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British Columbia Offshore School Principal

school
Hayat Universal School (HUBS)
location
Doha, Qatar
housing
Furnished, air-conditioned housing
airfair
Annual economy round-trip airfare to point of origin at the time of summer vacation
Start date
Start August 2023
3 years
1
  • Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Master
  • 11 years of teaching experience
  • Education
  • Teaching Credential/License

Qualifications:

  • Current and valid British Columbia Certificate of Qualification or an Independent School Teaching Certificate
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, Curriculum, or another relevant area
  • Minimum of eleven years of administration experience (as Principal, Vice-Principal, or Department Head)
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a British Columbia public, independent or offshore school (as Teacher or/and Administrator)

Salary

100% tax-free salary. The salary would be QR 26,000 per month for candidates with 11+ years of full-time administration experience (equivalent to an annual salary of approximately CAD 116,000). The salary is fixed at the Qatari Riyal rate and does not get adjusted with the changes in currency fluctuations. The CAD annual income is provided here only to help the candidates in associating the monthly salary in the local currency with a currency they are familiar with.

The monthly salary will be increased by increments of QR 2,000 in each of the second and third years.

Benefits

  • End-of-service gratuity equivalent to 80% of the monthly salary for every year of service.
  • Large accommodation with facilities: a single administrator/married with no children receives a two-bedroom apartment. Apartments are in complexes with swimming pool and gym. Housing allowances are provided upon the request of an administrator at the rate paid by the school.
  • Transportation allowance is provided.
  • Child tuition discount is 100%.
  • Excess baggage reimbursement allowance.
  • Economy airfare at the beginning and end of the contract.
  • Annual economy round-trip airfare to point of origin at the time of summer vacation for contracts of more than one year.
  • Private medical local insurance.
  • Paid Summer Leave.
  • School will arrange and bear the Qatar government fee for your visa, work permit, and national identification.
  • Reimbursement of fees paid for the BC Ministry of Education Teachers Regulation Branch for applying for the BC teacher certification. Miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the school.
  • Family Benefits are provided for married Administrators with children up to the age of 18 years old.

Estimated Cost of Living in Qatar

Average monthly expenses can be QR3,500. This includes items such as personal transportation, food, Internet, fitness membership, shopping for necessities, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses. A major trip during one of the long school breaks may cost QR8,000. Assuming a person makes two major trips in the school year, the total would be QR16,000 for trips, and QR35,000 (3,500 x 10 months) for living expenses. Total expenses QR51,000. Please bear in mind these are estimates for a single person and it may be less or more depending on one's lifestyle.

Context

Hayat Universal School (HUBS) Qatar is a PreK – 12 British Columbia Certified Offshore School operating in Doha, Qatar, since 2009/2010 and has been CIS-accredited since January 2019. The school’s mission is to “develop competent and ethical Muslim Global Citizens through high-quality, bilingual, Canadian education”. HUBS Qatar offers the BC Program and the Qatar National Curriculum for Arabic Language, Islamic Education, and Qatar History. The school bilingual programs attract Qatari families and the vast majority of students are English Language Learners (ELL). Almost all students join the school at the preschool program and K level.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Cultivating a school culture of academic rigor, character development, engagement, accountability towards student achievement and well-being, professionalism, trust and safety for all constituent groups;
  • The implementation of the school definition of High-Quality Learning and Teaching where learning is for all students, is curriculum-based, is meaningful, is supported through assessment, is technology-empowered, is the product of professional learning communities, engages parents and develops Muslim Global Citizens;
  • Creating a school climate that supports the development of Muslim Global Citizens through balancing cultural identity and openness, referencing the school policy for cultural sensitivity;
  • The use of data as a driver for academic and operational planning and decision-making;
  • Parents’ engagement with the school and their satisfaction with the objectives and overall orientation of school programs;
  • Meeting the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education Certification;
  • Meeting the requirements of CIS accreditation through engaging in the process of continuous improvement in alignment with the CIS School Evaluation Framework;
  • Integration of learning that takes place in the Early Years, BC, and Qatar National Curriculum Programs;
  • Talent and Leadership development through the creation of opportunities for dialogue, shared leadership and professional development; and
  • Working collaboratively with the school Head Office Executives to keep the school on track for steady growth as a sound academic institution

Main Duties:

Educational Leadership:

