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 - Jim O'Malley
Aug 29, 14
Oct 17, 14

International Community School of Abidjan
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa)

seeks a

Middle/High School Principal (Grades 6-12)
-- effective August 2015 --

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). ICSA received notification that it was granted re-accreditation with stipulations status by CIS and MSA in December 2013. The new principal will be involved in addressing the visiting team’s recommendations and assisting in the development of a new strategic plan.


There are presently 43 professional employees at the school representing 11 nationalities. In addition, there are 17 teaching assistants, 7 classified administrative staff and 12 classified support personnel.


Enrollment at the beginning of the academic year 2014-15 was 375 (Grades Pre K-12) representing close to 56 nationalities. Of these 230 are in Lower School (Grades Pre K-5) and 145 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 huge outdoor playing field (for soccer, volleyball, touch football, touch rugby) and a half-court basketball court.

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 and working closely with the Curriculum Coordinator, the duties of the Middle/High School Principal include, but are not limited to the following:

  • work with the Lower School Principal and the 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 its stakeholder groups, including undertaking appropriate community outreach endeavors; promoting and maintaining a positive school climate conducive to effective educational experiences;
  • 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 Dr. Ralph Jahr being the primary consultant. The deadline for applications is 17 October 2015, but candidates are urged to submit applications as soon as possible. The Director 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 early November 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
2008 Cove Lane
Skype: ralph.h.jahr
Roseville, CA 95747-8835

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Robert Barlas is the author of the Teaching Overseas Handbook.