Executive Director of Schools (Superintendent) at Qatar Foundation School  in Qatar
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Executive Director of Schools (Superintendent)
Qatar Foundation School (Qatar)

Appointed - Peter Corcoran
Aug 11, 14
Sep 19, 14

Qatar Foundation

Doha, Qatar

Office of Pre-University Education

seeks an

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS (SUPERINTENDENT) For September 2015

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is led by Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. As a private, non-profit organization based in Doha, it focuses amongst other areas, on education and research and currently operates seven schools in Qatar with a further one currently under construction.

 

Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education (PUE) division operates eight coeducational schools for students 2-18 years of age. Four of the schools are Academies, located in Doha, Sidra, Al Wakra and Al Khor. Its other schools include Qatar Leadership Academy, Awsaj Academy for children with special educational needs, and the Academic Bridge Program, which provides a one year program for those students who need extra time and support to meet their University admission requirements. Qatar Foundation’s new school will be opened in Msheireb.

 

PUE’s vision is to provide high quality educational programs that promote the learning and development of their students, and to build their expertise to serve their schools and community. They do this by enabling their students to reach their highest level of academic achievement, and social development by: providing a world leading academic experience; offering a leading center of professional development; conducting applied research in teaching and learning practices in their cultural context; providing consulting and advisory services on focused educational topics; and supporting the intervention and aid of their ‘at risk’ students.

 

PUE’s long term strategy is focused on enhancing the quality of its schools, reaching capacity of its current schools, and increasing the quantity of schools and programmes that is offers. To support this process of improvement and development, the organization is currently going through a process of restructuring and growth at senior leadership level.

 

The Associate Vice-President of PUE is seeking to recruit an Executive Director of QF Schools who will have responsibility for the effective operation of all PUE schools in Qatar, and general administration of all instructional, business and other operations of the schools. The post holder will be expected to ensure that they set a powerful vision for the schools’ students and teachers’ achievement and ensure that each school implements its mission. They will be responsible for appointing and overseeing the school Directors, in collaboration with the Associate Vice- President.

 

The successful candidate will be a well-qualified and highly experienced international school leader, preferably with experience of leading a group of schools. They will be able to articulate, communicate and inspire school communities towards achieving a common vision and they will be able to demonstrate previous success in driving and implementing change. As a strategic leader and a highly effective manager of resources, they will have excellent interpersonal skills, energy and commitment, as well as sensitivity and respect for local culture.


 

 

Salary and Benefits:

This post commands a highly attractive and globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the seniority and expectations of the post. The salary and benefits package will be competitive and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  Benefits include a tax-free salary, housing, medical, life and long-term disability insurance, annual home leave, shipping allowance, gratuity and tuition benefits for Pre K – grade 12 school-age dependents.

 

 

POSITION PROFILE

Responsible for the effective operation of all Pre-University Education (PUE) schools in Qatar, general administration of all instructional, business or other operations of the schools. Ensures setting a powerful vision for the schools’ students and teachers’ achievement and ensures that each school implements its school mission. Appoints and oversees school Directors in collaboration with Associate Vice-President PUE.

 

Job Dimensions

  • The Executive Director of QF Schools reports to the Associate Vice President and is the highest authority in the Pre-University Education division.
  • Annual Operating Budget: Approximately 650 million QAR
  • Number of Direct Reports: 8 (School Directors)

 

Key Responsibilities Areas

Related to Pre-University Education:

  • Advise the PUE leadership team on the need for new and/or revised policies and make policy recommendations based on data and inputs from the school level;
  • Assist in the development, the implementation and execution of policies adopted by PUE;
  • Offer professional advice to PUE on items requiring organization-level action, with appropriate recommendations based on thorough study  and analysis;
  • Report periodically on all school operations;
  • Evaluate the school programs academically, advise PUE on school needs, and make recommendations to PUE for meeting those needs;
  • Recommend to PUE an annual budget that is realistic in terms of the schools’ resources and which reflects priorities of PUE and regularly report on budget usage;
  • Consolidate individual reports from schools to report aggregated key KPI’s (academic and financial) to PUE;
  • Conduct special studies requested by PUE;

 

Related to Schools and other Academic Entities

  • Coordinate and oversee the work of all schools both from an academic and business perspective;
  • Ensure sharing of knowledge and best practice among schools;
  • Align school calendars and schedules;
  • Develop and implement operational plans and processes to accomplish strategic goals set by PUE;
  • Maintain appropriate channels of communication within the schools and ensure that staff are informed about relevant policies, regulations and procedures, and matters in collaboration with school Directors;
  • Demonstrate understanding of education’s role in promoting civic responsibility;
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of PUE/Executive Director of QF Schools’ relationship including appropriate roles and responsibilities;
  • Perform duties in a manner consistent with values and expectations of PUE and the community at large;
  • Demonstrate ethical and personal integrity consistent with expectations associated with the role of an Executive Director of QF Schools.

 

Related to the Student

  • Regularly observe the instructional program in schools;
  • Appropriately monitor student achievement on IB and other tests in collaboration with the Director of Academic Affairs strategies for improvement (Student performance).

