Qatar Foundation Schools

Qatar Foundation Schools

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. The Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar. By example and by sharing its experience, the Foundation also contributes to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally. In all of its activities, the Foundation promotes a culture of excellence in Qatar and furthers its role in supporting an innovative and open society that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy.

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Primary School Principal

Qatar Academy Al Khor
**Position Overview**
In collaboration with the Educational Leadership Team and the Administrative Team, the Primary School Principal is responsible for the effective development, delivery, and evaluation of all educational programs, including academic and pastoral elements.

**Qualifications and Experience**
-- Master’s Degree in Education or an Honors Degree, QTS and postgraduate qualifications in educational leadership
-- Relevant experience in the field of teaching in Primary Education
-- Knowledge & experience with PYP implementation in Primary Education
-- Experience of responsibility and leadership capacity in an educational setting
-- Experience building and maintaining an effective school culture with high consideration for cultural sensitivities and values of the school and the community
-- Understanding, knowledge, and implementation of best educational practices
-- Understanding and experience with fostering interdisciplinary planning and teaming
-- Understanding and experience in integrating technology into the curriculum to improve student achievement
-- Understanding and experience in analyzing data and developing improvement/action plans
-- Highly effective interpersonal, leadership, and written & oral communication skills
-- Bilingual (Arabic/English) preferred.
-- Knowledge of ELL best practices (Preferred)

The following are key attributes sought in the successful candidate:
-- Positive, flexible and ambitious
-- Goal oriented; a planner and focused
-- Inspirational, thoughtful, sensitive, proactive
-- Strategic, supportive, adaptable, a community builder
-- Knowledgeable, resilient, dynamic, emotionally intelligent
-- Problem-solver who evaluates, compares and relates information, identifies broader implications of proposed solutions across the organization and uses own experience and evidence from theory, other industries and technologies to identify problems and understand situations
-- Child-centered leader who has strong interpersonal and communication skills
-- Ability to create a dynamic and positive school environment conducive to student learning, academic progress and social-emotional wellbeing
-- Ability to solve problems, think creatively to find solutions, remain professional, calm, and focused in crisis situations
-- Ability to anticipate problem issues before they arise and make plans to overcome them
-- Ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner when making decisions or drafting plans
-- Ability to engage staff in a shared, collaborative leadership model, in which all staff have an opportunity to contribute to policies, processes and systems
-- Willingness to demonstrate continuous professional growth by seeking a variety of opportunities
-- Willingness to support school decisions and maintain positive staff morale
-- Willingness to show respect and support for the local culture and traditions and engage with staff to do the same
-- Willingness to lead by example
-- Ability to review existing policies to enable effective problem solving and sound judgment accordingly
-- Ability to exhibit sound judgment in order to anticipate potential implications of all decisions; balance benefits and risks to identify areas of uncertainty
-- Ability to evaluate information through penetrating questions, thus ensuring complete information is available to make informed decisions
-- Ability to arrive at well-researched decisions that balance quality service and cost
-- Ability to encourage and support appropriate risk-taking by subordinates when making decisions

**Roles & responsibilities**
The Primary School Principal will:
-- Report to the Director in leading a primary school of approximately 900 students, Early Years to Grade 5
-- Oversee the smooth operation of the primary school on a day to day basis including the facility and grounds, health, safety and safeguarding
-- Facilitate distributed leadership throughout the school
-- Empower innovation and creativity in the classroom
-- Monitor student achievement data and engage teachers in utilizing data to drive instruction
-- Emphasize the importance of student social, emotional, and physical wellbeing as a primary goal for all staff
-- Promote an environment of collaboration towards a set of shared goals focused on student achievement and well-being
-- Oversee the continuous development and implementation of the Primary Years Program in a multilingual setting where there is a focus on shared approaches to teaching of language
-- Demonstrate strong pedagogical leadership with a deep understanding of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
-- Foster and maintain strong relationships and communication with parents and create opportunities to engage parents as partners in the education of their child
-- Ensure the preparation and documentation of all necessary school-based and Pre-University Education reports
-- Implement and continuously develop a teacher evaluation system that focuses on growth and development centered around student learning
-- Maintain supervision protocols that ensure the safety of all students
-- Create a positive, vibrant school environment focused on the social, emotional and academic well-being of students
-- Participate on committees outside the school to represent QAK and support QF Schools in the development of policies and systems for our community of schools
-- Work closely with the school leadership team on policies and systems for the continuous development of the school
-- Work closely with the leadership to ensure the recruitment of qualified and experienced staff who wish to be part of a dynamic and responsive learning community
-- Work as a member of the school leadership team on policies and systems for the continuous development of the whole school, preschool to grade 12
-- Perform all other duties as assigned by the Director

**Salary and Benefits**
Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include a tax-free salary, housing, health, life and long-term disability insurance, annual home leave, shipping allowance, gratuity and tuition benefits for PreK – grade 12 school-age dependents. Candidates wishing to learn more about QAK can go to the school’s website at: .

**Application Procedure**
The deadline for receipt of applications is 10th December 2020. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received, and interviews will be scheduled in January 2021. Candidates should note that Qatar Foundation Schools reserve the right to appoint the successful candidate at any time, even before the deadline mentioned, if an exceptional candidate is identified early in the process. For this reason, interested candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible time.

Candidates should complete in full the application form. In compliance with Safer Recruitment principles, applications with incomplete application forms will not be considered. Also, candidates should provide a statement of educational philosophy, including an explanation of why they believe they are the right person for the position. This may be included in Section 8 of the application form.

Applications should be addressed to the Director, Mr. Daniel Harrison, and copied to the Executive Director of QF Schools, Mr. Stuart Leeming, c/o

**Safeguarding Statement**
Qatar Foundation Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and the vulnerable, and expects all who apply to share in this commitment. Offers of interview and employment will be subject to an enhanced background and criminal record check. All employees, volunteers and visitors in QF schools are subject to the provisions of the QF Schools Child Protection Policy.

**Equality and access**
Qatar Foundation Division of Pre-University is committed to ensuring that applicants and employees from all sections of the community are treated equally and not discriminated against, and we welcome applications from candidates with additional needs and disabilities.
Starting: 1 Aug 2021
Apply By: 10 Dec 2020
Closes In: 5 days