  • The development and implementation of educational programs in a manner that maximizes student learning, ensure their well-being, and supports them to meet the British Columbia and Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education curricular standards, ultimately achieving the BC Ministry of Education Graduation Program Certificate (the Dogwood Diploma);
  • Supervision of the planning and delivery of instruction consistent with the school definition of High-Quality Learning and Teaching, ensuring hands-on, inquiry-based and differentiated instruction is provided, integrating technology to maximize student learning at 1st tier instruction;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the Muslim Global Citizenship Passport Program and the integration of the Digital Citizenship learning goals in relevant subjects;
  • Supervision of the development and implementation of cogent assessment that balances formative and summative, standardized and school-developed tools, and incorporates student self-reflection and assessment;
  • The development and implementation of a system of student progress reporting that meaningfully informs parents, students, teachers and school leadership;
  • Oversight and review of entry assessment used during the admission process and making the final decisions regarding admission to the school;
  • Led adjudication meetings and making final decisions regarding student promotion/placement and retention as per the school promotion/retention policy;
  • Planning and overseeing the effectiveness of student academic support programs including in-class, out-of-class, and after-school support and ensuring the implementation of the process for “Identifying and Supporting Students at Academic Risk”;
  • Implementing and/or overseeing the implementation of academic policies such as exam re-sits, extra credit, grading policy, and exam invigilation;
  • Development and/or oversight of the development of the school master calendar, standard timetable (observing instructional time required for BC Certification), class timetables and plan for room allocation;
  • Development and oversight of the school's co-curricular and extra-curricular learning activities that expand learning opportunities for students, engaging members of the community in planning and delivering such activities;
  • Oversight and support of the implementation of the school Positive Behavior Management Program “We Are HUBS” and the teaching of BC Core Competencies through school-selected programs; overseeing the implementation of the Hayat High Five values and Stop and Think; planning and implementing student recognition policies and monthly theme assemblies;
  • Implementation of the school behavior modification process in collaboration with the school counselors and Vice Principal, ensuring the process is integral to the “We Are HUBS” program; identifying behavior at-risk students; making discipline decisions, with the view that discipline is for learning, and ensuring student safety and well-being during the process;
  • Implementation of the school attendance policy, monitoring and addressing chronic tardy and absences;
  • Working with the BC Program Heads and Early Years Team Leader to support, mentor and supervise teachers to help them succeed in their roles by ensuring they are working to achieve the British Columbia Curriculum Learning Standards, in the manner planned for Hayat Universal School (HUBS) Qatar, ensuring teachers use the instructional and assessment strategies that are consistent with the school definition of High-Quality Learning and Teaching and that they implement student discipline and safety policies;
  • Leading the development of professional development in support of the implementation of the school definition of High-Quality Learning and Teaching;
  • Overseeing the implementation of yearly cycles for instructional planning, assessment, and data collection and analysis to ensure the systematic implementation of these processes;
  • Performing teaching duties as required (e.g., modeling for teachers, leading a guided reading group, conducting read-aloud activities)

Operations Management:

  • Ensuring student safety and well-being through the implementation of related policies and procedures such as, but not limited to, child safeguarding, evacuation, lockdown, drop-off and pick-up, and fieldtrip risk assessment; and ensuring facilities are well maintained, cleaned, and secure;
  • Creating a work environment of professionalism, trust and collegiality through developing an understanding of the school vision, mission, beliefs, values, and school-wide goals (graduate profile); proactively setting clear expectations; consistent policy and practice implementation; creating opportunities for staff engagement through committee work, staff/student voice boxes, and shared leadership; and creating channels for sharing confidential feedback;
  • Ensuring staff feel welcomed and cared for by working with the Social Committee on social events and acts of kindness and overseeing the process of new staff welcome;
  • Conducting formal evaluations of BC teachers and administrators in accordance with the school performance evaluation policy, process, and frameworks;
  • Ensuring the general conduct of staff shall be by their responsibilities as educators and the school policies and procedures such as student supervision, field trip, evacuation, staff attendance, dress code, cultural sensitivity, and other policies published in the HUBS Qatar Operations Manual;
  • Holding teachers accountable and, in case of need, implementing the school procedure for “Supervision of Instruction & the Appropriate Application of Progressive Discipline”; this should be in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education standards and requirements and the Qatar Labor Law; and in a manner that will guide decisions regarding contract renewal, dismissal, annual salary increases and assignment of positions and promotions; assist in the same process as it pertains to non-teaching staff;
  • Ensuring student and staff records are kept in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education Certification Agreement and the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s requirements;
  • Reviewing and approving the annual plan for resources; the school Resources Coordinator develops the plan working with members of the school leadership team, who take feedback from staff, IT staff, and the school Head Office;
  • Participating in the annual staffing process by planning assignments; discussing staff assignment requests, if any; and participating in the selection process;
  • Engaging parents through open dialogue; receptiveness to feedback; processes for keeping them informed and educated about the school mission, programs and policies; and timely reporting on their children’s progress; building on parent relationships to further establish community partnerships;
  • Engaging the school staff and administration team to establish community partnerships with other local and international schools, government and private organizations, to enrich the learning opportunities available for students, especially in the areas of service, environmental stewardship and leadership;
  • Leading staff and admin meetings; ensuring minutes are taken with clear, actionable items that are followed up consistently; overseeing the work of staff committees; and making morning announcements;
  • Engaging in annual policy and procedure review; discussing policy change requests, if any; ensuring proper approval is obtained for any changes in policies, procedures, and forms;

BC and Qatar Ministry of Education Compliance; CIS Accreditation:

