Principal at American School of Antananarivo in Madagascar
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American School of Antananarivo (Madagascar)

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Dec 8, 14
Feb 27, 15

American School of Antananarivo

Antananarivo, Madagascar

seeks a

PK-12 Principal

effective July 2015

ASA seeks a motivated, committed, and experienced Principal to uphold the school’s excellent educational standards while leading the school through the continuation of positive growth.

Our School

The American School of Antananarivo (ASA) is a not for profit American school. Our purpose is to provide the highest quality education in an international setting for children pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1969, The American School of Antananarivo is accredited by Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate for the Primary Years Program (PYP). 

The curriculum is based on the standards of the American system and English is the language of instruction. ASA also provides coursework in French, Malagasy, Spanish and instruction for English language learners. ASA is a small, intimate school where children are educated in a climate of mutual care, trust, integrity, and respect for both individual and group differences. ASA is committed to academic excellence. Our high school graduates are accepted into leading universities and colleges worldwide.

ASA is primarily supported by the tuition of the students, with the help of grants from the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Overseas Schools. Our school is affiliated with the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).


ASA is located in Antananarivo, Madagascar in a peaceful residential neighborhood. Our proximity to the Indian Ocean and unique wildlife areas offer ample opportunities for outdoor sports, travel and adventure. A large percentage of the school community currently lives within walking distance of the school. Antananarivo is widely regarded as a desirable family post by expatriates. As a large island and emerging country, there is a great diversity within the population. While there is a wide array of goods available on the island of Madagascar, it is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Madagascar is faced with developing world challenges.

ASA Governance

The ASA Association, currently made up of parents, faculty and administration, own the school. They are represented by the Board of Trustees, which consists of six members elected by the ASA Association for 2-year terms and one member appointed by the U.S. Ambassador. The Board sets the strategic direction, overall policy for the school, and oversees its financial health. 


ASA provides an internationally recognized college preparatory education, fully accredited in the USA, which emphasizes academic excellence within a well-rounded program. ASA educators and parents foster a mutually supportive, healthy school community with high ethical standards in academic and social life, fully utilizing the richness of the school’s cultural and international diversity. ASA values individual students and enables their full development to produce successful, confident, adaptable, and responsible members of their community. 


ASA students are successful, productive, and positive members of their local and global communities.

ASA will accomplish this vision by providing:

  • Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for academic, physical social and emotional development. They will develop the ability to think critically and creatively, apply their learning to new situations, plan and organize, solve problems, research and learn independently and collaboratively. The students will gain satisfaction from academic and extra-curricular accomplishment in a supportive, caring, and safe environment that nurtures student’s social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Students will study a balanced, varied, well-articulated, and integrated curriculum that incorporates English language arts, reading, and literature, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, drama, physical education, foreign language, and information technology. Students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively through all subject areas. They will particularly develop the skills to express themselves clearly and creatively in English, especially in writing.
  • Students will learn from a program that reflects the international multicultural perspective and insights about world history, cultures, and people with a special focus on Madagascar and their home countries. The academic program will feature direct field experiences in Madagascar as well as participation in community service. The educational program will utilize the unique location to enrich students’ cultural understanding and appreciation of our host country. The students will also gain an international multicultural perspective through information and insights about other countries, particularly, their home countries, communicated through as many subjects and activities as possible.
  • Students will be able to participate in diverse extra-curricular activities, with an emphasis on sports, art, drama, music, social development, and visual technology that stimulate and develop the students’ interests and talents, and promote social interaction within the community at large.
  • Students will learn in ways that are active, engaging and stimulating. Students will develop the attitudes, motivation, and skills necessary to be life-long learners. They will learn how to build good learning habits that will lead to maximizing the learning process. The learning process will include current methods that address students’ individual needs, talents and interests and will also promote development of teamwork skills. The students will learn how to use and incorporate modern technology as an integral part of their learning process. Faculty will inspire students to strive for academic, social, ethical, physical, and emotional growth.
  • Students will develop within a personal, caring, and secure environment that consciously use the potential of a small school and class size. To this end, close and open communication among teachers, administration, parents, and students will be encouraged. The school will create opportunities for structured interaction between different classes, serving to promote and stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning among the younger students while developing a sense of responsibility and community among the older students.
  • Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for human achievement. They will develop a sense of respect, responsibility, understanding, and concern toward all other persons. Students will build self-esteem by being exposed to a variety of opportunities in which they will experience success. They will acquire the work habits, self-confidence, and social and emotional maturity they need to adapt to change, succeed in their next schools, and become effective, sensitive adults.

The Position

The ASA Principal is responsible for all day-to-day aspects of providing excellence in academic PK-12 programs. The ASA principal leads faculty and staff to develop the best teaching and learning practices and learning environments. The principal works closely with the ASA Director to ensure excellence in curriculum and instruction. The principal’s main responsibilities include curriculum development, review, and revision, support in instructional practices, and helping to create professional development in collaboration with all ASA educators.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Board of Trustees, Director, and ASA community to develop, review and revise ASA strategic plan
  • Works with the Board of Trustees and Director to draft ASA policy for the Board Trustee’s consideration
  • Supports the Director in all preparations for the ASA’s accreditations and authorizations.
  • Develops the ASA’s master schedule for instruction
  • Supports the Director in determining educational staffing and educational resources.
  • Supervises and appraise ASA teachers and ASA support staff
  • Lead the maintenance of accurate records on the progress and attendance of students through report cards, high school transcripts and conferences
  • Lead, implement, and adopted standardized and achievement testing programs for students (AP, PSAT, MAP)
  • Lead the ASA admissions committee on applications for student admissions
  • Provide coaching to teachers in their goal setting and instructional practices
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • Prior administrative experience
  • Previous teaching experience and recognized as a master teacher
  • Demonstrable commitment to coach and support teachers in instructional best practices
  • Proven experience in curriculum implementation and accreditation processes
  • Experience in building effective leadership in all school relations
  • Technology literacy and competency
  • IB experience preferred
  • Demonstrated high level of intrapersonal skills: ability to lead collaboratively, flexible and creative
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications
  • Proficiency in French is preferred

Salary and Benefits

ASA offers an initial contract term of two years (renewable). The salary and benefits package for the new ASA Principal will be competitive with other leading international schools on the African continent. 

Procedure for Filing Application:

The American School of Antananarivo has appointed Search Associates to act as consultant in the search for a new Principal, with Ralph Jahr being the lead consultant. The deadline for receipt of all materials is February 27, 2015.  Applications are requested in electronic form only. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials as early as possible as the ASA Director reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found. 

The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.  Finalists will be selected as early in the process as possible.  The new ASA Principal will be selected shortly after the conclusion of the site visit, final interviews, and reference checks.  The new ASA Principal will begin in August 2015.

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Principal position at the American School of Antananarivo
  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages, addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • A one-page list of at least three (3) references with current phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of three open letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession
  • Statement of your Educational Leadership Philosophy – up to 500 words

Kindly keep attachments less than four (4) megabytes in total. 

Applications should be sent to:              

For additional information about the American School of Antananarivo, please visit the school website at – 

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

Search Associates                                                                                 Email:

2008 Cove Lane                                                                                                  Skype – ralph.h.jahr

Roseville, CA 95747 (USA)

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Dr. Barry Drake has over 40 years' experience in administration and teaching in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia.