Secondary School Principal at GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates
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Secondary School Principal
GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Nov 8, 21
Dec 15, 21

School Details

GAA offers an enriched American Curriculum and PYP programme to students of all nationalities, culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and/or an American high school diploma. Beyond its rigorous academic program, GAA prepares students to lead successful lives through the exceptional diversity of its community and the extra-curricular experience that contribute to the development of the whole person.

Position Qualifications

  • University degree in Educational Leadership or School Management (Master’s degree or higher)
  • Bachelor degree in education or relevant qualification
  • 10+ years’ experience in teaching including a minimum of three years’ experience in the position of Vice Principal of a school or four years’ as education consultant/inspector or equivalent.
  • Current North American teaching and administration certificates
  • Master’s Degree in Leadership and/or Administration
  • Successful demonstration of pedagogical leadership, organization, HR/interpersonal skills, financial acumen and change management.
  • Proven record as an instructional leader with a deep understanding of teaching, learning and authentic assessment, across grades 6-12
  • Professional and personal commitment to the successful implementation and development of a world-class, International Baccalaureate programme
  • Experience with the successful implementation of an enriched, standards-based North American curriculum.

Salary and Benefits

An excellent remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate including competitive tax free salary, furnished accommodation, medical insurance, free school place for dependent, annual flight allowance, and end of service gratuity.

Our Mission

GEMS American Academy is a diverse and caring international learning community offering a rigorous, relevant and holistic education. We develop global citizens who have the confidence and conviction to pursue their dreams and impact the world.

The Position

We wish to appoint a Secondary School Principal, who will embrace the school's community and continue to move the Secondary program forward, joining us in August 2022. The Secondary School Principal will promote the core values and mission/vision of the school and seek to ensure that they are implemented effectively.

The goal of this position is to provide visionary leadership and demonstrate exemplary management skills in the recruitment and development of faculty, the implementation of a superior curriculum, the assurance of long-term school financial stability, the provision of effective communication with all the School’s constituents and ensure the social well-being and academic growth of all children.

Responsibility Areas

  • Model and encourage a Culture of Kindness.
  • Promote and advance the mission and vision of the school in leading all aspects of the divisional program.
  • Deepen learning through authentic, innovative learning experiences and resources
  • Create opportunities for students to demonstrate the skills and dispositions of future-ready learners
  • Embed learner voice and choice
  • Commit time and leadership for the successful implementation of the School Development Plan and to develop division-specific actions for the school’s strategic priorities.
  • Be a positive influence on school culture and climate within the context of a culturally diverse community.
  • Model and encourage the IB Learner Profile and GEMS Core Values by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
  • Serve as the instructional leader for the division, maintaining a relentless focus on high standards for progress and attainment for all students.
  • Be accountable for student learning through the effective monitoring and evaluation of the instruction program, including the use of data and systems to implement sustainable change.
  • Use assessment results to determine whether curriculum and instructional goals and student performance outcomes are being met.
  • Lead the faculty growth and supervision process in the spirit of continuous improvement and learning-centered practice.
  • Oversee the daily operation of the Secondary School, ensuring the effective management of facilities, staff, resources and budget to maintain a safe and effective learning environment.
  • Instill a sense of common purpose and common pursuit toward consensus goals with regards to the decision-making process.
  • Develop the leadership capabilities of teachers and to share leadership responsibility when appropriate.
  • Work directly with the Head of School in the recruitment, training and retention of high qualify faculty.
  • Have a personal commitment to see constant professional learning and professional growth and to be a life-long learner.


Candidates should submit the following documents to Head of School, Robert Rinaldo in one single pdf file.

  • Brief letter of application stating reasons for your interest in the position.
  • A current CV/ resume.
  • Statement of philosophy of education and educational leadership (not to exceed two pages).
  • Reference page with the contact details of at least three references including your current supervisor.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Diana Kerry was an international educator and administrator for 25 years in various countries, including Iran, France, Thailand, and Indonesia.