Middle/High School Principal (Grades 6-12) at International Community School of Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire
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Middle/High School Principal (Grades 6-12)
International Community School of Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)

Appointed - Position Filled
Jan 10, 14
Feb 21, 14

International Community School of Abidjan

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa)

seeks a

Middle/High School Principal (Grades 6-12)

-- effective August 2014 --


The School and Community

The International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) was founded in 1972 by a group of Americans connected with the US Embassy in the Côte d'Ivoire.  It is a non-profit, independent, coeducational day school offering an American style curriculum from Pre-kindergarten through grade 12.


The school is governed by a nine member Board of Directors and recognizes the U.S. Embassy/Abidjan as its “Founding Sponsor”.  Seven members on the Board are elected by the ICSA Association and the remaining two members are appointed by the U. S. Ambassador.


ICSA follows an American curriculum that is based on academic standards developed by Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out).  The curriculum has been modified to meet local needs and opportunities.  French, the official language of the Côte d'Ivoire, is offered in grades 1-12. English Language Support (ELS) is offered in grades 1-10.  ELS is required of all non-English speakers until they are peer-competitive in the classroom.

ICSA is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).  CIS and MSA conducted a joint preparatory re-accreditation visit during October 2010.  In January 2011, ICSA was granted Re-accreditation Candidacy Status based on the CIS/MSA team visit.  ICSA’s Self-Study was completed in January 2013 and a Joint CIS/MSA team visit took place in March 2013.  In May 2013, ICSA received notification that it was granted re-accreditation with stipulations status by CIS, and the same with MSA in December 2013.  The new principal will be involved in addressing the visiting team’s recommendations and in assisting in the development of a strategic plan.


There are presently 24 professional employees at the school representing 9 nationalities.  There are, in addition, 8 teaching assistants, 6 classified administrative staff and 12 classified support personnel.


Enrollment at the beginning of the academic year 2013-2014 was 187 (Grades Pre K – 12) representing close to 30 nationalities.  Of these 103 are in Lower School (Grades Pre K – 5) and 84 in the Upper School (Grades 6 – 12).


The school recently returned to its purpose built facilities in the Riviera 3 area of Abidjan.  It includes the following facilities: A fully equipped science lab at the Middle and High School levels, a pre K – 5 library-media center and a Grades 6 – 12 Research Library, IT Lab, 24/7 Internet Access, wireless access in the Library and lunch areas, Music and Art rooms, a large outdoor playing field (for soccer, volleyball, touch football, touch rugby) and a half-court basketball court.

Prior to the current location the school functioned out of a smaller villa complex, which was adequate for the reduced enrollment during the period of political crisis.

Approximately 95 percent of the school’s income is derived from tuition fees.  A one-time-per-family capital development fee, yearly registration fees and miscellaneous sources account for the balance of income.  The school also receives an annual grant from the Office of Overseas Schools.

The Position

The MS/HS Principal is the administrator for the Middle and High Schools of ICSA and is responsible to the ICSA Director.  Sharing administrative responsibilities for the school with the Lower School Principal/Curriculum  Coordinator, the duties of the Middle/High School Principal include, but are not limited to the following:

  • work with the Lower School Principal/Curriculum Coordinator to focus attention on curriculum renewal, revising and upgrading the curriculum;
  • continuously evaluate and take appropriate action to improve the curriculum content, assessment practices and the overall quality of teaching and learning;
  • assist with the development and implementation of operational procedures, policies and systems that may be proper for the effective management of the middle and high school;
  • provide for the day-to-day operation of the middle and high school;
  • perform advanced planning for the school, including but not limited to the ordering of curriculum materials, audio-visual aids, recreational materials and related supplies;
  • oversee the supervision and evaluation of all middle and high school teachers and staff members;
  • provide input to the short and long-range planning for the school;
  • see to the proper and effective projection of the school’s image to the various publics concerned, including undertaking appropriate community outreach endeavors; promote and maintain a positive school climate conducive to effective educational experiences (recognizing the achievement and accomplishments of students and faculty);
  • perform any other duties necessary to fulfill the school’s vision and mission.

Qualifications for the position

Applicants should possess a Master’s degree and be certified in educational administration, preferably with a proven track record as an overseas administrator in a developing country. Excellent human relations, leadership, and communication skills are essential. The Board is particularly interested in candidates with solid experiences in administration (particularly supervision and evaluation), a keen interest in staff development, experience in establishing a middle school program, knowledge of the CIS and MSA protocols and experience with the International Baccalaureate Program.

A working knowledge of French would be very beneficial.

Salary and Benefits

The salary is competitive with other overseas schools of the same category (i.e. configuration and size) and will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. 

Benefits include the following:

  • Furnished housing, including standard utilities;
  • Annual home leave to home of record for the Principal and dependents;
  • Tuition at ICSA for school age dependents;
  • Shipping of household and personal effects;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Retirement benefits, including FICA

Procedures for Filing Application

The search is being conducted by Search Associates with Ralph Jahr being the primary consultant.  The deadline for applications is 21 February 2014, but candidates are urged to submit applications as soon as possible.  The Search Committee reserves the right to fill the position at any time if an outstanding candidate is identified prior to the deadline.  Interviews will be scheduled for finalists via Skype in March 2014.

Applications will be accepted in electronic form only.  Please avoid sending high-density pictures or graphics.  Qualified candidates should send the following items as a single pdf attachment:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume, generally not more than two-pages
  • Names and positions of at least three current or recent referees, with current email addresses and telephone numbers, including the Director or your supervisor of your present school. (These referees may be asked to submit confidential comments.)
  • A statement describing your management and educational philosophy, not to exceed two pages
  • Up to three (3) open letters of reference may also be submitted as part of the single, pdf document mentioned above.

Please send the requested materials as a single pdf attachment of not more than 4 MB to: rjahr@searchassociates.com

For additional information please see the ICSA website at < www.icsa.ac.ci > or contact Ralph Jahr at the address below:

Ralph H. Jahr, Ph.D.                                                         Tel:         609-759-0431

Search Associates                                                             Email:     rjahr@searchassociates.com

12 Exeter Ct                                                                      Skype:    ralph.h.jahr

Princeton, NJ 08540-7046

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