Elementary Principal at Khartoum American School in Sudan
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Elementary Principal
Khartoum American School (Sudan)

Appointed - Darryl Centers
Jan 6, 14
Feb 15, 14




Effective August of 2014



The Khartoum American School (KAS) is an English language school that has a history of growth and change. Khartoum American School began in 1957 with a student population of 11 children who received instruction on the veranda of a private home. Within a short time, KAS rented its own quarters and in 1966, when enrollment had grown to 77 pupils, the school moved to a new site on Street No. 29 in New Extension. During that year, the school welcomed 96 students of 21 different nationalities. Today KAS has a student population of almost 240 students from Early Years to Grade 12. There are currently 130 students in the Elementary School.

Khartoum American School is a school that is committed to continuous improvement. One of the ways in which we accomplish this goal is through the accreditation process.  Over the past twenty years, KAS has been accredited through the Middle States Association (MSA) of Schools and Colleges In January 2008, KAS was also accredited by the Council of International Schools.  KAS is a full member of the Africa International School Association (AISA).



The Khartoum American School provides a student-centered, academic environment that fosters educational growth and development for its internationally diverse student body.


Character:  By helping students to develop self-discipline and a positive self-image, KAS encourages students to explore their potential and to develop a rich and broad understanding of today’s world. KAS fosters in students a strong sense of personal commitment and dedication to their own learning.

Curriculum:  Through an inquiry-based approach and a student-centered program, KAS offers a program of study that allows students to gain life-long learning skills and prepare themselves for higher education.  With the collaboration of recognized international accrediting agencies, the curriculum is reviewed on an ongoing basis, to reflect current pedagogical research and best practices of international schools.  An English-medium school, KAS facilitates the attainment of English proficiency by students whose native language is different while at the same time KAS encourages and supports students to broaden their foreign language skills by offering courses in other international languages. Instructors and staff are dedicated to these goals, and continuously develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities accordingly.

Community:  KAS actively pursues a sense of community characterized by students who are cooperative, communicative, productive, and responsible.  Students are encouraged to view themselves and their school as integral parts of the global community.

Citizenship:  We promote global citizenship and the expectation of our students is to reflect upon their own world and the world around them and to develop the skills needed to make positive changes worldwide. We encourage students to embrace diversity at KAS and to celebrate that it makes us a better school community.



The KAS Faculty and Administration of over 50 professionals represent 14 countries and are highly experienced with many having advanced degrees. Our dedicated staff enjoy working together and are an important part of maintaining the excellent family atmosphere KAS has developed throughout its history. School Administration includes the Superintendent, High School Principal, Elementary Principal, and Business Manager



All classrooms are a standard American school size and may accommodate up to 23 students although present class size average is 15 students per class.  The rooms are air conditioned and well furnished.

The school library contains over 10,000 volumes and is equipped with computers for student use and an extensive video library with the appropriate equipment.

There is a modern science laboratory, art room, music room, full size soccer field, basketball court, volleyball court and a covered area for PE classes. Classroom areas are also provided for special programs in ESL (English as a Second Language), Arabic, and French. KAS uses an Apple 1 to 1 laptop program in Grades 3 to 12. In 2012 KAS opened its new Olympic swimming pool.



The Position

The Elementary School Principal is a school leader that ensures students are provided with a high quality educational program. The Principal ensures that the Elementary Program supports the school’s mission and beliefs.


  • Provide leadership and initiative in carrying out the school’s goals and mission
  • Be an ethical role model for all in the school community
  • Work individually and collaboratively with faculty in developing fair appraisals, including setting goals and establishing clear expectations
  • Provide training and mentoring for staff as needed
  • Oversee the ongoing development and revision of curriculum and ensure that it is clearly documented and carried out by staff
  • Communicate on a regular basis with parents and students
  • Ensure that staff are actively involved in the decision making process including developing the instructional budget
  • Support the policies and regulations as established by the School Board and Administration
  • Attend School Board meetings and provide information as requested

Personal Qualities and Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, speaking and listening
  • A strong work ethic with a “can do” attitude
  • A sense of fairness
  • Compassionate, caring and patient
  • Knowledgeable of IT, especially in relation to Elementary School
  • Organized with the ability to finish tasks in a timely manner
  • Passion about working with students and colleagues
  • Flexible with a good sense of humor
  • Enjoy working with all stakeholders
  • Decision maker
  • Understand scheduling

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven success as a leader
  • Experience teaching in Elementary School
  • Graduate degree in Education - preferred, but not essential
  • Experience working in an international, culturally diverse school - preferred, but not essential


Terms and Conditions

The Board seeks to appoint an Elementary Principal for a two-year contract in the first instance.  Salary and benefits are competitive and will reflect the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.

 Application Procedures

Interested candidates should send a CV no longer than 2 pages, a 1 page letter of interest together with a recent photograph and the names and email addresses of three referees who have served as supervisors. Candidates may submit up to 3 reference letters. The entire application package should be combined in a single pdf file.

Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, KAS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above and to bring the search to an early close.  For this reason it is very important that interested candidates apply at the earliest possible time, but no later than February 15, 2014.

Applications should be sent to:

Steve Alexander, Superintendent, Khartoum American School




Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us (Admin@searchassociates.com) that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 

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