Executive Director for Learning and innovation at International Community School of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia
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Executive Director for Learning and innovation
International Community School of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Jun 20, 22
Jul 15, 22


Job Vacancy


Position: Executive Director for Learning and innovation

The International Community School of Addis Ababa is seeking an exemplary, experienced educational leader for office learning. The Executive Director for Learning and Innovation is a key member of the school’s collaborative Leadership Team. The Executive Director serves as the educational leader in creating a highly effective learning progressive program. S/he is responsible to assist the school in achieving the school’s mission, vision and strategic objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, managing and supporting: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; schoolwide programs; professional development; accreditation and strategic plan implementation; reporting progress, and development of new programs and systems.


We nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world. HERE is a video on our Mission and Vision.


All employees are expected to incorporate the ICS Foundational Principles into their professional practice and adhere to the ICS Way and Collective Commitments that together ensure the successful attainment of schoolwide goals and the ICS Mission. The employee agrees to embody the ICS Learner Profile, collectively ensure that all students learn at high levels, collaborate, and positively contribute to the professional learning community, facilitate the standards-based guaranteed and viable curriculum through an inquiry approach, and build the professional capacity through ongoing learning and leading.  


The International Community School of Addis Ababa is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school offering a holistic, rigorous and inclusive program, ensuring students learn how to learn.

ICS Addis offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Primary Years programs and serves a diverse, multicultural student body on a beautiful, well-equipped campus. ICS is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and is a candidate IB Middle Years Programme ( MYP) school aiming to be authorized by February 2023.

We are a private, not-for-profit day school serving the families of the diplomatic, aid and multinational business communities in Ethiopia. Schoolwide, there are 950+ students enrolled from Early childhood through grade 12. Profiles of the high school and our other programs can be found on the  ICS Addis website .

ICS is committed to ensuring that all students learn and engage at the highest levels. By providing a Highly Effective and Learning Progressive education, ICS not only ensures that students succeed in meeting high academic standards but also experience opportunities to apply their learning in authentic and meaningful ways.




A comprehensive job description for Executive Director for Learning and innovation is downloadable here


  • A Masters degree in curriculum or educational leadership with a minimum of five years of experience in curriculum development
  • certification in school administration
  • An understanding of PYP, MYP and IBDP programs combined with a clear vision of personalized learning, Professional Learning Communities and student agency.
  • Experience as both a school visit member for IB or CIS and as a school accreditation coordinator.
  • Experience as a curriculum leader, including in; assessment, curriculum change management, data collection and analysis.
  • A track record of successfully working with educators to improve teaching and learning.
  • Experience working in an inclusive learning environment.
  • A demonstrable, clear vision for a holistic, 21st century educational program that ensures personalized learning experience for students
  • Experience in developing the use of technology to support learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and involvement in Concept-based teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, respectfully and firmly with Principals, Coordinators and other educators.
  • Proven ability to use initiative, to think strategically and to adopt an active approach to problem solving
  • Ability to see the big picture as well as the ability to take care of the small details and bring tasks to completion on time.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues to ensure a comprehensive assessment scheme is in place school wide, including external assessments, and common and authentic internal assessments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Able to apply a variety of leadership styles appropriate to situations
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, supportive relationships, to participate on and to build collaborative teams and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Experience managing change in a rapidly changing or growing school environment
  • Reasoning ability: ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and interpret a variety of technical instructions.
  • Direct experience with Professional Learning Communities
  • Experience in a standards-based grading learning environment.
  • Experience designing personalized learning experiences for students.
  • Understand basic accounting principles.
  • Skills and ability to apply school educational and leadership strategies and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the community.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to working as a member of the Leadership Team
  • Demonstrated understanding of current educational trends including effective instructional design and assessment practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational uses of software systems
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a positive school climate for students, staff and community

The Executive Director is expected to be a leader that

  •  Model the ICS Learner Profile professionally and personally
  • Embraces, respects, understands, and values the culture of Ethiopia and the diversity represented across the ICS Community
  • Be an optimist with a good sense of humor, compassion, resilience and flexibility
  • Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.
  • Collaborate, support, empower and engage with administrative colleagues, school staff and other community members
  • Work skillfully and sensitively with people from a wide variety of cultures and display a commitment to international mindedness


The initial contract will be for three years and the initial contract will be from July 2023 until June 2026.  Our administrator salary and benefits package is competitive internationally and will be commensurate to the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Addis Ababa enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and there are no local taxes on salary or benefits. In addition to a base salary that allows considerable discretionary income, we provide furnished housing, an overseas-hire allowance (15%), matching retirement (10%), local utilities allowance, generous professional learning opportunities, a laptop reimbursement benefit, a school vehicle with a fuel allowance for personal and professional use, international family health insurance with vision and dental benefits, disability and life insurance, annual home leave, shipping/settling-in allowance, and free tuition for school age dependents. There are limited employment opportunities within Addis Ababa for a non-teaching spouse.

The administrator’s contract is for 207 days and shall be entitled holidays established annually as holidays for the school less 15 days where s/he is expected to be on duty.  Other types of leave include professional leave (usually for conferences or recruiting), sick leave, bereavement leave, etc.


Interested and qualified candidates should complete the online application and attach a single PDF file no later than July 15, 2022. Do not apply directly to the Head of School. Administrative dossiers with ISS, CIS, or Search Associates are helpful but will not substitute for a direct application to ICS Addis.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Questions should be addressed to recruitment@icsaddis.org

As part of the online application, please upload a single PDF packet which includes the following:

  • A letter of application, not to exceed two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A current resume, not to exceed two pages
  • A statement outlining educational beliefs and leadership style, not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of references with phone numbers and E-mail addresses

ICS Addis will respond briefly to all applications received via this portal. Highly qualified candidates may be interviewed as applications are received. Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ICS reserves the right to bring the search to an early close. For this reason, it is very important that interested candidates apply at the earliest possible time.

The school may involve an outside consultant to assess candidates’ personal motivations and leadership styles. A short list of candidates may be invited for final face to face interviews. ICS expects to complete this hiring process by the end of August  2022 .

ICS Addis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of identity, religion, or nationality.

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