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School Principal (Elementary) / School Principal (Middle) / School Principal (High)

locationManama, Bahrain
PublishedPublished: 6/8/2024
Education / Training
Full Time


About the Position:

This position is within the Europe South District. Please see "Additional Information" for school locations.

Federal employees are currently entitled to receive a Post Allowance (COLA) in addition to the base salary (percentage depends on the location of the position).

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  • Use student achievement data and related data to make decisions regarding the school improvement plan, teacher professional development requirements, and programmatic changes.
  • Establish DoDEA educator performance elements and evaluates teacher work.
  • Initiate communications between school administration, students, teachers, parents, the local community, and base offices that provide services to the school and/or staff.
  • Serve as the responsible officer for all government-owned or leased property assigned to the school.


Conditions of Employment

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Two-year trial period may be required.
  • Appointment subject to a suitability/fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Two-year supervisory probation period may be required.
  • This position requires a Tier 3 (T3) investigation with Childcare Checks since its duties require interaction with children and youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • You may be required to sign a transportation agreement.
  • You will be required to sign a mobility agreement, be available for worldwide placement, and be willing to rotate to any DoDEA location.
  • Individuals hired from the Continental United States (CONUS) and their family members (who are US citizens) are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas area.
  • A secret security clearance is required.
  • Individuals assigned to Italy, England, or Korea, are required to obtain a visa to enter these countries.


Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
  • The public
  • Current Competitive Service Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Civilian Employees (Current DoDEA)
  • Current Excepted Service Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Employees (Excpt Svc DoDEA)
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Basic Requirements for a School Principal:

Education: The course work must have been completed at, or accepted by, a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must provide copies of official bachelor's and master's transcripts (include EDS and Doctorate if applicable). Acceptable degree pathways are listed below. Semester hours for credit bearing internships or practicum experiences in educational leadership and/or supervision is accepted.

a. Master's degree in Educational Administration/Educational Leadership.


b. Master's degree reflecting 30 semester hours of graduate level course work. Of the required 30 hours of graduate level course work, a minimum of 20 of those semester hours must be Educational Administration/Educational Leadership.

Note: Applicants who submit a valid unencumbered fully professional administrator license with a certification comparable to DoDEA Principal and issued from a State Board of Education of the United States and its U.S. territories or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) will be considered to have fulfilled the semester hour requirement for Educational Administration/Educational Leadership and be found eligible. All undergraduate and graduate official transcripts are still required to be submitted with application.


General Experience: A minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching, specialist, or other professional educator experience at the Pre-K -12 level is required.

Specialized Experience: A minimum of two years appropriate experience (elementary and/or secondary) in a staff or supervisory position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer school educational programs and to effectively supervise educators and support personnel. No more than one year of experience in positions that did not involve actual school administration will be credited as specialized experience.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Human Capital Management
  • Instructional Program Administration
  • Learning and Program Evaluation
  • Partnering


Foreign Degrees and Course Work from Non-accredited Institutions. Foreign Degrees and Course Work from Non-accredited Institutions. Credits or degrees earned from a foreign college or university must be evaluated prior to acceptance. Three evaluation procedures are acceptable:

a. The work must be evaluated and interpreted by a current member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This website provides a list of current organizations who can perform your evaluation. You must select and work directly with one of these organizations.

b. The foreign institution that awarded the degree is on a list endorsed by a regionally accredited university or on a list endorsed by a state department of education for the purpose of teacher certification in that state (this procedure will require an English translation of the transcript and a copy of the document awarding the degree, together with an authenticated list produced by an American university or a state department of education); and

c. The work may be evaluated by the graduate division of a regionally accredited university and declared the equivalent of similar undergraduate or graduate work in a U.S. institution.

Graduates of non-accredited institutions may have their undergraduate work validated by admittance to graduate school and completion of a minimum of 5 SH of credit in a regionally accredited graduate college.

Additional information

  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement at the following schools: Sigonella ES, Sigonella MHS, W.T Sampson EHS, Rota ES, Rota MHS, Vicenza ES, Vicenza MS, Vicenza HS, Bahrain ES, Bahrain MHS, Sevilla EMS, Naples ES, Naples MHS, Ankara EHS, Livorno EMS, Aviano ES, & Aviano MHS.
  • Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are not considered Ordinarily Resident under the applicable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). An ordinarily resident is anyone who has lived in the host country longer than the allowed number of days without being a member of the forces assigned, civilian component or a family member of either the aforementioned or who has obtained a work permit for any duration. Ordinarily Resident restrictions apply and vary depending on the host nation.
  • Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
  • Employees (and family members) who require medical or dental care in the overseas location will be responsible for obtaining and paying for such care. Access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only.
  • Medical and dental care may be provided by host nation providers. The availability and level of care at host nation medical and dental facilities will vary by location.
  • Selectees initially recruited from the United States may receive certain foreign area benefits such as: Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or government quarters, home leave, etc. (Subject to approval). Overseas allowances may be authorized in accordance with Department of State Standardized Regulation (DSSR) and DoDI 1400.25 volume 1250.
  • Selectees recruited outside the U.S. will have their eligibility for foreign area benefits determined at the time of hire.
  • For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position.
  • Applicants with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should notify David Walton
  • This position is not covered by a bargaining unit.
You can find more information about this vacancy in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Read more
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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Basis for Rating:To compete with U.S. Citizens: Qualified candidates will be ranked based on their level of experience. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants with no preference with the same ratings. Points will be added to an applicant's score if entitled to preference.

Additional Information regarding overseas appointments:

  • If an employee brings a child to an overseas location and that child is entitled to attend a DoD school on a space-required basis in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, the DoDEA and the Military Department responsible for providing related services will ensure that the child, if eligible for special education, receives a free appropriate public education, including related services pursuant to DoDI 1342.12 and DoDM 1342.12.
  • If an employee brings an infant or toddler (up to 3 years of age) to an overseas location, and that infant or toddler, but for the child's age, is entitled to attend the DoDEA on a space-required basis in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, then the Military Department responsible for EIS will provide the infant or toddler with the required EIS in accordance with the eligibility criteria consistent with DoDI 1342.12 and DoDM 1342.12.
  • If an employee brings a family member to an overseas location who requires medical or dental care, then the employee will be responsible for obtaining and paying for such care. Access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only.