Effective from JULY 2019
Atlanta International School
(AIS) opened in 1985 as an independent, non-profit, secular school delivering its programs in multiple languages
. AIS is a not-for-profit 501c3 registered in the State of Georgia and is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees
who appoint the Headmaster
to run the school. AIS offers three International Baccalaureate (IB
) programs to 1,270+ U.S. and international students from three-year-old kindergarten to grade 12. Rigorous academics are enriched by a world-class language acquisition program
, which begins with a full-immersion preschool program in Spanish, French, German and Mandarin. The school offers STEM-and STEAM-endorsed and bilingual diplomas in addition to the prestigious IB diploma. Beyond the classroom,
AIS students participate in award-winning performing and fine arts opportunities, competitive athletics and global experiential learning. The AIS community comprises over 95 nationalities who collectively speak more than 65 languages. The 97 students in the AIS Class of 2018 join the 1,498 AIS alumni around the world. AIS is accredited
among others by: the Southern Association of Independent Schools/AdvancEd, the Council of International Schools, the Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Étranger and is an authorized IB Continuum School offering the Primary Years Program
, Middle Years Program
and IB Diploma Program
. All AIS students are IB students.
To meet the challenges and opportunities of our interdependent, fast-changing world as responsible citizens, young people require flexible intellectual competence, self-discipline, and a global outlook. To achieve these goals, they need rigorous academic preparation and a passion to become the best they can be. To thrive in and contribute to this world, they must have a solid sense of self and respect for others—as individuals, as members of a group, as citizens of their nations, and as members of the global community. Extraordinary individuals will be called upon to shape the 21st century. The mission of Atlanta International School (AIS) is to develop such individuals.
We believe that encouraging each student to discover the intrinsic joy of learning and purposeful effort will help each one to set and achieve high academic standards. Furthermore, we believe it is vital to nurture mutual respect and understanding among all members of our community. Together we cultivate a spirited sense of hope in human potential. We believe the diversity of our community provides an extraordinary opportunity to enable our students to communicate, create, and collaborate in order to build a peaceful future.
Our mission to develop “extraordinary individuals who will shape the 21st Century” has always been grounded in our three pillars of Rigorous IB Curriculum, World-Class Language Learning and Inclusive, Multicultural Community.
External forces compel us to evolve and expand on our pillars, and to recommit to our students’ development of a Global Mindset. We must design experiences that enable our learners to become Adaptable, capable thinkers who demonstrate Perseverance and Resilience; we must create an environment that provides ample opportunities for Collaborative Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
In our goals for this three-year rolling strategic plan
, we strive to consider our programs with a view to our history and our future. How do we build on 33 years of accomplishment in international education? What are the structures, schedules and processes we need to support student learning? In which areas do we need to evolve our programs? What new ways of working should we consider? How should we think about learning spaces throughout our campus? And the most important question remains -- How do we best prepare our students for the world outside of AIS?
OUR CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMS
The Early Learning Center
(ELC) for three and four-year-old students (3K, 4K) is a full immersion facility and students engage in the PYP in one of French, German, Spanish or Mandarin. The Primary Learning Center
(PLC) for students in 5K – Grade 5 is a dual immersion/language acquisition facility and students engage in the PYP through the following language programs: dual immersion French/ English, German/ English, Spanish/ English, or in our Mandarin acquisition/ English Program. In addition, the following Heritage Languages
(mother-tongues) are supported in Primary: Farsi, Hindi, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Arabic. Additional heritage languages are supported in Secondary School in response to student interest and demand.
The AIS Secondary School is comprised of our Middle School
(Grades 6 through 8) and our Upper School
(Grades 9 through 12). Students in Grades 6 through 10 follow the IB MYP and students in Grades 11 and 12 complete the IB Diploma Program. In the MYP, Design
is given the same schedule time as all other core courses. Additional option choices are available for students in the MYP, and a wide array of IB DP courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12.
AIS actively engages in and promotes student learning for action and impact through transdisciplinary (STEAM) projects, utilizing Project Zero research and techniques and design thinking skills.
The Principal of the Middle School is responsible for the educational leadership and management of grades 6 to 8, in line with our Think Forward Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan and may assume other school-wide responsibilities as determined annually by the Head of Secondary School. The Middle School Principal position requires an extraordinary educational leader, one with advanced written and verbal communications skills, and a highly developed level of interpersonal empathy. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate an exceptional understanding of the IB curriculum in an international school context.
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position is determined by the Principal’s pay-scale with Senior Leadership Team benefits.
Initial placement on the scale will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Reports to: The Head of Secondary School
Division: Secondary School
- Supports and advances the mission, vision and strategic plan of the school.
- Supports student learning and achievement through collaborative effort and research-based educational leadership, teaching, and learning.
- Supports and promotes the implementation of the IB programme.
- Supports and advances international education.
Essential Duties and Key Responsibility Areas
In the area of Communication and Community Relations, The Middle School Principal:
- Communicates and collaborates effectively to engage all stakeholders, thus promoting understanding, support, and continuous improvement of the school’s programs and services in alignment with the mission, vision and strategic plan of Atlanta International School.
- Communicates in a timely manner via telephone, email and in person.
- Communicates expectations to students, teachers and parents.
- Leads difficult conversations and shows excellent skills in conflict management when working with families, faculty and students.
- Participates in school functions, parent meetings and other such occasions as necessary.
In the area of Organizational Management, The Middle School Principal:Planning
- Assists the Head of Secondary in developing and implementing the Secondary School budget tied to the school’s strategic plan, the development of the master schedule within agreed financial and staffing parameters and in the hiring of faculty.
