High School Principal at American School of Dubai in United Arab Emirates
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High School Principal
American School of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Jul 27, 20
Sep 3, 20


High School Principal

2021 - 2022


The American School of Dubai (ASD) is a college-preparatory, Pre-K through grade 12, independent, not for profit American curriculum school, offering what is best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students.


Our Mission Statement


We challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.


Our Campus


ASD is located in a residential area within Dubai, the global business and cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. The ASD campus is a 23 acre, million square foot, wireless, state-of-the-art facility. The campus includes spaces designed to promote phenomenal learning experiences, to include; 100 classrooms, two libraries, four science and four technology labs, five art studios, a number of multi-purpose rooms, a 670-seat performing arts theatre, a middle and high school black-box studios, purpose built band and choral classrooms with accompany practice rooms, middle and high school black-box studios, a student broadcasting studio, a multi-faceted, fieldhouse, indoor and outdoor running tracks, a climbing wall, regulation soccer fields,  additional playing fields and play areas, a dance studio, fitness center, two 25-meter swimming pools, six tennis courts and two cafeterias.  ASD is known for its inviting and welcoming learning environment.


Position Summary


The American School of Dubai is seeking a dynamic and passionate educator for the role of High School Principal.  The person appointed to the position will be expected to provide academic and administrative leadership to the High School learning community. The ideal candidate will be a caring and thoughtful individual, experienced in leading a High School faculty towards inclusive teaching practices to meet the needs of diverse learners. He/she will demonstrate competency as an inspirational and progressive pedagogical leader with strong organizational and management skills. The High  School Principal will successfully guide the High School in providing what is best about American education in order to create learning experiences designed to promote the potential of each of our students. He/she will have experience in leading a High School faculty towards inclusive teaching practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.


The successful candidate will support the school’s mission and core values with a proven track record of success and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.


The High School Principal reports to the Associate Superintendent and will serve as a member of the ASD Core Cabinet Team.

The primary areas of responsibility of the High School Principal include: 


Administrative Leadership

  •  Provide leadership to the successful implementation of the School’s Strategic Plan.
  • Instill a sense of common purpose and shared commitment to the achievement of goals created through shared decision-making processes.
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty, colleagues and the community through a variety of communication methods.
  • Ensure that all of the School’s resources are used to serve students and faculty members alike in order to help both to reach their full learning potential.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to successfully recruit and retain excellent faculty and staff.
  • Assume the responsibility for sound financial management including accurate program budget planning and ongoing fiscal accountability.
  • Assume responsibility for the logistics associated with effectively operating the High School to include activities such as building a master class schedule, coordinating program implementation in concert with the Office of Learning and other key stakeholders.
  • Participate actively and willingly in committee work specific to program development and decision-making.
  • Conduct careful reviews of student admission applications in accordance with policies established by the School.
  • Implement Board of Trustee policies and other relevant school policies and procedures and comply with these policies and accompanying administrative regulations.
  • Seek the involvement of faculty and parents in a wide variety of school activities and actively promote and support the parent volunteer program.
  • Model the importance and necessity in attending after school student activity programs and parent events.
  • Serve as a contributing member of the school’s senior leadership team (Core Cabinet).
  • Represent the school at regional professional association meetings, relative to the role of the High School Principal as needed and/or required.
  • Perform other activities as might be required for the general welfare of the School and/or as requested by the Superintendent.


Learning Leadership

  •  Challenge and assist our students to become intellectually adept, thoughtful and ethical contributors to a global society.
  • Develop educational policies and objectives to support the implementation of a mission aligned curricular program.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and support a guidance department in providing a robust college placement program.
  • Ensure that all teachers and support staff have a clear understanding of their performance expectations.
  • Assist faculty and staff towards reaching their full potential through performance assessment and mentoring.
  • Demonstrate role-model traits that enable others to recognize the Principal as the leader of the High School.
  • Develop the leadership capabilities of teachers so that instructional leadership becomes a shared responsibility.
  • Gather validating information and data that help determine whether curriculum and instructional goals and student performance outcomes are being successfully achieved.
  • Provide leadership to the process of further improvement of programs across the High school.
  • Create an efficient, productive and caring building atmosphere where all students (and staff) have opportunities to be recognized for their best efforts.
  • Have a personal commitment to seek constant professional learning and professional growth; to also be a life-long learner.


Desired Personal Characteristics

  •  Student-centered decision-maker
  • Understands and appreciates the importance of diversity
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrates integrity in all aspects of life
  • Gives evidence of excellent listening skillsCapable of making and communicating decisions
  • Develops and sustains trust amongst all constituents
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent collaborator


Required Qualifications

  •  Current North American teacher and principal certification or equivalent
  • Master's Degree (administration preferred)
  • Five or more years of previous successful teaching and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated record of successful leadership, excellent organization and management skills
  • Prior experience with and a commitment to sustaining an American curriculum
  • Experience with curriculum development processes


Preferred Qualifications

  •  Five or more years of successful Administrative experience in an international setting
  • Experience as an educational leader in a standards-based grading and reporting environment
  • Experience leading learning programs outside of the school walls (ie. Week long international educational trips)
  • Capacity to apply data to further support and improve student learning
  • Models and supports a digital learning environment
  • Knowledge and experience with strategic planning
  • Previous experience with school accreditation protocols
  • Demonstrated success with the recruitment, development and retention of an faculty and staff          

Salary and Benefits


Salary is highly competitive and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include housing, health insurance, life insurance, home leave, shipping-in and shipping-out allowances, retirement contributions and ongoing professional development opportunities.


To apply, please submit an updated resume, cover letter and three references to hspsearch@asdubai.org. Deadline to Apply:  September 3, 2020

Did You Know…?

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