Lead Educator - Centre for Abundance

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Biodomes at Arbor Dubai
Biodomes at Arbor Dubai
Children in reflection garden at Arbor
Children in reflection garden at Arbor

Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, November 24, 2022, 12:00pm



United States

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Centre for Abundance- Lead Educator
Enough For All, For Ever

The Arbor School opened in 2018 with a very different vision of what education could and should be – experiential, authentic and inspired by the natural beauty, human ingenuity and profound ecological and social challenges of the Arabian Peninsula.

The cultivation of a learning community uniquely committed to understanding and restoring the health of ecological and human communities as interconnected parts of a whole requires equal parts optimism, ambition and humility. A fundamental belief in the inherit goodness of people and their capacity to act with empathy and compassion underscores the sense of hope that is fundamental to learning for a sustainable future. The resilience and determination to tackle challenges that have grown to global proportion is essential to finding sustainable solutions and orchestrating the social changes needed to grow them to scale. And the realisation that comes from recognising that we are all students – never a master – drives our commitment to ignite a lifelong love of learning.

Recognising the interconnected nature of the cognitive, affective and participative domains, and their roles in shaping learning, we are pursuing a holistic approach to teaching and learning, designed to prepare learners:

  • to understand the interconnected concepts of sustainability, individual and collective well-being, and environmental and social justice;
  • to find purpose, meaning and joy in their interactions with the natural world and with each other, and to seek to understand people who are different to themselves; and
  • to experience a sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy through their actions at home, in school and in the wider world.

Bill McDonough’s definition of abundance can expand our vision and provide an exuberant and compelling expression of the world we want.

"The world we want is delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just; with clean air, water, soil and energy – equitably, economically, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed."

This suggests that “abundance” may provide an evolved alternative to sustainability, that “harmony” may provide a more aspirational alternative to justice and equity, and that as Martin Seligman pointed out, “flourishing” may provide a more ambitious alternative to well-being.

Arbor Centre for Abundance

The Arbor School seeks a special individual for an exciting opportunity that has arisen within our school. The successful candidate will play a key role in fulfilling the school’s ecological and sustainability vision, which includes leading on the development of the school’s ecoliteracy and place-based learning curriculum, the successful applicant will also lead on learning outside of the classroom, elements of staff training, the development of outreach programs and the operation of the school’s extraordinary learning spaces. Integrated with the rigorous expectations of the English National Curriculum, the curriculum of the Arbor School will be a cutting-edge blend of a knowledge rich curriculum, delivered using progressive, constructivist methods. This includes a critical focus on project and inquiry style learning, and a highly child centred approach which encourages the provision of place-based, authentic learning opportunities.

The successful candidate will be an experienced educator, with qualifications and relevant experience in the field of sustainability, environmental education or within a school or a related arena. Recent leadership experience, or the proven capacity to lead on this critical area of our schools’ journey, with the ability to inspire staff, students and the community are critical elements of this post. Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Abundance, he/ she will provide vision and leadership to the learning community and will lead on the development, delivery and quality assurance of the curriculum and provision for place based learning.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team of an extraordinary ecological school in Dubai, based on the National Curriculum for England with a core philosophy centred upon ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice. The facilities are truly unique, and include six biodomes, learning gardens, maker spaces and extensive provision for both sports and the arts.

We therefore invite applications from exceptionally hard working and motivated educators, who are excited by the opportunity to take an important role in shaping a truly outstanding and unique education. We seek an individual who is passionate and curious, who can form excellent relationships with colleagues, parents and students, and who values the wellbeing of their students above all else.

Position Start Date:

Sunday, January 1, 2023

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How to Apply:

Required Candidate profile:

(See personal specification for full details)

Master’s degree in a relevant field
Minimum two years of educational leadership in a school or similar setting
Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent)
Relevant outdoor certifications e.g. Mountain guides, lifeguarding, rescue, climbing) that would support the role of the Lead Educator in providing a range of place – based learning opportunities
Native –or native level English language skills

Remuneration Package

All positions attract a generous remuneration package including a competitive salary, accommodation allowance, schooling for children, private medical insurance, annual airfares and end of contract gratuity as per the UAE labour law.


To apply for this position please ensure the following documents are sent to recrtuiment@thearborschool.ae, Attn: Mr. Brett Girven, with the role “Centre for Abundance – Lead Educator” specified in the email header:

  • An up to date CV with a recent photograph to be included.
  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages in length, which outlines your educational philosophy and suitability for the Arbor School.

The Arbor School reserves the right to appoint a candidate before the termination of the advertisement date, so early applications are encouraged.

The Arbor School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to CV and qualification checking, interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

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Remuneration Package

All positions attract a generous remuneration package including a competitive salary, accommodation allowance, schooling for children, private medical insurance, annual airfares and end of contract gratuity as per the UAE labour law.

Contact Name:

Ben Hren

Contact Phone:

(267) 739-5227

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