Social Emotional Learning Specialist

United World College of South East Asia| Date Posted: 21-Mar-2021
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Job Description

UWCSEA has a vacancy for August 2021 at its East Campus for a Social Emotional Learning Specialist to join our Student Support Team in Primary School. The role involves promoting positive social, emotional and behavioural learning in students across K5. The appointee will focus on improving classroom practices in ways that enhance students’ social and emotional development; supporting and coaching staff; assessment and data management; resource development and selection; working with families to develop supportive interventions and implementation of student support plans.

The position plays a key role in ensuring all students experience an inclusive learning environment where they are able to access the learning programme.

Enthusiasm for and experience of teaching students between age range 4 to ­11 is essential, as well as experience in this field.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are an excellent and inspiring practitioner with the drive to continually develop within the profession.

Please note that to apply for this role, your residency status in Singapore must be assured separately. For example you are a Singapore Citizen, a Permanent Resident or you are a foreign applicant, already resident in Singapore. The successful candidate will be hired under a local contract.

Working at UWCSEA

If you have a strong sense of adventure and an exceptional level of commitment to teaching and learning, UWCSEA might be the perfect next step for you. Here are some reasons why:

  • You can be part of the College at an exciting time in its development. The implementation of our bespoke College-wide curriculum, the integration of technology into teaching and learning, and a significant focus on educating for ethical dispositions are just some of the exciting initiatives our staff are currently involved in.
  • As a non-profit organisation, we invest a percentage of income into scholarships for approximately 100 students each year. These scholars come from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You can teach and learn from these exceptional students.
  • Our academic results are outstanding, but our focus on holistic education means teachers are involved in all aspects of the programme. At UWCSEA you can take students trekking in the Himalayas or kayaking in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia or skiing in Switzerland. Equally, you can support them in making real connections with the local community, working with children with multiple disabilities or teaching life skills to domestic workers who have been victims of violence. All our students and teachers, from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 are involved in our activities, outdoor education and service programmes.
  • We provide a professional learning programme that brings international experts to the school and supports teachers in their professional learning journey.

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm


Main Responsibilities


  • Support students by promoting skills and competencies that enable them to successfully access the five elements of UWCSEA’s Learning Programme.
  • Provide a happy, stimulating, safe learning environment for all children.
  • Work with students in the classroom and beyond, individually and in small groups, mainly in the area of Social Emotional and Behavioural Support.


  • Support leadership in messaging what Social, Emotional and Behavioural Learning is and how it is integrated throughout the school day and across all elements of the UWCSEA learning programme;
  • Collaborate across teams, including the Primary School Leadership Team, Learning Support, Counselling, EAL, grade level teams, single subject teams, Activities, Service, Outdoor Education and the wider Primary School community; 
  • Provide coaching to individual teachers and teaching teams to reinforce effective classroom practices to support student social emotional development, as well as to implement plans and strategies developed to support individual students.
  • To lead professional learning, including workshops and training, on effective practices for social, emotional and behaviour support. 
  • Collaborate and support class teachers to provide differentiated programmes, write individualised plans and conduct parent meetings for individuals and groups of students.
  • Support leadership, teachers and other school staff in identifying root causes of student behavioural issues and ways to meet students' social and emotional needs.


  • Involvement in a team-based approach to support families in establishing positive social emotional skills and to strengthen the home-school partnership, including running community workshops, training and individual support.


  • Work in close partnership with the Student Support Services department, Primary School leadership team, and Heads of Grade to identify causes and trends of student behavioural issues.
  • Develop and implement systems to monitor the effectiveness of practices and the impact on students’ social emotional learning. 
  • Use data and evidence to drive identified areas of improvement.
  • Selection, development and sharing of appropriate resources.


Person Specifications

  • A relevant degree and recognised teaching qualification.
  • Experience and qualification relating to this position would be an advantage.
  • The ideal candidate has a proven record, for at least five years, as a successful teacher or behaviour specialist at Primary School level.
  • Knowledge and experience working with restorative practices desirable
  • Has vision and passion for creating and sustaining positive culture and climate, who is eager to simultaneously lead programme development and stay connected to students through teaching.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and intercultural communication skills including the ability to navigate and promote sensitivity around issues of equity and inclusion. 
  • Ability to create trusting relationships with a strong reputation as a collaborator. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment. 
  • Strong analytical, time management, and organisational skills that include the ability to effectively achieve multiple goals and manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Has a proven track record of working with students with additional needs: social, emotional, behavioural, communication and associated difficulties and of delivering a personalised curriculum.
  • Has the ability to engage with students and engender enthusiasm and develop positive relationships with parents and teachers.
  • Experienced in planning and conducting professional learning; supporting colleagues through coaching and the facilitation and training methodologies to large groups. 
  • Has a flexible, proactive and hands-on approach.
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion and shows a willingness to adapt and develop pedagogy to meet the needs of our learners. UWCSEA is an equal opportunities employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

The following would be an advantage:

  • Knowledge of effective practices in multi-tiered systems of support to meet students’ social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  • Knowledge and experience of international curricula, their delivery and assessment.
  • Experience teaching students who are English Language Learners.
  • Experience in leading professional learning with colleagues and parents.



Along with a very competitive package, UWCSEA offers the incredibly high rewards that come from working with remarkable young people in a climate of innovation, collaboration and collegiality. Furthermore, the College offers outstanding levels of professional learning; we regularly hear from teachers that they learn more with us than at any other stage in their careers. Opportunities include structured internal courses, a self-driven Professional Learning Programme, support for further studies and an emphasis on concept-based teaching and learning. Above all, teachers are part of a professional learning community that allows them to share good practice and work with outstanding fellow teachers and practitioners.

All positions are subject to the employment requirements of the Singapore government.



Apply via our job portal by Wednesday, 24 March 2021.

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices and all appointments are subject to interview, satisfactory references, identity and criminal record checks.

UWCSEA is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

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