Instructional Assistant - Chinese Immersion Classroom

Singapore American School | Date Posted: 22-Aug-2018
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Entry Level, Experienced
Diploma, Bachelor's / Honours

Job Description

Singapore American School is looking for a qualified instructional assistant for the Chinese Immersion Program. Owing to the program format of teaching, reading and writing in Mandarin, candidates who are proficient in Mandarin language skill are encouraged to apply. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before progressing to next levels of interviews.


The Instructional Assistant is responsible for working within the Immersion Program to support the learning, safety and emotional well-being of children at Singapore American School (SAS). There are three primary categories of responsibilities. The actions listed below each category are examples of what instructional assistants typically do, but do not represent an exhaustive list.

Typical Duties:

Support for Learning

  • Assist teacher(s) in delivery of the Chinese curriculum and planned curriculum activities.
  • Interact with and guide students during activities planned by a teacher (including during times of brief absence of the teacher).
  • Assist teacher(s) monitoring student’s learning progress using appropriate tools/softwares as instructed.
  • Assist teacher(s) in preparing teaching materials to enhance the learning experience in the classroom.
  • Work with individuals and/or groups of children under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Ensure the classroom environment is well-organised, neat and adequately stocked.
  • Develop effective relationships with children, parents and teachers to support a conducive learning environment.
  • Communicate effectively and confidently with colleagues, teachers, administrators, students and parents.
  • Participate fully in professional development opportunities made available by SAS. 
  • Participate fully with a growth mindset with colleagues, teachers, and administrators.

Supervision and Student Care

  • Ensure children’s safety during times designated by supervisor (e.g., before school, break, between classes, lunch, after school).
  • Assist children with safe passage arriving and departing campus.
  • Assist teacher(s) and enforce protocols during during times of emergency (e.g., during fire drills, during lock downs, evacuation).
  • Assist supervisor in monitoring for safety hazards in the environment (e.g., loose tiles, loose safety rails, sharp objects).

Clerical Responsibilities

  • Use relevant software to manage all routine administrative duties, as assigned by the supervisor (e.g., take attendance, student lists for field trips).
  • Take initiative to prepare materials, checklists and paperwork as required by the supervisor. (e.g., stocking classrooms, replenishing consumable supplies, making trips to bookstore on behalf of teachers, distribute mailings).

The above job description is only indicative of the broad set of duties and responsibilities. Distribution of tasks is assigned by the class teacher and/or Director of World Languages. Other tasks may be assigned on the job, as deemed necessary by the class teacher and/or Director of World Languages.

Compensation and Benefits:

The Instructional Assistant reports to Director of World Languages.  The work schedule is Monday to Friday and when necessary, on Saturdays and evenings as scheduled.  The work hours are 7:30AM and 3:15PM. Compensation will depend on position, education, and work experience.

Major benefits include medical coverage, group life and short-term disability, sick leave and annual leave, 1.5 months for AWS, use of extensive school libraries, and opportunities for continued professional growth.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful candidate will be required to converse, read, write and teach in Mandarin as a part of the program
  • Teaching qualifications and/or experience working with children or in educational setting highly preferred
  • Relevant diploma/certificate from a recognised polytechnic or an equivalent required
  • Strong verbal and written English skills
  • Personal growth mindset, open to acting on feedback
  • Team spirited, driven and “go-the-extra-mile" attitude is essential
  • Working proficiency in computer usage
  • Clerical, typing and Google App skills preferred 480491.

SAS only considers applications that are submitted online. 

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