Director of Athletics & Activities K-12 at American Community School of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates
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Director of Athletics & Activities K-12
American Community School of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

May 27, 21
Aug 26, 21


American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Seeks a new Director of Athletics & Activities K-12

The start date is August 2022


School Identity

Established in 1972, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a non-profit, U.S. accredited college preparatory school serving a culturally diverse student body. Our American, standards-based curriculum provides excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, and service.


We are a compassionate, student-centered community of learners that engages, prepares, and inspires.


Our community empowers all students to define and shape their futures for learning, service, and global citizenship.


Established in 1972, ACS is a private, non-profit school licensed by the U.A.E. Ministry of Education, accredited by the Middle States Association, administered by the Superintendent and governed by an eleven-person Board of Trustees. Community support for excellence in education, a strong leadership team, highly qualified faculty and staff, and outstanding students have enabled ACS to establish an excellent reputation in the Abu Dhabi community and worldwide.

ACS currently has 1200 students and will be moving to a new campus on Saadiyat Island in the Fall of 2023. This new campus will be built to accommodate 1500 students and is approximately 10 minutes from our current campus.  Because of the continuing development of Abu Dhabi, we typically have more applications for admission than available seats.

Our Students

The 1200  students at ACS represent 50 different nationalities, with Americans representing the largest segment of the student body at 64%.   Enrollment is open to all English-speaking students who are likely to be able to successfully complete our challenging American, college preparatory curriculum.

Our People

An eleven-member Board of Trustees governs ACS. Trustees are non-employee members of the American Community School Association.  Eight members are elected by the Parent-Teacher Association which includes parents, administrators, faculty and staff; and three members are appointed by the elected Board.

Our administration team includes a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, three Principals, and two assistant principals. They are supported by Directors in Finance, Human Resource, Athletic/Activities, Technology, Government Relations, Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Communication and Facilities.

ACS faculty members are dedicated professionals who work together in collaborative teams to develop and deliver the curriculum. ACS currently employs 140 faculty members, creating an overall student/teacher ratio of 9:2. Approximately 70% of ACS faculty members have Master's degrees or more, and roughly 70% of our teachers have at least 10 years of teaching experience. Faculty and staff are actively involved in sponsoring numerous after school activities that enhance students’ experiences at school including a variety of academic, musical, dramatic, artistic, recreational, technological, and athletic activities.

Our parents are highly supportive of the school and are deeply involved in activities such as classroom enrichment, booster club, seasonal events, and intramural sports. A thriving parent volunteer program is a trademark of the school.  The school encourages students to be involved in after-school programs and community support makes this possible. Our students contribute more than 6500 hours of service annually.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is a college preparatory program that is comparable to high-quality private schools in the United States. Based on U.S. standards, it is an integrated K-12 curriculum that is reviewed annually and updated on a four-year cycle. The development of a well-aligned and relevant curriculum and the implementation of sound instructional practices contribute to the academic success of ACS students. Our Director for the Office of Learning is supported by two curriculum coaches and a data specialist.

In addition to traditional core courses provided in an American school, ACS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, an integrated technology curriculum, a wide selection of elective courses in the middle school and high school, various fine arts options, and service opportunities for students. ACS graduates have an impressive record for college acceptances and standardized test scores.

Our Location

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates established in 1972. The population of the UAE is approximately five million inhabitants of which an estimated 80% are expatriates.  Wise government leadership has enabled the UAE to remain a stable and prosperous country where people of many nationalities live and work together in peace and harmony. While the official state religion is Islam, the practice of all religious beliefs is allowed.  For additional information on the UAE, please visit the following links:

Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates, occupies 87% of UAE's area. The Abu Dhabi government has been successful in gradually expanding the economy to reduce dependence on oil and attract a diverse professional population through the implementation of the “Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.”

