Director at Hillel Academy in Jamaica
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Hillel Academy (Jamaica)

Oct 10, 18
Nov 2, 18




Kingston, Jamaica

seeks a new


--effective August 1, 2019--

Our School

Hillel Academy is the largest international school in Jamaica with approximately 700 students from over 40 countries. We are a private, co-educational, non-denominational, not-for-profit, international school that provides continuous educational programmes from Pre- Kindergarten to Pre-University (ages 3 to 19 years). 

The school was founded by the Jewish community in 1969 and has been accredited by AdvanceED since 1999. The school had its accredited status renewed in April 2016 and the next Accreditation visit will take place in April 2021. 

Hillel offers a safe and stimulating environment in which our children develop socially, emotionally, creatively, physically and academically.



Mission Statement

 Hillel Academy, in partnership with students, staff and parents, strives to achieve the fullest development of each student’s potential and talents.  We seek to create a disciplined community of lifelong learners with sound moral values through the provision of a well-rounded international curriculum delivered by a dynamic, highly trained staff.



‘Learning For Living’



We will have:

- World-class, research-based standards of teaching and learning

- A Values Programme designed to promote respect for others and an appreciation of cultural diversity

- Confident, committed and talented teachers and administrators

- Resources and facilities to maximise active learning experiences

- Positive stakeholder relationships and effective communication

- A wide variety of extracurricular activities

- Excellent sports and creative arts programmes

- Sound financial management

- Commitment to sustained school improvement and to international accreditation

We will produce:

- Students who are confident lifelong learners, communicating in at least two languages, accepted by schools and universities worldwide

- High academic achievers in local and international examinations

- Successful competitors in sports and the performing arts

- A caring, student-centred learning community with high morale

- Globally conscious and responsible citizens


Educational Philosophy

We endeavour to fulfil our mission by providing an education that will equip each student for lifelong learning. The central task of the school is to develop each student’s academic, creative and physical skills to their full potential; to encourage them to strive continuously for excellence; to pass on enduring values; to develop integrity and self-discipline; and to help all students become globally responsible, caring citizens.


Core Values


Personal Responsibility - We are responsible for our words, choices and actions

Respect - We respect ourselves, others and the environment

Integrity - We do what is fair and right

Determination - We always give and do our best

Empathy - We are caring, kind and considerate of others

Our Students and Families

With a multi-cultural student body of approximately 700 students, representing over 40 nationalities, with many students from families in diplomatic missions, working for the UN, various embassies and international companies. Approximately 75% of our students are Jamaican, 11% are expatriate, and 14% of our families are long-term residents of Jamaica originally from overseas. Hillel Academy students are confident, caring and responsible global citizens who embrace the school’s motto, “Learning for Living”.


The school has a long tradition of strong parent involvement, parent-school communication and partnership. Our Parent Teacher Association is a very active one and parents are encouraged to become involved in the life of the school.  Together, school and parents cultivate principled life-long learners who are prepared to make a difference. Hillel Academy seeks to develop each child’s potential, promoting ‘Learning for Living.’

 Faculty & Administration:

Hillel Academy prides itself on having a dynamic, internationally trained faculty who work together with parents to encourage students to maximize their potential and talents.  We have approximately 150 staff members, including 120 educational faculty and leaders. The majority of our staff members are Jamaican citizens.


The Prep School, Kindergarten 1 to Grade 6, provides a learning environment that is positive and creative allowing the students to develop all the necessary academic skills while nurturing self-confidence, independence and caring for each other.  

Hillel Academy is the only High School in Kingston offering the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Grades 7 to 9, and the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum and examinations in Grades 10 and 11.

Hillel Academy is one of only two schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Courses in Jamaica and is the most affordable choice for a Post-16 IBDP education.  The size of the school allows us to provide extensive course offerings. Our intake of expatriate, long-term resident and Jamaican students, supported by an extensive Scholarship Programme, allows the school to ensure that IB classes have students with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, cultures and perspectives. The School boasts excellent IB results delivered by a highly trained and enthusiastic staff.  Since the graduation of our first cohort of IB students in 2010 Hillel Academy’s average IB results have consistently been above world averages.

The school is implementing a Positive Behaviour Management approach and the Second Step social and emotional learning programme, and we are guiding students in how to self-regulate their behaviours and choices. These initiatives are helping the community to live our core Hillel Pride values.

