Secondary School Principal at American International School of Mozambique in Mozambique
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Secondary School Principal
American International School of Mozambique (Mozambique)

Appointed - Ian Hoke
Sep 18, 18
Oct 1, 18


AISM is pleased to announce that Ian Hoke has been appointed as Secondary School Principal. Ian has been working at Zurich International School, where he has served as an IB Diploma Language and Literature teacher and most recently as ZIS’s Middle and Upper School Learning Leader.  


During his time at ZIS, Ian has been instrumental in helping the school to vertically align their curriculum, supported the implementation of standards, and helped implement progressive pedagogical approaches into their curriculum.  Additionally, Ian has helped systemize many of the school’s processes and supported the day-to-day work of teachers in the classroom.


In 2015, Ian earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College, one of the world’s premier education schools. He earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he majored in English Literature.


Ian emerged as AISM’s top choice following a competitive search process that saw more than 50 professionals apply. We thank all candidates who




Starting July 2019


The American International School of Mozambique (AISM) is seeking a Secondary School Principal to lead our faculty and students into the future.

This position presents a tremendous opportunity for a dynamic, inspired educator who is innovative and committed to seeing students develop agency through a progressive, inquiry-based approach to learning.  

The School

AISM was founded in 1990 with support of the United States Embassy and is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational day school serving students from Early Learning 3 to Grade 12. AISM is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors of which six are elected and one member appointed by the US Ambassador.

AISM is accredited by the Middle States Association and is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa.  AISM was the first fully authorized IB Continuum school in Mozambique and is proud to be an IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.


AISM is driven by our mission:

AISM pursues excellence by empowering students to achieve mastery of self, advance their communities, and flourish in an ever-changing world. 

Our school mission is supported by four core values:


Welcoming learners as they are, embracing diversity, and nurturing relationships.


Fostering learners’ resilience, perseverance, and commitment to achieve.


Challenging learners to imagine, create, and innovate with passion, inspiration, and purpose.


Living ethically through honesty, respect, and stewardship.

AISM is a growing community that places great emphasis on meeting the needs of our diverse learners.  The school holds a deep belief that it is our role as educators to offer a personalized learning environment that cultivates the talents and ignites the passions of every child.  At AISM we want students to be thoughtful inquirers where they are empowered with student agency to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be future-ready graduates. 

The Country

Mozambique is located on the east coast of Southern Africa, across the strait from Madagascar.  It is widely known as the hidden gem of Africa offering endless beaches, abundant nature, warm climate, and kind-hearted people.  AISM is located in the capital city of Maputo.  The city is well equipped for a developing nation and expatriates are left longing for little.  Maputo is located on the Indian Ocean and is in close proximity to South Africa and Swaziland.

Mozambicans possess a sensational spirit with a warm and familial culture.  While the country is one of the poorest in the world, the people are kind-hearted and welcoming to foreigners.  Mozambican culture is vibrant with an abundance of art and music. Maputo has a rich and varied history that creates a fascinating tapestry of experience.  As a former Portuguese colony, the host-country language is Portuguese.

The Students

AISM is a diverse community serving approximately 600 learners from over 50 different countries.  The Secondary School serves approximately 300 learners.  While the school was founded to serve children of expatriates, AISM prides itself on being connected to the Mozambican community and approximately 22% of students are host-nationals.

The Faculty

The AISM teaching faculty consists of 77 committed educators, 41 of which work in the Secondary School.  The faculty hail from 16 different countries bringing a diversity of perspectives to support high levels of learning for all students.  The faculty is experienced, talented, and engaged.  They seek an inspired lead learner who possesses extensive knowledge in curriculum and progressive pedagogy.

The School Culture

AISM is an inspired Professional Learning Community!  At its core, it is warm and welcoming, providing a home for a cornucopia of cultures. The school possesses a vibrant and contagious energy that emanates from our student body and is amplified by a spirit of possibilities. AISM vigorously pursues excellence, while embracing the notion that excellence without inspiration is a hollow pursuit.  At AISM, we encourage individuality, ignite passion, and empower action.  We aim to nurture curiosity, cultivate grit, and instill in students the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effect change.  Our aim is high, and we rely on each other and the collective efficacy we develop through deep collaborative action.  It is our belief in each other; students, faculty, and parents, that makes AISM an amazing place to be.

The Position

The Secondary School Principal is charged with leading the educational program for students from Grade 6 to 12.  AISM is striving to evolve into a Professional Learning Community with a focus high levels of learning for all students.  The ideal candidate will have experience with PLCs and Response to Intervention (RTI).  We place an emphasis on high levels of collaboration, taking collective responsibility for learning, and engaging in research based best instructional practice.  AISM is on a journey to personalize student learning through learner-centered educational practice the offers students agency through a standard focused, competency-based curriculum.  The secondary school places an emphasis on authentic and contextualized learning with our community in Mozambique serving as our context. 

The secondary principal leads alongside the Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Diploma Programme Coordinator, and School Counselors.  The principal is supported by the Office of Teaching and Learning that includes two curriculum coordinators, a math coach, and literacy coach.  The Secondary School Principal is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  The Executive Leadership Team works collaboratively, prioritizing student learning and ensuring that the school is living our mission.  The Secondary School Principal reports to the School Director.

Key Attributes

  • Entrepreneurial spirit with pragmatic awareness
  • A commitment to ongoing personal growth with a willingness to learn, unlearn, and relearn
  • Reflective, self-aware leader who is approachable, collaborative, and empowering
  • Systems thinker able to unite individual talents to attain common goals
  • Passionate and student-centered with a deep belief that all students can learn at high levels
  • Emotionally intelligent with the ability to build strong relationships in a culturally diverse context
  • Inspires colleagues to grow and stretch beyond their perceived capacities
  • Strength-based approach to cultivate a warm, energizing school culture focused on possibilities
  • Agile, adaptable, and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Desire to work in Africa and a commitment to longevity

Areas of Knowledge

  • Deep understanding of the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes
  • Experience implementing inquiry-based approaches to learning appropriate for the secondary environment.
  • Experience with innovative teaching practices that allow learners to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be future ready
  • Extensive knowledge of Professional Learning Communities at Work, inclusive education, and the science of learning
  • Understanding of improvement science and evidence-based practices for continuous improvement
  • Fluency and pragmatic knowledge of the day-to-day details of school management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree required; Advanced Degree preferred
  • Experience as a building leader; Principal experience preferred
  • Experience innovative programming that provide student agency
  • Multiple perspectives of the IB programs, i.e. experience as a teacher, coordinator, principal
  • Prior international school experience; multiple experiences preferred
  • Track record of success in similar school context


  •  Salary commensurate with experience and competitive for the region
  • World-wide Medical Insurance
  • Housing provided
  • Travel allowance
  • Professional Learning allowance

Interested candidates are asked to send the following documents in ONE PDF to with a CC to no later than October 1, 2018.

  • Letter of Application, no longer than two pages, that outlines the applicant’s strengths as related to the position and their interest in AISM and Africa
  • Current Resume
  • One page document, including five (5) references complete with contact information, and a hyperlinked list of the candidate's online presence including, but not limited to website(s), blog(s), Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us ( that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.