Elementary School Principal at American International School of Cape Town in South Africa
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Elementary School Principal
American International School of Cape Town (South Africa)

Oct 13, 22
Nov 1, 22

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Search Committee at the American International School of Cape Town, I am pleased to announce that after a worldwide search that produced over 60 highly qualified candidates, Ms. Rachel Rubio has been appointed as the new Elementary School Principal, to begin in July 2022.

Ms. Rubio is currently is currently a preschool and elementary school administrator at the American School of Valencia in Spain. Prior to that role, she was an elementary school principal and assistant principal in Colorado for ten years. She began her career in Texas as an elementary school classroom teacher. Ms. Rubio holds a master’s degree in school leadership and administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas- El Paso.

The AISCT’s Search Committee would like to thank all candidates who expressed interest in the Elementary School Principal position, and to everyone who assisted and supported the search process.



Dr. Daniel Jubert

Head of School

American International School of Cape Town


Elementary School Principal



The American International School of Cape Town seeks an Elementary School Principal to begin July 2023.

The AISCT community is seeking applications from individuals motivated to advance best practices and foster teaching excellence. The Elementary School Principal serves a diverse and transient community from Preschool-Grade 5. It is essential that the Elementary School Principal demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. In addition, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Elementary School Principal will be a key driver in the refinement and implementation of the school’s strategic vision.


The American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) is a private, not-for-profit co-educational institution with close to 500 students from over 60 countries ranging in age between 2 and 18 years. AISCT is located on 12-acres in the heart of Constantia Hills, with Table Mountain National Park towering in the background. The school is divided into four sections: Early Childhood Development (ECD), Elementary, Middle, and High School.

The school follows an American curriculum and offers the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school. Foreign language instruction in French and Spanish begins in Grade 1. Following the northern hemisphere calendar, the school year begins in August and ends in June. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. After-school activities take place between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.

AISCT is endorsed as an independent school by the Western Cape Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) based in California, USA. AISCT is also a proud member of the Association of International Schools in Africa, the International School Foundation, and is a US Department of State Assisted School. Graduates from AISCT receive a USA High School Diploma and gain access to universities around the world, with USA, Canada, UK, Europe, and South Africa the most popular destinations.


The Elementary School Principal is responsible to the Head of School for the development, implementation and oversight of curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, and management of the early childhood development and elementary programs. This division contains 250 students and 35 staff members.


  • Advanced degree in education and/or educational administration; certification/license as a school administrator in home of record strongly preferred
  • Current knowledge of educational best practices
  • 5 or more years highly successful experience as a teacher, counselor, or learning specialist in an elementary school setting
  • Experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice approaches within a wider school community
  • A strong understanding and experience of general curriculum and current theories and practice of pedagogy and assessment
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to adapt and assimilate to our school’s collaborative and dynamic culture and appreciate the host country culture
  • A skillful and experienced instructional coach
  • Ability to conduct productive meetings which encourage cognitive discourse and facilitate collaborative learning focused dialogues
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, students, parents, and community members
  • Proven skills and abilities as a visionary who demonstrates leadership, resourcefulness, flexibility and creativity in identifying innovative solutions


  • Successful administrative experience in elementary/primary school leadership in a Pre-School – 5 setting
  • Training and experience in the Common Core curriculum and the Reggio Emilia program
  • Familiarity with Readers and Writers Workshop and Responsive Classroom practices
  • Proven skills in strategic planning, international accreditation process, and establishing relationships and networks within the international education community
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of leadership practices in international schools


Instructional Management

  1. Implement instructional and coordination processes to ensure that program activities are related to program outcomes and use findings to take corrective actions.
  2. Regularly consult with colleagues and supervisors about planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of campus education program. Include students and community representatives when appropriate.
  3. Lead and coordinate ECD/Elementary School curriculum review, development and implementation, and monitoring.

