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High School Dean of Students

school
Awsaj Academy, Qatar Foundation
location
Doha, Qatar
salary
US 3000 - 4500 a month
housing
Qatar Foundation accommodation provided in Education City Community Housing
airfair
Economy class tickets in connection with annual leave for you, to the nearest International Airport in your home country, and one way Economy class ticket at the end of contract
Start date
Start August 2024
2 years
1
  • High School
  • Licensed Teacher, Director/Principal, District/Regional Level Administrator
  • Bachelor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Behavior Specialist + Educational Leadership + Special Education

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Special Education, Behavioral Psychology, Child Psychology, or a related field; Master’s degree in Special Education preferred
  • Dual Language Skills are preferred
  • Teaching certification
  • 2-5 years of training and /or experience working with children; experience working with children who exhibit extremes of behavior is desirable
  • Thorough understanding of behavioral issues and effective intervention strategies, and experience developing individualized behavioral intervention plans
  • Strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas clearly and concisely; Arabic proficiency an advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and familiarity with curriculum management and learning management applications

Attributes:

  • Decision-making skills – the ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Communication skills – the ability to make points clearly and understand the views of others
  • Accepts responsibility/accountability for own decisions and explains the rationale
  • Remains calm and resourceful when making difficult decisions, basing them on facts
  • Self-management – the ability to plan time effectively and to organize oneself well
  • Teaching skills: able to role model good and better teaching to colleagues
  • Personal impact and presence – providing a good role model to others
  • Adaptability to changing circumstances and new ideas
  • Energy, vigor, and perseverance
  • Self-confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Intellectual ability
  • Reliability and integrity
  • Commitment

 

Annual Leave: All Awsaj Academy holidays as per Awsaj Academy Calendar in addition to Sick Leave and Compassionate Leave by QF policies & procedures.

End of Service Benefits: One month's basic salary for each completed year of service based upon the final monthly base salary

Medical & Life Insurance: The employee is eligible for life and medical Insurance

Luggage Assistance: You will be eligible for luggage assistance in connection with your first travel to Qatar, this is derived from the market rate to ship 200 Kg. of unaccompanied air luggage to Qatar from your point of origin.

Accommodation: Qatar Foundation accommodation provided in Education City Community Housing (ECCH Lot 1 & Lot 2 in Google Maps)

Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include a tax-free salary, housing, health, life, and long-term disability insurance, annual home leave, shipping allowance, gratuity, and tuition benefits for Pre-K – Grade 12 school-age dependents.

Candidates wishing to learn more about Awsaj Academy can visit our website.

Qatar Foundation continues to grow and we are looking for outstanding educators to join our team. The Foundation focuses on education, science and research, and community development, and we need the best people to help us achieve our ambitious goals. If you smile when you think about children; when you’re talking to parents; when you’re discussing new ideas in education; and when you’re removing barriers to learning, you may be the person we’re looking for.

The Foundation’s work in the field of education has brought prestigious, international universities to Qatar to help develop an education sector in which young people can acquire the attitudes and skills needed to build a knowledge economy. Its main science and research agenda is to build Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Its community development programs aim to help foster a progressive society, while also enhancing the cultural landscape, protecting Qatar's heritage, and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

School Description:
Awsaj Academy is a specialist school for, currently 484 children, who have diverse learning needs and challenges from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The majority of our students have mild to moderate learning needs, and several students have a clearly defined medical diagnosis and may present more complex learning challenges. Awsaj Academy is the only school of its kind in Qatar and is a recognized leader in the region for students with disabilities.

The Academy provides high-quality academic, social, emotional, and research-based programs and provides a curriculum that is responsive to students' needs and abilities. Through multi-tiered systems of support, we can ensure that our students receive the necessary behavioral, therapeutic, and academic interventions to enable our students to succeed in their aspirations for further study, higher education, employment, and community life.

