IB Coordinator - Assistant Principal at Lincoln Community School, Accra in Ghana
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IB Coordinator - Assistant Principal
Lincoln Community School, Accra (Ghana)

Appointed - Filled
Sep 27, 13
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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 and an American high school diploma and 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 740 students from more than 60 different countries. This current academic year LCS' Secondary School enrollment is 167 students in grades 6 – 8 and 208 students 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 Colleges and Schools 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 Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the West Africa International School Activities League (WAISAL).

MISSION

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.

VISION

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 fittness 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 select from the full Diploma program, a range of I. B. certificates and a U.S. accredited course of study.

THE POSITION:

The High School Assistant Principal and I.B Diploma Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Secondary School Principal in preparing and achieving high standards for quality and excellence in the academic program; managing all IB program requirements and leading staff and faculty in developing an optimum learning climate for the school.

Specific Responsibilities:

Diploma Program

  • Collaboratively work with faculty to design and implement Diploma program, external exams, mock exams and all related activities
  • Monitor the development and review of the Secondary School's scope and sequence documents to ensure that the documents are in line with the I.B. requirements and LCS expectations.
  • Supervise and coordinate all aspects of the Diploma Program including a development plan for continued improvement of the Diploma Program; serve as liaison with the I.B.O.
  • Annually complete detailed exam performance analysis and report to all constituents
  • Maintain documentation of the Secondary School implementation of the Diploma Program
  • Supervise faculty performance including maintaining records of goal setting and performance evaluation of teachers grades 9-12

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Assist the Educational Leadership Team to provide leadership in the design and review of curriculum and professional development programs for the Diploma and High School programs
  • Facilitate implementation of curriculum development, updating curriculum maps and posting of I. B. Diploma curriculum documents on Atlas Rubicon
  • Provide leadership in High School curriculum areas and share expertise in areas of unit design, lesson design, assessment and reporting practices; serve as mentor to faculty.
  • Manage administrative tasks for the Diploma Program assigned for the high school

Communication

  • Meet with students and families to plan for successful high school academic experience for all students
  • Communicate with high school parents regarding all matters related to the high school and Diploma programs; ensure all I.B. requirements are communicated to faculty, students and parents.
  • Implement student referral procedures record keeping and parent communication for discipline and attendance matters; monitor lunch study halls and after school tutorial program

Assistant Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist Secondary School principal in administration of High School program.
  • Nurture climate of trust and respect throughout the school amongst students and faculty; engage students and faculty in building community.
  • Collaborate with counselors to ensure student welfare.
  • Develop and manage Secondary School Discipline procedures, practices, & philosophy.
  • Provide leadership for the Grade 11/12 advisory program, in collaboration with counselors.
  • Support and assist with planning of Growth and Goals professional development
  • Assist in the development of and manage the Secondary School Master schedule using existing software program, Admin Plus.
  • Represent the Secondary School at community functions as appropriate.
  • Organize secondary staff duty rosters
  • Serve as Acting Principal in the absence of the Principal.

Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Prior administrative experience in similar position preferred
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program;
  • Proven ability as trainer for curriculum development and facilitating curriculum implementation
  • Proven ability to work with Principal and faculty to ensure curriculum is implemented
  • Proven experience in mentoring teachers to improve their professional practice and in using exam results to improve instruction
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills; ability to lead collaboratively; flexible, creative thinker
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications
  • Experience in school administration including public presence with students, faculty, parents and community

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in curriculum and instruction or related field (preferred)
  • School leadership certificate or similar degree (preferred)

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 IB Coordinator is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and is competitive within Africa; the School pays taxes on of the75% of the salary. Other benefits for the position include international medical insurance for the employee and up to two dependents. In addition, the school offers a 50% subsidy for short term disability insurance (optional), retirement contribution from 5%, professional development allowance of $2,500 per year, re-signing bonus of $3,000 per yearly contract renewal, flights home annually, relocation allowance, comfortable furnished housing subject to family size, allowance for utilities, personal leave of 3 days, recruitment leave of 3 days and maternity leave of 12 weeks.

Contact Information

To find out more about the role please contact dlarkin@lincoln.edu.gh or lmensah-baah@lincoln.edu.gh . Also take a look at our website www.lincoln.edu.gh for more information about the school.

Did You Know…?

Executive Vice President David Cope's career has taken him to Europe, Africa, North and Central America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.