Career Opportunities available with the Autonomous non-commercial educational organization “Anglo-American School of Moscow”

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Elementary School Principal
Location Moscow
Job Code 520
# of Openings 1
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Elementary School Principal

Anglo-American School of Moscow

Moscow, Russia

Start date of July 15, 2022

Procedure for Expressing Interest and Applying

The leadership of The Anglo-American School of Moscow will conduct this search although advertisements will be through various sources.   Individuals interested in applying should submit the following documentation online  no later than 30 September 2021. 

  • A letter of application
  • A current resume
  • List of referees with positions and contact information
  • Copies of certificates, diplomas, transcripts

AAS welcomes those educational leaders who are interested to apply to do so as soon as possible.  The school will contact applicants when a good match is determined, as applications are received, and reserves the right to close the application process earlier than the above noted date based on the candidate pool and evolving recruiting timelines.  For technical assistance with your application, or for more information, please email

The Anglo-American School of Moscow (AAS) has been fortunate to have consistency and continuity in school leadership.  This is an exciting opportunity for AAS to hire a dynamic Elementary School leader who will continue to build upon the strong operational and innovative work of the Elementary School.  To learn more about the elementary, see ES teams .                                                                                                                       

The School

The Anglo-American School of Moscow (AAS) is an independent non-profit, co-educational day school for English-speaking children of American, British and Canadian diplomats, as well as diplomats from other countries, members of the business community, and Russian nationals.  Founded in 1949 in the Press Room of the British Embassy, AAS today has transitioned to a non-profit organization (“NKO”) licensed by the Russian Ministry of Education.  To learn more about our transition to an NKO, see NKO Transition .  

We are located in a modern campus in a lovely, wooded area of Northwest Moscow, a major, modern European city.  Our Strategic Plan is forward-thinking, focused on the learning experiences for our students that will prepare them each for what comes next in their chosen next path.

AAS Mission Statement

AAS empowers each student to

  • Respect self and others
  • Love learning, and
  • Contribute as a globally minded citizen

in order to achieve individual academic and holistic excellence.

Core Values

The School believes equally in the value of:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Curiosity
  • Care


All AAS students will thrive as innovative and agile learners, using their experiences, abilities and talents to improve the world.



The Anglo-American School of Moscow is a forward-thinking, research-based organization whose systematic approach to improvement is built on our foundational documents (our mission, vision, core values and learning principles) with students at the center.

The how of our curriculum is framed in the pedagogical style of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program with inquiry, action, innovation and agency as  few of the drivers of student learning. The what is based on standards adopted from the CCSS (English and Mathematics), NGSS and C3 (Science and Social Studies) as well as subject-specific standards from various consortiums. 

Amongst other programs and services we also have an extensive Student Support Services department and counselling program to provide a range of services that support individual student needs. 

In addition, we have an instructional coaching program to support and develop teachers and instructional assistants as they continue to grow in their practice. We foster a culture of feedback and honesty. We are a community that is always growing and learning. 

AAS Community

AAS is fortunate to have a purpose-built facility on six hectares nestled between the Moscow Canal and the Pokrovskoye-Glebevo Park about 20 minutes from the city center to support student learning.

  • 828 total enrolment; Pre-K through Grade 12 from 59 countries
    • ES: 350 elementary students grade Pre-K - Grade 5
  • 300 total staff with 124  faculty members, 21 leadership team members, 150 support staff:
    • 52 faculty members in the Elementary School (ES)
    • 36 support staff including 34 highly-qualified Instructional Assistants

Our school has highly qualified and experienced, professional educators and engaged and supportive parents who together form our close-knit AAS community.  To learn more about AAS, please visit our website at .

The Leadership Position

The Elementary School Principal is an integral part of the Executive leadership team and works in collaboration with the elementary leadership team and the school-wide leadership team, including the Director.  AAS seeks a leader who embraces the skills and dispositions that prepare students for success:

  • self-directed learner
  • forward-thinker
  • socially-intelligent communicator
  • globally-minded citizen

The Elementary School Principal leads and coordinates the AAS Elementary School through the development of goals, initiatives, and innovation in line with the AAS Strategic Priorities and continues development of the plan with the following roles, responsibilities, and expectations:

Roles & Responsibilities of the ES Principal:


  • Ensure a safe and positive environment 
  • Carries out a positive, age appropriate, and effective behavior policy
  • Engages as a team member of the Elementary Student Support Team
  • Collaborates with the Admission Director and the Counselors to establish  clear guidelines for the admission process and carries it to admit new AAS students.
  • Maintains and oversees student records and parent communication including progress reports, report cards, conferences and weekly messages.

Faculty & Staff:

  • Maintains a commitment to ongoing growth in self and others
  • Supervises and engages in the AAS faculty evaluation system
  • Collaborates with the Director, the Executive Leadership Team and Human Resources to recruit and retain staff
  • Supports educators and understands the realities of the classroom
  • Develops the leadership capabilities of teachers so that instructional leadership becomes a shared responsibility


  • Demonstrates a commitment to leadership in the elements of the AAS Strategic Plan facilitating successful planning, implementation, and evaluation of student learning
  • Develops schedules to maximize program and learning objectives
  • Supports and maintains understanding of curriculum (written, instructional, and assessed)


  • Administers a balanced budget and operates the Elementary School as an effective cost center
  • Invites and engages parents in the educational process
  • Leads the elementary team consisting of the principal and two associate principals alongside, curriculum leaders, coaches and educator leaders in grade levels and departments.
  • Writes ES updates to the Board

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Relates to students with mutual respect through a student learning focused approach
  • Models a strong, confident, collaborative leadership style, a team builder with proven leadership ability
  • Understands and endorses the underlying philosophy of the IB Primary Years Program
  • Motivates employee performance and enhances morale
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in the role, and remains a flexible and innovative team builder
  • Possesses experience and knowledge of recent research and best practices in education, including international education, data-driven decision making, differentiation, English as an additional language, early childhood education, student support services, curriculum design, development, mapping, and implementation
  • Familiarity with USA curriculum and the PYP framework
  • Is a learner

Ideal Characteristics

  • Transformational educational leader - forward-looking, innovative, and inspiring
  • Educator mentor
  • Keen interest in being in Russia and at AAS
  • Consistency and equitability in dealing with issues or challenges
  • Positive outlook, friendly and open
  • Visible for students, staff, and parents
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Has an appropriate sense of humor
  • Politically astute
  • Collaborative community and team builder
  • Supportive of extracurricular activities
  • Appreciates and leverages diversity

Required Education, Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • Minimum of three years of educational leadership experience at the elementary level
  • Possesses international experiences in a variety of roles in a large elementary school

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation package is highly competitive and dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.   Benefits include comprehensive health insurance, generous professional development, tuition at AAS for dependent child(ren), technology device provisions, employee wellness program, deemed retirement allocation.  Additionally, for overseas-hire executive leadership team members:  fully furnished apartment, travel allowance, school-provided vehicle.  Opportunities also exist for a credentialed educator partner. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position.


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