Founding Principal/CEO, United Arab Emirates

Closing date:Expiring today

GEMS Founders School - DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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Start date: August 2020 or earlier
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

The new GEMS Founders School will open in September 2020 and will be the 3rd GEMS Founders to open after the tremendous success of the founding school in Al Barsha South, Dubai. Located in the Al Waha area of Dubai, the new GEMS Founders School will deliver the National Curriculum for England enhanced through an integrated approach to the development of 21st Century learning skills incorporating UAE aspirations. At capacity the school will have approximately 4,740 students from Foundation Stage to Year 13.  

We require an exceptional leader to become the Founding Principal from August 2020 or earlier if possible. Working closely with the Brand Ambassador, Matthew Burfield (the founding Principal/CEO of the first Founders School), you will have the opportunity to set the culture and vision, develop and implement a robust and enriched curriculum, as well as developing and embedding systems and practices that ensure excellence in learning and teaching.

You will play an integral part in the marketing and promotion of the school, ensuring you build strong relationships with the parents and community to secure optimum enrolments and deliver an outstanding school from the outset. 
You will be a highly successful and proven Principal/Headteacher/MAT CEO with a track record of educational excellence and tangible outcomes. A passionate educator, you should have a recent working knowledge of the National Curriculum for England, as well as excellent communication skills that will enable you to motivate and inspire all.

Being a Principal/CEO in a GEMS School offers you a unique opportunity to enhance and progress your career in a global education environment. You can expect to lead a school that has high quality facilities, work with passionate and dedicated staff from across the globe, provide for truly international minded students who have a thirst for learning, and engage with highly aspirational and supportive parents. You will be able to access and contribute to our world class Professional Development and Leadership Programmes as well as work with our internationally recognized GEMS advisors who are leading experts in their field.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to join a school at the beginning of its exciting journey. If you have the skills and experience to lead GEMS Founders School – Al Waha, through its development to outstanding then we would like to hear from you. Please forward a CV and letter of application to, stating how your skills and experience match the requirements for this role.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity before submitting an application please email Danielle West – Vice President of Global Talent at the same address. Applications submitted before the closing date will be followed up immediately.

Closing date: Monday 24th February 2020.

More about GEMS Founders School - Dubai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Umm Sequim Street, Al Barsha South, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +971 4519 5222

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