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Dubai Schools
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
US 8200 - 9600 a month
Excellent housing allowance and relocation allowance
Annual flight allowance for self, spouse and two dependants
Start date
2 years
  • Early Childhood, Elementary
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Master
  • 10 years of teaching experience
  • Education, Elementary Education, Education Management, Leadership
  • Teaching Credential/License
    Other Certification

Position Requirements:

Education: Master’s degree, Teaching certification, Principal/educational management qualification

Experience: 5 years’ of school management/leadership in a K12 international school

Competencies: Knowledge of international accreditation, inspection and evaluation frameworks, excellent communication skills in spoken and written form, financial acumen, the experience in marketing and admissions, educational leader and outstanding teacher, management of human and physical resources, strategic planning, knowledge of child protection and health and safety, experience in developing and leading high performing teams, highly effective relationship management with a variety of stakeholders

Attributes: collaborative team player, inspirational speaker, empathetic listener, integrity, strategic thinker, able to convert vision into action, internationally-minded, emotionally intelligent, intercultural awareness, creative, persuasive, flexible, and capable of managing growth and instilling high standards, adept in multilingual settings, spirited, pioneering, professional and nurturing.

  • Competitive tax-free salary
  • Excellent housing allowance 
  • Annual flight allowance for self and family
  • Private medical insurance for self and family
  • Relocation allowance
  • Other Taaleem corporate benefits 
  • End of contract gratuity

This is an outstanding opportunity to become the Principal of a Dubai School K-5 campus, launched by Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and operated by Taaleem. 


Dubai Schools 

The ‘Dubai Schools project was launched through an agreement between the Dubai Government and Taaleem to operate three schools in a public-private sector partnership. 

Dubai Schools aim to provide a world-class education at affordable prices. The new schools have received significant investment to create outstanding campuses and have benefited from the expertise of one of the region’s highest performing and fastest growing school groups. 

Thanks to the positive publicity surrounding the initiative and the exceptional partners involved in the project, two Dubai Schools campuses opened received a phenomenal number of applications and were oversubscribed in each year group when they opened their doors in September 2021 to 600 pupils between Kindergarten and Grade 4 at 2 campuses. The opportunity is to build on this goodwill and early success, establishing excellent teaching and learning practices and developing a team of experts who can fulfill the potential of the school.


The Role:

The core purpose of this role is to provide professional, highly effective leadership and management that will achieve outstanding results in all aspects of school life. The principal promotes an inspiring vision and clear direction that is shared by all members of the school community. Ultimately, the Principal is responsible for managing all risks, filling the school and managing the cost base to generate the budgeted revenue and profit, and delivering outstanding ratings and parental engagement.

The Principal will work under the guidance of the Superintendent for Dubai Schools and will work closely with the founding staff team at both Dubai Schools – Mirdif and Dubai Schools – Al Barsha as well as colleagues across the wider Taaleem family. The opportunity is to develop and bring into reality a compelling vision for a K-12 school that will offer a rigorous American education and aims to develop respectful citizens who embrace UAE culture and values while having a strong global perspective. 


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

Everybody remembers an inspiring teacher because of the material difference he or she makes to us as individuals, stretching our potential and encouraging us to make the most of our strengths. Empowerment is the upshot of inspirational teaching and it sees students increasingly aiming higher and aiming more.

Together, inspiration and empowerment can be the architects of our future successes. Having charted the link between inspiration, empowerment and success, creating an environment that inspires children is the driving force behind Taaleem.

The Dubai Schools Mission is to be a Beacon of Academic Excellence. Combining an inquisitive teaching approach and future-focused skillset delivery, we work hand-in-hand with the community to nurture students to become independent and empathetic learners.

The vision for Dubai Schools is to offer a first-class international education to students by being a beacon and exemplar of academic quality. The school uses the US curriculum, the New York Engage Standards, as the foundation of the educational program, balanced with a sharp focus on Arabic literacy, Islamic studies, and the cultural values of the UAE. Maintaining this balance is crucial and is likely to define successful leadership of a school that seeks to meld global mindedness with an appreciation of the UAE’s cultural heritage.

The main objective of the Dubai Schools Project is to create a mutually beneficial partnership between the government and the private sector that ensures Dubai’s aspiration to have 100% of Emirati Students enrolled in 'Good+' rated schools by 2026.

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

Drawing millions of visitors each year, Dubai allows teachers to experience a unique combination of traditional Middle Eastern ways of life and an upscale expatriate lifestyle. Dubai's many private schools provide opportunities for licensed teachers to teach in one of the most exciting and dynamic modern cities in the world.

UAE Dirham
Hot desert climate
4,114 km²
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job