Secondary Assistant Principal at American International School Vietnam - AISVN in Vietnam
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Secondary Assistant Principal
American International School Vietnam - AISVN (Vietnam)

Aug 13, 20
Sep 18, 20





Position Posted Friday 14 August, 2020

Deadline Friday 18 September, 2020


American International School Vietnam seeks a Secondary Assistant Principal for August 2021.

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, American International School Vietnam (AISVN) is an independent, proprietary co-educational Early Years to 12 IB continuum school with around 1,250 students.

Founded in 2006, AISVN has evolved into a high quality IB School over the past 13 years, with an excellent reputation. The student body is 90% Vietnamese students which is seen as a strength at AISVN.  The faculty is 95% international.  The school is located to the south of Ho Chi Minh City on a beautiful purpose-built campus on 6.5 hectares. AISVN is a non-selective school offering PYP, MYP and DP programmes that provide academic rigor, and personal growth. The school is authorized to offer the PYP and DP programmes and is a candidate school for the IB MYP.



The AISVN community has developed a series of aligned Guiding Statements, endorsed by the Board of Directors, which drive the planning, decision-making, and actions of the school. The Board of Directors intend for these statements to extend to the entire AISVN community.  The school Administration Team monitors and measures the extent to which the Guiding Statements are effectively implemented on a regular basis. The following statements comprise AISVN's Guiding Statements:

  • Vision Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • IB Learner Profile


Vision Statement

AISVN guides students to become global citizens and sustain their cultural heritage.

Mission Statement

Every student at AISVN will be prepared to excel in, productively navigate through, and provide leadership for our rapidly changing, multicultural and global community.

IB Learner Profile

The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education at AISVN. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

Our Faculty

All teachers and administrators are fully certified and qualified in their various fields, with many having advanced degrees in education and receive specific professional development to teach the IB programmes. Our teachers have a strong work ethic, a positive outlook and are dedicated to creating a professional learning community at AISVN.

The Position:

AISVN is searching for a Secondary Assistant Principal who will continue to lead the staff, students and parents in high quality teaching and learning at a growing IB continuum school. The Secondary School is in its second year of MYP candidacy. Our next Assistant Principal will be required to inspire and lead the school community in close cooperation with the Secondary Principal and the MYP and DP Coordinators as we embark on this important phase of improvement and growth.

This person should be willing to actively support professional growth and build teacher capacity within all staff and continue to focus on delivering to students a well-rounded holistic education within the MYP framework. The primary focus of this position is to lead the pastoral support in the Secondary School by using data to inform strategy, process, and procedures.  AISVN is seeking an experienced leader who has an excellent understanding of timetabling, child safety, and a constructivist approach to learning in the MYP.  The ideal candidate would be collaborative and possess an innovative, solution focused mindset.

The School

The school currently has 1,250 students, with 600 students in Elementary (Early Years - Grade 5) and 650 students in Secondary (Grades 6 - 12) with steady growth each year. We have well-resourced classes of appropriate size and a safe purpose-built learning environment where students receive considerable individualized attention within the classroom. 2020/21 is the school’s second year of MYP implementation, the 3rd implementing the PYP and the school’s 11th of the IB Diploma.

With a student body that is 90% Vietnamese, we have carefully constructed the most comprehensive EAL program resourced with qualified EAL teachers serving every grade level. No other school in the city provides this level of support within their international program. Because our families stay with us longer than more diverse international schools, the students benefit greatly from our scaffolded EAL program and the level of English language ability is high throughout the school.  All students are tested into our programs using the WIDA to ensure they will be able to access the curriculum. The combination of student tenure with intentional EAL support has created a thriving community of highly motivated learners in all three IB programmes at AISVN.

The requirements for a successful candidate are:

  •  A minimum of five years’ experience in teaching, learning and/or leading an MYP or DP Programme.
  • Experience in leading people and leading teams
  • Academic qualifications, preferably at Masters level
  • A strong leader who can coach and foster professional growth
  • Experience and understanding of best practice in differentiation and inclusion
  • Experience of working with a diverse international community
  • Experience of accreditation/ evaluation processes
  • A research-based educator
  • A supporter of holistic and inclusive learning

Attributes needed to lead at AISVN

  • Effective communicator
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, efficient organization and resourcefulness
  • Superior knowledge of the MYP/DP
  • Value collaboration and teamwork
  • Understand the power of community
  • Healthy, active and energetic
  • Good sense of humour
  • Patient and flexible
  • Genuinely interested in teaching and learning and in child development
  • Positive outlook on the world
  • Strong work ethic
  • Committed to becoming a better leader
  • Criminal record clearance from previous countries of employment and home country


Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Viet Nam, located on the banks of the Saigon River in the South of the country.  The population of HCMC is more than 9 million people. It is centrally located in SE Asia within a 2-hour flight of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines and a 1-hour flight to Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant place to live and work.  The city center is still adorned with elegant boulevards and French Colonial architecture. Diverse international lifestyle includes cosmopolitan dining, shopping, and entertainment. While the cost of living in Vietnam is among the least expensive in Asia, lifestyle choices do affect the monthly costs incurred by each household. For many expatriates in Vietnam, however, the potential for savings is significant. Some teachers report saving 50-70% of their income.

How to Apply:

Please go to the school website to get an idea of who we are:

Applicants must include the following to be considered:

Letter of application (max 1 page)

Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)

Philosophy of Educational Leadership (max 1 page)

Contact details of three references: one each of your last three schools and one should be the current Head of School.

All of the above should be sent as a single pdf with the candidate’s name in the filename by September 18, 2020.

Send complete applications to the Secondary School Principal, Dr. Chandra McGowan at

Candidates will be contacted only if they are longlisted for a Skype interview with the recruitment panel during the week of September 21st, 2020.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Nick Kendell has worked in Asia, Australia, and Africa as an educator and administrator.