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Dubai, U.A.E.

February 15 - 17, 2018

Turner, Bill

Fair Organizer:
Bill Turner

February 15 - 17, 2018

DUBAI
CROWNE PLAZA DUBAI-DEIRA

Fair Organizer: Bill Turner

 

 

 

Dubai Fair

The Dubai Fair is organized by Bill Turner, who has recent leadership experience in 3 schools across the region, covering British, IB and American curricula. The Dubai fair is particularly appropriate for candidates looking for a position in the Middle East or Asia. The majority of the schools recruiting at the fair come from those regions, though a good number of schools from Europe and Africa usually come as well. This increasingly popular fair now attracts over 60 schools and over 300 candidates each year.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FAIR IS NOT A PUBLIC EVENT. IT IS STRICTLY BY INVITATION ONLY. YOU CAN ONLY ATTEND IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED, AND HAD YOUR PLACE CONFIRMED, BY SEARCH ASSOCIATES.

International schools of all kinds - including British, American and IB schools - attend our Dubai job fair, so it is suitable for a wide range of teachers, in all subject fields and at all levels. The fair is especially convenient for candidates already working in Europe, the Middle East, Africa or Asia who can reach Dubai within reasonable flying time. 

The fair is organised by Bill Turner and is particularly appropriate for his candidates, but candidates registered with any other associate are equally welcome to request an invitation to register for a place.

Candidates wishing to attend the Dubai fair should contact Bill Turner (or, if not registered with him, their sponsoring associate) as early as possible to request an invitation. It is best to do this between September and December — and at the latest by the end of January.

The Dubai fair is always held over a Friday / Saturday weekend. If at all possible, candidates need to be free to attend on both of these two very full days of meetings and interviews, and should make their travel and accommodation arrangements with that in mind. However, special arrangements will be made to ensure that any candidates who, because of professional commitments, have to arrive late or leave early are not in any way disadvantaged.

Candidates who may not be able to attend both days of the fair should inform the fair organiser, Bill Turner, as early as possible about their arrangements.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES WHEN A JOB IS OFFERED

FOR CANDIDATES:  WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER

 

Dear Search Candidate,

Accepting a position at an international school is an important decision for you and if applicable, your family.  Search member schools provide thorough information about their school composition, salaries, benefits and visa regulations and requirements on our website.  Before accepting a position, we urge you to do careful research about the school, its country, and whether this seems like a good fit for you.  In addition to reviewing the information on Search, peruse the school’s website and if possible, ask for a “guest” login to the community portion so you can see information provided for parents and faculty. We also recommend asking to speak to one or two teachers who are in a similar family status to you.

The contract should clearly lay out the contract period (including number of work days), workload, benefits, and as close as possible, the position you will be assuming. 

When a school recruiter offers you a position, you should ask the following:

• “Just to be sure, are you definitely offering me a position?”

• “To help me confirm the details of this offer, would you please provide the contract or a sample contract?”

• “Would you please confirm this offer in writing, by email to me, copied to my Senior Associate, within the next hour or two? I will then be happy to email my answer to you, copied to my Senior Associate, by the agreed deadline of X hours from now."  [This implies that the offer is made at a fair, and that at least a sample contract has been provided. The text and time limits might be modified for offers made outside of fairs, but should remain equally clear.]

The questions below can be used for guidance when reviewing the offer and sample contract.  Be sure that you have read all available information (Search website, school website and any documents provided by the school) before asking the school to answer any of these questions.

OVERALL TIPS BEFORE SAYING YES

Take your time with your response.  You will be given a time frame for responding to the offer. Most schools will give you a few days in which to make a decision.   If the time is not long enough, and you are uncertain, politely request a bit more time.  If the school is unwilling to give you that time, think long and hard before accepting the offer.  You MUST feel comfortable when saying yes…because that’s where you’ll be spending the next two years.  

 

WHEN IN DOUBT...If the situation becomes confusing or not what you expected talk to your Associate…that’s why we’re here!  

Questions to have answered by school prior to accepting an offer:

FINANCIAL ITEMS

My Salary 

            Do I receive credit for experience?  My degrees?

How will I be paid (US$/local currency/other)?

Taxes/Net monthly pay

            Are there local taxes?  If yes, is this paid by the school or the candidate?

May I see a breakdown of what my net monthly pay will be?

When can I expect my first paycheck?  

Payment/Package

           What type of visa will I need and who is responsible for obtaining and paying for it?

