School Director at American International School of Bucharest in Romania
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School Director
American International School of Bucharest (Romania)

Jan 14, 22
Feb 18, 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American International School of Bucharest, Romania

seeks a School Director

Commencing July 2023

 

The School

AISB was founded in 1962 by the American Embassy to serve the children of Diplomats living in Bucharest at the time. From its humble beginnings, teaching only six students in a garage, AISB’s growth over the last 55 years has been extraordinary. We now have over 280 faculty and staff members who provide an excellent international education to over 900 students in Early Childhood 2 through Grade 12. With 60 nationalities represented, we host a wonderfully rich and diverse community on our ten-hectare, purpose-built campus with state-of-the-art facilities. AISB maintains a comprehensive website, containing numerous documents and reports, which potential applicants will find useful at http://www.aisb.ro/ .

Campus and Facilities

Our campus covers ten hectares (about 27 acres) and offers state of the art facilities to our students, including a performing arts theater/auditorium, three libraries, design center, Early Learning Center, cafeteria, gymnasiums and extensive sports facilities. The campus is located in the Baneasa forest area, approximately 10 km from the center of Bucharest and 13 km from the Henri Coanda International Airport.

Curriculum and Accreditation

AISB is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) for grades K-12 and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization to offer the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. AISB is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), based in Zagreb, Croatia. AISB is affiliated with and receives grant support from the U.S. Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools (A/SO), Washington, D.C. AISB is also authorized by the Romanian Ministry of Education.

Faculty

AISB is committed to high standards of achievement, as exemplified by a highly qualified faculty who have continuous access to current instructional materials and teaching strategies. AISB faculty and staff come from a multitude of countries, and we are committed to diversity as a principle in our hiring practices. The school actively supports and encourages the professional learning of its faculty and staff. Teachers enjoy an excellent benefits package and savings potential.  Bucharest is a safe and interesting place to live, with a fascinating history and cultural heritage.

Community Support

While the pandemic has made meeting together as a community challenging, AISB enjoys the support of a very enthusiastic and hands-on community organization, AISB & Co.  This group actively promotes positive participation from all parents, staff, faculty, students and alumni and is aligned with the values of the school. We organize different events during the year, such as the Harvest Festival, the Festival of Lights, our International Festival, and Terry Fox Run, among others.

The School Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school. It exists to ensure that our students receive the best education, that our teachers have all the resources to teach and benefit from a constructive working environment, and that the School budget is well funded to support our Mission, Vision and Values. The AISB Board of Trustees has nine voting members. The Chair is appointed by the American Ambassador from among the senior officers of the US Embassy. The Board generally meets once a month to oversee and ensure School governance, School policy and to set strategic direction.

The Country and City

Location: (Southeastern) Central Europe

Time Zone: Seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (GMT + 2)

Area: 92,043 sq. miles (238,391 sq. km) - a little larger than the state of Minnesota

Population: 19,645,700 (November 2017)

Largest cities: Bucharest (1,883,400), Cluj Napoca (324,600), Timisoara (319,300), Iasi (290,400), Constanta (283,900), Craiova (269,500), Brasov (253,200), Galati (249,400), Ploiesti (2209,900), Oradea (196,400). Romania's population lives in 320 cities and towns and 12,956 villages.

Main Ethnic Groups: Romanian 84%, Hungarian 6.1%, Roma 3.1%, German 0.2%, Ukrainian 0.2%

Religions: Christian Orthodox 81%, Roman Catholic 4.3%,

Official Language: Romanian    

Currency: Leu (RON) (plural Lei)

Capital: Bucharest (Bucure?ti)

 

Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north, and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Roughly the size of Oregon, Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland. Bucharest — the capital city of Romania — is located at the same latitude with the cities of Portland - Oregon; Montreal - Canada; Venice - Italy; and Bordeaux - France.

Romania's territory features splendid mountains, beautiful rolling hills, fertile plains and numerous rivers and lakes. The Carpathian Mountains traverse the center of the country bordered on both sides by foothills and finally the great plains of the outer rim. Forests cover over one quarter of the country and the fauna is one of the richest in Europe including bears, deer, lynx, chamois and wolves. The legendary Danube River ends its eight-country journey at the Black Sea, after forming one of the largest and most bio-diverse wetlands in the world, the Danube Delta. About a third of the country consists of the Carpathian Mountains (also known as the Transylvanian Alps). Another third is hills and plateaus, rich with orchards and vineyards. The final third is a fertile plain, largely devoted to agriculture.

Climate

Because of its position on the southeastern portion of the European continent, Romania has a climate which ranges from temperate to continental. The average annual temperature is 11 °C (51.8 °F) in the south and middle-south and 8 °C (46.4 °F) in northeast. In Bucharest, the temperature ranges from average low -5 °C (23 °F) in January to average high 29 °C (84.2 °F). Spring is pleasant with cool mornings and nights and warm days. Summer is quite warm, with extended sunny days. The hottest areas in summer are the lowlands in southern and eastern Romania where 37.7 °C (100 °F) is often reached in July and August. Temperatures are always cooler in the mountains. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing colorful foliage, much like New England.  Winters can be cold, especially in the mountains. While not the rule, abundant snowfalls may occur throughout the country, from December to mid-March.


