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

Dec 1, 22
Jan 6, 23


American International School Vietnam

Vacancy: Secondary School Principal

Effective: July 2023.


Application Deadline: January 6, 2023

Start date: August 2023



AISVN is searching for a Secondary Principal (Grades 6-12) who will continue to lead the staff, students and parents through teaching and learning at a growing IB continuum school. This person should be willing to actively support professional growth within all staff and continue to focus on delivering to students a well-rounded - international education that promotes the development of Global Citizenship within the - IB MYP & DP philosophy. AISVN is seeking an administrator who has an excellent understanding of the IB with a collaborative and innovative mindset.

The requirements for a successful candidate are:

  • Experience of leadership in the IB
  • Advanced degree in educational administration or equivalent
  • International school experience
  • Experience as a teacher or in a support role in the IB Programme
  • Experience and understanding of best practice in differentiation and inclusion
  • Experience in the South-East Asia region highly desirable
  • Experience of recruiting and supervising staff

Attributes needed to be Secondary Principalsat AISVN

  • Effective communicator who leads by example
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a listener who can build rapport with all members of the community
  • Efficient organization and resourcefulness
  • Superior knowledge of the IB
  • Value collaboration and teamwork
  • Understand the power of community
  • Good sense of humour
  • Patient and flexible
  • Genuinely interested in teaching and learning and in child development
  • Strong work ethic
  • Committed to becoming a better leader
  • Criminal record clearance from previous countries of employment and home country
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19



Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, American International School Vietnam (AISVN) is an independent, co-educational Early Years to 12 IB continuum school with around 1,300 students.

Founded in 2006, AISVN has evolved into a high quality IB School over the past 15 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 was fully authorized as an IBDP school in 2010 and as an IBPYP school in 2020 and IBMYP in 2021. AISVN is fully accredited by CIS/WASC and was successfully awarded its 5 year re-accreditation following the team evaluation visit in September 2021.

School Guiding Statements

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
  • Statement on Global Citizenship
  • Learning Principles
  • Vietnamese Values


The School

The school currently has around 1,300 students, with 550 students in Elementary (Early Years - Grade 5) and 750 students in Secondary (Grades 6 - 12) with steady growth each year. We have well-resourced classes of reasonable size and a safe purpose-built learning environment where students receive considerable individualized attention within the classroom. 2022/23 is the school’s 5th year of PYP implementation, 4th year of MYP implementation and the school’s 13th of the IB Diploma. The graduating class of 2022 posted the school’s best results ever with an average score of 35 points.

With a student body that is 90% Vietnamese, we have carefully constructed the most comprehensive EAL program resourced with qualified EAL coaches 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.

Our Faculty

All teachers and administrators are fully certified and qualified in their various fields, with many having advanced degrees in education and receiving 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.


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.



Please go to the school website to get an idea of who we are: and view this job description.

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

January 6, 2023 at 4:00pm.

Send complete applications to recruitment:

Whilst the school has established the application deadline above, the recruitment team reserves the right to interview applicants as they apply, and, if the right candidate emerges, may hire earlier than the stated deadline.



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Senior Associate John Ritter consults on matters of governance, planning, head and board transition, and staff development with schools all over the world.