Elementary School Principal at The Anglo-American School of Moscow  in Russia
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Elementary School Principal
The Anglo-American School of Moscow (Russia)

Sep 5, 21
Sep 30, 21

School Details

The Anglo-American School of Moscow (AAS) is an independent non-profit, co-educational day school for English-speaking children of American, British and Canadian diplomats, as well as diplomats from other countries, members of the business community, and Russian nationals. Founded in 1949 in the Press Room of the British Embassy, AAS today has transitioned to a non-profit organization (“NKO”) licensed by the Russian Ministry of Education. To learn more about our transition to an NKO, see NKO Transition.

AAS Mission Statement
AAS empowers each student to:

Respect self and others
Love learning
Contribute as a globally aware citizen
AAS Vision

We inspire student learning:

Through a dynamic and caring environment
With innovative and effective instructional strategies
In collaborative relationships
By using the current, relevant technologies, and the rich resources of our diverse community
Core Values
Respect - Integrity - Courage - Curiosity - Care

The Anglo-American School of Moscow is a forward-thinking, research-based organization whose systematic approach to improvement is built on our foundational documents (our mission, vision, core values and learning principles) with students at the center.
The how of our curriculum is framed in the pedagogical style of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program with inquiry, action, innovation and agency as few of the drivers of student learning. The what is based on standards adopted from the CCSS (English and Mathematics), NGSS and C3 (Science and Social Studies) as well as subject-specific standards from various consortiums.

Amongst other programs and services we also have an extensive Student Support Services department and counselling program to provide a range of services that support individual student needs.

In addition, we have an instructional coaching program to support and develop teachers and instructional assistants as they continue to grow in their practice. We foster a culture of feedback and honesty. We are a community that is always growing and learning.

AAS Community
AAS is fortunate to have a purpose-built facility on six hectares nestled between the Moscow Canal and the Pokrovskoye-Glebevo Park about 20 minutes from the city center to support student learning.
828 total enrolment; Pre-K through Grade 12 from 59 countries
ES: 350 elementary students grade Pre-K - Grade 5
300 total staff with 123 faculty members, 21 leadership team members, 151 support staff:
52 faculty members in the Elementary School (ES)
36 support staff including 34 highly-qualified Instructional Assistants
Our school has highly qualified and experienced, professional educators and engaged and supportive parents who together form our close-knit AAS community. To learn more about AAS, please visit our website at http://www.aas.ru.


We are located in a modern campus in a lovely, wooded area of Northwest Moscow, a major, modern European city. Our Strategic Plan is forward-thinking, focused on the learning experiences for our students that will prepare them each for what comes next in their chosen next path.

The Anglo-American School of Moscow campus opened in August 2000. It was purpose-built, with facilities specifically catering to both educational and extracurricular pursuits. The campus is a 30,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art building. Employees and students enjoy the swimming pool, fitness center, multiple outdoor fields, the forest and trails, courts and gymnasiums. There are two cafeterias, multiple faculty and student lounges, with indoor and outdoor spaces for instruction, sports and activities. Virtual tour link: https://www.aas.ru/admissions/virtual-tour

Position Qualifications

The Leadership Position

The Elementary School Principal is an integral part of the Executive leadership team and works in collaboration with the elementary leadership team and the school-wide leadership team, including the Director. AAS seeks a leader who embraces the skills and dispositions that prepare students for success:
self-directed learner
-socially-intelligent communicator
-globally-minded citizen

Required Education, Experience

-Master’s Degree in Education
-Minimum of three years of educational leadership experience at the elementary level
-Possesses international experiences in a variety of roles in a large elementary school

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Relates to students with mutual respect through a student learning focused approach
Models a strong, confident, collaborative leadership style, a team builder with proven leadership ability
Understands and endorses the underlying philosophy of the IB Primary Years Program
Motivates employee performance and enhances morale
Demonstrates a positive attitude in the role, and remains a flexible and innovative team builder
Possesses experience and knowledge of recent research and best practices in education, including international education, data-driven decision making, differentiation, English as an additional language, early childhood education, student support services, curriculum design, development, mapping, and implementation
Familiarity with USA curriculum and the PYP framework
Is a learner

Ideal Characteristics

-Transformational educational leader - forward-looking, innovative, and inspiring
-Educator mentor
-Keen interest in being in Russia and at AAS
-Consistency and equitability in dealing with issues or challenges
-Positive outlook, friendly and open
-Visible for students, staff, and parents
-Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
-Has an appropriate sense of humor
-Politically astute
-Collaborative community and team builder
-Supportive of extracurricular activities

Salary and Benefits

The compensation package is highly competitive and dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include comprehensive health insurance, generous professional development, tuition at AAS for dependent child(ren), technology device provisions, employee wellness program, deemed retirement allocation. Additionally, for overseas-hire executive leadership team members: fully furnished apartment, travel allowance, school-provided vehicle. Opportunities also exist for a credentialed educator partner.

Roles & Responsibilities of the ES Principal:

The Elementary School Principal leads and coordinates the AAS Elementary School through the development of goals, initiatives, and innovation in line with the AAS Strategic Priorities and continues development of the plan with the following roles, responsibilities, and expectations:
Roles & Responsibilities of the ES Principal:

Ensure a safe and positive environment
Carries out a positive, age appropriate, and effective behavior policy
Engages as a team member of the Elementary Student Support Team
Collaborates with the Admission Director and the Counselors to establish clear guidelines for the admission process and carries it to admit new AAS students.
Maintains and oversees student records and parent communication including progress reports, report cards, conferences and weekly messages.
Faculty & Staff:
Maintains a commitment to ongoing growth in self and others
Supervises and engages in the AAS faculty evaluation system
Collaborates with the Director, the Executive Leadership Team and Human Resources to recruit and retain staff
Supports educators and understands the realities of the classroom
Develops the leadership capabilities of teachers so that instructional leadership becomes a shared responsibility
Demonstrates a commitment to leadership in the elements of the AAS Strategic Plan facilitating successful planning, implementation, and evaluation of student learning
Develops schedules to maximize program and learning objectives
Supports and maintains understanding of curriculum (written, instructional, and assessed)
Administers a balanced budget and operates the Elementary School as an effective cost center
Invites and engages parents in the educational process
Leads the elementary team consisting of the principal and two associate principals alongside, curriculum leaders, coaches and educator leaders in grade levels and departments.
Writes ES updates to the Board

Link to Apply on the AAS website


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