DIRECTOR – JOB DESCRIPTION

 

The Director is responsible for implementing the Mission and Vision of this School.  He/she is an ex-officio member of the School Board and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the School. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Supports and advances the Mission, Vision and Beliefs of the American International School of Bucharest.
  • Supports student learning and achievement through cooperative effort and best practices.
  • Supports and promotes the EC2 to Grade 12 curriculum based upon IB goals and mission.
  • Supports and advances international education.
  • Incorporates current research and best practices in decision making.

RESPONSIBILIITES

  • Advise the staff and School Board on policy development and all matters pertaining to the operation and welfare of the School.
  • Implement Board policies.
  • Represent the School within and outside of the community.
  • Keep the School Board informed about the programs and practices and of the School.
  • Be accountable to the School Board in respect of all aspects of safety and child protection matters at the School.

School Management

  • Serve as Chief Executive Officer of the School.
  • Develop long range plans for the School and implement these plans when approved by the School Board.
  • Maintain adequate records for the School including a system of personnel, school population and scholastic records.  Maintain adequate financial accounts, business and property records, with the assistance of the Finance Manager. 
  • Ensure a safe and secure campus.
  • Establish and maintain educational standards and practices corresponding to principles mentioned in the statutes and policies.
  • Determine admissibility and placement of prospective students.

Educational Programs

  • Provide for the organization, planning, evaluation and reporting needed to implement the IB curriculum.
  • Keep informed of modern educational thought and practices by advanced study, visiting other schools and attending educational conferences.

Finance

  • Supervise the preparation and presentation of the annual budget, with the assistance of the Finance Manager, to the Board.
  • Establish and maintain efficient procedures and effective controls for the management of School funds in accordance with Board Policy and sound fiscal management practice.
  • Provide the School Board with ongoing input regarding continuing long-range fiscal plans and strategies.
  • Submit to the Board a clear and detailed explanation of any proposed budget changes.

Communications/Public Relations/Fundraising

  • Represent the School in the wider community through a program of publicity, public relations and marketing in order to keep the public informed as to the activities and successes of the School.
  • Initiate and oversee marketing opportunities.

Personnel Management

  • Be responsible for the employment, promotion, re-assignment, non-renewal and termination of all employees and contractors.
  • Develop and monitor the School’s appraisal, mentoring and coaching program.
  • Inform the School Board of any personnel problems where appropriate.
  • Maintain an “open door” policy for all staff and teachers.
  • With the Human Resources department, maintain records of training, experience, professional growth, quality of performance and other pertinent data.

Support Services

  • Develop long range plans for facilities and campus management and advancement. 
  • Oversee the development of capital improvement projects.
  • Close School; cancel School activities or staff meetings according to his/her best judgement due to emergency conditions.

The above responsibilities are not necessarily exclusive; it is expected that the Director carry out those additional duties as assigned by the Board in the yearly goals and objectives.              

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should ideally possess a Masters or Doctoral degree in Education with successful international school leadership experience, preferably as a Director, preferably of an IB World School.

The successful candidate will have most of the following qualities and experience:

  • Is a skilled and motivating teacher.
  • Derives joy from the process of learning and pursuing personal growth.
  • Communicates optimism about the future of education and the school.
  • Has sound judgment to balance idealism and pragmatism
  • Is interested and accomplished in managing both the nitty-gritty and the big picture
  • Has significant experience in getting it wrong, but shows contagious excitement in leading a team in pursuit of getting it right.
  • Has the capacity to understand others.
  • Is present in the school and local community.
  • Ability to take a hands-on approach to drive, innovative, creative and student-centered improvements.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent planning, problem solving, time management and organizational skills
  • Cross-cultural openness, understanding and sensitivity
  • Capacity to develop a safe, secure and nurturing learning community

CONTRACT AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

The contract will be for an initial term of 3 years, renewable thereafter by mutual agreement. The successful candidate will be offered a highly competitive employment package commensurate with his/her experience and skills.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Suitably qualified candidates should send the information, listed below, to cmarinescu@goaisb.ro, Assistant to the Board, by email to arrive as soon as possible, but no later than February 18th, 2022.

  • A letter of application explaining briefly your interest in, and suitability for, this role
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A one-page statement of educational and leadership philosophy
  • The names and full contact details of at least three professional references

 

Interviews will take place during February with, health circumstances permitting, the finalists attending meetings at the AISB in March. It is envisaged that spouses/partners, as applicable, will be invited to attend. The Board reserves the option to invite selected candidates for interview in advance of this schedule.

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