Reports to: Head of School Start date: 1 July 2018 Closing date for applications: 15 September 2018
The American School in London offers an outstanding American education with a global perspective to a diverse and international student body of approximately 1350 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school community of teachers, students, staff, parents, and alumni hail from more than 60 nations across the world. The school is firmly grounded in its core values of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Integrity, and the Courage to Act, and provides each student with an accessible and actionable vision for excellence. ASL’s strong sense of community is a key strength; the school is marked by a distinct respect for individual and cultural differences and by its commitment to producing effective, productive citizens who give back to the world.
The High School The School embraces a true High School philosophy, providing a varied and challenging program that emphasizes academic excellence, personal, social and intellectual growth, and encourages each student to be a well-motivated and constructive member of society. High School teachers challenge students to find their identities as scholars, artists, thespians, journalists, leaders, athletes, and scientists. Students pursue challenging coursework in all major disciplines and have abundant opportunities for advanced study through AP courses in every field. Active and robust athletics, arts, service and international travel programs enrich the academic program as well. Our dedicated faculty encourages students to think critically, take risks and be creative. We challenge students to strive for personal and academic excellence, and we treasure the intellectual, social, artistic and physical development of each student. ASL students are expected to participate actively in their learning and to engage fully in the intellectual life of the School. All students are part of a one-to-one laptop program. The High School takes advantage of ASL’s location to enhance the curriculum. Most field trips are discipline specific and include museums, the theater, places of worship, and places of historic and literary interest in and around London. Internships opportunities extend the philosophy of experiential learning into the working world through a well developed and popular WorkX program.
The High School Principal is a member of the School’s senior leadership team, answering directly to the Head of School and responsible for all activities that affect the education and the lives of students in the High School. Leadership of the High School faculty and staff, numbering roughly 90 faculty and staff members, is a central responsibility for the Principal. The High School leadership team consists of the Assistant Principal, the Director of Student Life, the Director of Academic Advising and College Counseling, and the Director of Athletics. The opportunity to serve as the High School Principal at ASL is an exciting and challenging one. The High School is home to a top-notch faculty who embrace positive growth for themselves and the School. They are eager to keep momentum going in a variety of areas. Students and parents are highly engaged and positive about their school, and outcomes by any measure are excellent. Key Responsibilities • Reports directly to the Head of School, collaborating with other divisional principals and senior administrators on educational and strategic planning, budgeting, and decision making
• Assumes responsibility for all aspects of the student experience in the High School, including academic development, extracurricular activities, and physical and social well being • Leads the development of a shared vision in the High School that focuses on continuous improvement in teaching and learning • Promotes the use of a variety of instructional strategies and assessment strategies to ensure that all students are challenged appropriately • Demonstrates commitment to personal and professional growth personally and for all members of the High School faculty and staff • Supervises and evaluates High School faculty and staff • Participates in the recruitment and selection of outstanding new teachers in conjunction with the Head of School • Demonstrates sensitivity, consistency, trustworthiness, integrity, fairness, and respect for others; acknowledges and respects diverse perspectives and opinions • Communicates effectively orally and in writing • Works with others to ensure a school environment that is safe for all and respectful of the diversity in the community • Oversees the appearance, maintenance and safety of all facilities used by High School students • Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the Head of School
Selection criteria Essential qualifications/experience: • Substantial experience as head of a large academic division, or a related senior leadership role within a High School in an international or US public or independent school setting • Evidence of successful High School teaching experience • An advanced degree, as well as evidence of a commitment to continuous professional development, demonstrated by appropriate professional memberships, conference attendance, and presentations • Significant involvement in leading curriculum and program development • Demonstrable experience in developing successful and supportive relationships with parents and students • Evidence of holding significant management responsibilities, including recruitment of staff and performance evaluation • A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children Desirable qualifications/experience: • Previous experience as a High School Principal in a similar institution in a diverse setting • Previous experience in managing budgets and financial planning • Experience in participating in school management, strategic planning, and budgeting as part of a senior administrative team in a K-12 school
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Highly competitive rates of pay apply
The American School in London is a non-profit, independent, Kindergarten-Grade 12 school offering an American curriculum in an international setting, with a student body of 1,350 representing over 50 nationalities. Our outstanding faculty fosters intellectual rigor and independent thinking. The School’s location in central London further enhances the educational experience.