The island city of Abu Dhabi, within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is the country’s capital. Abu Dhabi is a clean, safe, and modern city with many recreational opportunities available for residents. It is a cosmopolitan city with excellent roads and infrastructure, numerous parks, modern high-rise buildings, shopping malls, and beaches. The multinational expatriate community enjoys a pleasant environment including many western shops, restaurants, services, and cultural events.

Our Current Facilities

Our current facilities are located on a four-acre campus and include 88 classrooms, media centers, science laboratories, art and music rooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, two gymnasiums, fitness and dance centers, a 25-meter swimming pool; synthetic grass athletic fields; and a nurse's clinic. The school is committed to educational technology with more than 800 computers currently networked and linked to the internet for student and faculty use.

Our Future Facilities

 ACS will be moving to a new purpose built campus  in August 2023 on Saadiyat Island which will include a state of the art sports facilities.

It is an exciting time for athletics and activities as the new facilities will allow the school and community programs to expand in a variety of sports and provide top class fitness and health & wellness opportunities.

The new campus sports facilities include the following:

  • Two-storey, double-height Sports Center with a clear 58m x 28m double-height court space accommodating 3 full-size basketball courts and a running track on the first floor. This includes all ancillary facilities: changing rooms, medical/first aid room, PE and Athletic Offices, Athletic Department Uniform room, Fitness studios, Multi-Purpose room and a sports café.
  • Two-storey ES gym measuring 26m x 14m
  • Pool complex including a 6-lane 25m competition pool and a 4-lane 20m learner pool
  • FIFA regulation synthetic football pitch including a 6-lane running track and two basketball/multi-purpose courts
  • Smaller ¾ sized synthetic football pitch




a) Serves on the Leadership Team.

b) Communicates the ACS Athletics and Activities vision, goals, long-range plans, needs and accomplishments to students, faculty, administration, and the community at large. 

c) Provides periodic reports to the Leadership Team, PTA and the ACS Board of Trustees.

d) Chairs the Calendar and Facilities Committee and organizes monthly meetings.

e) Serves on the Health and Safety Committee

f) Liaises with the Divisional Principals and Assistant Principals on all matters regarding athletics and activities in the respective divisions.

g) Supervises the Executive Assistant to the Athletic Department, the PE Teacher Assistants and evaluates their performances annually.

h) Recruits and evaluates the performance of all coaching staff annually in addition to supervising coaches to ensure that practice conditions and training techniques are appropriate.

h) Hires all coaches for the Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity athletics and activities programs. and issue contracts for all coaches and keep accurate records.

i) Supports coordinators in the hiring for the Elementary School Mini Vipers, After School Recreation Programs. (ASRP) and Middle School Fun After School (FAS) programs

j) Conducts annually an orientation for all new coaches and sponsors.

k) Liaises with the Viper Club (ACS Booster Club) and attends monthly meetings.

l) Liaises with the Aquatics Director with regard to all swim programs.

m) Serves on the Child Safeguarding Committee.

Sports Facilities Management

a) Inspects all campus sports facilities on a monthly basis and works with the Facilities Manager and Learning Leader for PE to address any issues and ensure safety checks are carried out on all facilities and equipment e.g. fitness room.

b) Supervises and coordinates the scheduling, preparation, and usage of the ACS facilities for all school athletics and activities. Ensuring that the facilities to be used for athletic competitions, practices and community groups are “fit for purpose” by carrying out regular checks plus ensure that the setup and takedown for events are coordinated with the PE Teaching Assistants.

c) Manages and coordinates all ACS campus usage by ACS groups including PTA events, Boy and Girl Scouts, Mini Vipers, FAS, ASRP programs and various community groups. e.g. adult volleyball.  Ensures all ACS user groups have submitted a facility usage form for liability purposes.

d) Ensures any external groups that have prior approval from the Superintendent have a signed contract with the school e.g. H20 Swim club.

e) Maintains an accurate calendar of facility use and publishes weekly athletic schedules. Ensures notice boards are kept up-to-date weekly and a link to the schedules is included in the weekly Principals’ newsletter.

f) Maintains an accurate and updated inventory of all athletic equipment, supplies, and uniforms. Organizes the proper storage of all athletic equipment, supplies, and uniforms.

