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Regional Head of ASA

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ISP Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: May 1, 2023

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ISP Regional Head of After School Activities (ASA)

Role Profile

Purpose of Role

The Regional Head of After School Activities (ASA) role is a critical role within the regional team with responsibility for managing a full P&L, with financial, strategic and operational responsibility. The role is responsible for ensuring optimisation of facility usage during and out of school hours, as well as enhancing and improving the financial operations and governance of the school environment. The Head of ASA is responsible for the effective smooth running of the various activities within the After School programme.  The role will oversee operations, planning and developing programs that provide immense value to participants as well as increase profitability by promoting the ASA programmes within the school and local area.


The key strategic objectives for this position include:


  • Optimizing overall profitability of all non-tuition fee related revenue through increased facility utilization and improved commercial terms – covering sports, theatre and all other revenue generating activities.
  • Owning relationships with clients and stakeholders
  • Creating a culture of accountability which supports the organizational values
  • Meeting or exceeding challenging annual growth objectives
  • Facilitating interdepartmental collaboration
  • Implementation of major business initiatives



ISP Principles

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.


Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.


Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.


Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.




ISP ASA Key Responsibilities


  • Analyze operations to evaluate the performance of the company and its staff in order to meet objectives, and to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program/revenue improvement, or policy change
  • Direct and lead the team in becoming the best provider for after school activities in the catchment area
  • Direct and coordinate the organization's financial and budget activities in order to fund operations, maximize investments, increase revenue and improve efficiency
  • Financial literacy to be able to prepare and present reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes and rulings, and other items affecting businesses or program services to Regional Office
  • Direct and coordinate activities of businesses concerned with planning, pricing, sales, and/or distribution of programs
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements with third party vendors where required
  • Develop annual budgets for approval, including those for funding and implementation of programs
  • Schedule and monitor continued training seminar for staff on various operational, safety, and legal responsibilities
  • Strong team leadership and ability to coach, mentor, train and develop team members.
  • Support with Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) tasks if they require additional support.


Health and Safety


  • Emphasizes the importance of safety in all areas of the curriculum, communicating to the pupils the importance of a responsible attitude towards personal safety, the safety of others and respect for school property and equipment
  • Perform playground duties on time and with due diligence to safeguard Hamilton students
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Assist in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct
  • Ensure that, all the necessary health and safety rules and procedures are being followed
  • Maintain an awareness of all the health and safety measures to be taken when in any of our schools




Other duties and responsibilities

Any other duties that may be required from time to time. These are typical work responsibilities, but responsibilities are not only limited to the mentioned ones. ISP ME reserves the right to add or change responsibilities by communicating in writing to the employee.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in from an accredited institution
  • Degree in business management, sports management, marketing, hospitality, food and beverage, related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience leading a venue operation including P&L responsibility
  • Language:
  • Fluent spoken and written English is mandatory
  • Arabic is an advantage but not essential


Required Skills and Knowledge


  • Prior responsibility/experience in daily P&L management and budget oversight responsibility of AED 4 million or greater
  • Proven experience in organizing, booking, and operating sports tournament, after school programmes and events; including but not limited to basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments, and similar activities
  • Experience working with convention & performing arts, regional sports commissions, and/or regional event management booking in a regional sports and/or convention center
  • A dynamic, positive approach to deliver the regional vision for ASAs
  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiatives
  • Good knowledge and information of school operations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff
  • Organization skills: well organized and able to prioritize tasks and workload
  • Customer service
  • Ability to negotiate, persuade and motivate others
  • Demonstrated competency to use computer applications related to the role, including word processing and spreadsheet applications


  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Internationally minded with ability to travel regularly in the region to visit schools and ensure operations are working as planned
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude


Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified. Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from their line manager to undertake work that is not specified in this job description. 


ISP Leadership Competencies

You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.


  1. Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.


  1. Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.


  1. Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.


  1. Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.


  1. Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.


  1. Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.


  1. Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.


  1. Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.


  1. Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.


  1. Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.


  1. Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.


  1. Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.


  1. Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.


  1. Diversity & Equity. Has the sensitivity, awareness and skill to understand the values, behaviours, attitudes and practices across cultures that supports all children and adults to learn and work effectively.



About ISP

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues, in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our students, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.

ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located across the globe educates children and students from 2–18 years of age. We have now expanded to 60+ schools that employ over 8,000 staff and deliver multiple curricula to over 50,000 students.

We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that can forge successful careers and lives, in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools to be the leading school of choice in their local area. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world that are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more students and staff to the group.



ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.



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