  • Ensuring standards and requirements of the British Columbia Ministry of Education Offshore School Contract are met and regularly monitored to maintain BC Certification; completing annual reporting to the BC Ministry of Education to meet school BC Certification compliance requirements in a timely manner; and preparing for annual inspections;
  • Working with the Vice Principal to ensure compliance with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education requirements, and to prepare for Ministry’s annual inspection;
  • (note: the school Head Office provides significant support in reporting to the Ministries and preparing for inspections.)
  • Fully engaging in the continuous improvement process that the CIS School Evaluation Framework offers to maintain the school accreditation;

School Administration Support Available for the Principal:

  • Full-time Vice Principal who supports the Principal in managing several school operational aspects, onsite HR management, facilities management, government relations, and parent relations, and is the Head of Qatar National Curriculum Program;
  • Three full-time British Columbia Program Heads (Academic Vice Principal level role);
  • Part-time Early Years Team Leader (the program comprises two grades: PreKG and KG1);
  • Head of Math Department with part-time teaching assignment;
  • Head of Career Education and Career Counseling with part-time teaching assignment;
  • Two part-time Elementary English Support Coordinators for G1-G3 and G4-G7;
  • Stipend-based Math Coordinator for G7-G9;
  • Stipend-based Education Technology Coordinator and Chair of the Digital Citizenship Committee;
  • Stipend-based Inquiry-Based Learning Coordinator for G8-G12;
  • Supervisor for Registration and Public Relations who is in charge of student records and school reception;
  • Resources Coordinator

 

Support Available for the Principal from the School Head Office:

British Columbia Offshore School Representative: This role brings seasoned experience in British Columbia education to guide HUBS Qatar in its implementation of the BC Program through professional development, school planning, and accreditation work

The Chief Executive Officer of EduGlobe, the school Head Office: The CEO who assumes the role of Superintendent of HUBS Qatar, works closely with the Principal and school leadership team to support all aspects of the school operations

HR & Operations Management team of EduGlobe: This team is responsible for all aspects of the HR management of the school, in coordination with the Principal and Vice Principal, to ensure decision-making remains with the school leadership.

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This is a Direct to School Job

Hayat Universal School (HUBS), Qatar is a CIS-accredited, British Columbia Certified Offshore School. This is the link to the BC Certified Offshore Schools.

The Ministry thoroughly inspects our school every year. For example, inspectors look into BC program year plans, instructional time, instructional methods, admission system, the integrity of the promotion and registration process, support services, school policies, safety and supervision plans, student and staff records, teacher and principal certification, and hiring practices, learning resources, facilities and school licensing.

To graduate from our school, students will have to complete the requirements of the British Columbia graduation program in English. Graduates receive the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma).

Although the school offers bilingual/bi-cultural education with an Arabic Program that implements the Qatar National Curriculum, the main program is the BC program with the majority of the instructional time dedicated to this program (80% in K and 74% starting Grade 1)

The school started in 2009-2010 with KG1 - Grade 3 and has been adding a grade every year with the movement of students to higher grades. The school started to offer Grade 12 in 2018-2019. The purpose of this approach is to make the lower grades the main point of entry to the school and to keep transfers in the higher primary and intermediate grades to the minimum.

From 190 students in its first year (2009-2010), the school has grown to 1063 students in 2022-2023, with 70% of them enrolled in the BC Program, which starts at KG2.  The remaining students are registered in our Early Childhood Program (PreKG and KG1). The school’s reputation and its remarkable success are attributed to its bilingual program, the world-class BC program it implements, and the quality and dedication of the school team of teachers and administrators who make these programs a success. The students are predominantly Qataris and ESL learners. The School Early Childhood Grades (PreKG and KG1) prepare students for the BC Program. English is the main language of instruction in these grades. Their curriculum dovetails with the BC
curriculum.

HUBS Qatar is the culmination of the vision and experience of a renowned psychologist and educator in the Middle East. Parents, teachers, and BC inspectors sense the community that prevails in the school. In the year 2022-2023, the school team of educators includes 62 administrators; classroom, support, and ESL teachers. 47 are licensed educators, 20 Canadians, 12 Americans, 1 Australian, 6 South Africans, 3 British, 1 Jamaican, 1 Filipino, 1 Tunisian, and 2 Indians. The remaining 15 qualified teachers are from Canada, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, 1 Syrian, 1 Serbis,Tunisia, and Jordanian. 24 Arab teachers deliver the Arabic Program. The school is supported by a team of teacher assistants. Each PreKG - Grade 2 class is assigned a teaching assistant. TA time is provided to the higher elementary grades on a part-time basis.

Qatar is a stable and wealthy small country. The government has a vision for this small country that makes citizens proud. Doha, the capital is the only city in the country. It is an upscale expatriate-friendly city that is close to many travel destinations. Qatar has taken major strides in developing education with many major international universities opening branches here. The country hosts a wealth of international and regional sports
and cultural events.

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This is a Direct to School Job
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