Elementary Principal at American International School in Abu Dhabi  in United Arab Emirates
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Elementary Principal
American International School in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Feb 7, 2024
Mar 8, 2024


School Details

At AISA, we take pride in being an International Baccalaureate World School, fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) in the United States and internationally recognized by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Our commitment to providing an enriching and empowering educational experience spans preschool to grade 12.

Our premier programs, such as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), exemplify our dedication to fostering academic excellence. In addition to rigorous academics, our students benefit from a robust athletics program and a wide array of co-curricular activities. The achievements of our alums attending universities worldwide and positively impacting the global stage are a testament to the success of the AISA Lions. For more information, go to www.aisa.sch.ae

Providing an international curriculum in a safe, multicultural environment that inspires globally-minded, critical thinkers to take responsibility for their society.

Being global providers of future leaders ready to conquer life's challenges and grasp its opportunities.

** Elementary School Priorities **
School Culture
Build and maintain a positive school culture by clearly articulating school values and ensuring all stakeholders model these.

Student Development
Strengthen the social and emotional learning program. Continue to foster a culture of professionalism. Support the development and implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support.

Teaching Approaches
Promote and ensure Universal Design for Learning principles and guidelines are successfully implemented. Lead a shift from a balanced literacy to a more structured literacy approach based on the Science of Reading (SOR).


AISA fosters an internationally diverse learning environment with educators dedicated to student academic excellence and holistic growth.

The school provides:
- American Curriculum and International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme
- State-of-the-art facilities including:
- Science and innovation/technology labs and facilities
- Athletic complex with soccer field, swimming pools, and gymnasiums

Position Qualifications

**Qualifications of the AISA Primary School Principal**

The ideal candidate will have:
• Graduate degree in education or educational leadership
• Proven leadership experience in senior school administration roles
• Track record of driving successful change management initiatives
• Demonstrated improvements in educational quality and student outcomes

**Additionally, the AISA Principal should embody:**
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills to develop positive relationships with all stakeholders
• A clear commitment to providing the best progressive education that prepares students for the 21st century
• Deep understanding and support of the IB curriculum philosophy
• Skills to build consensus and community while pursuing continual school improvements
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff
• Respect and appreciation for UAE culture and the diverse AISA community
• Creative problem-solving orientation and solution-focused approach
• Visionary leadership to build on recent progress and unify stakeholders' efforts
• Collaborative mentality based on mutual trust, proactive communication and dedication to best practices in international education

Reporting to the School Director, the Elementary Principal provides instructional leadership and oversees all aspects of curriculum, professional development, operations, and resources for the Elementary School division.

**Key Responsibilities**
- Drives continuous improvement through establishing a productive, professional working environment aligned to AISA's mission and policies

- Manages division finances, facilities, personnel decisions and general administration

- Actively participates in hiring and retention processes including terminations

- Ensures consistent implementation of school guidelines, procedures and policies while advising the School Director on potential enhancements

- Establishes special regulations specific to the Elementary School with approval from the Director

The Elementary Principal is an integral leadership role responsible for the excellence of the Elementary School division. Through strategic leadership of department heads, faculty, and operations, the Principal enables achievement of AISA's mission and prepares students for future success.

Salary and Benefits

AISA offers a competitive salary and benefits package for the Primary School Principal role commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

Benefits include:
• Base salary
• End-of-Service Benefits
• Settling in allowance
• Medical insurance
• Annual home leave
• Furnished housing
• Tuition remission for up to two school-aged dependents
• School-provided automobile
• Leave benefits:
- Sick leave
- Bereavement leave
- Personal leave

**Application Procedure**

**Key Dates**

- Application Deadline: March 8, 2024

- Finalist Selection: Early March

- Campus Visits: Mid March

AIsA reserves the right to close the selection process early if a candidate is identified. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.


To be eligible, candidates must not have contractual or other obligations that would prevent them from freely entering into a new contract with AISA if offered the position. Finalists will require a confidential reference from their current supervisor.

**Required Application Materials (PDF):**

- Cover Letter
- Highlight your strengths and interest in the AISA Principal role

- Resume
- Not to exceed 2 pages

- Leadership Philosophy
- Not to exceed 2 pages

- List of Referees
- Include name, title, organization, phone, email

Send all materials to Dr. Andrew Torris-- atorris@aisa.sch.ae

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