Director of Language at American School of Dubai in United Arab Emirates
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Director of Language
American School of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Oct 31, 19
Feb 9, 20

 

 

Director of Language

 

The American School of Dubai (ASD) is a college-preparatory, Pre-K through grade 12, independent, not for profit American curriculum school, offering what is best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students.

 

Our Mission Statement

We challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

 

Our Campus

ASD is located in a residential area within Dubai, the global business and cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates.  The ASD campus is a 23-acre, million square foot, wireless, state-of-the-art facility and includes spaces designed to promote phenomenal learning experiences for approximately 1900 students, representing over 70 nationalities.  The campus offers 100 classrooms, two libraries, multi-purpose rooms, a 630-seat performing arts theatre, a black box theatre, a field house, indoor and outdoor running tracks, a climbing wall, regulation soccer fields,  playing fields and play areas, a dance studio, fitness center, two 25-meter swimming pools, six tennis courts and two cafeterias. The facilities provide for band and choir, offers five art studios, nine science labs, three maker/STEAM labs and a student-broadcasting studio.

 

Teaching and Learning at ASD

Learning is at the heart of the ASD experience. To support the rich and dynamic relationship between teacher and student, ASD provides guidance and support to faculty by fostering an environment of collaborative professional practice. The faculty work in teams and departments in support of continuous student learning. ASD fosters dialogue around research supporting the best practices in curriculum alignment, assessment and instruction. ASD is committed to student-centered approaches to learning and assessments in accordance with the ASD Learning Principles, valuing inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and collegiality.

 

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At ASD, students remain a primary focus as evidenced by our bold and courageous strategic plan – mobilizing us to make disruptive change in areas such as community service (e.g. volunteerism), meeting the diverse learning needs of students (e.g. inclusion) and deepening our relationship with metrics (e.g. using data to inform instruction).  As we consider the work ahead, we are also exploring opportunities to personalize learning by developing “pathways” through the ASD curriculum, where students can go deeper in the areas of interest or future-relevant disciplines.  This year, our teachers will have opportunities to both learn more about this work through speakers and presentations, and also participate in the creation of ASD’s preferred future.  It is truly exciting work and an exciting time at ASD.

 

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Position Summary

The American School of Dubai is seeking a dynamic and passionate educator for the role of Director of Language. The Director of Language will work with divisional leadership and teachers to sustain structures, professional learning and culture around ASD’s approach to the teaching and learning of language across the school. The Director of Language will partner with the school’s Director of Learning to provide skilled and effective leadership and oversight of strategic initiatives related to language across the curriculum, at both at a native and non-native level. The Director of Language will be a leader in ensuring that the school-wide English Language Arts and Arabic Native Language arts, as we well as our world languages acquisition curriculum is created and implemented in direct support of the School’s Mission and strategic goals, as well as to develop mother tongue programming and work with librarians and community members on our mother tongue collections.

 

The Director of Language will serve as a member of the ASD Learning Leadership Team in the stewardship of strategic student learning goals. The Director will contribute to the oversight of the Office of Learning, which supports all curriculum programs, including service learning and coordinates the local government school inspection processes, school-wide student standardized testing, ASD hosted conferences, and supports other school programs. He/she reports to the Director of Learning and will work with him/her to support the data collection, analysis and communication of the school’s strategic plan and accreditation processes.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the ASD mission statement and strategic goals and model Core Values
  • Provide vision, oversight and leadership for the learning of: native English and other languages at ASD. - non-native languages at ASD. - the support of Mother Tongue at ASD.
  • Identify problems of practice, use a systematic process to ideate solutions and work with stakeholders to deliver solutions in the area of Language learning at ASD.
  • Reference current proven practices, trends and research, and use collected evidence to lead continual professional learning around language at ASD.
  • Collaborate with HR and divisional leadership in recruiting exemplary candidates for faculty involved in the teaching of language.
  • Collaborate with principals in teaching assignments, schedules and divisional expectations for world language faculty.
  • Provide effective proactive communications about programs, teaching and learning with the parent community and increase the school’s profile as an exemplary school for teaching and learning in the area of language.
  • Lead the world language student placement process, and communicate and liaise with students and parents about placement.
  • In collaboration with the office of teaching and learning, oversee curriculum documentation, develop quality assessment and reporting practices.
  • Visit classrooms regularly in order to view close-hand the implementation of curriculum and the use of appropriate instructional strategies.
  • Oversee sustainable procurement and inventory management of teaching and learning resources related to language PreK-12.
  • Collaborate with divisional leadership to contribute to the supervision, support and evaluation of language teachers.
  • Oversee school standardized and external testing and work with the learning systems team in the development and maintenance of reliable systems to collect, store, organize, analyze and display assessment data in the area of language at ASD.
  • Oversee and evaluate ASD supported co-curricular and/or externally recognized language programs and partnerships that further enhance faculty and student learning.
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Learning.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Education
  • Proven leadership experience with effective English Language Arts and/or World Language Programs, and high level of knowledge in both.
  • Minimum of 5 years of classroom teaching experience
  • Experience with English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, Columbia Reading and Writing workshop model and the ACTFL standards for world language.
  • Knowledge of current proven pedagogical practices for promoting learning among western culture students.
  • Proven skills in leadership, group facilitation, organization, writing, listening and communications
  • Solid understanding of and experience with educational assessment and metrics, standards-based learning systems, and familiarity with major national and international K-12 assessments and curriculum (MAP, Common Core, AP, etc…).
  • Proficient in written and verbal English (required), and knowledge of Arabic/French/Spanish (strongly preferred)

Desired Personal Characteristics

  • Prior experience in analytics
  • Student-centered decision-maker
  • Understands and appreciates the importance of diversity
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrates integrity in all aspects of life
  • Gives evidence of excellent listening skills
  • Capable of making and communicating decisions
  • Develops and sustains trust amongst all constituents
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication and facilitation skills
  • Excellent collaborator

Reports to: Director of Learning

Performance Appraisal:  An annual performance appraisal will be conducted by the Director of Learning

Terms of Employment: The initial contract will be a two year contract, then a 196 day contract renewable on an annual basis in accordance with a calendar approved by the Board of Trustees.  Work hours will generally be 7:45 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is highly competitive and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include housing, health insurance, life insurance, home leave, shipping-in and shipping-out allowances, retirement contributions and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Application Process: The application deadline for this position is February 9, 2020, therefore early application submission is strongly encouraged. Decisions will be made as soon as a candidate has been identified and deemed to be the best fit for ASD.

 

If you are a registered member with SEARCH Associates, please submit your interest and

application directly through this platform.

 

If you are not a registered member, please apply through the online application portal which can

be found on the ASD website.

Background checks will be conducted on ALL successful candidates as a condition of

employment.

 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.