Learning Support Manager | The International Academy Amman

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The International Academy Amman (IAA)

Amman, Jordan
seeks a

Learning Support Manager

effective August 2019

The School

The International Academy Amman (IAA) opened its doors as a non-profit private institution in 2004, with its main goal to educate the youth of Jordan. IAA has accomplished much in its 15 years and is recognised for being one of the best schools in Jordan, as well as internationally. In December 2012, IAA earned joint accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

IAA currently enrolls 1150 students ranging from Pre-K1, at age 3, all the way to the International Baccalaureate Diploma at age 18. The school celebrated its first graduating cohorts in 2011 and since then university acceptance letters have poured in from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. 

IAA, an independent co-educational day school, offers an international education within a Jordanian setting that fosters an atmosphere of pride, identity, faith and inter- cultural empathy. IAA promotes academic excellence, ethical development and responsible world citizenship, based on principles of mutual respect and a love of learning. This extends beyond the barriers of the school to the wider community of Jordan through the sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise with other individuals and institutions.

  • IAA delivers a holistic international education that exemplifies life-long learning and responsible citizenship.
  • IAA belongs to the Jordanian community, fostering an atmosphere of pride and identity, celebrating our traditions, and promoting a sustainable future.
  • IAA equips its students with the skills, principles and experiences that empower them to fulfil their academic, personal, and social potential.
  • IAA promotes ethical development, intercultural empathy, and a duty to the global and local community.
  • To be recognised as providing a unique educational experience that inspires, nourishes, and celebrates the individual; one in which staff, students, and parents are proud partners.

The Position

The Learning Support Manager, who reports to the Designated Principal, is a school wide academic and administrative role and is accountable for the following:

  • Oversight, coordination development and evaluation of Learning Support (LS) Policy, Practice and Staff across the school in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and assuring that academic programs support school guiding statements and are according to school policy.
  • Taking the responsibility for the line management of all LS Staff and their resources.


All staff are expected to demonstrate professionalism by following the guidelines in the IAA Code of Conduct, which is signed annually by each staff member, the Policy manual, and the employment contract.  The standards in these documents include but are not limited to:

  • Upholding the professional standards of IAA in work and in community relationships.
  • Observing confidentiality regarding all matters relating to employment with the IAA both within the school, as appropriate, and outside of the school 
  • Upholding all IAA policies and procedures 
  • Publicly supporting the school and neither organising nor participating in any activities that could bring the reputation of IAA into disrepute
  • Communicating effectively and appropriately with the school community, both orally and in writing.  
  • Responding to communications in a timely manner
  • Maintaining open and consistent channels of communication with parents regarding student progress
  • Meeting deadlines and keeping records
  • Participating in school events such as parent conferences and professional training that may occur outside of normally contracted working hours

Job Specification

  • To oversee the development of alternative and additional learning opportunities for a range of student groups including those experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream learning and teaching including students on the LS register and other vulnerable groups. 
  • To manage the work of the primary and secondary SENCo as well as other LS post holders as directed.
  • To develop the Alternative Enrichment Curriculum and in-class support provision.
  • To support departments and grade level teams in developing and maintaining a high standard of learning support in all settings.
  • To support and develop strong working relationships with outside agencies. 
  • To be responsible for the allocation and impact of the school’s intervention programs, including handwriting, literacy and numeracy groups. 
  • To maintain the LS Register and update and oversee records of LS students and their progress.
  • To set up systems for identifying, assessing and reviewing students in need of LS.
  • To collect, interpret and make use of assessment data.
  • To monitor teaching and learning activities to meet the needs of students with special needs. 
  • To ensure all staff are kept informed of student needs and support programmes
  • To assist the SLT in developing innovative programmes of support which foster best practice and engage students thus accelerating their learning.
  • To engage with a range of external agencies including health, education welfare, department of family protection and to maintain links to these local specialists who can provide in-depth practical help and support where necessary.
  • To pursue personal and professional development opportunities to meet the changing demands of the job.
  • To communicate with all parents regarding inclusion and SEN support and work closely with the parents of students with LS.
  • To oversee and manage access arrangements. 
  • To oversee and manage baseline assessment.
Leadership and Management Responsibilities:
  • To organise, manage and monitor LS support teachers for students with LS.
  • To organise, manage and monitor Teaching Assistants as appropriate for students who are the learning support register.
  • To ensure that the school and Inclusion Department are well informed with regard to contemporary issues in LS.
  • To be responsible for the training of members of the department.
  • To be responsible for whole school staff development and training concerning the management, teaching and learning of students with special needs.
  • To advise staff of suitable courses to enhance their skills in the management and learning of students with special needs.
  • To regularly disseminate good practice in LS across the school.
  • To liaise with schools in relation to students with special needs coming to IAA.
  • To coordinate the transition of LS students from primary to secondary.
  • To lead in a range of meetings with colleagues, parents or carers and outside agencies.
  • To participate in Performance Management arrangements as an appraiser and appraised member of staff. 
  • To hold responsibility for the effective deployment of the delegated budget for all LS services.
  • Undertake any professional duty as required by senior management, especially in times of emergency, and understand that these events do particularly occur in an international setting, where staffing and material resources may be limited.
  • To actively support a consistent approach to implementing the School Guiding Statements.
  • To implement one’s professional duty of care by following school policies and procedures regarding student behaviour and discipline at all times, including classes, assigned duties, at break times and any other interactions with IAA students.
  • To understand that student safety is at all times paramount.
  • To understand and practice vigilant student safeguarding and duty of care
  • Plan and implement strategies that encourage student self-discipline, reinforce appropriate behaviour and manage disruptive behaviour.
  • To celebrate children’s achievements both in and out of school.
  • To respond sensitively when dealing with children, ensuring that any concern they bring will be dealt with professionally and promptly.

​​​​​Minimum Academic and Professional Qualifications 

  • Academic qualification in Special Education Needs or related field from a recognized institution or Board with course work emphasis for both teaching and curriculum development.
  • Certification in teaching from a recognised institution and/or Board.
  • Minimum of 5 years of Learning Support and/or teaching experience and proven skills in leadership, group facilitation, organization, writing, listening and communications.
  • Knowledge of specific learning difficulties and strategies of how to overcome them. 
  • Police clearance to work with children and in schools.
  • Strong communication skills in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in interacting with students, parents and staff.
  • Ability to supervise students in non-classroom settings.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Advanced/higher degree in Special Education. 
  • SENCo experience.
  • Experience in an internationally accredited school or national/state school in an English-speaking country.
Application Procedure

CIS is delighted to announce that The International Academy Amman (IAA) has retained CIS Leadership Search Services to lead the search for a new Learning Manager.

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria, apply now via the link below. Please provide a letter of motivation along with your CV. The letter of motivation should clearly outline your interest in the school and the position you are applying for, what you would bring to the role and how you meet the requirements in the above profile.

Apply now

Should it receive an outstanding application, IAA reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date mentioned below.

review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee as early in the process as possible and will be invited to Amman for final interview to meet with the Search Committee, Board and constituent groups of the school community with the intention of making a final selection shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions about the position, the application process, or require any assistance, please contact the team: leadershipsearches@cois.org


Application Deadline

28 January 2019



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