High School Principal at Lincoln Community School in Ghana
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High School Principal
Lincoln Community School (Ghana)

Appointed - Jeffrey Eller
Jul 9, 14
Sep 15, 14

Lincoln Community School
Accra, Ghana

seeks a
High School Principal
Effective July 2015

The School

Lincoln Community School (LCS) is a not for profit American international school located in Accra, the capital of Ghana, an English speaking, democratic, politically stable, and economically growing country in West Africa. Founded in 1968, Lincoln Community School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs. Students graduate with an International Baccalaureate diploma, an American high school diploma and IB Diploma Program certificates. English is the language of instruction; classes are offered from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

LCS graduated its first senior class in May 1988 and currently enrolls over 765 students from more than 60 different countries. This current academic year LCS’ High School enrollment is 240 students in grades in grades 9 – 12. Lincoln serves an expatriate population associated with embassies, international businesses, aid agencies, United Nations agencies and religious organizations located in Ghana. Class sizes are approximately 20 students or fewer. Specialized learning support programs serve those students with English acquisition needs (EAL) and students with identified mild-moderate learning disabilities.


LCS is accredited by Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States and by the Council of International School (CIS) and is fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as an I.B. World School.


LCS is affiliated with the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the West Africa International School Activities League (WAISAL).



Lincoln Community School strives to be a model American international school offering a broad and challenging educational program to students from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Lincoln Community School is committed to inspiring students to achieve the highest standards of intellectual and personal development through a stimulating and comprehensive program. Within a caring, respectful, multicultural environment, the school is committed to instilling in each student a desire to learn, to take appropriate risks, and to accept challenges. The school community is committed to developing students who are resilient and adaptable, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to continue their education and become personally fulfilled, interdependent, socially responsible adults.



By 2015, the Lincoln Community School will be recognized as a leading international school in Africa by providing a rich cultural and social learning environment for families who seek an exemplary American/International Baccalaureate educational program. LCS students will be innovative, resilient individuals who take initiative, collaborate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to society. LCS students will demonstrate integrity in their actions, creativity and zest in their learning, joy in their endeavors.


LCS will accomplish this vision by providing:

  • Academic programs that embody the I.B. standards and learner profile, allow student choice, foster natural curiosity, enable students to excel, and promote life-long learning.
  • Extracurricular programs that embrace appreciation for and participation in the arts, personal fitness and a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
  • Curricular and extracurricular opportunities that maximize the benefits of living and learning in Ghana and Africa.
  • Service learning opportunities that develop self-awareness and social responsibility in our students so they can make positive contributions to their world.
  • Mutually beneficial partnerships with Ghanaian institutions, social service organizations and the corporate community.
  • Experiences with technology that promote continued learning, enhance communication, and foster innovation in practice.
  • A safe, secure and fun learning environment that promotes personal fulfillment and joy.
  • Professional development opportunities that foster recruitment and retention of well-qualified staff who are committed to continued learning and find fulfillment in their work.
  • A purpose-built campus that reflects the local culture, utilizes green technology, and models sustainable environmental practices.
  • Sound fiscal planning that provides financial stability for the present and the future.

The Curriculum

The LCS curriculum emphasizes inquiry and problem solving. Consistent with the I.B. mission of promoting international mindedness, the LCS curriculum is developed and delivered through an international and multicultural perspective. The Elementary school from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 follows the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), Grades 6 through 10 students follow IB Middle Years Program (MYP) which provides a framework of academic challenges and life skills for students. In grades 11 and 12, students complete requirements for the full IB Diploma Program or may select from a range of IB certificates and a U.S. accredited course of study. 



