Middle School Deputy Principal at Stamford American International School in Singapore
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Middle School Deputy Principal
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.

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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 TitleMiddle School Deputy Principal

Manager Title: Middle School Principal

Position Type: Fixed Term           

Position Status: Full Time

Start Date: August 1, 2020    

Location: Singapore             

Role Purpose

The Deputy Principal is a member of the Middle School Leadership Team.  When necessary, the Deputy may assume the role of the Middle School Principal.  He or she is expected to take a school-wide perspective and contributes to the overall leadership of the Sceondary School and supports the school vision and mission, as well as the strategic intent and initiatives set forth by the school-wide Leadership Team.

Specific Responsibilities

  •  In conjunction with the School-wide Leadership team the Deputy implements the yearly goals and the strategic vision for the Middle School, based on the overall school strategic plan
  • Assume day-to-day responsibility for the management of Middle School student behavior, attendance, and discipline in cooperation with the Secondary Head of Pastoral, Middle School Heads of Grade and Advisors
  • Collaborate with the Principal, Head of Pastoral, Heads of Grade, and Advisors to ensure the goals of the Advisory Program are addressed
  • Play an active role in the observation and evaluation process of teachers in the Middle School
  • Take a collaborative leadership role in the transition of students into Middle School
  • Collaborate with the Principal in the recruitment of quality teachers for the Middle School and Relief pool
  • Communicate regularly with faculty, staff and parents to improve the student experience and increase retention rates
  • Provide support for the implementation of the Academic Field Studies program and integration of programs to create a connected student experience across Field Studies, Advisory, and subject content (grade level themes)
  • Create and gather school wide events, opportunities for school identity development, and celebrations to be shared via the Student Bulletin
  • Share responsibility to improve instructional practices
  • Lead the coordination of an assessment calendar to reduce multiple assessment on same day across grade level departments
  • Collaborate with the sub coordinator to coordinate and support Middle School relief teachers on a daily basis
  • Function as a PLC mentor and committee member
  • Develop, maintain, and supervise the duty rosters and monitor play areas for duty supervision
  • Oversee school events and assemblies as requested (which includes developing schedules and coordinating facilities)
  • Serve as coordinators of the House System and be the Faculty Advisor for the House Captains to support the development of school spirit and culture
  • Support the Student Council Faculty Advisory and student leadership initiatives


  •  To teach any classes and provide teacher coverage as deemed necessary
  • To provide campus coverage during holidays in liaison with administrative colleagues
  • Support the procurement of teaching and classroom materials
  • Serve on school-wide committees including but not limited to: Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Compliance, Accreditation, Academics Leadership Team (ALT)
  • Perform other assignments as required by the Middle School Principal

Candidate Profile

Position Requirements and Qualifications

  •  Teaching Qualification
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in educational leadership (preferred)
  • At least 5 years of teaching experience and 2 years of Leadership experience
  • Knowledge of the Middle Years & Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization (preferred)
  • An extensive background in Secondary School curriculum, standards, pedagogy and structure
  • 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 careers@sais.edu.sg along with:

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

Application Deadline

November 15, 2019


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Sally Gordon spent three years sailing the seas aboard a catamaran with her husband Robert, also an experienced educator (and sailor).