Head of School at International Community School of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia
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Head of School
International Community School of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Appointed - Dr. Tim Stuart
Nov 24, 2015
Feb 28, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Search Committee and the International Community School of Addis Ababa; we thank you for your interest in the Head of School position. The Search Committee has announced the appointment of Dr. Tim Stuart as the new Head of School, to commence July, 2017.
Tim was raised in France, Germany and the USA.  He is fluent in French, German and English and is the author of a number of books. Additionally, Tim brings many years of international school experience to Ethiopia.  He is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Programs at Singapore American School. Prior to that he was the High School Principal at Singapore American School, and has also been the High School Principal at Jakarta International School and Rehoboth Christian School in the USA. Before moving into school administration Tim taught French and PE at international schools in Switzerland and Turkey. He has a Bachelors of Education, a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision as well as an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
The Search Committee, Board of Directors and we here at Search Associates appreciate very much your interest in the International Community School of Addis Ababa Head of School position. We wish you the very best with your ongoing professional and personal pursuits.
John F. Magagna David Cramer
Founding Director Senior Associate
Search Associates Search Associates


















The International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa
seeks a new
Head of School
-- effective July 2017 --


The International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school offering a holistic, vigorous and inclusive program. An International Baccalaureate Diploma school, accredited in the United States, ICS serves a diverse, multi-cultural student body on a beautiful, well-equipped campus.

Our Mission

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.


Our vision for learning at ICS includes:

       engaging learning experiences through inquiry and reflection;

       a broad range of local, global and virtual opportunities;

       innovative and flexible use of resources.

Our History

In April 1964, the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, by royal decree, allowed the American Community School to be established. The Emperor gave the school a 50 year lease on 15 acres of land on the far undeveloped side of Addis Ababa. Our doors opened with three classroom blocks, a small library and an outdoor amphitheater. We had 20 teachers, 363 students in KG- grade 12 and a lot of hope, promise and potential. Today, with our goal of reaching 1200 students, the International Community School is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school.

Our Growth

Student enrollment at ICS has doubled in size since 2007. In the last couple of years, our enrollment growth has slowed to a 2% increase due to many of our grades levels have reached our capacity. As such, we are under-going an aggressive campus Master Plan that will expand and innovate our campus to continue to grow and accommodate 1200 students. In 2014 we completed a new high capacity cafeteria and in 2017 we will complete a new classroom block with 29 classrooms, administrative offices, indoor theater and assembly space with rooftop gardens. This is just the first of 6 modules to improve and expand our campus and growing enrollment.




Our Curriculum

We are a PYP candidate school and offer the IBD Program for grades 11 and 12. Our instruction is based on a US curriculum, utilizing Everyday Math and the ISSs programs.


Quick Facts


Faculty represents over 18 different countries.

Students represent over 65 different countries.


Located on 15 acres, the campus integrates purpose-built classrooms, modern technology, outstanding athletic facilities and peaceful green spaces.


ICS Addis serves the educational needs of the international community in Addis Ababa.


We are governed by a nine member Board of Governors. Seven are elected for two-year terms by the ICS Parent Association.

Programs at ICS check out our video and hear what students have to say about ICS, click HERE

Visual Arts

Week Without Walls

Performing Arts

Integrated Technology

1:1 Laptop Program

Athletics / After School Activities

Teaching & Learning / Coaches

Student Support/Enrichment

Professional Development

Clubs & Associations

Local Scholarship Program

Inclusive Education


Living in Addis and Ethiopia

If you ask any expat here what’s it like to live in Addis you will get a range of answers, anything from “the weather”, “the food”, “the people”, to “the security”, “the amazing sites around the country”, “the exciting changes in Addis”. Whatever the reason, the key is that there are many reasons to enjoy living and working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  


Ethiopia is a developing country and with all developing countries there are some challenges to day to day living. However, the community at ICS is very special and unique, and there’s a sense of “we are in this together”. While there are challenges, it is an exciting time to be here.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) ranks Ethiopia as among the five fastest growing economies in the world. After a decade of continuous expansion (during which real GDP growth averaged 10.8% per annum), in 2013/14 the economy grew for its 11th consecutive year posting 10.3% growth.

Open Position

ICS is seeking to appoint a new Head of School to begin July 2017. The Head of School reports to the Board of Governors and is responsible for the leadership of the school and the success of its programs and staff.

Preferred Skills, Abilities and Experiences

Leadership, communication, mobilization, organization and the ability to work with others are the main qualities of a successful candidate.  We also are looking for:

  •  Proven track record of outstanding leadership skill in an educational setting
  •  Exceptional organizational and administrative skills combined with a strong work ethic
  •  Outstanding communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to take action and implement
  • High level strategic thinking, visionary planning and creative problem solving
  •  Ability to work harmoniously and productively within a multi-cultural and diverse community
  •  Established ability to inspire and mobilize others towards a common goal
  •  Demonstrated talent for recruitment, maintenance and retention of top level teachers and administrators
  •  Significant experience or understanding of living and working in a developing country



ICS Addis provides a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

Application Process

ICS Addis has retained Search Associates to serve as consultant in the search for a new Head of School.

Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible, but no later than 28 February 2016. The sooner applications are submitted and questions addressed, the better.


Please note, however, that the ICS Board reserves the right - in the event that a truly superior candidate emerges early in the search process - to shorten the search and to make an earlier appointment prior to the deadline.


Candidates should send the information requested below. It must be submitted EXACTLY in the form and manner requested. Please DO NOT send any information other than that which is specifically requested below.

  • A letter of application, no longer than 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
  • 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
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) which may already be in your possession


Please note that ALL the above materials must be scanned into a SINGLE .pdf ATTACHMENT and sent to Search Associates at both of the e-mail addresses listed below. Also, please note that it is important to limit the size of your SINGLE .pdf to 6MB.






 For more information about ICS visit our website at icsaddis.edu.et


Did You Know…?

Many international schools start recruiting in September for the following school year.