Secondary School Principal at Rabat American School in Morocco
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Secondary School Principal
Rabat American School (Morocco)

Appointed - Paul Sebastian
Oct 14, 13
Nov 8, 13


Rabat American School

Secondary School Principal Search


General Information: Rabat American School is an independent, private American/international school located in the capital city of Morocco. The enrollment ranges from 440 to 470, with approximately half of the students in the secondary division. Students come from 41 countries, and many of them are dependents of 36 embassies in Rabat. Approximately 25% of the students are Americans, 30% are Moroccan, and the remaining 45% are third-country nationals.


The Secondary Principal is the curricular, instructional and motivational leader of the secondary school. She/he works closely with the Head of School, the Elementary School Principal and the K-12 Administration.  Collectively, they form a team that supports the faculty and the student body.


The initial contract is for three years, renewable annually thereafter. However, RAS is seeking candidates interested in committing to 5 years or more.  The contract year is 215 days, which includes occasional weekend duties.  Salary and benefits are competitive with similar schools in the region, and include:  Retirement allowance; housing allowance; health, life and disability insurance; use of a school car; settling in/shipping allowance; and support for professional development. 



  • A minimum of 2 years of prior experience as an administrator in a K-12 setting
  • A minimum of 5 years of prior teaching experience in secondary grade levels
  • Prior teaching/administrative experience of the IB Diploma Program
  • Teacher and Administrator certification; an advanced university degree
  • Overseas teaching and/or administrative experience desirable
  • A willingness to assist with co-curricular activities and duties outside of the classroom


Job Description: The Secondary School Principal provides leadership for the planning, development, implementation, evaluation and improvement of the secondary school division in collaboration with students, parents, faculty, secondary school leadership team and central administration.  The Principal reports to and collaborates with the Director, and works with various grouping of faculty, administration and Board.


Professional Qualifications Sought:

  • Possess a Masters Degree or higher in Education and a current administrator credential/ certificate/license
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of standards-based curricula and adesire to be actively engaged in all aspects of the delivery of RAS’s secondary school curriculum
  • Exhibit a strong understanding of, and strong support for, the IB Diploma Program
  • Have prior familiarity with MAP Testing
  • Demonstrate success in promoting learning as both a teacher and Secondary School Principal
  • Exhibit the ability to work effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and board members to create a shared vision focused on delivering to each student an exemplary American educational experience with an international perspective
  • Provide evidence of a passion for learning, respect for the profession of teaching, genuine care for students and the ability to effectively collaborate with a wide variety of people to further develop a high performing learning community
  • Possess exceptional interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a multi-cultural/multi-lingualschool community

Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Sustain and develop the culture of learning, collaboration and professional teaming among the secondary school faculty for the primary purpose of promoting the cognitive, physical and emotional development of each student
  2. Oversee secondary school curriculum development, refinement, implementation and evaluation
  3. Work closely with the Elementary School Principal and Director on K-12 curriculum articulation, review and revision
  4. Develop and implement annual secondary school division objectives focused on continuous improvement and aligned with the RAS Strategic Plan
  5. Monitor student performance on a regular basis and use the information to guide the further development of action plans focused on improving student learning
  6. Make specific recommendations for instruction, taking into consideration current educational research and practices as well as specific secondary school needs
  7. Actively participate in consultation and decision-making in regard to student admissions and progression


Faculty and Staff:

  1. Assist in the recruitment, selection, orientation, supervision, development and evaluation of the secondary school professional staff, including but not limited to classroom teachers, guidance counselors, librarian and special service personnel
  2. Coordinate the assignment of students to classes and the development of the master schedule


  1. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for internal and external school communication
  2. Liaise with various groups (such as the  PTA, Student Council, Administrative Team) to ensure that a positive and productive working relationship is sustained



  1. Develop an annual budget and monitor expenditures throughout the year consistent with the approved school-wide budget
  2. Provide updates on the secondary school and prepare monthly reports for the Boardof Trustees
  3. Attend Board committee meetings as needed


Other duties:

  1. Consistently model the core values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility
  2. Actively support community service and participation of students, faculty and others
  3. Support a wide range of co-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, arts)
  4. Represent RAS to students, parents, faculty, staff, and broader school community in a professional manner
  5. Recognize and strengthen personal performance through feedback and self-reflection, participation in professional development activities, exploration of educational research and participation in professional organizations
  6. Work cooperatively with school Director and administrative colleagues to plan and support K-12 initiatives and programs, and to support a K-12 consistent focus and environment as appropriate


To Apply: In order to be considered for this administrative opening at RAS, please send the following items via post, or email

  • A CV
  • A list of at least three supervisory references
  • Four recent letters of reference including supervisors and supervisees
  • A statement of educational philosophy
  • A statement of leadership style/philosophy
  • A copy of valid Principal certification
  • Copies of transcripts for undergraduate and post-graduate university study

The deadline for applications is Friday November 8, 2013. Long-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone. Short-listed candidates will be brought to RAS for on-site interviews and a final decision will be made by mid-December.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bridget McNamer holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.