Co-curricular activities start in Kindergarten, with a wide variety of visual and performing arts, sports and service clubs. All students are encouraged to engage outside the classroom in order to further foster the development of their social, physical and creative selves. Our students participate in a number of community service projects organised by the School.




Hillel Academy is located in a safe, quiet residential neighbourhood on 13 acres of land.  The campus is divided into three main areas; the Primary School, Grades 7 to 11 and the IBDP Programme, each built around its own quadrangle.  All classrooms are equipped with data projectors or smart TVs and WIFI access is available throughout the campus to allow students and staff to interact collaboratively. There is an on-site cafeteria and a hall for assemblies, productions and other gatherings.  Students enjoy taking advantage of the well-maintained gardens and outdoor spaces and will be found spending time and sharing food together. Sports facilities include a full FIFA-size soccer field, a 25-meter pool, three tennis courts and a multi-purpose court.  



Hillel Academy is governed by a Board of Governors, which consists of four Trustees and a minimum of six and a maximum of ten Governors.  The Trustees are appointed by the Board of the United Congregation of Israelites and Governors are appointed by the Trustees. Governors are appointed for a period of two years, which may be renewed.  The Board may not meet without the Director except when discussing the Director’s appraisal and contract renewal. Invitees to the Board are the Financial Controller, the High and Prep School Principals, the Admissions & Business Support Manager and the President of the Parent Teachers Association.


The Position

The Director is the overall Head of Hillel Academy and provides leadership in the implementation of the school's philosophy and policies.  The Director is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the programmes and  management of the school.

The Director's recommendation concerning policy, organizational structures, curriculum development, budgeting and all other aspects of the school provide the basis for decisions made by the Board with regard to school policy.

The leadership of the current Director Nick Hazell has helped the school to establish: a shared vision of effective pedagogy; systems and procedures that guide actions; school leaders who feel empowered and invested in leading change; collaborative teams of teachers who are able to reflect on data that reveal the school’s strengths and opportunities for improvement, and be a part of the change process; students who feel they have a voice, are supported in their initiatives and who lead positive school spirit; an expectation of transparency and ethical decision making; and a strategic approach to ICT investment and training.

The next Director of Hillel Academy will therefore have proven leadership experience and personal characteristics, who can build upon current school programme strengths whilst guiding the community in addressing school improvement priorities. They will be committed to developing young people who are lifelong learners and global citizens prepared to make a positive change in their local and wider communities.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s in Educational Leadership, Education Management, or equivalent
  • Strong administrative and leadership skills, with at least four years in a senior leadership position in an international school
  • Ability to work confidently with the Board of Trustees and Governors
  • Knowledge of international accreditation standards and protocols
  • Experience with strategic planning, goal setting and organisational restructuring and a proven track record of creating meaningful and sustainable change
  • Experience in developing effective and collaborative leaders with a shared vision for international education
  • Experience working with principals, teachers and the staff to ensure the creation of a mission-driven educational environment, motivating and inspiring every student to be the best they can be
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems ethically and with honesty
  • Knowledge of best-practice pedagogies and the ability to bring outside expertise into the school
  • Demonstrated success in recruitment, professional development, supervision, evaluation and retention of faculty
  • High emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with many different groups
  • Knowledge of and experience with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Knowledge of Schooling by Design and Understanding by Design principles of curriculum planning
  • Successful teaching experience
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal in English
  • Knowledge and experience with marketing and promotion of a Pre-K to Grade 12 school.

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

Further information

For more information about our school, please visit our website at, or enjoy our eBrochure.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is November 2nd 2018. Candidates should note, however, that in the event outstanding applicants are identified early in the search process, Hillel Academy reserves the right to make an appointment before or soon after the deadline.  For this reason, it is important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

Applications should include the following information compiled as a single .pdf document and attached to an email:

  • A two-page letter of application explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Director position at Hillel Academy, Jamaica
  • A current resumé, not more than two pages
  • Names and positions of at least three and not more than five current or recent supervisory referees, with accurate email addresses, Skype contact, phone numbers, and the position they held when you worked with them. Referees may be asked to submit confidential comments.
  • A one-page statement outlining your philosophy of education and leadership.

Please avoid sending high-density pictures or graphics.  The pdf file should be 5 MB or less in size.

Applications should be addressed to the Search Committee, and emailed to


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Did You Know…?

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