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 83 students in the AIS Class of 2019 join the 1,581 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.
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 Primary School is responsible for the overall educational leadership and management of grades 3K to 5, whilst playing an active role in the 3K-12 Senior Leadership Team.
The Head of Primary position requires an exceptional educational leader, with well-developed written and verbal communications skills, capacity to build strong relationships, 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 international mind-set. He/she will bring a rich experience with national and international curricular frameworks, including the Primary Years Programme of 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 and financial management skills are required to successfully manage and lead the Primary School. S/he deputizes for the Headmaster upon request, and may assume other school-wide responsibilities as determined annually by the Headmaster.
Reports to: Headmaster
Department: Primary School
Start Date: June/July 2020
Salary and Benefits
Atlanta International School offers a competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.The salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
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 3K-5 curriculum in line with the IB PYP.
Supports and advances language learning and intercultural education.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
In the area of Instructional Leadership, the Head of Primary:
Brings a sound knowledge and understanding of early and late childhood development, keeping the student at the center of the decision-making process,
Ensures that all Primary faculty demonstrate effective instructional and 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 primary
In the area of Organizational Management, the Head of Primary:
Serves as a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Academic Council 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 Upper Primary, Lower Primary and Early Learning Center Principals to ensure effective functioning of each section of the AIS Primary School,
Partners with the Head of Admissions to manage the Primary School admissions and enrollment process,
Supports, manages, and oversees the organization, operation, and use of resources for the Primary school,
Builds the Primary school master schedule within budgeted staffing parameters with support from the Principals,
Develops, implements and manages, with support from the Head of Finance and the Headmaster, the Primary school budget, within Board approved parameters
Collaborates with the Director of Operations to plan for facilities usage in the Primary School.
In the area of School Climate, the Head of Primary:
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 Primary School students and faculty,
Promotes and fosters cultural diversity and intercultural competence.
In the area of Human Resources Leadership, the Head of Primary:
Collaborates with the Headmaster, Head of Equity and Inclusion and Director of Human Resources to recruit, develop, evaluate and retain interculturally competent, high quality instructional and support staff, holding them accountable to defined standards and professional goals,
Implements timely and robust performance improvement plans to guide personnel requiring additional support.
In the area of Communication and Community Relations, the Head of Primary:
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,
Ensures that the Community Principles of Atlanta International School are fully implemented within the Primary school community,
Keeps parent/student and faculty handbooks up-to-date with recent policies.
In the area of Professionalism, the Head of Primary:
Demonstrates behavior consistent with legal, ethical, and professional standards, engages in continuous professional development, and contributes to the profession.
Acts as a role model for faculty, staff, parents and students, showing respect for others and valuing the contributions of all stakeholders.
In the area of Student Progress, the Head of Primary:
Expects and demands results in student progress consistent with the school’s mission and school-wide goals,
Collaborates with the Head of Technology & Innovation and the Data Team to effectively monitor and analyze internal and external/standardized test data, fostering data-driven dialogue. Subsequently coaches her/his professional teams of direct reports, teacher leaders and teachers in the establishment and achievement of data driven learning goals, and
Oversees the implementation of the Primary School Assessment Policy.
PARTICULARS OF THE SEARCH
CIS is delighted to announce that Atlanta International School has retained CIS, represented by Joe Cornacchio, in consultation and with support of the CIS Leadership and the School Support & Evaluation Team, to lead the search for the Head of Primary.
If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria, apply now via the link below. Please provide a letter of motivation along with your CV. The letter of motivation should clearly outline your interest in the school and the position you are applying for, what you would bring to the role and how you meet the requirements in the above profile.
Global sanctions, social media checks, highest educational qualification verification conducted by a background screening agency (shortlisted candidates only)
Contact details for three supervisory referees
The deadline for applications is Friday, October 25, 2019. 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. Shortlisted candidates will be selected in late October. Finalists will be invited to Atlanta for final interview to meet with the Search Committee, Board and constituent groups at AIS, with the intention of making an appointment shortly thereafter.
Atlanta International School is deeply committed to diversity among our staff, and applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Aligned with the recommendations of the International Taskforce on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
It is expected that candidates for this position will be highly qualified educators with experience leading a faculty. Applicants for this position will have:
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 Principal, Head of Division, Assistant Head or Head of School Level.
Demonstrated experience building high performing educational teams and leadership capability at the Principal and Department Head levels.
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. Intercultural competence is key.
Experience in several facets of the school accreditation process, for example as an accreditation team visitor and/ or a leadership role from within the school.
Fluency in an additional language such as French, German, Spanish, Chinese is highly desirable.
About Atlanta International School
Atlanta International School, nestled in the historic campus designed by Philip Shutze in the heart of Buckhead, is an educational blend of Atlanta's old tradition and the pioneering international strength of present-day Atlanta.
As the innovator of a global curriculum for future leaders, AIS offers a program of academic excellence to American and international students, beginning with three-year-old kindergarten and culminating in grade 12 with the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.International Baccalaureate (IB) followed from three-year-old Kindergarten through grade 12 from Primary Years Programme (PYP) through Middle Years Programme (MYP) to Diploma Programme (DP). Accredited by Council of International Schools (CIS), AdvancED and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) as well as authorized by International Baccalaureate (IBO) to offer IB programs.