Administrator, School Director

American International School - Accra

School Info:

Name:American International School - Accra

Region:Africa

School Background:

American International School (AIS) is a community of Pre-School -12th grade learners in the heart of Western Africa. In response to the growing group of expatriates living in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, NICS opened AIS. The school was founded in 2006, and has experienced steady growth since then. Accra, the seat of the Ga State, is today a melting pot of several Ghanaian and other foreign cultures. It is home to virtually anyone who identifies himself or herself with the city. That, in itself, is the bottom-line of traditional Ga heritage. The population of the Ga people is relatively small, but today the whole city is filled with people from all walks of life. The city of Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877, and contains fine public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriaburg to the modern metropolis it is today. AIS stresses academic and spiritual excellence and seeks to integrate a biblical worldview throughout its Pre-School thru grade twelve educational setting. Its academic program is based on the U.S. curricular model with modifications in place to address the needs of its international population. 

Job Summary/Objective:

To provide leadership in developing and maintaining a distinctive Christian educational philosophy and the best possible educational and ministry program and services

Reports to:

Vice President of School Operations (VPSO)

General Responsibilities:

- To be accountable to the NICS Board of Directors via the offices of the President and Vice Presidents for the operations of the assigned school, through the implementation of the NICS School Policies and NICS Policies and Administrative Guidelines.

- Administers the planning, development, coordination, and evaluation of the total operation of assigned school on behalf of NICS.

- Delegates responsibility for all administrative units but is responsible to the VPSO and NICS for the results produced

- Prepares the annual budget as necessary to assure maximum utilization of funds to accomplish the mission, and educational and ministry goals of the school

- Adheres to professional, ethical, and moral standards of conduct in the transaction of all school business

- Recommends to NICS the appointment of all NICS missionaries assigned to assigned school. 

- Based on the authority granted by NICS appoints all personnel employed by assigned school (Assistant administrator appointments shall have the approval of the President)

- Makes needed personnel adjustments, assignments and transfers, approves suspensions, sick leave, and personal leave as outlined in the school’s local administrative guidelines and NICS Administrative Guidelines.  Dismisses personnel when necessary following local school guidelines, as well as NICS policies and procedures.

- Provides the VPSO and the school community with the necessary information to keep them informed of the progress and activities of the educational program.

- Serves as the representative of NICS on the field and its leadership, and provides the Senior V.P., VPSO and President of NICS with the necessary information to keep them informed of the progress and activities of the ministry of the assigned school.

- Ensures that school operations properly represent the ministry of NICS as determined by the Board and President of NICS, and to work in harmony, cooperation, and compliance with that leadership and in cooperation with the Home Office.

- Appropriately promotes and positively identifies the local school with the NICS organization in such a way that builds a positive image of the mother organization on the field and among the school community.

- Administers the school program in conformity to the mission, purpose and values of the assigned school and NICS; the NICS School Policies and Administrative Guidelines, and the regulations of the Partnership Document as signed by the assigned school’s Local Ownership Board and NICS, Inc.

- To hire a team of teachers who are evangelical, mission-minded Christians, in agreement with the NICS and assigned school’s mission, statement of faith and philosophy.

- To ensure the development and implementation of a school-wide plan for evangelism, discipleship, and Biblical integration.

- Attend the Annual Leadership Conference typically held in February. Make every effort to attend regional meetings of NICS leadership.  Assure the NICS monthly ministry and financial reports, as well as the Annual Field Report are sent to the NICS Home Office according to the schedule prescribed by the NICS Home Office. Assure policy monitoring reports are filed on time and according to proper instructions for such reports.

- It is primarily the director’s responsibility to safeguard the long-term relationship between the local school and NICS/Oasis, ensuring that all host-country registrations, contracts, permissions, paperwork, & etcetera are kept current, and solidify to the greatest extent possible the permanent relationship between the local school and its mother organization NICS/Oasis.

- Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the VPSO and President of NICS as the need requires.

Qualifications:

- A Master’s degree with a major in educational administration

- Meets certification requirements of recognized accrediting agency responsible for issuance of school’s accreditation

- Prior experience as a principal or the academic head of a school program

- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the President of NICS may find appropriate and acceptable

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