Organizational Leadership

  1. Provide instructional resources and materials to support teaching staff in accomplishing instructional goals.
  2. Foster collegiality and team building among staff members.
  3. Provide two-way communication with the head of school, staff, students, parents, and community.
  4. Communicate and promote expectations for high-level performance to staff and students. Recognize excellence and achievement.
  5. Ensure the effective and quick resolution of conflicts.
  6. Oversee all major ECD/Elementary events and activities and ensure a strong connection with the school’s mission, vision, curriculum, and goals.

Organizational Improvement

  1. Use the school Mission/Vision/ESLRs for school improvement with staff. Direct planning activities and put programs in place with staff to ensure attainment of school’s mission and vision.
  2. Identify, analyze, and apply research findings to promote school improvement, especially including innovative practices in education.
  3. Implement system approved and building adopted assessments. Use collected data as a tool in decision making to improve student achievement.
  4. Act as a leader in professional learning, presenting workshops to faculty and other audiences where appropriate.

Personnel Management


  1. Define expectations for staff performance with regard to instructional strategies, classroom management, and communication with parents and other members of the community.
  2. Observe employee performance, record observations, and conduct evaluation conferences with staff.
  3. Make recommendations to head of school on renewal, termination, suspension, or nonrenewal of employees assigned to campus.
  4. Work with campus-level committees to plan professional development and in-service activities.
  5. Confer with faculty and staff regarding professional growth. Work with them to develop and accomplish improvement goals.
  6. Assist head of school in recruitment of new ECD/Elementary staff as required.

Management of Fiscal, Administrative, and Facilities Functions

  1. Comply and uphold all school policies and procedures.
  2. Develop campus budgets based on documented program needs, estimated enrollment, personnel, and other fiscal needs. Keep programs within budget limits, maintain fiscal control; accurately report fiscal information.
  3. Compile and maintain reports, records, and other documents required including accurate and timely reports of instructional resources and student information.
  4. Coordinate with facilities team to ensure a clean, orderly, and safe campus.
  5. Build and manage policies and procedures to assure conservation of resources. Hold staff accountable for careful management of both consumable and non-consumable resources.

Student Leadership

  1. Work with faculty and students to develop a student discipline management system that results in positive student behavior and enhances the school climate.
  2. Ensure that school rules are uniformly observed and that student discipline is appropriate and equitable in accordance with Student Code of Conduct and campus handbook.
  3. Conduct conferences about student and school issues with parents, students, and teachers.

School and Community Relations

  1. Articulate the school’s mission to the community and solicit support in accomplishing the mission.
  2. Use appropriate techniques to encourage community and parent involvement.
  3. Support the school admissions office.
  4. Serve as lead point person and MC for all assemblies and other ECD/Elementary events and activities.
  5. Serve as the PATA / Administration Liaison

Professional Growth and Development

  1. Develop professional skills appropriate to job assignment.
  2. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and responsible behavior. Serve as a role model for all campus staff.


  1.  Perform other duties as assigned, including substituting occasionally, special projects, work associated with system goals and strategic planning, WASC Accreditation, and other duties assigned by the head of school or the school board.

REPORTS TO: Head of School

SUPERVISES: All ECD and Elementary Teachers and Learning Assistants


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include housing, airfare allowance, health, life and long-term disability insurance, relocation allowance, a generous retirement contribution, school-provided vehicle, and tuition benefits for ECD-12 school age dependents.

Candidates wishing to learn more about the American International School of Cape Town should visit www.aisct.org

Application Process:

Interested candidates should send an application no later than November 01, 2022. Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, AISCT reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above and to bring the search to a close.

Candidates should email the information requested below as a single document in PDF format to Dr. Daniel Jubert at employment@aisct.org. The subject line should read Elementary School Principal and the applicant’s name. The application should include:

  • Cover letter of application
  • Résumé, not to exceed two-pages
  • Educational philosophy detailing beliefs in reference to learning and leading
  • A list of references (at least three) - the list should include their names, positions, current email addresses, and the current Superintendent/Director of your present school

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