Director at International Community School of Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire
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International Community School of Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)

Appointed - Dr. Bob Imholt
Nov 12, 13
Jan 10, 14


International Community School of Abidjan

Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire


seeks a



(Chief School Administrator)


Effective September 2014


The School and Community

The International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) was founded in 1972 by a group of Americans connected with the US Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire. It is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school offering an American style curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.


The school is governed by a nine member Board of Directors and recognizes the U.S. Embassy, Abidjan as its “Founding Sponsor”. Seven members of the Board are elected by the ICSA Association and the remaining two members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire.


The school follows an American curriculum that is modified to meet local needs and opportunities. French, the national language is a required part of the course beginning in first grade. English Language Support (ELS) is required of all non-English speakers until they are peer-competitive in the classroom. The school (Grades PreK-12) is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). A MSA/CIS team visited the school in March 2013 and approved the school’s 5-year accreditation progress report.  


There are presently 24 professional employees at the school representing 9 nationalities. There are, in addition, 8 teaching assistants, 6 classified administrative staff and 12 classified support personnel.


Enrollment at the beginning of the academic year 2013-2014 was 187 (Grades Pre K – 12) representing close to 30 nationalities. Of these 103 are in Lower School (Grades Pre K – 5) and 84 in the Upper School (Grades 6 – 12).


The school recently returned to its purpose built facilities in the Riviera 3 area of Abidjan. It includes the following facilities: A fully equipped science lab at the Middle and High School levels, a pre K – 5 library-media center and Grades 6 – 12 Research Library, IT Lab, 24/7 Internet Access, wireless access in the Library and lunch areas, Music and Art rooms, a large outdoor playing field (for soccer, volleyball, touch football, touch rugby) and a half-court basketball court.


Prior to the current location the school functioned out of a smaller villa complex which was adequate for the reduced enrollment during that period of political crisis.


The Position

The Director is the chief administrator and education officer of ICSA and is responsible to the Board of Directors. The Director is responsible for the organization, operation and administration of the total school program. At ICSA, all decisions are made within the limits of established policy.


The duties of the Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. To work with the curriculum coordinator, to review, revise and upgrade the curriculum and to renew the teaching staff through recruitment (both local and expatriate) and appropriate staff development activities.
  2. To continuously evaluate and take appropriate action to improve the curriculum content, quality of teaching and the instructional media employed by the school; to keep up with evolving educational trends such as the International Baccalaureate program.
  3. To establish systems and formal structures; to implement such operational procedures, policies and systems that may be proper for the effective management of the school, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors in accordance with the Articles and policies of the ICSA Association.
  4. To effect and supervise as necessary, the day to day administration of the school’s business affairs, payment of the schools financial obligations, maintenance of the physical plant and associated facilities and to oversee the general financial administration of the school, including billings for tuition and fees, their collection and deposit, and their expenditure in accordance with the approved school budget and subject to financial limits contained in the ICSA Association Articles and policies.
  5. To perform advanced planning for the school, including but not limited to the ordering of curriculum materials, audio-visual aids, recreational materials and related supplies as well as the recruitment and employment of suitable teaching and non-teaching personnel.
  6. To oversee the supervision and evaluation of all school employees, both teaching and non-teaching.
  7. To oversee and co-ordinate the long range strategic planning for the school, including responsibility for the building program and active participation in fund-raising activities.
  8. To see to the proper and effective projection of the school’s image to the various constituencies concerned, including ensuring the school’s website is continuously updated and undertaking appropriate community outreach endeavors.
  9. To perform any other duties necessary to fulfill the school’s philosophy and policy.


Qualifications for the Position

Applicants should possess a graduate degree and have a proven track record as an administrator in an international school. Candidates with a total of 7 years or more of recent teaching / administrative experience are preferred.


  • Excellent human relations, leadership, and communication skills are essential.
  • The Board is particularly interested in candidates with solid experience in administration (particularly supervision and evaluation), a keen interest in staff development and a sound knowledge of curriculum development and implementation.
  • A working knowledge of French and Africa exposure would be helpful.
  • Candidates with a teaching spouse are encouraged to apply.


Cote d’Ivoire underwent a decade long period of political crisis and division. During that period international organizations reduced or eliminated their presence in Cote d’Ivoire and enrollment in ICSA declined dramatically. Since the conclusion of the 2010-2011 post electoral crisis, Cote d’Ivoire has seen the return of both stability and of international organizations – most notably the African Development Bank (ADB). ICSA anticipates continued growth and expansion over the next several years.


Although ICSA has the physical infrastructure to accommodate this growth, the next Director can anticipate managing ongoing recruitment of faculty and staff, greater formalization of policies and structures and an enrichment of curricular offerings – including serious consideration of the establishment of an IB program. Towards this end, the Board is looking for a Director with experience to transition the school to the next level.  


Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package will be competitive with schools of similar size and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


Procedure for Filing Application

The International Community School of Abidjan has appointed Search Associates to act as consultant in the search for the new Director, with Dr. Ralph Jahr being the lead consultant. The deadline for applications for the position is 10 January 2014. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as the Search Committee 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. Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee and will select finalists as early in the process as possible. Finalist candidate(s) together with their spouse (if applicable) may be invited to Abidjan to meet with the Board and Search Committee 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 after the conclusion of the site visits and final interviews. The new Director will begin in August 2014.


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 ICSA.
  • A statement describing your management and educational philosophy, not to exceed two pages
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of references with current addresses, 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 three (3) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to Additional information about ICSA can be found on the school’s web site at < >.


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