Head of School, Hoi An, Vietnam

Green Shoots International SchoolHoi An, Vietnam
Date posted:
Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No


Green Shoots International School is looking for a dynamic new Head of School to take over from our inaugural head, who assumed the mantle from the school's founder and has led Green Shoots since 2017.

The successful candidate will be energetic, flexible, international in both mindset and experience, and keen to build upon the work done by our current Head to ensure that Green Shoots continues to grow into central Vietnam's premier international school.

Our School

We are a small school with a big heart. Everything at Green Shoots is about the children, and our team works in concord to ensure that they are, and remain, at the centre of everything we do. Ours is a fast-moving, dynamic environment where growth and challenge are daily priorities, not just for students but for our community as a whole.

We have eight core values. The first seven - Adaptability, Tenacity, Independence, Sustainability, Thoughtfulness, Integrity, and Cooperation – combine to build the eighth unifying value of Respect.

Green Shoots philosophy is heavily influenced by the United World College movement, as our Director is a graduate of the group's Singapore school and one of our advisors is a former senior leader at the same school.

Our Curriculum

At Green Shoots, we follow an internationalised British Curriculum, making use of the EYFS framework, the International Primary Curriculum and Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSEs to offer a truly global education benchmarked against British standards. Green Shoots offers a unique French-language programme for native speakers in central Vietnam. The programme offers both mother tongue and foreign language classes.

The Role

Green Shoots is looking for a new leader who is committed to our school values, able to communicate these to stakeholder groups, gain the respect and trust of students, staff and parents, and effectively lead our school through its next period of growth.  Our new Head of School will be responsible for leadership in the following areas:

  • Overseeing our vision, values and standards
  • Governance, leadership and organisational management (with Director of Admin)
  • Financial management and oversight (with Director)
  • Legal compliance ( with Director)
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Safeguarding and pastoral care
  • Human Resources
  • Parent and community liaison
  • Physical infrastructure

Salary and benefits will be negotiated based on qualifications, experience, and the successful candidate's suitability to the role. A base salary and core benefits will be supplemented with additional payments upon completion of pre-established performance indicators, which will be developed collaboratively by the new Head and the Director prior to the launch of each school year and assessed for the Director's approval by the Advisory Board at the end of each year.

For more information about our school and this leadership role, please click here .


Applications should be sent to c.mckinley@greenshoots.edu.vn no later than December 4th 2019. Please include with your application: 

  • A letter detailing why you are the right person to lead our school and how you envisage its growth under your leadership. This letter should also outline  your educational and leadership philosophy 
  • A current resume
  • Contact details (phone and email) for three referees, of which two should be from a current employer, preferably from the school's Board and Leadership Team. 

Long-listed candidates will be contacted by December 12th and asked to attend an interview via skype. A subsequent school visit is likely for short-listed candidates.

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