High School Principal at American International School- Cairo, Main Campus in Egypt
Egypt < Back to Leadership Vacancies

High School Principal
American International School- Cairo, Main Campus (Egypt)

Jan 3, 2023
Feb 28, 2023

CLick here for PDF candidate Brief


School Details

AISE - Main offers a full Pre-KG to Grade 12 American curriculum, taught in English by a highly motivated staff of certified and experienced teachers. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into highly competitive colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) as an option for students in Grades 11 and 12. Students who do not choose to pursue the full IB Diploma may still earn IB certificates in specific subjects.

The AISE - Main curriculum includes a full complement of: arts, drama, music, dance, world languages, and athletic programs, as well as the 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, regularly travel to take part in international tournaments and other events. We also offer Week Without Walls for students to travel to many countries as well as local field trips. The school’s goal is to develop students’ core and essential skills, as well as their capacities for critical thinking and creativity. In addition to cultivating a passion for learning, AISE - Main promotes students’ development of their character, their skills as young leaders, and their sense of civic responsibility.

American International School - Main Campus is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).


AISE - Main enjoys one of Cairo and the region’s best school campuses. The campus includes spacious and well-resourced classrooms, computer and science labs, Library/Media Centers, an auditorium and a full-sized gymnasium, and an outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as a regulation-size soccer field, weight room, running track, and several play areas. The school also benefits from excellent IT infrastructure and resourcing. There are two full-time medical doctors located in the clinic.

Position Qualifications

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

The AISE - Main High School Principal position entails a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification.
• A proven track record in educational leadership, including at least three years of experience as a principal at a 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.
• A strong and outgoing personal presence.
• Proven commitment to a well-balanced program that focuses on the whole child.
• Strong communication skills, with the ability to reach out to many constituencies.
• The ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.
• The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations.

“Excellent facilities, experienced leadership and management, dedicated teachers and a cohesive and innovative team.”


The American International School in Egypt - Main Campus (AISE - Main) seeks an educational leader who has passion for excellence and innovation in teaching and who has a demonstrated track record of leading student-centered learning at the secondary years. This position begins on August 1, 2023.

This position provides an exceptional opportunity for a forward-thinking educator with a global perspective and a desire to become part of a learning community characterized by strong relationships, diverse interests, and a rigorous educational mission. AISE - Main enrolls approximately 1860 students (nearly 500 in the high school) of roughly 20 nationalities from both the local and international communities in Cairo and employs a predominantly American faculty of international teachers and a comprehensive support staff. The overall enrollment of AISE across its two campuses exceeds 3,200 students.

AISE - Main was established in 1990 to provide high-quality American international education to both expatriate and local children in Cairo. The school has grown and progressed to become one of Cairo’s best and most highly regarded American schools. Today AISE - Main is a vibrant school, rich with academic resources and extra-curricular opportunities, all aimed at enhancing students’ lives and connecting them to a greater global community. AISE - Main is part of the Esol Education group of schools, comprised of ten American and British schools spanning five countries and three continents.

AISE - Main is a Pre-KG to Grade 12 school with a Principal in charge of each of our four divisions; Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. The High School administration is an integral part of the school’s leadership team and is comprised of one Principal, two Vice Principals, and two Counselors.

The new High School Principal must be a strong educational leader, excited by and committed to the ongoing development of our AISE - Main and Esol principles and mission statements.

Specifically, the next High School Principal must demonstrate a grounding in the AISE - Main Learning Principles.

That students learn best when:
1. Educational material is relevant to their lives.
2. Timely feedback is offered for their work.
3. Lessons are highly engaging.
4. They have a sense of belonging to the school.
5. They reflect upon their work and school experience.
6. They collaborate with other students.

The High School Principal has overall responsibility for the organizational, operational, and academic functions of the high school, including working with the Director/Head of School and other AISE - Main leaders to recruit, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff. The Principal will work with the Director/Head of School and fellow school leaders to formulate the school’s strategic plans and programs and will direct the day-to-day operation of its high school programs.


The Director reports to the school’s Board, which is comprised of three or more members of the Esol leadership team. The Esol executive team, including its Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Education Consultants, and others, provide support to AISE - Main and other Esol schools in their respective areas of expertise.


Operating since 1976, Esol Education is an organization specialized in the establishment and management of high-quality international schools. Esol currently operates a total of ten international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Egypt, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Lebanon. Each of the Esol schools follows an American or British curriculum and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and/or the Council of International Schools (CIS). Seven Esol schools currently offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® (IBDP) with several offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). The Esol Education schools enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership and management, excellent facilities, and caring and dedicated teachers. Since its inception, Esol ’s focus has always honored the founder’s commitment to the attainment of the highest standards of educational excellence.

For more information about Esol, please visit www.esoleducation.com.


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.


Please apply directly to the school by submitting:
1. A current resume
2. A list of at least three references with current telephone numbers and email addresses.
3. A letter of application no longer than two pages (one-page is ideal), explaining your educational beliefs, leadership strengths and professional and personal interests.
4. An answer to the following question: “Why is AISE-Main the right school for you?” in either a short written form (less than one page), or using another medium, such as portfolio, video, or other archival piece.

Please email these documents directly to Dr. Kapono Ciotti, Director, AISE - Main at
kciotti@aisegypt.com. We encourage you to apply at the earliest possible time and no later than February 28, 2023. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Candidates should note that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, the school reserves the right to make an appointment and conclude the search prior to the stated deadline.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Gez Hayden led the first international school authorized to offer all three IB programs in China.