Director at International School of Myanmar in Myanmar
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International School of Myanmar (Myanmar)

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Dec 12, 18

 ISM students are empowered innovators, who positively impact both Myanmar and the global community.
International School of Myanmar, Yangon ISM



The International School of Myanmar (ISM) is seeking a Director who will commence duties at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, meaning the successful candidate will be available by early July 2019.


ISM students are empowered innovators, who positively impact both Myanmar and the global community. 


ISM, as a community of life-long learners, prepares students with the knowledge, skills, understandings and attitudes to become independent and socially responsible citizens who are successful in their future learning opportunities and in meeting the challenges of an ever-evolving world.


ISM was established in 1998 by a group of forward-thinking women with the desire of providing an internationally minded education in Yangon.  From small rented rooms with an initial enrollment of 45 students, ISM now encompasses the entire range of education from Early Years age 3 through Grade 12 and has a current enrollment of 1,011 students covering 25 nationalities. ISM’s is comprised of a diverse 86 member faculty plus 7 administrative staff representing 12 different countries.  Initially fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2008, ISM is an approved Advanced Placement (AP) school through the College Board, a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). Programs are referenced from American standards, taught and assessed using 21st century best practice principles.


Yangon is an emerging city with a rich culture, warm people and a surprisingly fast-rate of growth.  Living in Yangon is like being in a time capsule travelling to its past while living in the present and moving towards the future. Yangon is conservative and yet progressing; convenient and challenging; historical and contemporary.

Crime is very low in Yangon and across the country, resulting in a safe and secure place to live. Climate is tropical with daytime temperatures relatively constant in the mid-30 degrees Celsius between May and October and in the mid to upper 20s the remainder of the year. There is a rainy season from May to October with dry cooler weather thereafter. There is a dynamic restaurant, café and foodie culture offering abundant local and international food and drinks.


Masters Degree in Education (minimum preferred).  In lieu of a Master’s degree in education, a Master’s degree in business administration, leadership or equivalent field will be considered.

Certification in K-12 administration

Extensive experience in education, management and in leadership, experience with for-profit schools

Communication and public relations skills

Previous experience with the Focus on Learning and leading WASC accreditation process

Must have previous Director experience


The Director will provide strong and steady school-wide leadership and management while implementing a cutting-edge curriculum with the assurance of the highest educational standards, recruiting and leading a globally minded faculty of highly qualified, seasoned and experienced teachers, maintaining accreditation with international standards, and ensuring sustainable and strategic enrollment growth.

The Director will regularly and effectively communicate with all of the school’s constituents and demonstrate the capability to lead this dynamic school through a full self-study WASC Accreditation in 2020 and on into the next phase of growth and development.

The Director will have the honed abilities necessary to develop and manage a strategic enrollment growth plan, complete and implement the ISM strategic plan, comprehensively lead the full WASC self-study for 2020 and continue to expand upon the strong and vibrant academic program for which ISM is well known.

The Director will have a proven broad range of extensive experience in developing, supervising and assessing an international school curriculum and will work in conjunction with the Curriculum Coordinator and Principals to keep ISM on the leading edge of academic excellence and highly competitive in the EARCOS region.

In addition, the Director is expected to shepherd the ISM vision and mission, Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs), school goals, complete and implement the ISM strategic plan and successfully lead the School through the 2020 WASC self-study process and visit as well as support the professional development of faculty members through in-house and other professional development opportunities.

Manage overall direction and day-to-day decisions in running of the school in areas of academics, effective teaching practice and strategic planning for academic improvements.

Bring forward thoughtful strategic needs to the board and make proposals to address these needs.

Work with faculty to develop, implement and practice appropriate risk management policies including child protection and safeguarding, safety and security procedures necessary to ensure an appropriate learning and working environment, the security of ISM and protection of the School’s reputation.


The Director will possess a refined aura of charisma and have a genuine intuitively sage and dynamic nature as well as the diverse people skills in the areas of public relations and communications.  These skills are necessary to represent ISM not only to the School community but also with relationship- building in the broader context of Yangon, as a leading member of the International School’s community. 


The initial appointment will be for a two-year period. Renewal is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Salary and benefits package commensurate with professional qualifications, skills, training and experience.


Curriculum Vitae, Cover letter not exceeding 2 pages, Philosophy of Education letter not exceeding 2 pages along with the names and contact information of 4 relevant and recent references, passport size photo.

Please send your materials via email, in application for the position of Director to:

Daw Hla Hnin Khine, Chair of the Board of Directors,


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Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.