Tournament, Events and Activities Management

a) Coordinates the scheduling of all MESAC, EAC and JEAC league games and tournaments with respective Athletic Directors. Initiates and maintains frequent contacts with local schools, clubs, and organizations to arrange for appropriate athletic competition at the Grade 4,5, Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.

b) Attends all Athletic Director meetings of the above organizations.

c) Schedules all officials, timekeepers, scorers etc, for all events.

d) Arranges all travel arrangements for all tournaments, season practices and local/away games as well as transportation for visiting MESAC teams. Appoint an “Administrator in Charge (AIC) for all MESAC tournaments.

e) Arranges all flights, hotel and visas for ACS teams and officials traveling to MESAC events

f) Coordinates medical assistance for all home athletic events plus paramedic cover for MESAC events and reviews annually with all coaches the emergency/accident procedures. Coordinates that all coaches refresh their CPR and First Aid certification annually.

g) Liaise with the coordinators of the after-school activities programs to ensure adequate supervision.

h) Organizes Sports Awards night for each sports season in coordination with the Viper Club.  Assist coaches in the organization and distribution of team and individual awards.

i) Organize off-campus sports facility rentals for season practices and tournaments. e.g. Tennis/Golf/Track and Field

j) Publishes annually a Coaches’ Athletic Handbook and Parent Athletic Handbook

k) Chairs an end of year Coaches Meeting to select the annual Athletic Awards.

l) Liaises with the Service Office and Performing Arts department to minimize participation conflicts.

m) Reviews annually all student travel rules and regulations.

n) Reviews annually all rules and regulations for MESAC, EAC and JEAC tournaments, festivals, and exchanges.

o)  Oversees the risk assessment of all students' trips and activities.

p) Develops, implements and manages child protection/safeguarding protocols for trips and activities.

q) Supports and facilitates the Student Athletic Council and assists in the supervision of key events e.g. Pep Rallies, Powderpuff match,

r) Promotes and develops school and class spirit.

Finance and Budget

a) Submits an annual athletic and activities budgets for approval by the Superintendent.

b) Monitors the budget expenditures on an ongoing basis.

c) Involves appropriate faculty/coaches in the development of the budget.

d) Develops a planned program for the purchase and/or replacement of activities and athletics equipment and uniforms.

e) Arranges coaches stipend payments and contracts

f) Budgets for off-campus facilities hire e.g. tennis courts/track


Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. BA Education or B.Ed Degree (required) M Ed (preferred), Advanced Sports Administration qualification and multiple Sports Coaching qualifications (preferred)
  2. Candidates should have at least 5 years experience in Athletic Administration working with school athletic programs and have a vast knowledge of a variety of sports as well as strong tournament organization skills.
  3. Candidates must possess highly effective communication and leadership skills
  4. Candidates must have demonstrated success in the development, implementation and evaluation of K-12 school athletic and activities programs
  5. Candidates must have demonstrated effective administrative and management skills
  6. Candidates must possess effective verbal, written and presentation skills.
  7. Candidates need to be comfortable using technology for a variety of purposes including the entire Google Suite.

In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ACS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline.

Qualified and interested candidates should send the following information as a single PDF attachment by August 26, 2021, to:

 Marise Jayendran - Director, Human Resources

Subject: Director of Athletics & Activities K-12

  •  Cover letter of application, not to exceed two pages, stating your strengths and why you want to work at ACS and Abu Dhabi. Please tell us why you would be the best candidate for this position and how you would plan to transition our current athletics and activities program to a much larger campus.
  • Resume, not to exceed two pages.
  • A list of references (at least three) including their names, positions, current email addresses, and the current superintendent of your present school.


Did You Know…?

Director of School Relations David Cope's career has taken him to Europe, Africa, North and Central America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.