Middle School Principal at Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel
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Middle School Principal
Walworth Barbour American International School (Israel)

Dec 12, 19
Feb 1, 19


MS Principal - 2020-2021



WBAIS Administrators, teachers and staff are dedicated to student success, concerned about the physical and emotional well-being of their students, passionate about student learning and excited by the prospect of working within a dynamic, diverse community.

Classroom practices emphasize active, collaborative learning; team-building activities; the application of technology to authentic learning experiences; differentiated instruction and student achievement.


WBAIS and Israel:

Established under the auspices of the American Embassy in 1958, The Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel (WBAIS) is a MSA accredited, fully independent, co-educational Pre-K - 12 international school offering an American program leading to a US high school diploma.

With a present enrollment of approximately 600 students representing over 40 nationalities, AIS Israel is a diverse and vibrant community. Approximately 40% of AIS students are American, 40% from countries all over the world, and 20% Israelis.

In 2008 WBAIS moved to its current state-of-the-art 19-acre campus was opened in 2007 and is located in the town of Even Yehuda, a residential community approximately 20 kilometers north of Tel Aviv. The purpose-built campus includes four separate divisions, a performing arts building with 400-seat auditorium, full gym, cafeteria, library and media center, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, and an olympic-sized pool.

Reports to:   Head of School (HoS)

Job Capacity:   100%

Start Date:  Estimated start would be end of July 2020


The Middle School Principal is responsible for all activities involving students and faculty in the WBAIS Middle School.  S/he serves on the senior leadership team and the principals group, as well as other leadership bodies as needed.

His/her specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Maintaining congruence between the WBAIS mission and all activities of the MS division.
  • Acting as the educational leader of the division, responsible for its day-today operation, directing the activities of the members of the instructional team and the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Serving as chief articulator of the MS program, associated expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed, consistent with their individual roles.
  • Observing, supervising, and evaluating faculty in the development and implementation of the curriculum, and reviewing and evaluating the academic programs.
  • Providing an orderly, safe learning environment and a school climate that is supportive and reflects high morale.
  • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
  • Making recommendations to the HoS regarding the hiring and assignment of faculty.
  • Establishing programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all MS teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers, to ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies and assumed practices in all areas of the school operation.
  • Conducting regular meetings with faculty that deal both with routine school matters and with the exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical import.
  • Overseeing the coordination of the co-curricular and extracurricular activity programs of the middle school; assisting in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assisting in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; keeping all constituents informed of various school programs and activities.
  • Providing for the academic guidance of students; ensuring the maintenance of complete academic records on all students and overseeing the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Establishing guidelines for proper student conduct and maintaining student discipline consonant with school policies.
  • Being a visible presence in all areas of the school; keeping the HoS informed of the general programs and activities of the school.
  • Preparing a master school class schedule and assigning teachers and students to classes and other duties.
  • Serving as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • Assisting in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  • Supporting the school and its leadership.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the HoS.


The ideal candidate possesses at least three years of successful experience as School Principal. He or she also has deep and successful experience in the following areas:

  • Building consensus and managing change in a complex cultural environment
  • Effectively using data or feedback for school improvement
  • Effectively using or introducing AP and IB curriculums
  • Promoting of best practices for supporting special-needs students
  • Promoting of best practices in supporting the needs of English Language Learners
  • Helping students, teachers and parents to discuss challenging or sensitive issues
  • Promoting a compelling and informed vision of middle school education with an emphasis upon inquiry and deep learning
  • Promoting student voice, engagement, motivation, and leadership skills
  • Effectively and consistently enforcing policies or rules and making clear decisions
  • Promoting adult development, including staff mentoring and supervision, professional development, and parent education
  • Successfully recruiting and retaining teachers in an international environment
  • Working with a mixed faculty of both locally hired and international teachers

Knowledge Base and Attributes

The successful candidate will also possess a deep range of knowledge and attributes related to effective school leadership, including:

  • Exemplary communications skills in all formats, including written, spoken, presentational and social media, and ability to promote transparency in decision making process
  • Ability to frame and communicate a clear and compelling instructional vision
  • Deep and up-to-date knowledge of effective leadership and instructional practices, including standards-based grading and formative assessment
  • Commitment to working as part of a K-12 administrative team, and to help build connections between school divisions
  • Open-mindedness and flexibility, as well as an ability to foster creative solutions to problems
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Self-confidence coupled with humility
  • Sensitivity coupled with emotional resilience
  • High social and emotional intelligence, ability to listen and empathize
  • A student-centered outlook, with a demonstrated capacity to honor and celebrate student work and achievements

General faculty expectations:

  •  Implement the school's mission statement;
  • Effectively model and encourage multicultural awareness, tolerance and understanding following the WBAIS Profile of a Learner;
  • Work effectively with a varied student population (EAL students, students with learning challenges, late-entering students, and gifted and talented students);
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of and capacity to develop and work with a standards based curriculum;
  • Utilize accurate and up-to-date knowledge of curriculum and subject matter, applying current educational research and training;
  • Design effective lessons with teaching strategies that meet student needs and abilities;
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management skills and strategies that encourage student self-discipline;
  • Effectively monitor student work with timely and meaningful feedback, modifying goals and strategies as needed;
  • Employ technology (computers, video, telecommunications, etc.) as appropriate to enhance instruction;
  • Promote a positive relationship with others, sharing ideas, materials, experiences and expertise;
  • Participate in peer coaching and other instructional improvement programs;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development both during the school year and during off school months as needed;
  • Support school-wide projects such as student activities, staff development, and community efforts and events.

Interfaces with:

Interfaces with: Administration, Students, Parents, faculty, staff, and the WBAIS Community


Applicants should apply to Mr. Neal Jacover, Interim Head of School, to email Email: wbaisemployment@wbais.net

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2020.


Contact Information:

Website: https://www.wbais.net/
Email: employment@wbais.net

Phone: +972-9-890-1000

Fax: +972-9-890-1001

Address: 65 Hashomron St., Even Yehuda, 4051765

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.