Head of School at American International School - Cairo, West Campus in Egypt
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American International School - Cairo, West Campus (Egypt)

Nov 8, 21
Dec 31, 21

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Head of School at The American International School in Egypt West Campus (AISE-West)

August 2022

 

THE POSITION

The American International School in Egypt West Campus (AISE-West), part of the Esol Education group of schools, is seeking an experienced and motivated educational leader to be its new Director beginning August 1, 2022.

AISE has been a leading school in Egypt since it opened its doors to its first 240 students in 1990. Today the school has a total of 3,700 students from 41 countries on its Main Campus in New Cairo and its West Campus in Sheikh Zayed City.

The Director of AISE-West will be responsible for leading the school’s team of administrators, teachers, and support staff members in the day-to-day management of its academic, educational and other operations. The Director will also work with the school’s leadership team, its Board, and other administrators of Esol Education on the formulation and implementation of new ideas and strategies to continually enhance the quality of the school’s programs and the life of its community.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A proven track record in educational leadership, including at least three years of experience as the Head of a high quality American or international school
  • The ability to lead and work collaboratively with a large and talented team of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel
  • Strong communication skills
  • Integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic
  • The ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers
  • Previous experience with International Baccalaureate programs
  • The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations

The position entails a competitive salary and benefits package

AISE MISSION STATEMENT

The American International School in Egypt (AISE) provides a comprehensive and challenging American and international education that fosters informed and engaged local, regional and global citizenship. We inspire students to be lifelong learners who contribute positively within a diverse and changing world.

AISE BELIEF STATEMENTS

At AISE, we believe that each member of the AISE learning community has a commitment to:

  • Participate actively and responsibly in his or her own learning
  • Support parent-teacher-student relationships that enable success in learning
  • Understand and appreciate each other as individuals with special interests, aptitudes, and the ability to learn and experience success
  • Support the role of extracurricular activities in enabling students to explore interests and to cultivate unique skills
  • Communicate proficiently using the English language and ensure all students’ first languages are supported to the extent possible
  • Experience and value education as a lifelong process
  • Develop the skills to utilize contemporary technology to enhance further learning
  • Establish and maintain respectful and effective communication and collegiality
  • Develop in all students a sense of personal and social responsibility through demonstrated service to others
  • Respect local, regional, and international perspectives
  • Shape the future of our school through strategic vision, continuous planning, and agreed upon action plans linked to continuous evaluation

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 

AISE provides a co-educational, English language, college preparatory program of studies, as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), that culminates in awarding eligible students an American High School Diploma or International Baccalaureate Diploma. A holistic education is provided that encourages high standards of academic achievement, meaningful collaboration, and personal development, while supporting the unique needs of each learner.  We encourage the expression of multiple perspectives in a safe and nurturing learning environment, such that the cultural identity of each student is valued. We prepare students to contribute to and thrive in a multicultural society. We support students in the development of skills and learning strategies. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and well-being. Learning explicitly addresses guided and independent inquiry and investigations, skill development, and thinking strategies for finding solutions to the complex challenges posed in developing a sustainable and peaceful world.

Our habit of instilling brave curiosity and diligent effort has enabled AISE to thrive as Cairo’s largest operating K-12 American academic institution. This legacy is known far beyond Cairo, helping to affirm AISE as one of the best schools in the region and its students as many of the best in the country, decade after decade. Our coursework, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, provides meaningful and challenging opportunities for both individual and communal achievement. We empower students with the desire and the means to reach their highest potential. 

ACCREDITATION AND CURRICULUM

AISE offers a full K-12 American curriculum, taught in English by a highly motivated faculty of certified and experienced teachers. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. 

The school’s curriculum includes a full complement of arts, drama, music, foreign languages, and athletic programs, and our students enjoy a broad range of extra-curricular activities. The school’s sports teams, as well as groups such as the Model United Nations Club, travel regularly to take part in international tournaments and other events.

With a mission “to inspire students to be lifelong learners who contribute positively within a diverse and changing world,” the school offers students unparalleled opportunities to undertake problem-solving and exploration via hands-on activities.

AISE seeks students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and persistence with decency and good character. At AISE, exacting inquiry and thoughtful discourse foster the life of the mind, instruction and activity promote fitness and health, and the daily interactions of faculty and students nurture integrity and kindness. Because learning and growth at AISE arise from each individual’s engagement with others, the richness of education here requires diversity in all its dimensions; students and faculty value the differences they bring to the community they share.

The challenges that students meet at AISE and the support they receive have a common purpose: to stimulate their development as individuals and as members of society. AISE seeks to graduate young people whose creativity and independence of thought sustain their continuing inquiry and reflection, whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self-concern, and whose passion for learning pushes them beyond what they already know.

At AISE we challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually adventurous, ethically surefooted, and generous of heart and spirit.

FACULTY

The teachers at AISE are predominantly North American, with the exception of some specialist teachers and native speakers of Arabic, French, and Spanish who teach language classes. 

ORGANIZATION

The Director of AISE West is he most senior executive of the AISE West campus, reporting to the AISE governing board, which is comprised of members of the Esol Education leadership team. All other members of the AISE West Leadership Team, including its Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal, report to the Director, as do the school’s finance and operations teams. Esol Education’s executive team, including its Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Education Consultants, and others, provide support to AISE and other Esol Education schools in their respective areas of expertise.

CAIRO, EGYPT 

Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, fascinating and welcoming city. Home to many of the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sites in Egypt, it is a city where you never know what incredible, half-forgotten monument you might stumble upon while wandering around town. Cairo residents can enjoy evenings on the Nile River, visits to the capital's medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili, and walks along the Nile promenade. There are also many remarkable museums, art galleries, cinemas, theaters and modern malls. On any given week one can attend an opera or enjoy oriental music dance shows, as well as see the Giza Pyramids and thousands of ancient artifacts at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

The weather in Cairo is moderate with low humidity at almost any time of the year. Highs of 36°C are common in July and lows of 21°C have been witnessed. The winter months in Cairo are very pleasant with temperatures ranging between 15°C and 21°C. Egypt offers fantastic opportunities for domestic travel to the beaches and coral reefs of Sinai and the Red Sea coast, and incredible ancient historical sites like the ancient temples and the Valley of Kings in Luxor. Opportunities for international travel are also excellent thanks to Cairo’s proximity to some of the world’s best tourist destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information of at least 3 references via email to: leadership@esoleducation.com. Esol Education will be accepting applications for this position until December 31, 2021, but may conclude the search earlier if it is able to appoint an outstanding candidate before that date.

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