New School - Principal, United Arab Emirates

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Dar Al Marefa Private SchoolUnited Arab Emirates

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Start date: July 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

About Us:

An inspiring initiative by one of the most prominent UAE families Al Ghurair, Dar Al Marefa School is a top-ranked and widely recognised bilingual International Baccalaureate® school in Dubai, with a broader academic vision – to make a significant contribution to the next generation of the UAE by partnering with parents, friends and the local community.

Our Vision - is to create a community that fosters lifelong learning, is rooted in its values and beliefs, and is open minded, tolerant and appreciates diversity. Our graduates are principled and courageous individuals, ready to contribute to a more just and peaceful world.

Our Mission - is to build a consistent, challenging and safe learning environment that supports each child in exploring their capabilities, encourages them to respect other cultures and embrace the world with open-mindedness, tolerance and confidence.

Dar Al Marefa is an IB World School offering a bilingual education in English and Arabic. Our curriculum reflects our respect for local and regional cultures while preparing our students for an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Our teaching staff from 17 different nationalities provide a world-class education to our student body from over 35 countries.

In 2019, we will move to a new state of the art campus we have developed alongside Pritzker Price award winning architects RCR Arquitectes of Spain, with the aim of creating a healthy and enjoyable learning environment for our students, teachers and wider community. The new campus will cater to 2000 students across the 3 programs of PYP, MYP and DP.

The role:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the school Principal serves as the Educational Leader responsible for the overall Management of the School from within the spirit of the school’s Vision and Mission, responsible and accountable for the performance and standards found in learning and teaching and the curriculum, ensuring high quality education for all its students and good standards of learning and achievement.

The successful applicant will advise the Board on educational development matters concerning the school's needs, future planning, the appraisal of the day-to-day running of the school which will include personnel matters, curriculum and students concerns. He/she should make submissions to the Board on such matters including Policies and Procedures and Budgetary Planning each year.

You are responsible for the successful implementation and development of the curriculum, with particular emphasis on the school's working relationship with the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates, KHDA, and the International Baccalaureate Office to ensure continuous improvement.

As Leader of this school, you are required to act with exemplary management skills ensuring you consult with your team on matters of curriculum design, the development of school policy manuals, the timetables, examinations, staff evaluation, the development of teaching resources and the physical development of the campus.

The Principal serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession, encourage all teachers to do the same.

You should communicate regularly with parents using effective communication and presentation skills when addressing students, staff, parents, and the community.


  • Minimum BA and Master’s Degree is essential
  • Recent experience as a Principal or Head of Secondary leading a large and high performing team required ideally within IB DP or GCSE, A Level curriculum environment, with a proven track record in improving a school’s rating;
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, organization and management;
  • Professional commitment to the successful implementation of an enriched curriculum;
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to contribute to the general welfare of the School and its stakeholders;
  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal & written; highly organised; refined interpersonal skills;
  • High level of interpersonal empathy and a willingness to engage at every level within the school community;
  • A high degree of initiative and creative thinking;
  • Inclusive and balanced management style;
  • Fluency in Arabic is advantageous but not essential.
  • Living in Dubai:

    As one of the world’s most dynamic cities and an international hub, Dubai is one a major players in the international teaching market offering first-class education.

    Dar al Marefa seek diversity and inspiring academics who have the same family values as we do.

    We provide a generous package which includes; a tax free salary, family residency visa, private family medical insurance, company car/driver, an annual flight allowance home for you and your family and tuition fee concessions. We can help you with the stress of relocation, and can provide you high quality company accommodation equipped state of the art facilities.

    Application Process

    To apply please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to

    All appointments are subject to interview, successful references and background checks, visa and work permit approval as per UAE Labour law and KHDA approval.

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    More about Dar Al Marefa Private School
    Type: Mainstream School
    Phase: All-through
    Funding status: Independent
    Gender: Mixed
    Age Range: 4 - 18 years
    Address: PO Box 112602, Street 58/71 Mirdiff, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Telephone: +971 4 288 5782

    An inspiring initiative by the Al Ghurair family, Dar Al Marefa School is a top-ranked and widely recognised bilingual International Baccalaureate® school in Dubai with a broader academic vision – to make a significant contribution to the next genera...