English Trainer at Qatar Foundation School  in Qatar
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English Trainer
Qatar Foundation School (Qatar)

Appointed - No further applications accepted
Jan 29, 15
Apr 17, 15

Qatar Foundation

Office of Pre-University Education

Professional Development Center

Doha, Qatar

Seeks an

English Trainer

- effective 1 September 2015 -


The Office of Pre-University Education is seeking an English Trainer to work with the Professional Development Center of the Qatar Foundation. The Office is seeking an exceptional educator to work with the Head of Training - English to begin in September 2015.


The Professional Development Center is seeking individuals who can identify faculty training needs and design, develop, deliver and follow up programs to ensure appropriate and best practices are incorporated into all professional development activities and programs. A detailed description of the position including qualifications, attributes and responsibilities is included near the end of this announcement.


About the Professional Development Center

Vision: To create a center of excellence in professional development and continuous education, with an initial focus on short courses and with potential to expand to a certification program.



  • To provide professional growth and development for teachers in Qatar Foundation (QF) Schools, and in private and independent schools in Qatar and the region.
  • Create training in teaching methods and pedagogy, provide ongoing professional development, and develop a network for teachers.
  • Share best practices with the wider community.


English Trainer

The English Trainer will identify needs of faculty members in Qatar Foundation (QF) schools and will prepare, deliver and follow up training programs to ensure appropriate and best practices are incorporated into all professional development activities and programs to QF schools and to the broader educational community in Qatar.


Major areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Assist the Head of Training (English) to analyze and determine English teachers’ professional development needs
  • Plan, develop and deliver episodes [learning units], including training materials for the English training program for QF schools, the SEC, and international schools in Qatar
  • Design and implement school-based support and guidance (teach model lessons and team teach)
  • Promote opportunities for professional exchanges within and between schools - liaise with teachers and administrators to evaluate current training programs
  • Assist the Head of Training (English) in reviewing, modifying and planning training for future academic years
  • Promote the professional development program within the QF community and broader educational community
  • Support the Head of Training (English) by creating annual training catalogues and materials
  • Support Pre-University Education in preparing, organizing and presenting at conferences
  • Engage in regular department self-evaluation to examine the quality of teaching and learning
  • Other reasonable tasks as assigned
  • Comply with QF health, safety, and environmental policies, procedures, legal regulations and objectives applicable to areas of responsibility to ensure that work is performed in a safe, healthy and environmentally-sound manner


Operating Environment, Framework and Boundaries

A fairly structured multi-national, multi-cultural environment where guidelines are clear but procedures are continuing to develop. A variety of stakeholder agendas are present and sensitivity to those needs is imperative.


Communications and Working Relationships

  • Frequent contact with the Head of Training (English) for exchange of information and approvals
  • Frequent contact with teachers for training purposes
  • Regular contact with school administrators for information exchange


Problem Solving and Complexity

Ability to identify issues and use sound judgment in applying expertise and experience to resolve a range of problems, from moderately complex to very complex, using work experience and personal acquired knowledge to craft creative approaches to problem resolution.


Decision Making Authority and Responsibility

  • Operates independently within training programs, with some autonomy over scheduling and planning of work within programs
  • Work is reviewed by Head of Training (English) and more significant or complex issues are escalated to the Director, Instructional Development for advice or decision


Knowledge Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline (Master’s preferred)
  • 7-10 years of English and/or ESL teaching and training experience
  • Teaching qualification in primary or secondary education
  • Extensive classroom experience teaching English, both as a first language and preferably also as a second language
  • Skilled in modifying practices and materials to meet specific needs of students and contexts
  • Skilled in a wide range of teaching and learning strategies
  • Well-developed communication and presentation skills in multi-cultural contexts
  • Experience in planning and executing training programs, as well as in coaching individuals
  • Knowledgeable regarding current best practices for English teaching and learning
  • Familiar with current technologies for teaching and learning English
  • Knowledge regarding how to use technology as an effective teaching tool in the English language classroom
  • Excellent writing skills – ability to draft / edit a variety of written reports and communications and articulate ideas clearly and concisely; proficiency in Arabic a plus


The above statements are intended to reflect, in general, the duties and responsibilities of the position, but are not to be interpreted as totally inclusive.


Salary and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include a tax-free (in Qatar) salary; housing; health, life and long-term disability insurance; annual home leave; shipping allowance; gratuity and tuition benefits for Pre K – Grade 12 school-age dependents.


Application Procedure

The Division of Pre-University Education of the Qatar Foundation has appointed Search Associates to act as consultant in the search for an English Trainer, with Dr. Ralph Jahr and Bridget McNamer being the lead consultants. The deadline for application is April 17, 2015.The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Candidates should note that the Search Committee reserves the right to make an appointment at any time, even before the deadline mentioned above if an exceptional candidate is identified early in the process. For this reason interested candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible time.


Candidates should send the information requested below as a single PDF file of 4MB or less attached to an email to rjahr@searchassociates.com and bmcnamer@searchassociates.com. Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter of application
  • Resume, generally not more than two pages
  • Photograph (requested but not required)
  • Educational philosophy statement
  • A list of references (at least three) - the list should include names, positions, and current email addresses, and telephone numbers for supervisors at your present school or place of work
  • Up to three open letters of reference may also be submitted
  • Short-listed candidates will be contacted and interviewed in March-April 2015. The Office of Pre-University Education is targeting April 30, 2015 as the date for selecting the new English Trainer.


Ralph Jahr, Ph.D.                                                                                                  Tel: 609-759-0431

Search Associates                                                                                 Email: ralph.jahr@gmail.com

2008 Cove Lane                                                                                                  Skype – ralph.h.jahr

Roseville, CA 95747-8835 (USA)                                                 Web: www.searchassociates.com


Bridget McNamer                                                                                                 Tel: 415-290-6050

Search Associates                                                              Email: bmcnamer@searchassociates.com

313 Bell Lane                                                                                              Skype – bridgetmcnamer

Mill Valley, CA  94941 (USA)                                                      Web: www.searchassociates.com


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