28 Mar 2024

Middle School Principal at Ntare Louisenlund Community Benefit Company

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Job Description

Middle School Principal

  • Ntare Louisenlund School Careers
  • Rwanda
  • Executive School Management
  • Teaching & Learning / Instructional Design
  • International Education

Who We Are

Ntare Louisenlund School (Rwanda) aspires to become the premier institution in Africa, dedicated to fostering excellence in education. Through the Rwanda plus-STEM program, the school aims to attract the finest talents in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology, serving as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and future-shaping endeavors. Situated on a sprawling 60-hectare campus in Rwanda’s Bugesera District, a brief forty-five-minute drive from Kigali, the school is designed to accommodate up to 1000 boarding students.

Ntare Louisenlund School is committed to delivering an exceptional international education, empowering students to seek scholarships at the world’s leading universities. The student body will comprise two halves, with a portion selected through a rigorous assessment and funded by appropriate scholarships (plus-STEM stream), and the remainder consisting of students from across Africa pursuing the IB Diploma with their families financing the education. Seeking candidacy as an IB World School, Ntare Louisenlund School plans to offer the IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

Operated and managed by Ntare Louisenlund CBC, in collaboration with Stiftung Louisenlund, a renowned institution with over 70 years of experience running a secondary boarding school in Germany, Ntare Louisenlund School strives for comparable excellence at both locations in Germany and Rwanda. A strategic partnership with the Rwandan government is envisioned to identify plus-STEM students eligible for government scholarships.

Your Challenge & Responsibilities

The Principal of the Middle School (grades 7-10) at Ntare Louisenlund School is responsible, together with the Programme Coordinator, for the authorization and implementation of the Middle Years Programme in accordance with the standards and practices set forth by the IB Organization.

The Middle School Principal is autonomously responsible for the areas of academic instruction, planning, school development and quality management for the school’s educational programmes, including co-curricular learning experiences. He or she serves students and parents with respect to all aspects of “living, learning, and achieving” in our school community, together with the programme coordinators, the Deans of Student Life, academic mentors, and house parents.

In the realm of general school management, he or she also bears responsibility for the school libraries and the college and career counseling of our students. Additionally, he or she oversees the school’s global education department, including the exchange programmes and international memberships and accreditations.

The Middle School Principal is a member of senior management and the school leadership teams and reports directly to the headmaster. The Middle School Principal serves as Deputy Head of School overall and assumes the Head of School’s duties and responsibilities in his/her absence.

Your Main Responsibilities

The Middle School Principal is specifically accountable for the following areas:

  • Authorization, organization and implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme, including fostering Approaches to Teaching and Learning and the IB Learner Profile.
  • Further development of the school’s educational programmes in line with the “Louisenlund Pedagogy”.
  • Setting a vision for the school, in collaboration with the Head of School, and guiding the school community in the implementation thereof.
  • Recommendations for the employment and/or dismissal of employees in his/her area of responsibility; the final decision will be made by the Head of School.
  • Advising and supervising the teaching faculty in the areas of professional development and quality management.
  • Leading the team of teachers and facilitating effective collaboration amongst the faculty.
  • Guiding subject group leaders in their work with subject teachers to ensure the implementation of Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the school.
  • Determining and publishing the school’s course offerings in consultation with the Programme Coordinators.
  • Working with the Timetable Coordinator to design the school schedule and calendar.
  • Advising and supervising the programme coordinators, deans of student life, academic mentors, and coaches to ensure the high-quality standards of the “Louisenlund Pedagogy” and Plus-STEM, as well as the effective cooperation between parents, students, and the school.
  • Ensuring the proper implementation of school operations and according laws, regulations, and expectations valid for Ntare Louisenlund School, including the proper conduct of examinations in the school’s educational Programmes.
  • Recruiting of new students together in conjunction with the Director of Admissions.
  • Approving school trips and excursions.
  • Accreditations, annual reviews, and five-year self-assessment and evaluation of educational programmes (together with the Head of School).
  • Responsibility for an effective communication and information system for target stakeholders, especially parents; joint responsibility for PR concerning the school’s programmes.
  • International activities and global engagement, such as student exchanges.
  • College and career counseling.
  • Grading and reporting (ManageBac).

Your Profile

  • You have a teacher certification and significant experience working as a teacher (preferably in the IB Middle Years Programme or Diploma Programme).
  • You are passionate about your subject area and enthusiastic about working together with young people.
  • You have significant experience in instructional design with an emphasis on innovative, student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
  • You have significant experience in school administration and have successfully held a leadership or coordinator position in a scholastic context.
  • You have experience leading and developing people, including facilitating professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • You ideally have experience with accreditation and/or evaluative processes and systems in education.
  • You are interested in working to shape the Ntare Louisenlund Pedagogy for the 21st century.
  • You are willing to familiarize yourself with the unique pedagogical concept of Ntare Louisenlund and to take part in professional development workshops, as well as the school development process.
  • You are passionate about and/or supportive of the school’s focus on excellence in holistic, STEM education and social entrepreneurship.
  • You speak and write English fluently and are competent in using English as a language of instruction (exceptions include foreign language courses) 

Benefits & Compensation

  • A fully equipped school campus with excellent facilities in a beautiful natural setting in Bugesera.
  • Optional campus housing on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • An exceptional in-house professional development programme with travel opportunities for further IB professional development.
  • Small learning groups.
  • An extensive and diverse co-curricular programme and the possibility of taking part in or offering co-curricular experiences for students.
  • Collaboration with an experienced, internationally recognized school in Germany.
  • Various partnerships with external educational partners.
  • A committed, dedicated, and team-oriented faculty.
  • An competitive compensation package (in Rwandan Francs), based on your level of experience. This figure includes the staff housing allowance.
  • Start date: July 2024

Method of Application

Can you imagine working to help us design the school of the future? Then you should apply by 1st May 2024 to [email protected] and share an updated CV, motivation letter and certified electronic copies of degrees and relevant certificates. CVs will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please indicate in the subject line while applying as “Middle School Principle”.

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