Head of Secondary at Universal American School-Dubai in United Arab Emirates
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Head of Secondary
Universal American School-Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Dec 30, 19
Jan 31, 20





effective August 2020

Universal American School (UAS) was founded in 2005. Since then we have served our students every day, helping them become compassionate, confident learners who know who they are and what they stand for. As you learn more about UAS the term “community” will resonate with you again and again. We are a not-for-profit school in the heart of family-friendly Festival City.

There is a wonderful feeling about our school which comes from our mission:

“To Nurture a Community of Integrity and Academic Excellence”

Our mission drives us forward day after day as we open doors to give every student the ability to identify and achieve their own personal best in everything they do.

Starting in 2019-20, alongside our IB Diploma Programme, UAS introduced the Advanced Placement and US Common Core courses for students in Grades 10 and 12. This parallel track empowers our students to make more personalized choices within their educational program. Moreover, it serves as an opportunity for students to seek individualized routes to post-secondary education.

For our older students, we offer access to a unique experiential learning program (summer internships) through our links to the Al-Futtaim Group. This provides students with real life business experience in the automotive industry, financial services, real estate and retail sector, covering functions such as marketing, HR and legal.

More information about the Secondary School at UAS can be found on the Middle School and the High School Parent Student Handbooks.

GOVERNANCE UAS is governed by 7 board members including 1 parent representative, and the school is part of the Al Futtaim Educational Foundation, which is overseen by a Managing Director. The governors are dedicated to ensuring that UAS is well run by the leadership team and that sustainable outcomes are delivered and maintained.



To nurture a community of integrity and academic excellence Vision To be the leading American international school in the region

Values - Belonging - Curiosity - Resilience - Empathy

Enrolment Current enrollment is 1067, (ES: 489; MS: 231; HS: 347) there are 71 nationalities in the school with the top three being American

Faculty In the 2019-20 school year, there are 98 full-time faculty members, representing 20 nationalities.


To provide professional leadership and vision to formulate the strategies and school development plans, curriculum development, organizational change recruitment ensuring high quality education for all students and improve
standards of learning and achievement.



  • Create and implement a vision that leads to student and school improvement
  • Demonstrate personal and professional standards and conduct that enhance the image of the school and the education profession
  • Lead school culture and environment that successfully develops the full range of students' learning capacities – academic, creative, social-emotional, behavioral and physical.

Learning and Teaching:

  • Work with and engage staff in a shared vision for effective teaching and learning by implementing a standard based curriculum, relevant to student needs and interests.
  • Evaluate teachers and other staff members to ensure that the standardized curriculum is adhered to, and identify areas of improvement
  • Establish curriculum guidelines in collaboration with other administrators and teachers in the school.

School Administration:

  • Oversee management of school records and resources as necessary and ensure necessary compliance
  • Set the discipline guidelines (handbooks) for students and advise for disciplinary actions required
  • Oversee budget and grant proposals, and determine budget allocations for items such as supplies, materials, staff and equipment.

People Relationship:

  • Participate in collaborative events with teachers, parents and students to provide the best education for each student and assist them in their academic and professional goal
  • Participate in hiring, training and other employment activities for teachers and secondary staff members to create a dynamic team
  • Create, develop and sustain relationships that result in active student engagement in the learning process
  • Utilize meaningful feedback of students, staff, families, and community in the evaluation of school programs and policies
  • Develop professional learning networks within schools, as well as local, regional, national and international communities.

School Development:

  • Monitor the quality of counselling and guidance of counselling services to students on their academic or vocational goals and offer assistance with behavioral modification programs
  • Conduct the Professional Development analysis aligned with the strategic plans for the school
  • Lead professional development programs for staff where appropriate encourage teachers to attend relevant raining to improve instructional quality aligned with the school's strategic plan
  • Support in the organizational goals and objectives consistent with the vision, mission and values of the school
  • Maintain active involvement in the school improvement planning process by providing resources for decision-making and priority setting 


Interested and qualified candidates should send the information listed below by email to employment@uasdubai.ae 

  • An application letter, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate in relationship to the position's role and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A CV describing relevant experience including clear indication of completed qualifications
  • A statement of educational leadership philosophy
  • A list of three current references with phone numbers and email addresses

Kindly submit all required application materials at your earliest convenience and no later than 30th January 2020. Initial interview will be conducted over Skype.

Application Deadline

30th January 2020


David Dorn, Deputy Director




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