Secondary Principal at Fairgreen International School, Dubai in United Arab Emirates
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Secondary Principal
Fairgreen International School, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Feb 4, 19
Feb 28, 19






We are seeking to recruit a Secondary Principal for this International Baccalaureate curriculum school, recently opened in September 2018 in Dubai’s The Sustainable City (TSC) development. TSC is a new residential community in Dubai, UAE that meets the highest standards of sustainability and seeks to become a regional leader in environmental protection. The school campus features a unique design that that promotes sustainability, reflecting the complimentary aspects of the design and construction of the broader TSC development.

The school currently has 200 students from grades PreK-8 and currently follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), and Middle Years Programme (MYP), and will offer the Diploma Programme (DP), and Career-Related Programme (CP) in the coming years.  Numbers are expected to grow to around 450-500 next year and ultimately, capacity will be 1,150 students from PreK-Grade 12.

The Secondary Principal must be a strong educational leader, experienced in MYP and IBDP programmes, and excited by and committed to the ongoing development of Fairgreen International School principles and mission statements.

Fairgreen takes a research-supported approach to the education of its students. The elements of an IB education, such as the development of the academic, social and emotional aspects of a child, inquiry-based learning, and the promotion of independent learning and personal responsibility, are complimented by a holistic approach that gives the students an interdisciplinary experience. The curriculum includes a major focus on the three elements of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

The school benefits from its affiliation with Esol Education, an organization with a 40-year track record in the establishment and management of high-quality international schools in the Middle East region and beyond. Since its inception, Esol Education has always focused on the attainment of the highest standards of educational excellence, supporting its students to be successful in academics and in all other aspects of their development. The organization currently operates a total of nine international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, educating over 10,000 children. Schools under the management of Esol Education enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership, governance, and management in a variety of roles.

In line with the other schools in the Esol group, Fairgreen has a firm commitment to fostering its students’ talents, striving to produce graduates who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with a strong moral foundation and good character. The daily interactions of faculty and students nurture integrity, empathy, and kindness.

Vision: Fairgreen International School is committed to creating a supportive environment where students, parents and staff from different ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds work together to achieve a truly integrated, nurturing, and academically rigorous school community. It is our priority to foster a life-long love of learning through a challenging and engaging academic program that capitalizes on students’ intellectual curiosity, interests and aptitudes. Through high standards and innovative teaching practices, the school is dedicated to developing well-rounded, globally minded, creative problem solvers equipped with the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to become productive and successful members of a complex society.  It is the vision of Fairgreen that all students will view themselves as innovators and future leaders. As an integral part of a sustainable community, the school will offer access to healthy, safe, natural, outdoor green spaces that provide opportunities for students to make rich, meaningful connections to sustainability on every step of their academic journey. The educational experience at Fairgreen will exemplify excellence in education with the explicit understanding that global sustainability can be best achieved through today’s preparation of tomorrow’s leaders.

Mission: To set a standard for world-class education that integrates sustainability, in all its forms.

The Position:

The Fairgreen International School Secondary Principal position entails a competitive salary and benefits package, including housing, flights, health insurance and other benefits. The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree plus an additional qualification or certification in Educational Leadership;
  • A proven track record in educational leadership, including at least three years of experience as a school leader/administrator at a high-quality international school;
  • The ability to lead and work collaboratively with a large and talented team of teachers, administrators and other school personnel;
  • Experience of leading either the MYP or IBDP, preferably both
  • Proven commitment to a well-balanced program that focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing of all students;
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to reach out to many constituencies;
  • The ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers; and
  • The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations.

Working with all stakeholders, the Secondary Principal will support the Director in actioning the vision, leadership and direction of the school and will ensure that it is well-managed and organized in the Secondary School, to meet the school’s aims and targets. He/she will ensure an excellent, broad-based, relevant and international education in line with the school’s aims and objectives of sustainability, care for all and academic success.


The Secondary Principal has overall responsibility for the organizational, operational and academic functions of the secondary school, including working with the Director and other Fairgreen leaders to recruit, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff. The Principal will work with the Director and fellow school leaders to formulate the school’s strategic plans and programs and will direct the day-to-day operation of its secondary programs.


How To Apply

Qualified candidates can apply by submitting the following items via email to:

  1.  A letter of application no longer than two pages, explaining your educational beliefs, leadership strengths, and professional and personal interests
  2. A current CV/resume
  3. A list of at least three references with current telephone numbers and email addresses

Fairgreen International School will be accepting applications for this position until February 28, 2019, but may conclude the search earlier if it is able to appoint an outstanding candidate before that date.

Long listed candidates will be contacted by the school for an initial Skype interview. Short listed candidates will be requested to attend an interview in Dubai, UAE.

Fairgreen International School in Dubai is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers.


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Did You Know…?

Search Associates is a family-owned business founded by John Magagna, former international educator. After working with her father for ten years, daughter Jessica Magagna is now President.