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Job Description

Job Title:
Principal
School / Location:
School / Department:
Whole School
Job Status:
Full-time
Salary Code:
Administrator
Work Days / Hours:
210 days @ 8 hours per day
Eligible Applicants:
Position Start Date:
Application Deadline:
Reports to:
Dr. Michael Mack, ISG Superintendent
Requisition Number:
06-2223-024
Summary

The International Schools Group (ISG) is a not-for-profit, forward-looking school district in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.  Our five schools are co-educational day schools delivering Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 in the American program and Foundation Stage 1 through Year 13 in the British programme to expatriate students as well as some students from the host country.  Students enroll in either an American or British curriculum education which encompasses the following school-specific higher-level programs: Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), (I)GCSE and A levels.

History

Founded in 1962, ISG was originally established to serve the needs of expatriate families working for the U.S. Consulate.  

From its initial enrollment of six students to its present status as a district of six schools with approximately 3,200 students, ISG has earned a reputation for providing the highest quality American and British curriculum education.  Today, over 70 nationalities make up the ISG community.

Governance

The district is governed by a Board of Trustees, supported by school councils and the U.S. Consulate, and is licensed by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education. 

Accreditation

Our schools are accredited by some of the top institutions in the world: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS), British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), British Schools Overseas (BSO) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Our Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Goals

We inspire innovation and compassionate action.  
Respect, acceptance, integrity, responsibility … with a commitment to act.

ISG is committed to four strategic, school improvement goals.  Three of these are student-centered: 1) learner agency, 2) compassionate action and 3) growing literacy.  The fourth goal is an organizational capacity goal striving for system coherence

ISG Learns

Our schools are guided by our district mission, learning principles and assessment beliefs.  Our shared focus is further complemented by the diversity of our community and core divisional curricula as we work in partnership with the community to educate tomorrow's future leaders. ISG maintains an emphasis on progressive teaching and learning. Curriculum and learning programs at ISG are evaluated and reviewed cyclically, through current research and trends in education. This ensures that our programs meet the highest standards of excellence and are being implemented in the most effective way in the classroom in order to enhance program outcomes and learning targets.

Principal Vacancy for the 2022-2023 School Year

ISG Superintendent, Dr. Michael Mack, seeks a dynamic candidate with proven school leadership experience to join ISG August 1, 2022 to serve as the Principal of ISG’s Sara Village School.  The Principal will join a district leadership team that includes the Superintendent, Directors, and Principals of peer schools.

Sara Village School (SVS) at a glance

Sara Village School follows the National Curriculum for England.  Established in 2010, it serves the needs of 75 Foundation Stage 2 - Year 6 students.  The Key Stage 1 program is child-centered, with the needs of young children at the forefront of the curriculum, while Key Stage 2 further develops key skills and builds students’ independent learning abilities. 

The school provides a PC and a tablet for every student allowing tailored learning for each child. In addition, there are specialist teaching and resources throughout the school and teachers have access to all required materials, whether this be for literacy, numeracy, languages, sciences, information technology, art, music, drama or physical education.

ISG is committed to the safety and protection of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For more information on ISG, please visit our website: http://www.isg.edu.sa/ 

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to be passionate about student education and their role in collaboratively contributing to a high-functioning, international educational system.  They will perform a full range of duties in the day-to-day administration of the school.

Child Protection

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the safety and security of children and young people (child protection)

School Administration

  • Acquire and maintain an excellent working knowledge of International Schools Group organisational policies, practices and procedures
  • Lead and supervise all educational efforts of the school, and ensuring data in all areas are collected and communicated to school stakeholders, Superintendent, and Board of Trustees as requested
  • Manage all matters academic, pastoral, social and moral pertaining to both the students and staff
  • Manage the effective resourcing of the school
  • Lead the school effectively and efficiently, meeting the financial targets
  • Determine policy and contribute to forward planning in a proactive manner
  • Stay abreast of developments in the educational field
  • Attend official functions
  • Ensure full availability to parents – both prospective and existing
  • Meet with the representatives of employers, as required, for admission of students into the school
  • Proactively make recommendations to the Superintendent on improvements to support the change initiative, in school accreditation, teacher recruitment, curriculum and instruction, budget development, and learning support
  • Lead and oversee Sara Village School’s school improvement plan
  • Undertake what is needed to ensure the continued well-being of the organisation, as perceived by the Principal and in cooperation with the ISG Superintendent
  • Participate fully in senior leadership meetings at District level

