Vacancy Details

2057 - Director of Innovation and Curriculum

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 31-Aug-2018
About the Role

We are recruiting an experienced Director of Innovation and Curriculum to join our team

We are looking for outstanding teachers who are excited to join our world class schools and are driven to provide education at an exceptional level. GEMS teachers enjoy an outstanding school environment in which to deliver a dynamic and creative curriculum to motivated students. 

 Performance Responsibilities 

  • Model and encourage a culture of kindness.
  • Provide innovation and curriculum oversight and support for teachers, students in the class, and parents as the main curriculum administration touch point.
  • Align curriculum innovation vision to the teaching, learning and data strategy.
  • Embed Future Fluencies into all lesson and curriculum planning across K-12.
  • Developing a whole school drive towards social innovation projects.
  • Assist in the development of new curriculum and courses, ensuring vertical alignment and provisions for accountability.
  • Oversee and support DAA’s curriculum review cycle as well as the regular review of all curriculum maps.
  • Assist in the administration of DAA’s external assessment program, including the study, analysis, communication of results.
  • Assist in the preparation and management of the annual operating budget with specific reference to curriculum, innovation, assessment, and professional development, managing capital and operational expenditures for curriculum initiatives.

Leadership, Learning, and Infrastructure:

  • Provide dynamic leadership to the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of the School’s educational technology program for the express purpose of promoting student learning and enabling students to acquire the knowledge, skills and understandings that ensure successful future-focused learning.
  • Collaborate with Principals, team leaders, department heads, and individual teachers on strategies and planning designed to fulfill DAA’s School Improvement Plan and Innovation Strategy.
  • Contribute to school-wide leadership and planning as part of the senior leadership team.
  • Collaborate with IT technical department and Instructional Design and Innovation Specialists.
  • Lead a range of professional learning opportunities with staff and the wider community.
  • Identify pedagogical frameworks for the discussion of learning innovation in context.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to teachers and division leaders in integrating innovation standards and DAA’s dimensions of innovation into learning.
  • Recognize and reinforce others’ contributions, accomplishments, and efforts.
  • Document innovative practices both for public and internal discussion.
  • Engage the wider community in learning initiatives.
  • Collaborate to encourage safe and responsible use of technology, including the coordination of the Common-Sense Media-Digital Citizenship Curriculum and Digital School application.
  • Provide mechanisms to boost classroom transparency and de-privatize teaching practice.
  • Encourage changes to physical learning spaces that boost opportunities for innovation.
  • Evaluate emerging learning technologies for use within DAA.
  • Collaborate with the IT department around technical initiatives such as device deployments and virtual learning environments.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, and others in the planning of Educational Meetings for the Senior Leadership Team.

 Professional Development: 

  • Plan a dynamic, needs-based, and comprehensive professional learning program aligned to the Innovation and Curriculum needs in each phase.
  • To collaborate and administer a school-wide, innovative professional learning program that will meet the needs of teachers and improve strategies for effective classroom instruction.
  • To collaborate with the Head of Teaching, Learning and Innovation and administrators to ensure that staff are informed of professional conferences, workshops, and resources, as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain the online hub bringing together information, resources and stories of learning across innovation, technology, curriculum, teaching and learning, and data.



About Your Benefits

Preferred qualifications and attributes:


  • Master’s degree (minimum) with course work emphasis in teaching, and educational/instructional technology
  • Successful educational innovation leadership, organization, and management skills
  • Successful record of teaching with an emphasis in innovation, technology and curriculum
  • Proactive leader who can identify problems, plan initiatives, and provide comprehensive solutions
  • Strong skills in writing, listening, communication, and collaboration
  • Commitment to innovation and to the successful implementation of future-focused learning skills
  • Strong work ethic with a willingness to contribute to the general welfare of the total school program and the ability to work independently
  • Positive, professional, and collaborative disposition supportive of both the school and the GEMS organization


About GEMS

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About the School
Dubai American Academy (DAA) is GEMS Education's flagship American school. DAA is a vibrant international community, deeply rooted in a culture of kindness, that creates and empowers leaders and independent thinkers with integrity, character, and drive. The school offers an enriched American curriculum to students of all nationalities culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and/or an American high school diploma. Beyond its rigorous academic program, DAA prepares students to lead successful lives through the exceptional diversity of its community and the extra-curricular experiences that contribute to the development of the whole person. DAA is the only American school in Dubai that has received an outstanding rating from the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB), a distinction the school has had for six consecutive years.
About Application Process
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application. To complete the application you would need the following document(s):
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.