Head of Secondary

Middle East, Abu Dhabi UAE

REPORTS TO: Principal

SUPERVISES: All Faculty and staff

The job of the K-12 Senior Vice Principal was established for the purpose/s of providing support to the
instructional process with specific responsibility for directing assigned programs and services for the whole
school; heavily involved in the day-to-day operations as they relate to students and faculty as a whole.


  • Education /Certification
  • Bachelor’s Education, Education Leadership, Master’s Degree in Education, certification or equivalent
  • Administrator Certificate or minimum four years supervisory experience
  • Minimum Four years middle leadership experience
  • A minimum of five years of High School teaching experience, as well as extensive knowledge of an HS curriculum and programs

Special Knowledge/Skills

  • Successful experience working in a leadership role in education
  • Working knowledge of curriculum, professional development and assessment
  • Excellent skills in communicating and collaborating with staff and parents
  • Excellent skills in supervising and evaluating staff
  • Classroom experience at the secondary level
  • Working knowledge of K-12 level curriculum and its inherent unique attributes
  • Bring an imaginative approach to solving problems and be a good communicator, while working cooperatively with those of differing views.


  • Administration/Organizational Management – The ability to practice participatory management; possession of good organizational skills and the knowledge of effective administration of school operations.
  • Plant Management/Business Services – The ability to effectively and efficiently utilize and manage the facility and assigned support services through responsible stewardship of school resources.
  • Communications – The ability to articulate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Community Relations – The ability to relate positively to the public; a view of the community/school relationship as a partnership; recognition of the need to be visible and active in the community and understanding the importance of considering community needs and wants.
  • Curriculum/Instruction – The ability to work with staff to identify assessments, concepts and skills. Learning Results, and to contribute guidance and assistance to staff in planning and implementing curriculum utilizing appropriate instructional strategies.
  • Educational Leadership – The ability to inspire, motivate, guide and direct staff in setting and achieving the highest standards of educational excellence.
  • Educational Renewal – The ability to contribute to constructive educational change and demonstrate knowledge of current practices and research in school improvement.
  • Involvement in School and Community – The ability to perform responsibilities as a visible presence in the school and to be aware of community developments, participating in and attending all school events.
  • Personnel Management – The ability to recognize school staffing needs, to perceive in candidates the potential for suitability, and to contribute to an effective recruitment selection/retention process.
  • Professional Development – The ability to contribute to the professional development and growth of staff that raise aspirations and expertise.
  • Supervision/Evaluation – The ability to supervise and evaluate staff, programs and activities through knowledge and the commitment to contribute to the improvement of instruction and the effectiveness of programs in general.

To be accountable to the Principal for

  • Overseeing the day to day operation of the school
  • Serving staff, students and parents in ensuring we do whatever it takes to achieve our vision
  • Modelling at all times the vision and values of the school
  • Constantly monitoring and evaluating all aspects of our provision to ensure we are committed to a sustainable and relentless drive for improvement
  • Managing staff and resources to ensure efficiency and optimum outcomes
  • Ensuring the well-being and dignity of all members of our community is an absolute priority
  • Contributing to (with other members of the Senior Management Team): the strategic direction and development of the school
  • the efficient and effective development of staff and resources
  • the school has an appropriate and inclusive curriculum
  • the strong school commitment to the vision that all students can secure outstanding
  • outcomes and reach their full potential
  • ensuring the school provides for the welfare and needs of all students
  • The effective implementation of the performance management policy
  • Strong leadership of the school’s monitoring and Quality Assurance processes to ensure they are transparent and lead to improvement
  • Working with all leaders, both at senior and middle level to ensure the school is a self-evaluating system with robust systems of accountability and where necessary intervention
  • Ensuring the school has high quality target setting and monitoring processes
  • Maintaining the school’s excellent relationships with all stakeholders and maintains its excellent reputation
  • High standards of behaviour, attendance and achievement for all students and ensure they have a voice
  • Direct line management of both senior and middle leaders
  • Provide values-driven leadership across the school
  • Deputising for the Principal as necessary
  • Working with the Principal on staff appointments, taking into account the relevant employment legislation and school needs
  • Monitoring staff attendance and dealing with requests for leave of absence
  • Supporting the principal in leading the school Improvement Planning and self-evaluation processes,
  • Ensuring that systems are efficient and fit for purpose to manage the school’s involvement in a range of networks
  • Sustaining the school ethos of respect for the individual, hard work, and celebration of achievement
  • Providing a teaching commitment at a level consistent with the needs of the school
  • Undertake any professional duties as delegated by the Principal
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