HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL
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 Head of the Secondary School is a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team
and is responsible for the overall educational leadership and management of grades 6 to 12, in line with our Think Forward Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan. He/she deputizes for the Headmaster upon request, and may assume other school-wide responsibilities as determined annually by the Headmaster.
The Head of Secondary position requires an extraordinary educational leader, one with advanced written and verbal communications skills, a highly developed level of interpersonal empathy and a willingness to engage at every level with our local community. The successful candidate will be able to navigate complex cultures, and demonstrate an intercultural mindset. They will bring a rich experience with national and international curricular frameworks, including the International Baccalaureate. Personal attributes expected include self-motivation, the ability to think both strategically and tactically, and the flexibility to successfully work within a diverse and demanding school environment. Highly developed technology, scheduling and financial management skills are required to successfully manage and lead the Secondary School.
The Head of Secondary will work closely with the Headmaster, the Secondary School Leadership Team and Human Resources, to recruit, retain and develop a truly outstanding faculty and staff in the secondary school through the implementation of our professional growth model of appraisal.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is competitive and is outlined by the Senior Administrators’ pay-scale with Senior Leadership Team benefits. Initial placement on the scale will be determined by the Headmaster and will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Reports to: Headmaster
Department: Secondary School
- Supports and advances the mission, vision and strategic plan of the school.
- Supports student learning and achievement through cooperative effort and best practices.
- Supports and promotes the implementation of the IB programs.
- Supports and advances international education.
Essential Duties and Key Responsibility Areas
In the area of Instructional Leadership, The Head of Secondary:
- Ensures that all secondary faculty demonstrate effective instructionaland assessment strategies which measurably enhance student learning and promote the craft of teaching,
- Has a demonstrated track record in coaching, mentoring and holding accountable his/her faculty teams and direct reports,
- Serves as a leader in the field of education and is confident in leading professional development workshops, institutes and seminars,
- Effectively supports the alignment and execution of the school’s strategic action plans for successful curriculum implementation across all areas of the secondary school.
In the area of Organizational Management, The Head of Secondary:
- Serves as a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team and participates in Board of Trustee meetings, school functions, parent meetings and other such occasions as appropriate,
- Develops and meets annual goals, discussed with and set by the Headmaster, in support of the school’s overall strategic plan,
- Completes an annual written self-appraisal against these annual goals and job description,
- Supervises the Middle School Principal/Deputy Head of Secondary School to ensure effective functioning of the AIS Middle School (Grades 6 – 8),
- Supervises the Upper School Principal/Deputy Head of Secondary School to ensure effective functioning of the AIS Upper School (Grades 9 – 12),
- Supervises the Athletics Director assuming overall responsibility for the Athletics program,
- Teams with the Head of Primary School to ensure the experience of our students and the service provided to families is coordinated 3K through Grade 12,
- Collaborates with the Head of Research & Learning Design and the Head of Equity and Inclusion to advance the learning experiences of secondary students, faculty and community in alignment with the strategic priorities of the school,
- Collaborates with the Head of Admissions to manage the Secondary School admissions and enrollment process,
- Supports, manages, and oversees the organization, operation, and use of resources for the secondary school,
- Builds the secondary school master schedule within approved financial and staffing parameters,
- Develops, implements and monitors, with the Headmaster, the secondary school budget within Board approved parameters,
- Collaborates with the Director of Operations to plan for facilities usage, construction and development in the Secondary School.
In the area of School Climate, The Head of Secondary:
- Develops and nurtures an internationally minded, balanced, academically rigorous, positive and emotionally safe school climate,
- Collaborates with the Director of Operations and the Senior Manager of Health Services to ensure the physical safety of Secondary School students and faculty.
In the area of Human Resources Leadership, The Head of Secondary:
- Collaborates with the Headmaster, Secondary School Leadership Team and Human Resources to recruit, develop, evaluate and retain quality instructional and support personnel, holding them accountable to defined standards and professional goals,
- Implements timely and robust improvement plans to manage and support personnel who no longer meet the needs of the students of Atlanta International School.
In the area of Communication and Community Relations, The Head of Secondary:
- 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,
- Is actively involved in promoting the school to colleges and universities and in ensuring that our graduating students are successful with their college applications,
- Ensures that the Community Principles of Atlanta International School are fully implemented within the secondary school community,
- Keeps parent/student and faculty handbooks up-to-date with recent policies.
In the area of Professionalism, The Head of Secondary School:
- Demonstrates behavior consistent with legal, ethical, and professional standards, engages in continuous professional development, and contributes to the profession.
In the area of Student Progress, The Head of Secondary School:
- Expects and demands results in student progress consistent with the school’s mission and school-wide goals,
- Collaborates with the academic leadership of the school to effectively monitor and analyze standardized test data, fostering data-driven dialogue and subsequently coach her/his professional teams of direct reports, teacher leaders and teachers in the establishment and achievement of data driven learning goals,
- Oversees the implementation of the Secondary School Assessment Policy.
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 make a distinct improvement in the learning environment and learning outcomes for our 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 ten years teaching experience, with at least five in a senior administrative role, at the Head of School, Deputy Head, Principal or an equivalent position.
- 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.
- Experience in several facets of the school accreditation process, for example as an accreditation team visitor and/ or a leadership role with accreditation from within the school.
PARTICULARS OF THE SEARCH
Atlanta International School has retained The Council of International Schools (CIS) to lead the search for a Head of Secondary.
All candidates who wish to apply for the position must apply directly to CIS with cover letter of application and resume to email@example.com. Names, addresses and day-time telephone numbers of referees which CIS 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. CIS and AIS reserve the right to contact the writers of open references for confidential statements.
Candidates who already have an up-to-date leadership portfolio, including resume, with CIS, should submit a cover letter of application explaining what demonstrated strengths they bring to the position and reason for applying.
The deadline for applications is Monday, October 15, 2018. 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. Semifinalist candidates will be identified by CIS and their dossiers forwarded to the school. Finalists will be selected in late October. On-site interviews will be arranged during the weeks of November 26 and/ or December 3, with the intention to complete the final selection and announce the position on or before December 14, 2018.