Chief of Staff  at Singapore American School in Singapore
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Chief of Staff
Singapore American School (Singapore)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Jan 25, 16
Feb 12, 16

Chief of Staff Job Description

SAS is committed to providing each student with an exemplary American education.  Central to that work are our six "Institutional Commitments".  We are seeking faculty and staff who subscribe to these ideals and who wish to collaborate, innovate, and make a positive difference within the SAS community.  Our Institutional Commitments are:

1) Professional Learning Communities- Overarching Commitment

2) Common, Guaranteed, Viable Curriculum

  • Develop and refine quality UbD units in Atlas to clarify intended teaching and learning

3) Evidence of Learning and Performance

  • Implement Assessment Guidelines (in 2013-14 include Grading Guidelines, in 2014-15 include Reporting Guidelines) to establish clarity, consistency, and coherence
  • Use data or evidence to inform decision-making

4) Great Teaching and Learning- Every Student, Every Day

  • Use appropriate instructional practices to support mastery of desired learning outcomes

5) Integration of Technology

  • Utilize technology integration to extend and enrich student learning

6) Positive Organizational Culture

  • Exhibit the SAS Core Values of honesty, compassion, fairness, responsibility, and respect to support a positive and learning-focused culture

Position Description:

The Chief of Staff (COS) serves as key strategic advisor and problem solver for the purpose of executing SAS strategic objectives. The COS will report directly to the superintendent and serve on the superintendent’s cabinet. Primary responsibilities include the execution of significant projects, progress monitoring and reporting, research, policy advice, internal and external communication, and operational assistance.

The COS serves as a spokesperson on behalf of the superintendent’s office, driving communication, collaboration, and alignment to accomplish stated goals of the school. The COS performs a wide range of executive and high level academic and administrative duties, with broad scope and complexity across all functional parts of the school. Success will require outstanding professional agility, originality, judgment, and a thorough knowledge of the programs and organizational structures of the school. The COS is expected to develop recommendations to the superintendent that involve subtle, sensitive, and sophisticated relationships, and take into account divergent and often contradictory demands and expectations. 

Job Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee operations of the Office of the Superintendent to ensure the full execution of the strategic plan and the daily operations of the school. This includes executive meetings, agenda development, action reports, board communication and committees, and follow up activities.
  • Communicate with key leaders regarding both strategic and emergent issues that need attention.
  • Ensure that expectations and deadlines are clearly communicated to relevant stakeholders, and that issues needing the superintendent’s attention are dealt with in a timely way.
  • Set the strategic direction of the admin calendar to ensure that it aligns with stated priorities, including vetting and evaluating requests from internal and external constituents. 
  • Provide briefing and background materials on emerging issues, evaluate materials and propose recommendations leading to their solutions.
  • Provide research from academic sources and peer institutions on priorities identified by the superintendent.
  • Actively participate as a thought leader on the Superintendent’s Cabinet and make significant contributions to immediate and long-range academic and administrative goals.
  • Serve as a key contact to departments, staff and community members.
  • Create briefing materials for working with community members, alumni, donors, and corporate partners.
  • Represent the school at campus and community functions and organizations in conjunction with the Superintendent, and in his absence.
  • Collaborate with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to facilitate conversations that lead to consensus, buy-in, and adjustments as needed. 
  • Work closely with administrative staff, faculty, parents and students to facilitate solutions and expedite responses across divisions.
  • Anticipate and assure that appropriate plans are in place and executed for meetings and events.
  • Review correspondence, handle sensitive calls and visitors; assist in crisis management.
  • Assist in the coordination of special events as needed.
  • Perform other duties and special assignments as determined by the Superintendent.

Supervisor:  This position reports directly to the Superintendent and is a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet.

Terms of Employment: The successful candidate will be offered a two-year initial administrative contract, with subsequent year-to-year contracts dependent upon demonstrated achievement towards annual goals.  

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher
  • 10+ years of experience working in a large complex environment, preferably with a portion of that experience in education.
  • Deep understanding of K-12 American curriculum international schools and their challenges.
  • Experience working in a competitive environment and a track record of success.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to the SAS Vision, Mission, Strategic Anchors, and Desired Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Have academic and professional preparation to assist with implementation of large complex initiatives.
  • A working knowledge of policies and operations at SAS, and thorough knowledge of academic policies and administrative practices.
  • Understanding of governance best practice and specific practices at SAS.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously with changing urgency daily.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and information, draw conclusions, and produce reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to reason logically and analyze and solve organizational and managerial problems.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and independently implement administrative decisions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders within the school and community.
  • Ability to work successfully alone or on a team. 
  • Ability to develop and/or reviews proposals, prepare analyses, draft responses.
  • Highly flexible with availability to work nights, weekends, and during school vacations.


Candidates who would like to be considered for this role are required to submit their application via the following link.


Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us ( that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.