Lower School Principal at ACS Doha International School in Qatar
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Lower School Principal
ACS Doha International School (Qatar)

Dec 16, 19
Jan 5, 20

 

Job Title: Lower School Principal Reports to: Head of School

Location: Doha    

OVERALL JOB PURPOSE

The Lower School Principal is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of a brand new, purpose-built campus for the Lower School Division.   The successful candidate needs to contribute to the growth of the school, while ensuring the delivery of a rigorous curriculum, maintaining an outstanding learning environment and community focused atmosphere.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES / Leadership

  • Leads the Lower School Division by promoting ACS’s Vision and Values, Philosophy and Ethos through the day to-day interactions with the ACS community.
  • Demonstrate reflective leadership practice that values feedback.
  • Collaboratively implement and evaluate policies and procedures to secure the highest standards of teaching and learning.
  • Positively contributes to the development and annual review of the School Strategic Plan ensuring learning is at the centre of planning and resource management.
  • Establishes a culture for continuous improvement in the School/Division.
  • Evaluates and updates practices as appropriate ensuring up to date information and communication.
  • Encourages and supports the development of initiatives that link with the School Strategic Plan.
  • Encourage and support the active engagement of parents and carers in their child’s educationalprogress

Teaching and Learning

  • Ensures that all students receive a rigorous education through a programme designed to promote a  safe and healthy school environment, and using a variety of data to monitor every child’s learning.
  • Collaboratively establishes creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Establishes strategies which secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
  • Monitors, evaluates and reviews classroom practices and promotes improvement strategies to ensure that underperformance is challenged at all levels.
  • Use student assessment results and discussions with faculty to inform curriculum development in the Division, liaising with the Early Childhood Principal, PYP Coordinator, ACS Education Strategy Services in the UK to ensure consistency across the Schools.
  • Communicates student progress effectively to parents to ensure their on-going involvement with their child’s education.
  • Maintain respectful communication with all stakeholders, and facilitate positive and innovative problem solving 
  • Ensure clear, consistent and on-going communication with the wider ACS community.
  • Collaborate with admissions to balance enrollment demands with conditions of acceptance.

Building Relationships

  • Builds effective and collaborative working relationships with all constituents of the ACS Community
  • Seeks opportunities and partnerships with internal and external organisations that will enhance the students experience. 
  • Supports community initiatives and attends school events.
  • Communicates effectively by hosting community events, training workshops and opportunities for input and feedback.
  • Develops advocacy and recognition for students and teachers.
  • Cooperates and works with relevant agencies to safeguard children and staff.
  • Deals with student and parent concerns in a timely, sensitive manner encouraging positive outcomes to situations.
  • Continually solicits 360 feedback on own performance and that of the Division to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Leads, motivates, supports, challenges and develops employees to ensure continuous improvement and development ensuring quality of education provided and ensuring constructive relationships are formed between employees and students.Ensures effective orientation of new employees into the Division while fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

General administration and management

  • Develops and manages efficient systems for the daily operational activities (e.g. assessment and reporting, assemblies, parent events etc).
  • Collaborates on a master schedule for the Division that allows for a continuum of learning throughout the school.
  • Manages information effectively and maintains appropriate records on students, staff, faculty, and curriculum in accordance with best practice and inspection criteria.
  • Ensures understanding of inspection and accreditation processes and ensures effective implementation.
  • Ensures student progress is accurately recorded and reported regularly to parents.
  • Leads and contributes to WASC and IB evaluation processes
  • Ensures the effective management of Divisional budgets ensuring achievement of agreed activities and objectives.
  • Submits, as appropriate, priorities for expenditure in line with the ACS budgeting timetable.
  • Plans, allocates, supports and evaluates work undertaken by individuals and teams, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ensures the appropriate and effective use of ACS’s performance management tools and policies toensure continuous improvement.
  • Ensures that facilities are kept safe and clean/adheres to all health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken before sanctioning and any potentially hazardous activities

 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree and an advanced Master’s degree in leadership.
  • A proven track record of curriculum leadership: planning, facilitating, assessing and monitoring an Lower School framework.
  • Successful IB World School leadership experience with IB training preferred.
  • Several years previous teaching experience required.
  • Sound knowledge of, and experience in the PYP, as well as a thorough understanding of modern educational practices.
  • Fluency in the English language.

 

Personal Qualities (ALP)

  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Model and promote the IB learner profile and PYP attitudes.
  • Able to balance quick response decisions and priorities without deviating from longer term aims.
  • Courage and conviction of opinions and decisions.
  • Ability to quickly build effective and sustainable working relationships with the wider community while sensitive to other cultures and values.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work within a team; positive attitude; growth mindset; and a sense of humour.
  • Open and collaborative leadership style.
  • Purposeful and responsive influencing style.
  • Exceptional prioritizing, planning and organizing skills.
  • Able to seek advice and support when necessary.

Working Environment:
Based at Doha campus, Qatar with occasional travel to other campuses overseas. Working 5 days out of 7, including some evenings, weekends and Public Holidays.

SAFEGUARDING

ACS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as an employee of ACS you are expected to share this commitment.  The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff within ACS International Schools and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.

 

 

 

Salary and Benefits Package

The duration of the contract for the successful candidate will be not less than three years, and hopefully at least five years.  
The package includes the following elements:

  •  A competitive tax-free salary
  • Furnished accommodation and annual utilities allowance
  • Transport Allowance;
  • Annual flight home allowance once per year;
  • End of contract gratuity (equivalent to 3 weeks of Basic Salary for every full year of service);
  • Private Medical Insurance, worldwide coverage except USA;
  • Life Insurance;
  • Schooling for 2 kids;
  • Initial Relocation Flight;
  • One-off Relocation and Shipping Allowance to relocate to Doha;
  • A laptop, an iPhone with a pre-paid line and an iPad when needed for work.

 

Application Procedure

Suitably qualified candidates should send to Nathalie Rachid at  nrachid@acs-schools.com – all items together in one pdf as an email attachment to arrive as soon as possible, and no later than the 5th of Jan 2020:

  •  A cover letter briefly outlining why the candidate wishes to apply for this position and what specific skills, qualities and experience (s)he can offer the school
  • A CV (no more than two pages)
  • A statement of educational and leadership philosophy (no more than one page)
  • The names and full contact details (including current professional email addresses) of four or more professional referees
  • A good recent head-and-shoulders photo
  • A short video no longer than 2 minutes explaining why the candidate will be a good fit for the role

 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Sally Gordon spent three years sailing the seas aboard a catamaran with her husband Robert, also an experienced educator (and sailor).