 

Related to the Community

  • Take an active role in the community and present a positive image of the PUE schools;
  • In addition, participate actively in community affairs and projects to build a positive image of PUE and QF;
  • See that the community is informed about schools matters through reports and other informational materials;
  • Participate in appropriate community organizations and functions to obtain support for the attainment of schools goals;
  • Seek support and identify sources of additional income and funding;
  • Solicit, give attention to, and respond to problems and opinions of community groups and individuals;
  • Handle media resources skillfully, and regularly demonstrate sound judgment when communicating with the public;
  • Develop a cooperative relationship with all news media;
  • Ensure parents’ satisfaction;

 

Related to school support functions

  • Develop a plan of long range goals and objectives for the school system and provide opportunities for staff and community to engage in long-range planning;
  • Ensure that all schools are provided with the necessary administrative support functions in a cost-efficient way;
  • Identify opportunities for sharing of new support functions and to increase overall efficiency;
  • Direct the employment and assignment of the Director of Administration and general coordination of the administrative staff activities;

 

General Accountabilities

  • Collaborate with the PUE leadership team to discuss and resolve schools issues, set schools’ vision, mission and policies;
  • Link PUE, the school staff, and the community in a cooperative and continuous effort to improve the overall school program;
  • Identify, analyze, and resolve problems that impact the schools;
  • Work on a day-to-day basis with the Directors;
  • Lead the schools development and management;
  • Demonstrate understanding of education’s role in promoting civic responsibility;
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of PUE/superintendent relationship including appropriate roles and responsibilities;
  • Perform duties in a manner consistent with values and expectations of PUE and the community at large;
  • Demonstrate ethical and personal integrity consistent with expectations associated with the role of an Executive Director of QF Schools.

 

Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries: Key Stakeholders

Internal

  • PUE Associate Vice-President
  • PUE Directors
  • School Board of Governors
  • School Directors

 

External

  • Other local and international educational institutions (schools, universities…)
  • Relevant community members
  • Media

 

Communications and Working Relationships:

  • Attend Leadership Team and Staff meetings;
  • Lead School Directors Team meetings;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required. Position also requires strong interpersonal skills, discretion, diplomacy, and judgment;
  • Strong teamwork ethic; positive, proactive, flexible attitude; ability to take complete ownership of responsibilities;
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints as well as handle a number of tasks simultaneously.
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Governance, or QF education committee as required.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Preferred Qualifications Knowledge & Experience

  • A strong academic background, including a minimum Master’s degree in the field of education
  • Minimum 10 plus years of school leadership experience (e.g. Director, Superintendent), large school district, ideally leading group/ set of schools
  • Strong educational background and proven leadership and management skills
  • A proven experience in the IB programmes : IBDP, MYP, PYP
  • A proven ability to work harmoniously with a diverse group of constituents – including parents, teachers, students and board members
  • An understanding of cultural differences and experience in leading a multi-cultural institution
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the Middle-Eastern culture
  • A proven record of the ability to recruit, guide and motivate competent locally and internationally hired teachers and staff members
  • Experience and familiar with CIS/NEASC IB accreditation requirements and procedures

 

Personal Skills and Qualities:

  • Ability to plan and execute multiple tasks
  • Strong organizational and planning abilities
  • Ability to read, write and speak English; understanding of Arabic a plus but not necessary
  • Inspirational leadership: Demonstrates vision for getting children and young people to excel in their education, willingness to challenge tradition
  • Ability to implement change within organizations
  • Organizational and people leadership skills to build school culture and build strong relationships
  • People oriented, giving and gaining respect, working effectively in teams
  • Critical thinker and decision-maker with ability to solve problems to reach organization goals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing using technical terminology
  • Ability to separate the mission-critical from the nice-to-do, quickly sensing what is the most useful thing to focus on
  • Inspiring character, being able to get individuals, teams and entire organizations to perform at a higher level

 

Procedure for Filing Application

The deadline for applications for the position is September 19, 2014. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as the Search Committee reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found.

 

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.  Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee and will select 2 or 3 finalists as early in the process as possible. Finalist candidates together with their spouse (if applicable) will be invited to Doha, Qatar to meet with the Qatar Foundation Senior Management for final interviews and to visit the school campuses and meet with faculty, parents, students, and non-teaching staff.  

 

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Executive Director of Schools (Superintendent) position of Pre-University Education Division.
  • A statement describing your leadership and educational philosophy, not to exceed two pages
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page list of references with current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession

 

Total document size should be kept to less than three (3) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to directly hkabir@qf.org.qa.  For an informal discussion about the post please contact directly Humayun Kabir on hkabir@qf.org.qa on +974 44540258 or Mobile +974 66115476 or Fasial Kidwai on fkidwai@qf.org.qa on +974 4454 6734 or Mobile +974 50227132.

 

Additional Information

Additional information about Qatar Foundation 8 Schools can be found on the school’s web site below.

 

Qatar Academy Doha http://www.qa.edu.qa/

Qatar Academy Al Wakra http://www.qaw.edu.qa/

Qatar Academy Al Khor http://www.qak.edu.qa/

Qatar Academy Sidra http://www.qasidra.com.qa/

Awsaj Academy http://www.tlc.edu.qa/

Qatar Leadership Academy http://www.qla.edu.qa/

Academic Bridge Program http://www.abp.edu.qa/

Qatar has been an island of calm and stability amid the winds of change that have swept other countries in the region and this is expected to continue.  Additionally, the worldwide economic downturn has had minimal, if any, impact on the school and given the support of the QF it is extremely sound financially

The national emphasis on education, exemplified by the QF, is spectacularly evident in the development of Education City on the outskirts of Doha, where the Qatar Academy Sidra is located on a modern campus along with six major universities and research centers.

A significant aspect of the position is interfacing with the various elements of the departments of the Qatar Foundation, described below.  They provide and financially underwrite, in a centralized manner, many of the functions necessary to run the school.

It would be difficult to draw a linear organizational chart to describe the real lines of authority between the Foundation and the Academy, because the importance of relationships cannot be over emphasized.  The Foundation provides and subsidizes many services out of their budget (not the school’s), such as the Qatar Foundation’s departments for Capital Projects and Facilities Management, Administration (I.T., Procurement, Human Resources, Finance, Health and Safety, Public Relations, Support Services and Housing, etc.) and the Office of Pre-University Education.  This structure is headed by a Board of Directors, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned.


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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