The Position

The High School Principal is a new position emerging from the broader scope of the previous Secondary School Principal role. The 2014 -15 school year will be the first year that LCS is organized with a High School Principal grades 9-12, a Middle School Principal grades 6-8 and an Elementary Principal grades pre-K–5. The High School Principal is primarily responsible for all the day to day aspects of running the High School from grades 9 to 12 which includes preparing and achieving high standards for quality and excellence in the academic program; leading high school faculty and staff to develop an optimum learning climate for the school and working with other administrators to direct the IB Diploma Program grades 11 and 12 and the MYP program grades 6-10. The High School Principal responsibilities include the curriculum development in collaboration with the Director of Educational Programs and the Middle School Principal.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Administer and supervise the operation of the High School in compliance with School policy and the directions of the Head of School.
  • Serve as a member of the Administrative and Educational Leadership teams; communicate and collaborate with other administrators to achieve school goals.
  • Comply with accreditation and I.B. authorization requirements/activities.
  • Communicate with High School parents regarding all matters related to the High school and the IB Diploma and Middle Years Programs.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Educational Programs to administer and develop the IB Program Diploma and Middle Years Programs grades 9-12.
  • Supervise and appraise teachers and other staff in the High School.
  • Nurture a climate of trust and respect throughout the school amongst students and faculty; engage students and faculty in building community.
  • Collaborate closely with counselors in serving students regarding student welfare.
  • Coordinate High school assemblies; edit and publish High school handbook.
  • Develop and manage High School’s Discipline procedures, practices and philosophy to assure the safety and welfare of students.
  • Develop and manage High School master schedule and Admin plus.
  • Supervise the maintenance of accurate records on the progress and attendance of students through report cards and conferences.
  • Implement the adopted standardized and achievement testing programs for students.
  • Advise Admissions Department on application for student admissions.
  • Nurture an environment of collaboration and interdisciplinary planning.
  • Supervise High School faculty in meeting their responsibility for unit planning, updating units in Atlas Rubicon and maintaining current curriculum maps for all High School courses.
  • Provide coaching to teachers in their performance and goal setting with a specific focus on curriculum development and unit planning and teaching through inquiry.
  • Assist in planning and delivery of professional development related to the IB Program and other High School programs as appropriate.
  • Facilitate faculty implementation of the LCS vision and ensure vision elements are embedded in Diploma and MYP instruction and curriculum; assist in data gathering to measure achievement of LCS vision and nurture an environment of collaboration and interdisciplinary planning.
  • Ensure that Diploma and MYP curriculum, individual unit planning and assessment practices are aligned with prescribed IB criteria and objectives and with adopted standards and benchmarks in each curricular area.
  • Assist the Educational Leadership Team to provide leadership in the design and review of curriculum and professional development programs for the Diploma and MYP Programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by Head of School


Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Prior administrative experience in a similar position
  • Minimum of three years experience in school administration; five years experience preferred
  • Previous teaching experience at the High School level; recognized as a master teacher
  • Demonstrable commitment to the philosophy and instructional practices of the International Baccalaureate.
  • Proven experience in curriculum implementation and accreditation processes
  • Proven experience in mentoring teachers to improve their professional practice
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective training programs for teachers
  • Experience in building effective partnership with parents.
  • Technology literacy and competency in developing and implementing technology plan for integration within the High School program
  • Demonstrated high level intrapersonal skills; ability to lead collaboratively; flexible,    creative      Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications



  • Master’s Degree in educational leadership, administration, curriculum and instruction or related field
  • High School teaching certification required
  • Principal certification required


LCS Believes:

That each employee makes a significant contribution to our success,

That contribution is not limited to the assigned responsibilities.

Therefore this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the employee or LCS to only the work identified. It is the expectation of the School that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our organization.


Compensation and Benefits

LCS offers an initial contract term of three years (renewable). The salary for the High School Principal is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and is competitive within Africa; the School pays taxes on 100% of the salary. Other benefits for the position include international medical insurance for the employee and up to two qualifying dependents. In addition, the school offers a 50% subsidy for short term disability insurance (optional), retirement contribution from 5%, professional development allowance of $3,500 per year, re-signing bonus of $5,000 per yearly contract renewal, flights home annually, relocation allowance, comfortable furnished housing subject to family size, allowance for utilities,  a car for personal use,  personal leave of 3 days, recruitment leave of 3 days and maternity leave of 12 weeks.


Procedures for Filing Application

Lincoln Community School has appointed Search Associates as its consultant in its search for a High School Principal, with Ralph Jahr as the lead consultant.  The deadline for applications is 15 September. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as the Search Committee reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found. Semifinalist candidates will be identified by Search Associates and their dossiers forwarded to the school for review. On-line interviews will be arranged during the first week in October, with the intention to complete the final selection by early to mid-November.

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.  Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee and 2 or 3 finalists will be selected as early in the process as possible. The new High School Principal will be selected shortly after the conclusion of the site visit, final interviews, and reference checks.  The new High School Principal will begin in August 2015.


Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the HS Principal position at LCS.
  • A statement describing your management and educational philosophy, not to exceed two pages.
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.
  • A one-page list of references with current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession. 

Total document size should be kept to less than three (4) MB if possible. Applications should be sent to rjahr@searchassociates.com .  Additional information about Lincoln Community School can be found on the school’s web site at www.lincoln.edu.gh .


Ralph Jahr                                                           Tel: 609-759-0431 USA – Eastern Time Zone

Skype – ralph.h.jahr                                            Email: RJahr@searchassociates.com


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