Aldar Academies is currently seeking a Director of Education to join our growing family of owned and operated schools in the UAE. Due to planned current and future expansion we are looking to add to our current education team supporting our British, US and IB curricula schools.
Reporting directly to the CEO, this is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar Education and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi s leading school group. We currently own or operate 18 schools covering the British, US and IB curricula across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, serving a student population of over 22,000 students.
Successful candidates will combine excellent track records of effective leadership experience, developed in the UK, USA or other international settings, with strong inter-personal skills and cultural awareness with the ability to manage the demands and needs of a wide range of stakeholders from Board level to parents, teachers and Principals. Exceptional communication skills combined with being a visible leader and ambassador for the company are central to this role as is a good grasp of the commercial demands of a private education group. The role requires high level strategic thinking combined with a firm grasp of how to ensure outstanding education outcomes across a network of schools.Candidates must be committed to working in partnership with national education authorities and developing ways to engage with strategic partners to support the work of schools, the group as a whole and the wider education vision of the nation. A strong commercial awareness is essential.
The successful candidates will be closely aligned with our core values and ethos and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region.
The Director of Education will be fully responsible to effectively lead all school improvement strategies, marketing and enrolment activities of owned and managed schools and to have commercial and education line management of all owned and managed schools. The incumbent will continuously strive to exceed internal & external customer expectations, capitalizing the economic profit and return on capital investment, while embracing the Aldar Education Core Values.
Inspire and support direct reports in the delivery of high standards of student achievement, increased student progress, school inspection increases using available data to drive improvement.
Support Leadership and other senior staff to shape the strategic direction, guiding the delivery of specified educational goals and directives.
Provide quality assurance of all strategic documents such as schools strategic improvement/development plans and self-evaluations, taking appropriate action as required.
Lead in the effective implementation (and ongoing review) of learning and assessment frameworks that use benchmarking and value-add data, to monitor and report student progress and achievement.
Quality assure curriculum offers and champion new educational thinking and educational initiatives in conjunction with the Senior Executive team and schools.
Support Principals in the most appropriate educational strategies ensuring equity of educational outcomes to enrich the school as a learning environment for its students, families and the wider community.
To provide effective, innovative and professional leadership and direction for Principals and other staff coaching, mentoring and talent managing to achieve the best outcomes for children.
Provide support and guidance to the in relation to inspection planning, preparation and quality assuring the SEF.
Promote and represent the company effectively and positively to all internal and external stakeholders and seek opportunities to expand its role across the UAE and globally.
Represent the company at school functions, interacting with parents in a professional and collaborative manner to build trust in the company and strong community relations.
Develop strong relationships with education authorities and other government entities in order to establish and maintain a positive reputation that enhances the company s standing.
Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with other members of the Executive Leadership Team and other colleagues at HQ to ensure a positive and collegial working environment that enables the company s goals to be met.
People Responsibilities, Leadership & Management
Support the leadership teams and schools to draft, deliver and update relevant plans as required and undertake monitoring, evaluation and reporting of progress.
Connect and share good practice within and across the school network to raise standards.
Identify and implement strategies to raise standards of teaching and learning, including the creation of experts to support recommendations.
Plan and deliver effective training and development programmes which meet identified needs within the schools.
Support appropriate staff in the development and implementation of strategic planning and ensure, regular reviews and monitors the strategic plan and targets in each of the schools.