The Academy is accredited by international bodies and offers the High School diploma to support students’ graduation aspirations. We are currently undertaking a feasibility study for the possible introduction of the IBCP program as a pathway for some Grade 11 & 12 students.

English is the language of instruction in all disciplines and subjects except Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Qatar History, which are taught in Arabic. Over 98% of Awsaj students are Qatari and are English Language Learners. Students are taught in mixed-gender classes.

In keeping with all QF schools, Awsaj has exceptional teaching and learning facilities and is located in the center of the inspirational and innovative Education City.

As a specialist school, Awsaj students present a wide range of learning challenges requiring a dynamic, flexible, and responsive learning environment. In addition to grade-level classrooms with teacher teacher-teacher-student ratio of 1:10, we have several specialist resource bases (SCC, Bridge & EBD) in our Secondary School structure supported by teachers, IA’s, and interventionists. We also offer the Prime program for Grade 11 & 12 students requiring rapid credit and a bespoke and personalized self-study approach.

The holistic approach to meeting individual needs is supported and enhanced by a strong multi-disciplinary team of therapists, psychologists, and a Special Education Co-coordinator provided by The Learning Centre (TLC). The school also employs a team of Education Counsellors, School Nurses, and Behavior Specialists. We have a strong and highly specialist Arabic & Islamic team who work with students across the spectrum of learning needs.

At the heart of Awsaj is the concept of family and that every child matters and belongs. We aim to never give up on a student and are responsive to, and respectful of, the challenges our students may experience at different stages of their school journey.

Location Description:
Doha is the capital of Qatar – a sovereign Arab state – located in Western Asia and occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Arabian Gulf. The Al Thani family has ruled Qatar since the mid-19th century. Formerly a British protectorate noted mainly for pearling, it became independent in 1971 and has become one of the region's wealthiest states due to its enormous oil and natural gas revenues.

The school is located within Qatar Foundation (QF), which was founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The current Emir is his son, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Qatar Foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It aims to "support Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential".

Qatar Foundation carries out this mission through three "pillars": education, science and research, and community development. QF’s work in the education field has brought several world-renowned international universities to Qatar to help develop an education sector in which young people can
develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Its main science and research agenda is to build Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Its community development programs aim to help foster a progressive society, while also enhancing the cultural landscape, protecting Qatar's heritage, and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

Mission Statement:
To advance the achievement of students with learning challenges in Qatar.

Vision:
Unlocking the learning potential of each student

School Motto:
Persist | Contribute | Grow

Our Values:
BE RESPECTFUL – I respect people, property, and the environment
BE RESPONSIBLE -I am accountable for my actions and try to resolve differences in constructive ways.
BE SAFE - I act safely and show care for others
BE YOUR BEST – I am open to new learning and take responsibility to do my best.

General Responsibilities:
The Secondary School Behavioral Specialist will be part of the Awsaj Faculty and Administration team.

The Secondary School Behavioral Specialist will:

  • Provide academic assistance to students whose behavior limits their success in the classroom, to enhance their performance
  • Teach social skills to students using an explicit instructional model, and coach faculty and staff so that they may teach the skills as well
  • Provide in-class coaching to students to modify their behavior in a classroom setting
  • Provide de-escalation support to students to help bring their behavior under control
  • Implement defined behavioral interventions as needed to manage classroom behavior
  • Create data-driven behavior intervention plans (BIPs) to help students correct problem behaviors
  • Coach teachers to work with tier 1, 2 & 3 students using the PBIS behavioral model (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)
  • Develop a daily tracking system to monitor progress toward individual students’ goals; provide daily feedback and support to students whose behavior is being tracked
  • Develop mentors for individual students among the faculty and staff to enhance the support provided
  • Provide in-class coaching to teachers who need support for behavioral concerns and classroom management issues
  • Train faculty and staff members on non-violent crisis intervention measures using the framework of the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) or other accredited program
  • Conduct ongoing professional development regarding best practices for high-risk situations in the school environment and to model effective behavioral interventions for all tiers of students
  • Other reasonable tasks as assigned by the supervisor