Staff Development

  • Lead collaborative groups in order to achieve each of the components of the Continuous Curriculum Review cycle; this is a multi-year initiative that includes the development of scope and sequences for each discipline, developing cornerstone assessments, and coordinating curriculum mapping and unit planning across the system
  • Systematically assess and monitor an individualized professional learning plan for each teacher, assisting in the data collection to show growth and adequate performance
  • Develop teaching staff and hold accountable to the district’s standards for professional practice
  • Facilitate teams of teacher leaders including lead teachers, coaches and subject coordinators
  • Develop and lead a systematic approach to professional learning to ensure that staff continue to develop and are able to make progress on the change initiative

Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork

  • Communicate proactively with the Superintendent and District Office administrators about school operation progress and challenges
  • Collaborate with parents to ensure open and honest communication throughout the school community
  • Collaborate proactively with district administration:
    • Finance to develop annual school budget and actively manage expenditures 
    • The Teaching & Learning Office (TLO) for on-going curriculum review, implementing new initiatives, and inviting external consultants to support the 21st century learning initiative
    • Human Resources on workforce planning (hiring, retention, non-renewal of staff)
    • Government Relations on local, Saudi Arabian legal compliance
    • Admissions on a system coherent admissions process
    • Facilities with the planning, scheduling, and use of shared site space for sports, activities, and events

Other

  • Network and liaise with prospective stakeholders
  • Prioritize deliverables to ensure deadlines are met
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent
Qualifications and Knowledge

The ideal candidate will have:

Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

Experience

  • Previous school senior leadership experience and knowledge of delivering a programme according to the precepts of the National Curriculum of England, but within an international context
  • Previous experience with leading change initiatives collaboratively and delivering best outcomes on time, on budget

Skills

  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of students
  • Passionate about education
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and presentation
  • Ability to build and deepen positive, long-standing stakeholder relationships through transparent behavior
  • Ability to communicate tactfully, constructively, and appropriately to audiences and stakeholders of all levels
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills
  • Ability to demonstrate effective time management with the ability to prioritize workload, work under pressure, delivery quality work and meet deadlines
  • Confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues
  • Positive attitude towards continuous self-improvement
  • Highly-developed communication and creative problem-solving and organisation skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to and cultural awareness of all stakeholders along with the ability to adapt work style to meet their needs
  • Ability to demonstrate professional maturity and discretion to handle a range of situations while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality
  • Ability to model ISG’s guiding principles
  • Ability to be firm but fair
  • Ability to lead by example with high professional standards
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and proactive manner, and under direction, according to need
  • Proven ability to use a range of IT, including social media
  • Ability to work in a focused team environment to meet common goals
  • Ability to use initiative and sound judgment
  • Proven track record in collaboratively leading change and school improvement initiatives
  • Knowledge of current trends and educational resources available in technology
  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder needs and demonstrate responsiveness to requests for action/ assistance action without prompting
  • Ability to maintain professional composure in receipt of challenging or unfavourable news
  • Ability to deliver unfavourable news while maintaining positive relationships
  • Ability to resolve conflict constructively
  • Ability to demonstrate active listening skills
  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder needs and demonstrate initiative by meeting or exceeding expectations
  • Ability to demonstrate effective decision-making using data
  • Ability to deliver proactive status updates on outstanding work, anticipate next steps, and take action without prompting
  • Ability to take ownership of errors, omissions, and poor judgment/ decision-making without prompting 
  • Ability to demonstrate teamwork by proactively sharing information and collaborating constructively for best outcomes by designing “win/win” solutions