Director at American International School of Mozambique in Mozambique
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American International School of Mozambique (Mozambique)

Appointed - Sasha Heckmann
Feb 26, 16
Apr 15, 16


American International School of Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique

seeks a new


--effective July 2017--

The American International School of Mozambique (AISM) is conducting a School Director Search for appointment commencing on July 1, 2017.

The School

The American International School of Mozambique (AISM) was founded in 1990 and is a competitive private school located in Maputo, Mozambique.  AISM provides a rigorous academic program based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and school-related activities for children of US citizens and local and international families in Maputo, with achievement standards similar to those in the better schools in the US.  AISM strives to provide knowledge of and appreciation for the many cultures of the world and a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the people, history and culture of Mozambique.  The school is a prominent member of the Maputo international school community and has many cooperative programs with local schools.  AISM has experienced a period of exceptional growth, including construction of extensive new facilities and growing student enrollment. AISM is a member of the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA).

The Students

Enrollment is presently 625 students with capacity for up to 720 students.  The composition of the student body is approximately 20% U.S., 25% Mozambican, with about 40 other nationalities, including significant percentages of Portuguese, Brazilian and South African students.

The Country

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa but is enjoying a sustained period of rapid economic growth based on international investment in primary commodities, including coal, oil and gas.  Maputo is a rapidly growing, and modernizing, medium-sized city, with a growing international business presence.  It is situated on Maputo Bay on the southern coast of Mozambique in close proximity to South Africa.

The Curriculum

AISM is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.  It is an International Baccalaureate continuum school, authorized by International Baccalaureate to offer the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs.

Mission Statement

The American International School of Mozambique is a partnership of engaged students, dedicated parents, and a highly qualified staff. Together, we create a learning environment that inspires students to cultivate their unique talents and perspectives, and that prepares them to contribute in purposeful ways to the world that they will inherit and shape.  Our students enjoy a stimulating and balanced educational program that is rooted in the principles of excellence, ethics and engagement.


AISM is an independent non-profit school governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, six of whom are elected by the AISM Association and one of whom serves as the appointed representative of the U.S. Embassy.  Association membership comprises all parents or guardians of children enrolled at the School.

Administration and Faculty

Academic administration includes a school director, primary and secondary principals, Director of Teaching and Learning, Advancement Director, primary, middle and secondary school counselors, IB coordinators, librarians and an Integrated Learning Department (sports, activities and service learning).  Teaching staff includes more than 80 educators from around the world with many years of experience in international schools.  All teachers and academic administrators participate in professional development and training sponsored by the International Baccalaureate program.

The Facilities

School facilities comprise 80+ classrooms, well-stocked primary and secondary libraries, technology and science labs, an auditorium and specially designed spaces for music, drama, dance and the visual arts. The AISM campus is completely enclosed and the school uses a secure entry/exit system. Sports and recreational facilities include playing fields and playgrounds, a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool and a covered sports and tennis court. A cafeteria serves nutritious meals and tasty snacks during morning breaks, lunch and after school. A Tuck Shop, offering light snacks, is also available for secondary students. AISM families may use the school's recreational facilities at designated times. New construction projects will provide a new cafeteria, a dedicated Early Learning Center, and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex.

After-School Activities

Activities are designed for both primary and secondary students and include, but not limited to, Model United Nations, Challenge 20/20, debate club, film studies, investigative science, sign language, African & Latin dance, computer programming, arts & craft, clay & pottery, chess, band, choir, guitar, kayaking, gymnastics, capoeira, judo, softball along with competitive and recreational sports such as swimming, track & field, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. AISM is a member of the International Schools in Southeast Africa (ISSEA), and secondary students compete in sports tournaments, and arts and technology programs throughout the year with seven other international schools in the region.

The Position

The School Director is responsible for the organization and operation of all aspects of the school’s administration, including academic content and standards, financial management, facilities management, and extracurricular programs and community-related activities.

The school places particular emphasis on student learning, teacher development and training, and a welcoming and supportive culture for students and their families.

The School Director provides leadership in building a quality education program through a welcoming, supportive school environment that challenges students’ thinking and creativity, and ensures and inspires AISM’s core values of excellence, ethical living and engaged learning.  The School Director ensures the financial sustainability of the school through effective management of the budget, including capital expenditures.

The School Director is the executive officer of the eight-member Board of Directors, and as such, participates in designing a strategic plan for the school and developing policy proposals for the board’s decision.  The School Director is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the AISM 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

The School Director ensures all necessary security and safe environment needs for the school community and premises.  The Director also ensures adherence to all applicable Mozambican national and local policies and regulations.

The detailed responsibilities of the School Director are set out in AISM’s Articles of Association and AISM Policy Manual.  Please note that US nationality is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership in building a rigorous, rewarding academic program, inspiring students to excel, instilling strong team performance and nurturing a close partnership with parents and the local community;
  • At least eight years of previous experience is preferred as a school director of a comparable institution in an international setting, or equivalent leadership experience; as well as, preferably, direct classroom teaching experience;
  • A background in education and graduate degree in a field relevant to the management of a competitive academic institution.  Post graduate degree a plus;
  • A history of energetic, innovative leadership in building and strengthening core academic programs while maintaining a well-focused overall school program.  This is particularly important in view of the recent rapid expansion of AISM’s programs and enrollment;
  • Experience carrying out the International Baccalaureate curriculum;
  • A strong oral and written communicator who can convey the unique qualities and character of the school, inspire commitment from staff and the school community and articulate issues to guide effective solutions;
  • Experience managing appropriate levels of functional responsibility and accountability among teaching and administrative staff appropriate to the size and complexity of the school;
  • Experience working with people of different countries and cultures;
  • Experience in the use of technology to support learning and to manage business processes;
  • Rigorous fiscal management, including operational expenditures and capital budget, to ensure the financial sustainability of the school;
  • Command of Portuguese a plus or readiness to learn;

Salary – Benefits

AISM offers a competitive package.  Salary is dependent upon the qualifications and expertise of the successful candidate.  Benefits include housing allowance, home leave, shipping and transportation at the beginning and end of the contract.  Details are available from the Board.

Procedures for Filing Application

American International School of Mozambique (AISM) has appointed Search Associates as consultant in the search for a new Director with Ralph Jahr and David Cramer being the lead consultants.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2016.  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.  Site visits are expected to be arranged for lead candidates.  The AISM Board intends to involve teachers, students and parents in the Director search.  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 prior to the end of the 2016-17 school year.

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 AISM.

  • 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

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 Mozambique 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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