Aims:

  • To encourage, motivate, and advance the achievement of students with learning challenges, demonstrating that all our students can progress in their development and learning;
  • We aim to empower our students with a sense of confidence, capability, competence, and self-esteem to meet life’s challenges.
  • To develop in all young people characteristics that will build resilience and skills for life.
  • To encourage our students to be curious about the world they live in;
  • To provide our students with opportunities to explore concepts, and engage in problem-solving, while extending their knowledge and skills,
  • To provide high-quality academic, research-based, teaching and learning in both Arabic and English
  • To create an emotionally supportive learning environment where students feel safe, valued and a sense of belonging;
  • To support Awsaj students in acquiring knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to fulfill their aspirations for adult life;
  • To develop within students the respect for Qatari heritage, Culture, and Islamic principles
  • To offer a curriculum that will challenge, enthuse, and inspire young people to begin to make progress where they have previously been unable to thrive. We will ensure teaching is stimulating and relevant and will utilize opportunities outside of the classroom, and first-hand experience, to extend the young person’s experience.
  • To provide students with the knowledge that promotes intercultural understanding and respect, and the skills to become proud and successful global citizens


Position Overview:
In collaboration with the Educational Leadership Team and the Administrative Team, the Secondary Behavioral Specialist provides support, coaching, and training in self-management behaviors and strategies for students, faculty, and staff.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

As a School…
Awsaj Academy primarily aims to serve students with learning challenges in grades K-12. Our admission priority is Qatari students who are two to four years behind their peers and who need a specialist program to catch up. The expectation for the majority of students upon graduation is that they will receive a high-school diploma and attend college and/or a career. Students are taught in small classrooms of no more than ten students per class. Highly qualified, specially trained teachers are skilled at meeting the individual needs of all students.

We are proud members of the Qatar Foundation and are located in a purpose-built facility within Education City. Our current school building was opened in 2011 and expanded to accommodate 577 students. Awsaj Academy has a rich history of quality service that spans over 20 years. Our non-profit school has dual accreditation. The Middle States Association (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), are both recognized by the Ministry of Education.

A School and much more….
Awsaj Academy serves students that often have unique learning needs that require additional and specialized support from The Learning Center (TLC). These specialists include school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, counselors, and student services coordinators. In collaboration with Awsaj leadership and teaching staff, as well as parents and students, TLC’s specialists offer their expertise through support that facilitates access to more individualized education. The specialists also provide valuable training to staff, parents, and students so that we can all support our students in achieving their best.

At Awsaj we put children first. Our mission is to unlock the learning potential of each student and to ensure that our students go into the future with the skills, work ethic, and development they need to be successful in life. We work hard to ensure that the graduates of Awsaj Academy will have evidence of:

Well-developed sense of self. Pride in their own culture. An understanding of, and respect for, Islamic values. Respect for themselves and others. Confidence & self-esteem. Appropriate social interaction skills. An understanding of their responsibility for the choices they make. The ability to be reflective, to think more critically, and to problem solve. Ambition to achieve to be their personal best. Connectivity to the local and global community. Proficiency appropriate to their abilities, in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in both English and Arabic. Understanding of the value and benefits of lifelong learning as part of their lifestyle.

Our reputation is established; our practices are sound and true. It is our responsibility to share our knowledge and expertise with others so that every student that struggles in Qatar can benefit from the Awsaj Way; regardless of the school they attend. The graduates of 2020 benefited from our progress as a school. Some were part of our blended learning program, some from our new PRIME PM program; others received specialized services from the QF Teaching and Learning Center that serves all the Qatar Foundation schools.

Our family opens the doors of our school to any educator or parent that would like to learn how we work with our students. We will invite you into our classrooms, share with you what we are doing, and provide support as schools around Qatar work toward inclusive practices.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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