Vacancy Details

12755 - Head of Arabic Department

Location: Egypt - Cairo
Closing Date 21-Dec-2022
About the Role

We are looking for a Head of Arabic Department to join our Madinaty Integrated Language School.

Overall Function:  

  • To provide professional leadership and management to ensure high quality teaching strategies, effective and efficient use of resources, and raised standards of learning and achievement for all students in the subject area.
  • To play a major role in the development of school progress and attainment.
  • To inform the school management of students’ performance and future priorities and targets for the subject.


  • Receive and systematically file official documentation.
  • Ensure that teachers are aware of statutory requirements.
  • Organize curriculum meetings for teachers, parents, and school management.
  • Identify needs in one’s own subject in relation to the overall needs of the school.
  • Understand how the subject contributes to school priorities and to the overall education and achievement of all students.


  • Review the curriculum adaptation in consultation with teachers as per school action plan.
  • Develop long term and short-term curriculum plans/scope and sequence for all stages.
  • Ensure these plans cater for SEND and challenge the more able students.
  • Keep updated departmental handbook that include all information, orientation, and guidelines that teachers should have by the beginning of the academic year.
  • Keep an updated HOD file that should include but not limited to school mission statement, philosophy, and policies; the department improvement plan; annual plans and lesson plans; scope & sequence; job description; personal professional development plans; workshops attended; class observation rubric, records, and feedback; samples of assessment materials; data analysis; minutes of department meetings; action plans, etc.
  • Ensure every teacher has a file that includes all circulars and memos relevant to the subject, teaching and assessment materials, plans, job description, etc.


  • Constantly evaluate resources and make the necessary modifications with consultation with teachers and school management.
  • Ensure that relevant resources are ordered and used effectively.
  • Offer advice and training on resources used to ensure better performance.
  • Allocate available resources with maximum efficiency to meet the objectives of school and subject plans and achieve value for money.
  • Periodically update the department book order in consultation with teachers and school management.
  • Ensure that the learning resources are used effectively and efficiently. 
  • Regularly explore opportunities to develop or incorporate new resources.
  • Ensure that teachers are using and enforcing the use of library resources.
  • Monitor the provision and use of resources in the library.

Other Responsibilities: 

  • Develop effective links with the local community, such as businesses and industries to extend the subject and enhance students’ understanding through real life applications.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and the school community and share/recommend any necessary interventions, modifications, or adaptations.
  • Manage time effectively by balancing teaching demands, subject management, and involvement in school improvement.
  • Help teachers achieve good working relationships with students.
  • Establish a healthy working environment among teachers through improvement of teamwork, and mutual support, delegation of tasks, and developing an acceptance of accountability.
  • Periodically appraise teachers following school’s policy and standards.
  • Good communication with other departments and other members of school management to ensure consistency across all subjects.
  • Be available to answer parent and school management questions and keep records of all meetings that take place.
  • Check the presence/absence of teachers and ensure that the proper material is being given to the substitute teacher in conjunction with the supervisor.
  • Prepare weekly schedules of classroom observation and post-observation feedback sessions.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of homework assignments before they are shared with students and parents on a weekly basis.
  • Meet weekly with the School Academic Counselor to report and discuss all matters concerning the department (students’ progress, assessments, teachers, class observations, resources, use and analysis of data, recommendations, etc.)


About Your Benefits
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in similar position.
    • Team and resource management, strategic planning and decision-making. Ability to motivate a team and command respect.
    • Knowledge of the use of ICT in schools to aid teaching and learning
    • Skilled teacher with solid commitment to teaching and learning and strong subject knowledge in relevant area.
    • Excellent communication skills able to build relationships with students and colleagues and contribute to wider school life
    • Have expert knowledge of the subject area.
    • Know and establish school’s objectives, priorities, and action plans.
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

Founded in 2014, Madinaty Integrated Language Schools, MILS, opened its doors to encompass 300 children in its first year of operation. It was the second language school located at the heart of Madinaty City and the only school in the neighbourhood offering a French stream of education besides the English stream.


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.