Will my initial airfare be paid ahead or reimbursed after arrival?  Does it cover my dependents?

What is the shipping allowance coverage?  Monetary or by weight?  Air/sea?  

Combination of each or extra luggage? 

Does the school assist with shipping some of my teaching materials?

           How often will I receive airfare to my home of record? 

Is there a settling in allowance and if so, how is this paid?

           What type of health insurance is there?  Is there coverage for pre-existing conditions?  Does the 

                        insurance cover me world-wide, regionally, or just in the host country?

Does the school have a retirement plan/pension?  Is my contribution matched by the school?  How does investment work-School or Candidate? Is the fund transferable?

Does the school provide a cell/mobile phone and/or a computer/tablet? 

If applicable:

Will I be offered full or partial tuition remission for my children?

Does this include sports/arts/trips/uniforms or do faculty members pay this?

Are there job opportunities for a trailing spouse/partner in this country?

            

HOUSING WHEN ALLOWANCE OR HOUSING ARE PROVIDED

            How safe is the neighborhood where my housing will be?

            Is housing preselected or does the teacher select it?  

            Does the school assist in locating housing?

 If provided by school, how far away is it?  If not walking distance…how do I get to school?

            Is housing furnished?  What can I expect to find?  What will I need to bring?

            May I have friends/family visit and stay with me in my apartment?

 Utilities: Will school assist with set up?  Does school pay for utilities?  What utilities are 

            Included?  Average cost per month?


HOUSING WHEN ALLOWANCE NOT PROVIDED

How is this handled?  Is there any support to help me find an apartment?

            What would be the typical cost of a –BR apartment?  (whatever size you’d need)

PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

How international is the school?  

What percentage of students are non- or limited- English speakers requiring additional support?

What percentage of faculty leave annually?

            What is the average/median length of stay?

            Will my assignment be specified in my contract….will it be adhered to?

 Will I have after school responsibilities?  What are the expectations?  Are these paid?  How much time is expected?

            How is Professional Development provided?  

            May I attend trainings and/or conferences?  How is this determined?

            Will the school finance my attendance at conferences if I am a Presenter?

            What would your teachers say about the quality/frequency of PD?

END OF CONTRACT

            When is notification required regarding extension of contract or leaving?

            Is shipping allowance provided upon fulfilling contract?

            What assistance is provided for packing and moving/shipping at end of contract?

SOCIAL EXPERIENCES

What do teachers do in their out of school hours?
Will I be able to continue the sports or fitness activities I enjoy?
What do teachers particularly enjoy about living in this location? What are drawbacks?

BAHRAIN

Al Hekma International School (Bahrain & Qatar)

BAHRAIN

The British School of Bahrain

CHINA

Guangdong Country Garden School

CHINA

ISA International School Guangzhou

CHINA

Shen Wai International School

CHINA

Wellington College International Tianjin

CHINA

Yang Guang Qing International School of Beijing

CHINA/HONG KONG

International College Hong Kong Hong Lok Yuen

CYPRUS

American International School in Cyprus (ESOL)

EGYPT

British Columbia Canadian International School

EGYPT

Metropolitan School

EGYPT

American International School - Cairo, West (ESOL)

EGYPT

American International School - Cairo, Main (ESOL)

EGYPT

Cairo English School (ESOL)

EGYPT

Misr American College, Cairo

EGYPT

Smart Village Schools, Cairo

EGYPT

New Cairo British International School

ERITREA

Asmara International Community School

GERMANY

International School of Dusseldorf

INDIA

American International School, Chennai

INDIA

Oberoi International School, Mumbai

INDIA

The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad

IRAQ

Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College

KAZAKHSTAN

Haileybury Almaty

KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan International School, Almaty

