Director of Student Support Services at Stamford American International School in Singapore
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Director of Student Support Services
Stamford American International School (Singapore)

Oct 19, 19
Nov 15, 19


In 2018, following a great deal of community consultation, we launched our 20/20 Strategic Vision. This included our Strategic Priorities along with our Mission, Vision, and Values Guiding Statements. SAIS staff gathered for a professional development day dedicated to exploring what our vision and values mean, how we live these these values in what we do at school and how we can all ultimately inspire our students to create their own futures. A community artwork was created inspired by the contributions of all staff from the breakout sessions. 


At Stamford American, we inspire students to create their unique future.


Together, we cultivate a culture of optimism, excellence, and empowerment for everyone by developing the mind-set and skills to thrive in a complex world.


  • We value INTEGRITY

Acting with a genuine desire for transparency, honesty and respect.

  • We value COURAGE

Empowering our community to embrace risks and to see challenges as opportunities to grow.

  • We value INGENUITY

Striving to build a creative culture of resilience, resourcefulness and thoughtful expression.

  • We value COMPASSION

Fostering a caring community that embraces and celebrates all cultures, beliefs and perspectives.



In 2009, Stamford American International School was established in Singapore, following a Referral for Interest program, introduced by the Economic Development Board. The school opened with 75 students and has now grown to more than 3,200 students with a state of the art campus in an inclusive and diverse learning environment.

Two Bespoke Campuses - 10 Minutes from Each Other



Stamford American is a part of Cognita, a world leading international schools group, currently encompassing 73 schools across 3 continents. Each of our schools is as individual as its students, but we all share one common purpose: to create an inspiring world of education.

Cognita understands the difference that great teaching makes, and knows that teachers are central to unlocking the potential of every child in its schools. Underpinning this is ‘The CognitaWay’ – six focal points we know to be present in the most successful schools: energized leadership, personalized learning, people growth, community, innovation and brilliant basics. Cognita’s commitment to its staff is therefore equally strong, and the group offers excellent career opportunities with a global dimension.



Our students have been accepted into competitive universities around the world including:  London School of Economics, Kings College London, McGill University, Emory University, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California San Diego, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Durham, University of St. Andrews, University of Warwick, University of Sydney, University of Hong Kong, Waseda University and more.

University Offers by Country



Sports and Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)


Stamford’s Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) Program allows students the opportunity to explore their unique talents, develop new skills and personalize their learning journey at Stamford. We believe holistic education requires stretching boundaries and as such Stamford encourages all students to get involved in the after-school opportunities available.

We offer over 350 CCA choices and a strong Athletics Program enabling our student-athletes to participate in 106 tournaments and over 450 games during a sporting year, both locally and internationally. With quality facilities on-site and, experienced professional coaches, students can pick up a range of sport including badminton, soccer, swimming, rugby, tennis, softball, touch rugby, volleyball, gymnastics, golf, basketball and cross-country.

South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC)

In 2017 Stamford became a member school of the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC). This places Stamford in an elite Sports and Co-Curricular Activities league with 14 other member schools in the region. SEASAC activities include arts, badminton, basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, Model United Nations (MUN), soccer, swimming, rugby, tennis and volleyball, which represents a wonderful mix of interests and talents.

 SEASAC exists to support International schools in South East Asia in achieving their educational goals. Through a range of sporting and artistic activities, it aims to promote closer links among teachers, administrators and students of its member schools; encourage opportunities for healthy competition and the pursuit of excellence; develop and extend social and cultural interaction; and to promote an appreciation of the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

Field Studies


At Stamford American, we recognize that no single element of learning works in isolation. Our experiential Field Studies Program commences from Grade 3 and allows our students to develop as ecologically literate, compassionate and engaged global citizens through experiences beyond the classroom

Art & Drama

With a dedicated 500-seat theater, Stamford American puts on 10 full-scale productions annually, offering our students many opportunities to nurture ambitions to act or direct. Our Visual Arts Program enables our students to communicate in powerful ways beyond their spoken language. In addition to showcasing their works in school, our students also enjoy the opportunity of doing so at inter-school events. They are also fortunate to learn from visiting artists in our Artist-In-Residence Program.



At Stamford American, we introduce music from as early as 18 months at Pre-Nursery with songs and dance, moving on to the theory and technical aspects of music in the Elementary and Secondary School. We are the first and only to have the Suzuki Violin Program from age 3 with the opportunity to progress to Cello at age 5. Specialist Instrumental Music Program (IMP) is also available across 12 instruments. Whether its weekly lunchtime performances, choral, string, orchestra or rock ensembles, our students have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents.


Digital Citizenship


The reliance on technology today makes us more aware of preparing our students on their responsibilities as global digital citizens. With our 1:1 iPad Program (KG 2 to G5) and 1:1 MacBook Program (Middle & High School), we have a forward thinking curriculum which harnesses technology to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning for all of the Stamford community.


Join Our Team


Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.  Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. 