- As a member of the Secondary School Leadership Team leads and monitors the alignment, and execution of the school’s strategic action plans through their direct reports.
- Implements effective change management when changes occur.
- Assist in the development and implementation of calendars, duties rosters, substitute teacher rosters etc. as assigned.
- Assists the Head of Secondary School in keeping up-to-date parent, student, and faculty handbooks with recent policies.
Collaboration with others
- Collaborates with Heads of Year to develop and implement best practices in grade level behavior management, advisory programming, academic support and homework/assessment calendar alignment and communication.
- Collaborates with the Middle School Counselors to ensure the students social and emotional wellbeing and personal growth as well as ensuring that the Community Principles are fully implemented within the Middle School community through interpersonal conversation and grade level programming.
- Collaborates with Upper Primary School leadership team and Curriculum Coordinators to ensure the effective transition of students from Primary School to Middle School.
- Collaborates with the Group Leaders and MYP coordinator to plan for, and communicate Middle School option choices and academic support for students.
- Collaborates with the Head of Secondary and the Head of Admissions to manage the Secondary School admissions and enrollment process.
- Collaborates with the Student Support Team to create and implement middle school wide strategies focused on a preventative framework as well as ensuring student intervention strategies are developed, communicated, implemented and timely.
- Collaborates with Learning Support to ensure the appropriate development of students with exceptional needs.
- Collaborates with co-curricular leaders to ensure the enhancement and alignment of opportunities for middle school students.
- Collaborates with the Head of Secondary, Head of Facilities, Senior Manager of Health Services, Heads of Year and Group Leaders to develop, review, implement and monitor safety policy as it pertains to the physical safety of students, and the choice and use of equipment and materials on and off campus.
- Leads learning-focused meetings that effectively utilize human resources and enhance professional growth.
- Develops resources and processes to support new faculty integration and assimilation.
- Has a demonstrated track record in coaching, mentoring, and holding accountable faculty teams and direct reports.
In the area of Instructional Leadership, The Middle School Principal:
- Models (by teaching a class) and shares what great teachers do differently and is familiar with pedagogical research and different approaches to teaching and learning.
- Coaches and mentors faculty toward effective Middle School instructional planning and assessment strategies that measurably enhance student learning.
- Oversees the implementation of the Secondary School Assessment Policy within the Middle School and Is knowledgeable about individual faculty planning and assessment methodology.
- Develops and nurtures an internationally minded, balanced, academically rigorous, positive, and emotionally safe school climate for all stakeholders in the Middle School, within the framework of the learner profile.
- Serves as a leader in the field of research-based education and is confident leading professional development workshops.
- Models and leads the integration of technology to enhance student learning in the context of the subject group.
In the area of Professional Growth Leadership, The Middle School Principal:
Personal Professional Growth
- Develops and meets personal, annual professional goals (SMART Goals) set in collaboration with the Head of Secondary School as part of the Principal’s professional growth process in support of the school’s strategic plan.
- Regularly solicits student, teacher and parent feedback through a survey instrument tied to the Middle School Principal performance standards and indicators.
- Demonstrates behavior consistent with legal, ethical, and professional standards, engages in continuous professional development, and contributes to the profession.
- Oversees the professional development of Middle School Heads of Year, and shares responsibility for Group Leaders and teachers as assigned by the Head of Secondary School.
- Coaches and mentors faculty in the development of annual professional goals (SMART Goals) as part of the school’s teacher professional growth process in support of the school’s strategic plan.
- Observes faculty and structures reflective pre and post observation conversation and conducts the annual appraisal of assigned appraises.
- Collaborates with the Head of Secondary and Human Resources to support timely and robust improvement plans to assist vulnerable faculty members.
- Leads peer observations, walkthroughs, and reflective conversation in the Middle School.
- Models and cultivates data leadership and assists faculty teams to use data as a tool to improve student learning in the Middle School.
- Monitors the implementation of safety policy by teachers in the Middle School.
Additional Skills and Requirements
It is expected that candidates for this position will be highly qualified educators able to lead a faculty in order to facilitate a community learning environment and IB learning outcomes for our Middle School students. Characteristics of the ideal person for this position would include
- A Master’s Degree, or higher, in Educational Leadership, Curriculum Studies, or a related field.
- A minimum of five years teaching experience, leadership role experience at the Head of Year, Group Leader, subject leader or Curriculum Coordination Level.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability and desire to work collaboratively with the community of Atlanta International School and the wider community locally, nationally and internationally.
- Strong background in classroom supervision and instruction.
- An IB Academy Leader qualification or pursuing one.
- Experience in developing and implementing the IB curriculum 6-12.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability and desire to work collaboratively with the community of Atlanta International School and the wider community locally, nationally, and internationally.
- A passion for working in and with multicultural population.
PARTICULARS OF THE SEARCH
Atlanta International School is directly recruiting for this position.
- Letter of application stating why you feel this role and fit with AIS would be right for you at this stage in your career
- Statement of educational philosophy
- Up to date CV
- Three professional references listed
- Links to any additional information/ websites/ blogs etc. that may be of interest to the search committe
Names, addresses and day-time telephone numbers of referees which AIS may contact must be given; these must include direct supervisors or the person in the position of chief responsibility for the evaluation of the applicant’s performance. AIS reserves the right to contact the writers of open references for confidential statements.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 11, 2019. In the event of an outstanding applicant, Atlanta International School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date for applications.
The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Finalists will be selected in late January with the intention to complete the final selection and announce the position on or before February 15, 2019.