Elementary Principal at American Embassy School in India
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Elementary Principal
American Embassy School (India)

Appointed - Nada Collins
Aug 14, 2015
Sep 15, 2015


American Embassy School

New Delhi, India

seeks a new Elementary Principal

beginning July 2016


AES Mission 

The American Embassy School provides a balanced education defined by a joyful pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, arts and service. We enable each student to be an inspired lifelong learner and a responsible, compassionate global citizen.






School Profile


The American Embassy School is located in the heart of the diplomatic community of New Delhi. The School campus is spread over twelve acres. The buildings have been designed to blend into a small rocky hill which lends a friendly, informal atmosphere to the school. Housing facilities accommodate 34 faculty families on campus.  Other faculty live in several different areas of the city., within a 15-25 minute drive to school.  AES has a strong international character. Although about 37 per cent of our 1250 students in PreK to Grade 12 are Americans, the majority of our students represent over 50 nationalities. Children of embassy personnel, world organizations, non-governmental organization officials and international business people attend AES.  We prize the diversity of cultures represented in our student body.


The school is governed by a seven member Board of Governors, elected by the parents and the faculty for a two year term. In addition to the seven elected members, the American Ambassador appoints two non-voting members to the Board. Teacher, student and parent representatives also attend Board of Governors meetings. The American Embassy School of New Delhi does not discriminate among its students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.


AES Core Values

  • We believe that everyone:
  • has intrinsic value
  • needs safety, trust and respect
  • is responsible for his or her choices
  • learns and grows through challenge
  • lives more meaningfully when pursuing his or her passions
  • thrives in an environment of honesty and integrity
  • is enriched by diversity
  • is strengthened through service
  • flourishes in a community that is caring, collaborative and nurturing
  • has the power to create a more peaceful world


We are committed to:

  • nurturing the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each student
  • fostering each students potential to achieve and to make a difference
  • helping students make transitions to, within and from AES
  • developing a service ethic and practice
  • protecting nature and the environment
  • improving student learning through research, reflection and innovation
  • practicing transparent and collaborative decision-making while maintaining effective governance




Through the use of the best practices in curriculum, assessment, instruction, and professional learning we ensure students receive a quality American education. The curriculum at AES essentially follows a college preparatory program similar to quality American private schools.  At the high school level, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in addition to the regular high school diploma program.


The American Embassy School provides its diverse student population with an exceptional whole-child, American education.  We offer a curricular program that is rooted in current educational research, is vertically aligned and articulated, and is standards-based.  In collaboration with one another, we employ the Understanding by Design model for curriculum development   We believe that the purpose of assessment is to improve student learning by providing varied and meaningful opportunities for students to demonstrate their understandings, identify areas for growth, and promote further learning.  Students and their needs as learners are at the heart of our program. AES provides our students with a challenging, yet supportive learning environment that is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our students.


In the Elementary School, we strongly value the whole-child and research supporting best practices in elementary education.  Our community supports students in identifying and following their own passions, encourages an active, independent reading life, and promotes the importance of play.  As a school we have made an intentional choice to support reading, passion, and play as opposed to traditional homework.  We also support our students in recognizing the connections between their personal, emotional, and social needs, the choices they make and the consequences of their actions.  We employ the philosophy and practices of Restitution in our Elementary School. 


AES is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of Near East/South Asia Council of International schools (NESA).  As a member of NESA,  AES is in close contact with other international schools in the region and meets with them for athletic events, art and music exchanges, and professional learning.


Technology at AES


AES is a One to One school. Every student from 1st grade to 8th grade is issued an iPad (only middle school takes them home). Each high school student is issued a MacBook Air. Every classroom has a ceiling-mounted projector as well as an Apple TV for connecting an iPad or MacBook. Each teacher is issued a MacBook Air and an iPad. There are plenty of available document cameras, digital microscopes, digital cameras, data probes, video cameras, audio recording devices, GPS devices and scanners.


While we are a resource rich school, our primary goal with technology integration is to enhance student learning. As such, our students are using technology in balanced, authentic and intentional ways to provoke, document and communicate their thinking and learning.  In a typical classroom, regardless of the technology being used, you'll see students solving problems, thinking critically, being creative and innovative, communicating and collaborating. Design thinking has been an area of focus for the educational technology team last year and we are excited to have created some tinkering spaces and design challenges for our students.


The Role of the Elementary School Principal


The Elementary School Principal is primarily responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the educational and co-curricular program in the Elementary School.  Reporting to the Director and supported by an Assistant Principal who also serves as Director of Activities, s/he will ensure that there is an excellent, well-managed educational program for all of the 560 ES students in grades PreK 5.  Primary responsibilities include: long term and short range curricular planning and assessment, teacher hiring, supervision and evaluation, professional development, student care and discipline, communication with the school community and budgeting and facilities management.  The ES Principal is a key member of the AES Administration and is expected to collaborate with the other leaders of the school to provide a cohesive education that is both child-centered and academically challenging.


Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Minimum of five years experience in school administration
  • Proven experience in curriculum implementation and accreditation processes
  • Successful experience mentoring teachers to improve their professional practice
  • Previous teaching experience at the Elementary School level
  • Successful experience in a multi-cultural community
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective training programs for teachers
  • Experience in building effective partnerships with parents
  • High level of technology literacy
  • A vibrant sense of humor
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Flexible/adaptable persona
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication
  • Strong interest in living in South Asia



  • Master’s Degree in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, administration or related field
  • Principal certification preferred
  • Teaching certification preferred


Compensation and Benefits


AES offers an initial contract term of two years (renewable annually thereafter).  A competitive and attractive salary is provided.  AES will be responsible for discharging any Indian income-tax liability. Other benefits for the position include furnished housing, home leave airfare, world-wide health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, shipping, leave days and professional development funding. 


Procedures for Filing Application


The American Embassy School New Delhi has appointed Search Associates as its consultant in its search for an Elementary School Principal, with John Magagna and Julie Ryan as lead consultants. The deadline for applications is 15 September, 2015. 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.  Finalist candidates will be identified by the Search Committee and will be interviewed in New Delhi in late September or early October.


Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file <4MB attached to an email.

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the ES Principal position at AES.
  • 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.
  • Submission of your application is an acknowledgement that the school may contact references both listed and not listed who know your professional background.


Applications should be sent to:


with a copy to:




Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Nick Kendell has worked in Asia, Australia, and Africa as an educator and administrator.