Position TitleDirector of Student Support Services

Manager Title: Deputy Superintendent

Position Type: Fixed Term           

Position Status: Full Time

Start Date: August 1, 2020    

Location: Singapore             

Role Purpose

  •  The Director of Student Support Services oversees all student support programs for Stamford American International, which includes; Early Intervention Services, School Counseling Programs, Related Services, Academic and Behavioral Support as well as Tier 3 Programming. The Director collaborates with administrative teams, teachers and specialists to ensure high quality support services are offered to identified students. The Director directly supervises the Head of Intensive Intervention, the Head of Related Services as well as Academic Support and School Counseling teams.

Specific Responsibilities

  •  Lead the strategic development of all student support services for students N-G12 at SAIS 
  • Partner with school leaders in implementing effective multi-tiered systems of support (including, but not limited to behavior and academics; such as PBIS efforts and RtI implementation)
  • Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills in the course of supporting SSD team members’ collaborative efforts with any/all professionals across campus
  • Partner with school administrators in developing highly effective educational programming for students
  • Support school leaders and educators in maintaining inclusive positive and supportive learning environments for all students (N-G12)
  • Ensure SSD compliance with accrediting agencies (including, but not limited to WASC, CPE, IB, etc.)
  • Ensure all students entitled to testing accommodations are provided to this support across N-12 schools
  • Facilitate problem-solving process for escalated cases of student concerns which cannot otherwise be resolved at the school-team level (i.e., cases of school-mandated withdrawal, expulsion or non-disclosure)
  • Collaborate with Curriculum Director to support improvement efforts which affect SSD referral rates
  • Develop and lead SSD team members’ professional growth opportunities as it relates to student services functions
  • Collaborate with Divisional Administrators to ensure articulation of services from school to school and grade to grade (N-G12)
  • Serve as a productive partner and liaison to all stakeholders in an effort to enhance SAIS student services
  • Serve as the Primary and/or Secondary Hiring Manager for all SSD open positions
  • Responsible for budget related to Student Support Program, including the Intensive Support Program budget and resource allocation
  • Ensure that appropriate data is collected and records and reports are maintained to comply with SSD, AHPC, Cognita, CIS / WASC and CPE policy and regulation
  • Other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent


Candidate Profile

Position Requirements and Qualifications

  •  Current Teaching Certification in Special Education (Mild/Moderate and/or Severe Licensure)
  • Teaching Certification in General Education (K-8) is preferred
  • Masters Degree / PhD in a related field (Special Education, Education Leadership, Educational Administration)
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience in Special Education and/or inclusive General Education classroom contexts
  • At least 3 years experience in a position of significant leadership (i.e., Head of Department, Hiring Manager)
  • Experience implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (such as PBIS and/or RtI models)
  • The ability to lead initiatives with staff and students in order to build school culture aligned with the school vision
  • Problem solver
  • Positive attitude toward challenges
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Effective collaborator and team-member
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Exemplifies the IB learner profile – knowledgeable, inquirer, open-minded, principled, caring, communicator, risk taker, thinker, balanced, reflective
  • Resilient - able to work long hours depending on demands of the job at various times throughout the year
  • Demonstrate the Stamford Values – Integrity, Courage, Ingenuity and Compassion

Overview of Compensation and Benefits

Stamford American International School offers competitive compensation and benefits to all successful candidates.

Compensation & Benefits

  •  Competitive salary and benefits
  • Professional development opportunities

Benefits you will be entitled to for you and your family

  •  Monthly housing allowance
  • Relocation assistance, flights & shipping
  • Annual home flights
  • Up to 10 nights’ stay at School-designated hotel upon arrival in Singapore
  • 6 months’ interest free loan for rental deposits & advance rental and assistance to locate a suitable apartment
  • School fees discount for up to 2 of your children aged 2 years and above
  • Comprehensive medical insurance for self and dependents
  • Personal Accident insurance coverage
  • Sick/hospitalization leave

Working Conditions

  •  Based at the Stamford American International School campuses with occasional travel for the purpose of training/professional development.
  • 5 days/week plus weekend and holiday duties as required.

Terms of Employment

Working Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Annual Leave: 30 working days

Probation Period: 3 months from date of commencement

Reference Check: Required

Background Check: Required


How to Apply

We are delighted that you are interested in joining our Stamford American community in Singapore. Stamford American welcomes applications from qualified, experienced administrators looking for a vibrant, challenging and rewarding leadership experience.

Candidates are evaluated on following key areas:

  •  Inspirational leadership
  • high quality teaching practice
  • contribution to learning area and curriculum development
  • relationships with students, staff and parents
  • contribution to the whole school

Interested candidates can send in their applications to along with:

  •  Cover letter including educational philosophy
  • Curriculum vitae
  • SAIS Job Application form - available on the school careers section at

Application Deadline

November 15, 2019

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Gez Hayden led the first international school authorized to offer all three IB programs in China.