KAZAKHSTAN

Miras International School, Astana

KAZAKHSTAN

Miras International School, Almaty

KUWAIT

Ajial Bilingual School

KUWAIT

American Creativity Academy

KUWAIT

Dasman Bilingual School

KUWAIT

Global Bilingual Academy School

KUWAIT

Khalifa School

KUWAIT

Kuwait Bilingual School

LESOTHO

American International School of Lesotho

MALAWI

Bishop Mackenzie International School

NETHERLANDS

International Baccalaureate

NIGERIA

St Saviour's School, Ikoyi. Lagos

OMAN

ABA - An IB World School

OMAN

Al Batinah International School

OMAN

Al Sahwa Schools, Muscat

OMAN

The Sultan's School, Seeb, Muscat

PAKISTAN

International School of Islamabad

QATAR

ACS Doha International School

QATAR`

International School of London Qatar

QATAR

Qatar Academy Al-Wakra

QATAR

Qatar Academy Msheireb

QATAR

Qatar Academy Sidra

QATAR

Qatar Foundation Schools

QATAR

SEK International School, Doha

SAUDI ARABIA

Advanced Learning Schools, Riyadh

SAUDI ARABIA

Al-Tarbia Al-Islamia Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

American International School of Jeddah

SAUDI ARABIA

British International School Al Khobar

SAUDI ARABIA

Dhahran Ahliyya Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

International Programs School, Al Khobar

SAUDI ARABIA

Jeddah Private Schools Company

SAUDI ARABIA

The KAUST School

SAUDI ARABIA

Riyadh Najed Schools Company

SAUDI ARABIA

Riyadh Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools

SINGAPORE

Canadian International School

SINGAPORE

GEMS World Academy, Singapore

SUDAN

Khartoum American School

SUDAN

Khartoum International Community School

TURKEY

Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

TURKEY

Enka Schools, Istanbul

TURKEY

Terakki Foundation Schools

UAE

Al Mizhar American Academy

UAE

American International School - Abu Dhabi (ESOL)

UAE

Australian International School Sharjah

UAE

Bradenton Preparatory Academy

UAE

Deira International School, Dubai (ESOL)

UAE

GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi

UAE

GEMS International School, Dubai

UAE

GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi

UAE

GEMS World Academy - Dubai

UAE

Greenfield Community School, Dubai

UAE

Horizon Private School /Branch

UAE

Raha International School, Abu Dhabi

UAE

RAK Academy

UAE

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai

UAE

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, Abu Dhabi

UAE

Universal American School - Dubai (ESOL)

UAE

Uptown School, Dubai

UK

ACS International Schools

 

BAHRAIN

Al Hekma International School (Bahrain & Qatar)

BAHRAIN

Bahrain Bayan School

CHINA

Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School

CHINA

ISA International School Guangzhou

CHINA

Shen Wai International School

CHINA

Wellington College International Tianjin

CHINA

TEDA International School

CHINA

Vanke School Pudong

CHINA

Xi’an Hi-Tech International School

CHINA

Yew Wah International Education School Guangzhou

CHINA

Yew Wah International Education School Shanghai

CHINA

Yew Wah International Education School Shanghai-Lingang

CHINA

Yew Wah International Education School Yantai

CHINA/HONG KONG

Victoria Educational Organisation

EGYPT

British Columbia Canadian International School

EGYPT

Misr American College, Cairo

EGYPT

New Cairo British International School

GERMANY

Thuringia International School Weimar

INDIA

Oberoi International School, Mumbai

KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan International School, Almaty

KAZAKHSTAN

Miras International School, Astana

KUWAIT

American Creativity Academy

NIGER

American International School of Niamey

NIGERIA

St Saviour's School, Ikoyi. Lagos

OMAN

Al Batinah International School

OMAN

Al Sahwa Schools, Muscat

OTHER

QSI (Quality Schools International) – 37 schools, 30 countries

QATAR

ACS Doha International School

QATAR`

Academic Bridge Program

QATAR

Qatar Academy Al-Wakra

QATAR

Qatar Academy Msheireb

QATAR

Qatar Academy Al Khor

QATAR

Vision International School

QATAR

SEK International School, Doha

RWANDA

International School of Rwanda

SAUDI ARABIA

Advanced Learning Schools, Riyadh

SAUDI ARABIA

King Faisal School

SAUDI ARABIA

American International School of Jeddah

SAUDI ARABIA

MISK Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

Dhahran Ahliyya Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

Riyadh Schools

SAUDI ARABIA

Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools

SINGAPORE

GEMS World Academy, Singapore

TURKEY

Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

UAE

Ajman Academy

UAE

American International School - Abu Dhabi (ESOL)

UAE

Dar Al Marefa

UAE

GEMS Bradenton Preparatory Academy

UAE

Deira International School, Dubai (ESOL)

UAE

Mirdif Private School

UAE

GEMS International School, Dubai

UAE

Raha International School, Abu Dhabi

UAE

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai

UAE

Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, Abu Dhabi

UAE

Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, Abu Dhabi

UAE

Universal American School - Dubai (ESOL)

UK

ACS International Schools

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ralph Jahr has worked in Japan, Belgium, Liberia, the Philippines, Kuwait, Pakistan, and the Dominican Republic.