Friday, August 30, 2013

Senior K-12 Superintendent/Administrator: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Senior K-12 Superintendent/Administrator
Abu Dhabi Education Council
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) seeks an exceptional senior superintendent/administrator for a generously compensated career-capstone position to advise on the reform of the AbuDhabi public and private K-12 education systems.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a mid-late career administrator to bring complex-system experience to help create a well-funded, world-class education system.  Compensation is $300k-plus and includes favorable US tax treatment, no local taxes, and generous benefits including housing allowance.



The Abu Dhabi Executive Council (ADEC) seeks an exceptional K-12 executive for a generously compensated career capstone experience in advising the reform of the Abu Dhabi public and private primary education systems. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create a well-funded, world-class education system.

Abu Dhabi
The exciting modern capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven member emirates and the seat of the UAE government and President. The city’s rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the high average income of its citizens, has transformed Abu Dhabi into a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people that is the country’s cultural, commercial, political, and industrial center. One of the world’s largest producers of oil, the city is diversifying its economy through investment in education, financial services and tourism.

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which is responsible for all public and private education in the Abu Dhabi emirate, is undergoing one of the most ambitious K-12 education reform projects in the world.  In its public school system for Emirate students, ADEC oversees 126,000 students, 11.000 teachers, and 268 schools; ADEC also regulates 185 private schools with 200,000 students of different nationalities and 17 international curricula. The Council is developing and implementing educational programs to improve primary education in accordance with the highest international standards and to support national development goals.  ADEC’s vision is to become a world-class education system, enabling students to become learners capable of participating fully in a sustainable, knowledge-based society. To meet its ambitious goals the Council is reforming its education system, including centralizing the administration, infrastructure, and information systems among all its public and private schools. Detailed information on ADEC is available at

Senior Advisor
ADEC seeks a Senior Advisor with extensive experience in leading large, complex K-12 systems to counsel directly with the Director General. The Council seeks a senior education leader who is comfortable working in a multicultural environment and acting as a change agent in bringing the Abu Dhabi school systems to a world-class level.  The Senior Advisor will liaise with educators worldwide and provide an understanding of global best practices including curriculum design, assessment practices, and professional development. As a member of the Executive Management Team, the Senior Advisor counsels the Director General, advises the Executive Directors and staff, and participates in decision-making about the strategic planning and implementation of the reform programs. Leading candidates will have comprehensive experience throughout K-12 education systems, from classroom teaching through senior administration in complex systems at city, county, state, regional, or national levels.  An advanced degree, fluency in English, and a decade-plus experience in a senior or highly specialized role is required. Detailed information and organization chart are available upon request. The Council offers highly competitive compensation, favorable US tax treatment, no local taxes, and generous benefits including housing allowance.  The position is available beginning January 2014.

Korn/Ferry International, which is assisting in this search, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications.  All communications will be held in absolute confidence. Applications should be submitted in English to and include a current CV and letter explaining interest and relevant experience.

korn/ ferry contacts
John Kuhnle
Managing Director-Global Education
Washington, DC

Rosa Morris
Senior Associate-Global Education
Washington, DC

Inga Walter
Principal-Global Education
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Anurag Tawakley
Associate-Global Education
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

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