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Jobs for Administrators in Abu Dhabi

Principals and Vice-Principals in Abu Dhabi are well compensated for their hard work. As moving to another country is big enough of a hassle, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) provides principals and vice-principals with services and compensation to make the transition as seamless as possible. This includes finding suitable accommodation and a settlement allowance to get comfortable in your new environment.

Housing is paid for with a housing allowance to cover rent. Health insurance is provided as well. During the long summer break, you'll be provided with a flight for the purpose of vacation - Emirates Airlines has a wide network to destinations worldwide so whether you want to fly home to visit family or take a vacation elsewhere, you'll be catered for.

The compensation and benefits package for a leadership or school principal job in Abu Dhabi includes the following:

  • A tax-free salary in the range of $6,500 - $7,500 per month
  • Housing allowance included in salary
  • Assistance in finding accommodation
  • Settlement allowance for the purpuse of furnishing accommodation
  • Health insurance provided
  • Round-trip flights to and from the UAE for the applicant, spouse and up to 3 dependents
  • 11 weeks paid vacation + national holidays
  • Annual round-trip flight for vacation


Principals and Vice-Principals in Abu Dhabi, UAE are the leaders who facilitate the success of educators in their school. Working closely with their team to monitor academic performance and the teaching curriculum, they keep schools running smoothly and are the guardians of quality and performance. In this position of leadership you will work on implementing the policies of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and will carry the end responsibility for the overall performance of your school.

  • Principals for Cycle 1, Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 schools
    As principal you are the head of the school, and oversee the day to day activities of your teachers and support staff. Keeping a close eye on both student and teacher development and performance, you are the person everyone depends on to keep things running. A leader amongst leaders, you work with both teachers and other managerial staff to ensure the highest quality of education.
  • Vice-Principals for Cycle 1, Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 schools
    Vice-principals work alongside principals in larger schools to support, coach and oversee teachers and support staff. Often the first point of contact for teachers, you will play a pivotal role in the growth and development of classroom teachers. Together with the principal and other managerial staff you will carry responsibility for implementing the policies set out by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and achieving the highest academic performance.

If you're interested in any of these jobs and meet the qualification requirements we're looking forward to receiving your application.

The requirements for leadership roles and school principal jobs in Abu Dhabi are steep. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is looking for highly qualified professionals who can take on responsibility in a challenging environment. You are an experienced school administrator or principal with at least 5 years of experience under your belt, and have worked in at least two different schools in a leadership position.

Ideally you currently hold a principal or vice-principal position that you've worked for several years. Besides being an experienced educational administrator, you have a background in academics and hold a master's degree in administration or another relevant field.

Below the required qualifications to be considered for a leadership position / school principal job with the Abu Dhabi Education Council:

  • A master's degree or PhD
  • School administration credential at a national, state or provincial level preferred
  • A valid teaching licence from a national, state or provincial licencing authority
  • Substantial and recent school leadership experience; at least 5 years
  • A proven record of successfully implementing school improvement initiatives
  • Leadership qualities that can be presented and quantified in a job interview
  • Be a native speaker of English holding citizenship from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States