development
  • Able to lead Professional Development for teachers
  • Knowledge and use of modern technology to help school introduce such technology for educational and institutional enhancement
  • Knowledge of and experience with Public relations/Publicity

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary will be competitive for a small school in Africa and will depend on the education and experience of the successful candidate
  • Housing and guard services
  • Transport to Lomé and return at end of contract with small shipping allowance
  • Annual leave
  • Free tuition for dependent children
  • Local health Insurance w/small amount for international coverage.

Procedure for Filing Application

The American International School of Lomé (AISL) has appointed Search Associates to assist in the search for a new Director, with Ralph Jahr and David Cramer as consultants. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2017.  Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials as early as possible as the Search Committee/Board of Directors reserves 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.  Skype video interviews of selected candidates will take place on a rolling basis and can be scheduled at any time after applications have been received.  The new Director will be selected immediately after interviews of the finalist candidates have been completed.  Current plans are to have the new Director identified by the first week of August 2017.


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 Director position at AISL.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages, addressing the desired professional qualifications as well as the desired personal qualities
  • A one-page list of at least 4 referees with current phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession (optional)

Total document size should be kept to less than four (4) MB if possible.


Applications should be sent to:      and to


Additional information about the American International School of Lome can be found on the school’s web site at < >.


Ralph Jahr                                                          Tel: 609-759-0431 USA – Pacific Time Zone

Skype – ralph.h.jahr                                           Email:


David Cramer                                                     Tel – 412-656-0456 USA - Eastern Time Zone

 Skype – dcphelix                                                Email –

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