Founding Principal (Lower School) – Valley Forge Academy, Qatar


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This opportunity is an exceptional one for an experienced, visionary and pioneering school leader.

Valley Forge Academy, Qatar is a first. It will be the first American school in Qatar set up in partnership with a school in the United States; and it will be the first international school in the world to be established by Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania.

To start: as soon as possible

Valley Forge Academy will open in 2022 as a partnership between Valley Forge in the USA and the Global Studies Institute of Qatar. It will be a day school for boys aged 3-18 (Grades K-12), predominantly from Qatari families. The school will be located in the Aspire Zone, Doha’s world-renowned sports city that will be a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Valley Forge Military Academy in the USA is a world-famous school, with a rich history reaching back almost 100 years and a remarkable alumni body. While Valley Forge Academy, Qatar will not have a military dimension, it will be guided by the same five Cornerstones that are central to every student’s Valley Forge experience: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, Leadership.

The Founding Principal (Lower School) will be a crucial position. The School will open with Grades K-6 and build steadily as new classes are added each year. The position will therefore be the key educational leader at the opening of the Academy, working closely with the Academy’s Founding President, Dr Jeremy Brown, an internationally-known university leader. Since Valley Forge in the USA does not encompass a Lower School, it will be the responsibility of the Founding Principal to design and deliver a brand new curriculum that interprets Valley Forge’s approach to education for a Lower School environment in the context of Qatar.

The Founding Principal will need to be driven, dynamic and self-motivated, with the hands-on approach to be an outstanding founder. He or she will have the personality and gravitas to recruit an excellent founding faculty and give confidence to the families whose sons will form the first intake. It will be essential that the Principal is able to work in a US curriculum environment within the Qatari context; experience of start-up will be a major advantage.

The position is available as soon as possible and at the latest January 2022.

Detailed further information is available in the candidate information brochure. The brochure also gives details of how to apply, which will include completion of the application form– please do not apply without completing the application form.

For a preliminary, confidential conversation with Jean Sullivan, Head of International Search, or Keith Clark, Head of International Appointments, please contact

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Thursday 15 July 2021 at 10:00 (UK)/12:00 (Qatar). Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics will commence before the applications deadline and Valley Forge Academy reserves the right to make an early appointment. Early applications are therefore encouraged.

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a CV/résumé, data sharing agreement and covering letter addressed to Dr Mohamed Dobashi, Managing Director which explains their reasons for applying.

To submit your application, please click the Apply Here link. You will be taken to our online application portal where you will also be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator (Leadership Appointments) at: Alison can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383168.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Valley Forge Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to appropriate safeguarding checks, satisfactory references and a medical.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications Thursday 15 July 2021 at 10:00 (UK)/12:00 (Qatar)

For selected early applicants applying ahead of the deadline, Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics colleagues may take place in the weeks commencing 5 or 12 July. For other selected applicants, Preliminary Interviews will take place within seven days of the deadline.

Long list interviews will take place by video call with members of the Valley Forge Academy leadership in late July, with the potential to bring these forward in the case of early applicants

The arrangements for final round interviews will depend on the travel restrictions in place at that time and the locations of candidates.