Interim Director

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full-time

Bingham Academy (BA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is seeking an experienced leader to serve as Interim Director while the search for a long-term Director takes place.  The successful candidate will guide our school to achieve excellence in academic programs and Christian education and will oversee the school community through a healthy leadership transition.  The goal of Bingham Academy is to prepare our students to impact the world for God’s glory. 

Founded in 1946, BA is an International Christian, K-12 school with more than 300 students from over 35 countries.  Approximately one-third of our students are Ethiopians, while the majority comes from families of missionaries and the international community.  Bingham currently follows the Cambridge International Curriculum for both primary and secondary education.  For more information about the school, visit www.binghamacademy.net

The Interim Director will provide leadership for 120 expatriate and Ethiopian staff and is entrusted with the welfare of staff and students. The position requires outstanding interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with the primary stakeholders of the school.  In collaboration with the Bingham Academy Board (BAB) and a Leadership Team from the founding mission, the Interim Director is responsible for maintaining the strategic plan of the school through the leadership transition.  Although BA is currently in a campus redevelopment phase, which will add a new elementary building and estimated capital campaign of $1.2 million over the next 3 – 5 years, this part of the role will be secondary to providing leadership during the transition.  

Candidates for Interim Director must demonstrate in their application how their faith, educational philosophy, leadership, and management skills would match our school’s mission, faith statement, and vision.  BA is seeking a proven, effective school leader with at least a Bachelor’s degree in an education-related field.  A Master’s Degree in School Administration, Christian Education or other relevant education such as coursework in Biblical foundations and theology or educational theory would be preferred.  The candidate must have at least two successful years of school leadership experience, preferably in an international and/or multicultural setting. Candidates must be evangelical Christians in good standing with their local church and able to understand and interpret the Bible into a practical and applied worldview.  Most importantly, the candidate should be a servant leader who has a vibrant walk with Jesus and can sustain this in a rigorous, international setting.  Recommended qualifications also include exemplary English oral and written communication skills, strong relational capacity, and experience in strategic planning.  Experience in school advancement and fund raising would be beneficial.  The starting date for the position will be July 1, 2017 and will last for 12-18 months.  

BA expects the Interim Director to be supported spiritually through a mission organization and home church.  The school will provide a partial financial support package including:  accommodation and utilities, free tuition for school-aged children attending BA, and a fund for professional development.  The remainder of financial support will be raised by the candidate through his or her sending mission organization.

Responsibilities:

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Sustain a positive, energetic environment among stakeholders (faculty, staff, students, parents, missions) through effective interim leadership
  • Maintain a clear vision for excellent education in a Christian environment
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the Bingham Academy Board (BAB) and the leadership of SIM Ethiopia through the Policy Governance model
  • Coordinate strategic planning with the BAB and SIM Ethiopia
  • Maintain high visibility while managing a complex organization through a leadership team
  • Model a biblically-based lifestyle with accountability to the BAB
  • Engage in ongoing personal, spiritual and professional development 

OPERATIONAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee development of programs that represent goals set forth by the BAB and ensure student thriving and progress through effective and quality Christian education
  • Ensure that a Biblical worldview is integrated into all levels of the curriculum
  • Maintain standards of excellence based on current educational trends and research in compliance with our accreditation bodies: ACSI and MSA
  • Provide for the spiritual formation of students through excellent programs and positive school culture
  • Maintain a strategic staff recruitment and retention strategy
  • Ensure opportunities for the ongoing evaluation, encouragement and professional development of staff
  • Ensure holistic pastoral care for teachers and staff
  • Engage faculty to lead spiritual development through the classroom, chapels and extracurricular activities
  • Maintain relevant technology and information services for staff and students
  • Ensure that crisis planning and child safety procedures are in place and regularly reviewed 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND ADVOCACY

  • Develop and sustain successful community relationships, integrating school vision and strategy
  • Facilitate effective  relationships within the BA community across culture, gender and age
  • Promote and encourage student-family involvement in school activities 

 FINANCIAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

  • Construct an annual budget in collaboration with the BAB
  • Maintain services and ongoing sustainability of the school
  • Ensure fundraising efforts related to capital projects 


Qualifications:
ESSENTIAL:

  • Evangelical Christian with a strong commitment to Biblical truth and in good standing with their local church
  • Faith and educational values and philosophy match the school’s mission, faith statement and vision
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in an education-related field
  • Exemplary communication and networking/relational skills in order to work with diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Skilled in organizational transition
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in school leadership 

DESIRABLE:

  • Experience in a multi-cultural school setting
  • Master’s degree in School Administration, Christian Education and/or additional relevant coursework in Biblical foundations, theology or educational theory 

Formal appointment. The Interim Director will be appointed as the senior member of the faculty. The position is a 12-18 month full-time appointment reporting directly to the Bingham Academy Board. The Interim Director is eligible to apply for the long term position and will be considered alongside other applicants.

Compensation. The Director must be a member in good standing of a reputable mission organization and have the support of that sending organization. There is a support package that meets some living and professional development expenses while the remainder will be raised by the candidate through the sending mission organization.  

We are currently accepting online applications for this position at https://goo.gl/AuPOJN.  Send cover letter and resume/CV via email to Jason Polk, Bingham Academy Board Chair at search.committee@binghamacademy.net.  Closing date for applications is March 31, 2017.