Employment Opportunities

We thank you for your interest in Saigon South International School. We are in the beginning stages of our recruitment for 2017-2018. When a relevant job posting appears on this page, interested candidates should send an email to working@ssis.edu.vn

We search for teachers who have full teacher certification and license from an English speaking country (with the exception of those teaching Spanish and Mandarin Chinese where native fluency is preferred and a teaching license from a country where that language is spoken is accepted). For elementary teachers, a Master's degree in education or teaching is preferred. At the middle school and high school levels, a Master's degree in the discipline to be taught is preferred.

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents in electronic form (PDFs of scanned documents), making sure to reference the position they are interested in as part of the subject line in their email: an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies, and any letters of reference which may already be in the candidates possession.

For all teachers, EC through Gr12, qualification, experience, or training in EAL is preferred.

SSIS Head of School Search, July 2018

After careful consideration, the Board has chosen to retain Mr. John Magagna and Mr. John Ritter of Search Associates, an educational consulting and search firm with offices worldwide, to assist SSIS in its search. The firm is well respected in the industry, and both Mr. Magagna and Mr. Ritter have long and distinguished careers working in, and with, international schools. Mr. Magagna and Mr. Ritter know SSIS very well, having worked with our School for many years.

The following timeline, developed in conjunction with our consultants, indicates the schedule we expect our search process to follow:

  • Beginning in May: Recruit candidates based on criteria as determined by the Search Committee and Board; feedback from the School community; strategic goals articulated from the recent strategic planning workshop; recommendations from the recent WASC accreditation report; and discussions with the search consultants.
  • June to September: Evaluation of candidates through semifinalist and finalist stages by Search Committee
  • August/September: Finalists visit to SSIS for interviews with Search Committee. Candidates will also meet with groups of parents, staff and students, and become familiar with SSIS and its setting.
  • End September/ Early October: Based on input from all parts of SSIS’ community, and recommendations of the Search Committee, the Head of School selection by the Board will be finalized and announced.

We look forward to keeping you well informed and involved as we go through the various stages of our search.

Search Associates information for Candidates

SSIS Board Statement on Search Process (20 May 2017)

SSIS Board's Statement of Appreciation (12 May 2017)

Head of School Mark Sylte announces his departure (10 May 2017)

Openings for 2017-2018 School Year

Administrative Openings

There are no administrative openings for next year.

Elementary Openings (EC through Grade 5)

Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher (Full-time. New position due to increased applications.)

Middle School Openings (Grades 6-8)

There are no middle school openings for next year.

High School Openings (Grades 9-12)

There are no high school openings for next year.

Timeline for 2018-2019 hiring season

early October

First posting of known openings for the 2018-2019 school year (earlier postings are possible in some circumstances). While we prefer to include face-to-face interviews with all candidates, we will hire on a rolling basis, with strong candidates selected as soon as they appear. Key to this stage are complete files (resume, transcripts), strong references from previous schools, and strong interviews with several levels of leadership at SSIS.


Second posting of known openings for the 2018-2019 school year after the deadline for current faculty to return sign contracts.


The Head of School and select principals plan to attend the following recruitment fairs:

Search Associates Leadership Fair (November 2017)

Search Associates Bangkok (January 2018)

Search Associates London (January 2018)

Search Associates Cambridge (January 2018)

Openings for 2018-2019 School Year

Administrative Openings

Head of School (please see specific tab above on this page for additional information and instructions on how to submit materials).

Elementary Openings (Early Childhood through Grade 5)

Announcements of openings will be made shortly.

Middle School Openings (Grades 6-8)

Announcements of openings will be made shortly.

High School Openings (Grades 9-12)

Announcements of openings will be made shortly.

Substitute/Supply Teacher Openings

We maintain a list of experienced, qualified teachers for substitute and replacement teaching in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. We contact these individuals as need to cover short terms (3-4 days) or unexpected absences by our teachers.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A current teaching certificate (or equivalent);
  • A Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, or equivalent;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Recent successful teaching experience at the elementary or secondary school level.
We currently have few spaces open on our list of substitute and replacement teachers. If interested, please send us your materials.

A caution to all applicants

Applicants interested in working or teaching at an international school should be aware that fraudulent websites exist with promises of employment. Some sites will clone a school’s entire web site to lure in unsuspecting candidates, whilst others will purport to represent employment agencies engaged by the school and authorized to hire teachers and staff. If you are interested in working at SSIS you should know:

1. We never post to any websites other than our own and those of reputable search agencies with which we have signed agreements. (While we have used other respected agencies in the past, we currently are exclusive to Search Associates.)

2. We will consider applications which are sent directly to the School ( working@ssis.edu.vn ), but candidates should be aware that we vigorously check references from multiple previous employers. Unsolicited information regarding candidates sent directly to the school by placement agencies is deleted unread as are applications which link to a prospective employee’s file hosted by an agencies with whom we do not have an agreement.

3. At SSIS, only the Head of School is authorized to extend employment offers. Offers bearing the names or contact information of any other person at the school, or anyone at an employment agency, are not legitimate.

4. SSIS will never ask a prospective employee to send money to the school or to any outside agency for any reason. While some international hires may incur expenses in the process of on-boarding (e.g. the acquisition of a police background check or the notarizing of a document), such money is never sent to SSIS or to any third party and is only reimbursed upon arrival in Vietnam.

5. The interview process for SSIS typically includes Skype conversations with several teacher-leaders and administrators, even when an employee is recruited at a job fair. Pictures of these individuals are accessible on our website to be compared with the individual placing the Skype call.