Lower School Principal at International School of Myanmar in Myanmar
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Lower School Principal
International School of Myanmar (Myanmar)

Dec 2, 19
Jan 31, 20


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 Lower School Principal who will commence duties mid-July of the 2020-2021 academic year.


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


ISM, as a community of lifelong 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 920 students covering 25 nationalities. ISM’s is comprised of a diverse 86-member faculty plus seven 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) Capstone 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 traveling 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 Early Childhood/Elementary School Education

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

Communication and public relations skills

Previous experience with leading WASC accreditation the Focus on Learning process

Must have previous Principal experience


The Lower School Principal 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 Lower School Principal will regularly and effectively communicate with all of the Lower school’s constituents and demonstrate the capability to lead the lower school into the next phase of growth and development.

 The Lower School Principal will have the honed abilities necessary to develop and manage a strategic enrollment growth plan, complete and implement the ISM lower school strategic plan, comprehensively lead the lower school to expand upon the strong and vibrant academic program for which ISM is well known.

The Lower School Principal 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 Director to keep ISM on the leading edge of academic excellence and highly competitive in the EARCOS region.

In addition, the Lower School Principal is expected to shepherd the ISM vision and mission, Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs), school goals, complete and implement the ISM strategic plan and assist in successfully leading 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 the running of the Lower School in areas of academics, effective teaching practice, and strategic planning for academic improvements.

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

Work with lower school 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 Lower School Principal 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 (2) 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 an application for the position of Lower School Principal to:

Office of Human Resources

Email: hr@ismyanmar.com 


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