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KG & Primary Group Academic Manager

Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Housing Allowance provided
Incoming Flight Allowance
Start date
Start June 2023
2 years
  • Early Childhood, Elementary
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • Teaching Credential/License

General requirements

  • Qualified teacher status
  • PGCE, or equivalent, in Kindy / Primary Education.
  • Proven track record in management experience in similar roles

Skill requirements for the job

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to engage and influence colleagues
  • Strong coordination and project management skills
  • Ability to deal with conflict and resolution
  • Ability to lead a team effectively and motivate staff
  • Self-motivated with a flexible approach to work
  • Ability to work under pressure and as a positive team member; ability to prioritise and meet deadlines; commitment to continuous improvement and development.
  • Excellent problem-solving ability and analytical skills.
  • Able to think strategically.
  • Ability to show attention to detail and produce work of high quality.

Attitude requirements

  • High sense of responsibilities
  • Disciplinary
  • Detail-oriented
  • Proactive, dynamic
  • Enthusiasm
  • Affability
  • Hard-working
  • Incoming Flight Allowance
  • Housing Allowance provided
  • Visa and Work Permit
  • Health Insurance

Key Responsibilities

  • Curriculum Maintenance and Improvement
  • Quality Assurance and Student Attainment   
  • People Development and Communication
  • Other duties

Work Details

Reporting to the Central Academic Director and CAT Leadership Team, the Group Academic Manager – Kindergarten & Primary, is responsible for providing consistent, timely updated instructional materials and QA process of VAS’s international kindergarten/primary curriculum as well as developing and executing a strategic plan for the kindergarten/primary curriculum team, aiming at improving the expected student learning outcomes and supporting effective instruction of the curriculum at all VAS campuses whilst striving for continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and learning and student attainment. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Curriculum Maintenance and Improvement

  • Ensure the curriculum framework / scheme of work for all subjects on offer by VAS with clear student learning outcomes and targets are provided timely and consistently from one source for all programs CAP, CAPI, CEP (Advanced) and CEP (Basic).
  • Develop an ongoing improvement cycle with regular curriculum review and modification to better fit changing requirements from Cambridge and intended outcomes.
  • Audit current resources (manipulatives, books, and online platforms) to support the subject in charge and all kindergarten/primary curriculum areas and develop action plans for the next steps in line with the company policies and procedures.
  • Liaise with MOET colleagues and teams to develop curriculum connections and joint projects as one team.

Quality Assurance and Student Attainment

  • Lead the kindergarten/primary curriculum coordinators team in the development, review and finetuning of educational standards, templates, academic procedures, and policies about teaching and learning, student assessments & reporting (including assessment framework & calendar, creation of exam /assessment tools and materials).
  • Develop overall strategies and plans for yearly school reviews within kindy / primary section for approval by the CAT and campus leadership team; Follow through with the approved strategies/plans. This includes clear deliverables and expectations, which lead to the formation and execution of yearly improvement plans by the kindergarten/primary team.
  • Ensure the kindy and primary curriculum coordination team works hand in hand with campus kindergarten/primary management teams to set the student attainment targets, track and monitor them, and implement timely intervention strategies to ensure the achievement of those targets. This includes development of a consistent and one-source data tracking system for all subjects within the kindergarten/primary section and ensuring the optimal usage of such a system by both academic managers and teachers in monitoring and intervening the student attainment.

People Development and Communication

  • Provide leadership in induction, training, mentoring, observing, managing, supporting, and organizing a growing team of curriculum coordinators, subject leaders, teachers (local and ex-pat), and Vietnamese teacher assistants.
  • Develop and conduct in-house training to help increase the quality of teaching and learning within the academic personnel and teaching teams; Facilitate, develop, and implement training for teachers of each phase.
  • Together with the kindergarten/primary curriculum coordinators, participate in teachers’ recruitment exercise and provide subject knowledge input to ensure the right teachers are recruited for the right subjects, especially at the upper kindergarten/primary levels.
  • Develop and implement an effective communication strategy with campuses to ensure the quality assurance standards and benchmarks are clearly understood, bought in, and followed through by the academic management teams and teachers at all VAS campuses.   
  • Conduct CAT kindergarten/primary Team meetings and meetings with Campus Heads of kindergarten/primary/Work Level 4 and/or Cluster Directors to ensure cohesion between the CAT kindergarten/primary Team and Campus Teams throughout the process of developing and executing the academic standards, benchmarks, procedures, and policies.

Other duties

  • Participate in parent/teacher meetings, school events, graduation ceremonies, and other public events, marketing & promotional events as assigned by Academic Leadership Team; attend professional conferences, seminars, and workshops; deliver presentations on behalf of the school as and when required.
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time by the Line Manager and Academic Leadership Team.

Key Contacts

  • CAT
  • Campus Leadership Team, Campus Cambridge & MOET Academic Team, Teachers
  • Parents/students
  • External partners/universities
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

With six modern campuses, a large team of professional teachers, and experienced academic managers, Vietnam Australia School (VAS) offers a highly unique and integrated bilingual K-12 education system for nearly 7,500 predominantly Vietnamese students. With an increasing student base and curriculum offerings, we are excited to seek applications from qualified candidates to join our dynamic and professional teaching team.

VAS Vision

To be a growing school group of excellence, preparing students to be successful in life and higher education, whilst preserving Vietnamese values through a combination of National and International education programs.

VAS Mission

VAS will transparently set out its core values and empower all its stakeholders to fully apply themselves to achieve the highest standard in each of these values in a culture of continuous improvement. VAS will deliver a harmonious combination of national and international education programs with a high level of English and Vietnamese language proficiency. VAS will create a community of national and international managers, teachers, and staff who passionately and efficiently deliver VAS’s education programs. VAS will excel in communicating and engaging with parents to create a partnership where parents support teachers and staff to ensure that their children achieve their full potential. VAS will provide its education programs to a growing number of students and in a growing number of locations sustainably and responsibly.
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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