Vacancy Details

12280 - K-12 Inclusion Director

Location: UAE - Abu Dhabi
Closing Date 28-Sep-2022
About the Role

The work of the Inclusion Director is aligned with the guiding principles of the GAA. These principles define GAA’s inclusive learning community, where all students can learn and have a right to support that fosters learning growth. At GAA, we believe that all students deserve support to access the curriculum and contribute to classroom learning, as well as opportunities to demonstrate individual growth. This belief is championed by a network of professionals who collaboratively plan for, set and respond to measurable growth indicators based on students’ needs, using clear data. 

The Inclusion Director provides leadership for a dedicated team who monitors student needs, and intervenes to foster student growth. The Student Support Team (SST) consists of Inclusion Coaches, Learning Support Assistants (LSA), Learning Support Teachers (LST), and other teachers working with special education. This leadership includes, but is not limited to;

  • the oversight and maintenance of a network that organizes communication oriented around student needs, usually through meetings with clear purposes and action

  • assists in the administering of a clear review and referral procedure that uses data to ensure student needs are being met on an ongoing basis 

  • ensures that these efforts are evidenced through an efficient and comprehensive system of timely record keeping designed for responsive student support and an ongoing review of needs

The Inclusion Director supports a team of specialized professionals who actively collaborate with teachers. This team supports teachers in using data to maintain and communicate the students’ progress toward their goals. The Inclusion Director’s role is to create and maintain supportive networks and processes supporting individual needs within a given classroom.

The Inclusion Director ensures staff have opportunities for furthering their own knowledge and training in student support through internal and external professional development as well as access to effective resources.

About Your Benefits

Communication and Management:

  • Align The Student Support Team (SST) policy and procedures across the school

  • Review and maintain the SST Handbook

  • Inform and support in disseminating key tasks and deadlines, specific to the SST, for the academic year

  • Provide, distribute and disseminate information supporting relevant professional development opportunities, both internally and externally

  • Engage in regular and ongoing whole school communication, including: parents, teachers, SST, coordinators or other meetings where communication with the SST is required

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, facilitate and allocate roles within SST for the management of resources and development initiatives

  • Oversee and facilitate the documentation used in admissions, student referrals, and support needs

  • Determining student needs related to eligibility

  • Identifying, interviewing, training, assigning and evaluating LSAs

  • Liasing with parents, HR, and Government Relations Executive relating to student support services

  • Lead self evaluation and inspection teams in compliance with the ADEK Inspection Framework and other accrediting bodies (NEASC, CIS, IBDP)

  • Communicate budget proposals, allocation, and purchasing priorities for the SST to divisional principals

  • Collaborate with the SST on the management of school development goals and team policies & procedures

  • Providing input to Divisional Principals related to the evaluation of Inclusion Coaches and Learning Support Teachers

  • Act as an agent of voice and advocacy for the SST within the wider GAA community


About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 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 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

About the School

GEMS American Academy is a diverse international K-12 American/IB School offering both the Primary Years Program and Diploma Program with 1,800 students, comprised of 82 nationalities speaking 40 languages and a faculty of 160. Established in 2007 and accredited by CIS and NEASC, GAA is the flagship American curriculum school for GEMS in Abu Dhabi and sister school to Dubai American Academy. GAA offers an academically rigorous and relevant program of studies specifically designed as a student-centered, inclusive and adaptive approach to learning. At GAA, learning is a journey of exploration and growth, where exceptional teachers and world-class facilities support the fullest development of every child’s potential. Our American style approach to learning includes a wide range of academic subjects and a holistic focus, which includes the arts, music, drama, physical education, extra-curricular activities, clubs, and sports. More than simply a larger selection of course offerings and activities, our approach to curriculum and instruction cultivates critical thinking skills and celebrates each child’s creativity and imagination. Our rich program allows young people to pursue individual interests and gain the confidence and conviction to make their unique contributions to the community.

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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

In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

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.