GEMS is the leading provider of high quality education across the world. Our schools in the UAE aim to be the best. It is important that all of our schools are rated as outstanding and continue to develop as Centres of Excellence.
We can ensure this by recruiting and retaining the best quality staff, nurturing and developing innovation and using cutting edge technology and research to inform our practise. The Superintendent will play a crucial role in ensuring that these goals and standards are met.
The Superintendent reports to the Chief Education Officer for education outcomes and standards achieved across a designated school cluster and is responsible for the line management of Principal and CEO’s in the cluster.
Provide leadership and direction for the schools within the cluster. Ensure the schools are in line with the GEMS vision and Core Values.
Responsible for Professional Development Plan for all reporting Principal and CEO’s.
Deliver educational and financial results for the schools in the cluster and for GEMS in line with agreed business plan.
Improve student outcomes and narrow the student attainment gap across the cluster.
Ensure the cluster articulates and consistently applies the GEMS philosophy and Core Value base.
Build the capability and infrastructure of the cluster to meet current and future challenges.
Ensure compliance with all regulatory authorities (DSIB, KHDA, ADEC, accreditation partners) and foster positive relationships.
Strategy leadership and management
Propose and recommend an appropriate business plan for the cluster in achieving their education and financial objectives, after consultation with the Principal and CEO’s.
Develop and lead the implementation of the cluster strategic plan in line with the overall strategy.
Lead professional dialogues and performance appraisal for Principal and CEO’s and identify key talent for educational and business development.
Develop and broker relevant school-to-school support and professional development opportunities within the cluster and across the other cluster schools.
Ensure that the cluster has the resources (human, material and financial) to operate as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
Work closely with the project teams and other school support services to ensure that all new school projects are completed in timely manner.
Alongside the Chief Education Officer and other school services colleagues, have a key involvement in the recruitment process for Principals and Senior Leaders in new and existing schools while keeping in mind the need for succession planning and talent management.
Ensure there is a consistent focus across the cluster of schools on high standards of student achievement and continuous student and school improvement and that systems are in place to review and monitor this.
Ensure effective implementation (and ongoing review) of GEMS learning and assessment frameworks that use benchmarking and value-add data, to monitor and report student progress and achievement.
Ensure that there is relevant and flexible curriculum supported by creative, responsive approaches to teaching with appropriate teacher intervention as part of a positive and constructive learning environment.
Develop educational strategies to secure equity of educational outcomes to enrich the school as a learning environment for its students, families and the wider community.
Ensure the CGS has a coordinated annual calendar of events and meetings pertaining to all facets of school community life.
Ensure cluster schools are prepared for internal review and external inspection. Provide the governance at inspection meetings on behalf of the GEMS school support service.
Financial Planning and management
Work with Principal and CEO’s to present an annual operating plan and budget for the cluster for approval by the Board.
Be responsible to the Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive Officer for the overall financial health of the Cluster; ensure that expenditure is controlled in line with budgets as approved by the Board.
Alongside the Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive provide comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the Cluster.
Support, advise and lead, as appropriate, agreed corporate initiatives and events, for example, Academy Plus, skills agenda.
Work with the Principal and CEO’s to ensure that all Value Added Schools Services that are income generating and of high quality; e.g. school photography, uniform, provide quality and value for money for stakeholders.
KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Relevant subject or education degree at Bachelor level, and evidence of continued professional learning.
Outstanding practical and personal knowledge of schools, education systems, qualifications and assessment practices, innovation in curriculum, pedagogy and educational leadership.
Outstanding expertise, experience and philosophy in further developing the culture and ethos of the organisation in sustaining high standards, and a clear understanding of strategies for improving these in UK and/or IB curriculum schools.
A strong understanding of Finance, HR, Admission and Operations in driving efficiency, effectiveness and profitability within a large international setting.
A genuine understanding of pedagogy linked to new technologies within C21st learning environments
Master’s Degree (preferred)
International collaboration or have worked internationally (preferred)
A proven track record of highly impactful and innovatory leadership, and understanding of all-through (3-18), Primary and Secondary education, demonstrating continuous and sustainable improvement in becoming outstanding organisations.
Currently Chief Executive Officer, Director of Education or leader of multiple schools of a Multi Academy Trust, having led your own ‘outstanding’ school as Principal.
Excellent communication skills and strategies that will motivate and inspire experienced Principal and CEO’s.
Demonstrable experience in providing a far-reaching vision to drive ambition, culture and direction; and setting high expectations to truly inspire, empower and motivate leaders to deliver outstanding and innovative learning experiences for students of all abilities.
Successful and demonstrable experience of parental, business, and Higher Education engagement and evidence of creating community partnerships that enhance learning.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - Measurable
Attainment and achievement outcomes beyond international standards for students of all ages, including EYFS, Key Stage 2, GCSE and IB examination outcomes.
To sustain DSIB/BSO inspection outcomes at the highest level in meeting all criteria for all cluster schools.
To achieve outstanding ratings in all cluster schools by 2020.
To ensure optimum enrolment targets for students in each school.
Schools meet Customer Satisfaction survey thresholds for staff, students and parents.
Achieve agreed profit and revenue targets (EBITDA) across all schools.
Meet the quality and performance standards set for all GEMS schools for internal review and KHDA/DSIB standards for external inspection.
Cluster schools to achieve 100% compliance measures with KHDA and external agencies.
Cluster schools to maintain a “Robust” rating with internal and external audit.