Head of Human Resources and Administration at International School London Qatar in Qatar
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Head of Human Resources and Administration
International School London Qatar (Qatar)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Nov 1, 14
Jan 31, 15


Head of Human Resources and Administration

Whole School Leadership Team member

Job Description/Profile

Scope: Human Resources, Administration, Whole School Leadership Team

Reporting to: Head of School

School Profile


The ISL Schools Group began in 1972 when the International School of London was founded as a private co-educational school. It was one of the first schools in the world to offer the IB Diploma, graduating its first Diploma students in 1978. It now offers the IB Primary and Middle Years programmes in addition to the IB Diploma and is especially well known for its world languages programmes. As part of the core curriculum, students receive mother tongue or foreign language literacy lessons from early childhood. Because of the strength of its languages programme, ISL was selected by Qatar's Supreme Education Council to open a school in Doha as part of the Qatar Outstanding Schools initiative. Continuing its expansion, ISL was chosen by Shell to take-over the Surrey-based Prins Willem Alexander School which was the highest performing Dutch school in the world. The ISL Schools now enrol over 1200 students across their three campuses in Chiswick, West London; Woking, Surrey; and Doha, Qatar.

In September 2008, ISL Qatar opened in its new home, a modern, purpose-built campus in the northern suburbs of Doha. The buildings have been developed to embody the school's philosophy of child-focussed education. It offers a curriculum appropriate to the 21st century, using methods and technologies that engage children while advancing their learning and knowledge. We also offer facilities for sport, the arts and recreation, for individualised learning and research, and personal development and growth. ISL Qatar is now also an all-through IB school offering the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes and is a candidate-status school for CIS/NEASC accreditation. Now in its 7th year of operation, rapid growth has seen student numbers rise to over 960, with waiting lists in many year groups, which reflects the fact that we are one of the top international schools in Doha.

Mission Statement

ISL Qatar is a culturally diverse community which fosters a passion and enthusiasm for learning through outstanding educational practices. Students’ cultural and linguistic identities are valued and nurtured through our international curriculum and Mother Tongue programme. Our schools develop the attitudes, skills and understanding needed for active and responsible contributions to both local and global communities.


At ISL Qatar we believe in:

  • empowering students to maximise their learning opportunities to fulfil their potential
  • actively integrating cultural diversity in the curriculum
  • creating inclusive, vibrant and innovative learning communities
  • offering a diverse and extensive international programme that supports personal, social and professional growth
  • treating all members of the school community with respect, honesty and integrity

These beliefs are critical to the way we operate as a school. They shape our behaviour, inform our decision-making, guide our policy-setting and maintain our focus.

Core Values

The ISL educational philosophy is based on the following core values and applies to our students, teaching and administrative staff:

  • a commitment to the acquisition of knowledge and the achievement of personal potential
  • the pursuit of excellence in all areas of activity and effort
  • respect of self and others including the recognition of the uniqueness of each individual
  • social and civic responsibility which seeks to explore and promote the common good and values, social justice, cultural diversity and the emotional and physical well-being of others
  • concern and respect for the natural and cultural environment

Person Profile

This is not a traditional HR or Administration role. A key competency is to be a collaborative team member and value the collective ability of teams rather than traditional hierarchies. The other main focus is on nurturing staff professional learning and growth. The person appointed will play a key role in leading all aspects of human resources and administration: as such, he/she should possess excellent leadership experience/potential and skills and should have a diverse range of qualities and competencies. The successful candidate will also play a major role in whole school leadership and will attend the whole school leadership team meetings.

The Head of Human Resources and Administration should be a caring, inspirational, passionate, adaptable, creative and innovative leader. He/She should be an outstanding motivator, learner, administrator and communicator, with excellent interpersonal skills, and should be capable of leading school development and supporting staff through a caring, stimulating, and well-organised environment. He/She should be able to provide leadership to ensure improved professional standards of human resources and administration, whilst always maintaining a focus on improving staff and student learning.

1.        Knowledge and Skills. He/She should:

  • be aligned with the ISL values of diversity, passion, identity and understanding
  • possess excellent communication and collaborative skills
  • have a record of achievement in leadership in the services sector, preferably with experience of the international education environment
  • be able to lead, manage, and develop an expanding school and in particular help to develop team spirit in human resources and administration
  • be able to provide support and guidance for members of human resources and administration teams
  • be able to create and lead appropriate learning opportunities for all staff
  • have experience of implementing major new projects and leading collaborative change in international organisations
  • be innovative and creative in applying current research as to how staff learn and develop best
  • have extensive experience of international human resources approaches and be innovative and creative in applying them in practice
  • have an innovative and creative approach to international leadership, based on best current practice
  • have an excellent command of spoken and written English (strong ability in Arabic would also be a great asset) 

2.       Responsibilities. He/She will be responsible for:

  • fostering the values, dispositions, behaviors, attitudes and attributes of the ISL Qatar guiding statements and IB learner profile
  • ensuring that excellent learning opportunities are offered for culturally diverse staff, with a variety of learning needs and styles
  • the design, development, implementation and review of the human resources policy documents and strategic plans, in conjunction with the school leadership team
  • the design, development, implementation and review of professional learning procedures for staff across the school, in particular, coordinating the Partners for Learning (P4L) and University of Bath MA programmes
  • the design, development, implementation and review of recruitment procedures for staff across the school, in particular, contributing to new staff induction, training and retention, recruitment procedures (sponsorship, visas, work permits), and the smooth transition and on-going support for new staff
  • the school-provided accommodation, in particular finding and preparing new staff accommodation, liaising with the facilities assistant and HR team on all matters related to school accommodation
  • the design, development, implementation and review of assessment and reporting systems for human resources and administration staff, in conjunction with the school leadership team
  • the day to day running of the human resources and administration department
  • the leadership of the budget process for human resources and administration, in particular overseeing the ordering, maintenance, inventory, record-keeping and advice on resources and equipment, including publications, furniture, hardware, software and facilities
  • holding regular termly review meetings with staff to evaluate the effectiveness of human resources and administration
  • in conjunction with the leadership team, attending regular review meetings to identify and discuss staff requiring support
  • complying with local regulations
  • having an overall responsibility for the school administrative systems and procedures including but not limited to front office support services, maintenance and facilities, bussing, catering, security, Supreme Education Council
  • with support from the HR assistant, managing school visitors travel arrangements and logistics
  • maintaining records on individual staff members and groups of staff, monitoring their overall progress
  • supporting staff in designing and maintaining professional portfolios (hardcopy and electronic)
  • fostering a positive attitude between human resources, the administration and the wider community
  • the enhancement of the professional standing of the human resources and administration staff
  • contributing to Whole School Leadership meetings
  • maintaining and ensuring confidentiality throughout all processes and communication
  • ensuring the human resources and administration sections of the handbooks are kept current.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should apply through the school website where appropriate documents can be submitted and downloaded. Follow this link for more details http://tinyurl.com/ISLQ-HR-apply. The deadline for submission of applications is 31 January 2015, however if we find an appropriate candidate before that date we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. Initial interviews will done through Skype and then at ISL Qatar. The salary and benefits are according to our leadership package as shown in the document ‘Information for Applicants’, available on our website. 


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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