Vice Principal Faleata College

  • Ministry of Education Sports and Culture
  • Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC), Apia, Samoa
  • May 15, 2024
Contract Government & Military Teaching, Education & Training

Job Description & Skills/Qualifications Required



For your application to be considered you must complete ALL requirements of the Application Package

  • Complete and signed Application Form (Form 2)
  • Certified Copies of all academic achievements/qualifications/training etc.
  • Recently updated Curriculum Vitae (12 months)
  • 3 Written References –Valid within 12 months.



Application Packages for all Positions of Responsibilities to be uplifted from the School Operation Division of the Ministry of Education & Culture


All applications should be addressed to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Ministry of Education & Culture


All applications must be hand delivered to the School Operation Division of the Ministry of Education & Culture or email to

All Applications for the position will be closed on 5th June 2024 at 5:00pm

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Jolly Papalii – Palale or Saofaiga July of the School Operation Division on telephone 64607 (ext 123).


About the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture

Education and training is the Government’s key priority. It is a critical ingredient in the nation’s overall development of a creative, productive, democratic and caring society. A quality education system prepares citizens for changing roles in a dynamic social, economic and global technological environment that is constantly changing. 


The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) is mandated to carry out its duties and functions under the:

  • Education Act 2009
  • Teachers Act 2016
  • Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs Act 1993




Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Education Sports and Culture

Primary Objective:

  1. Ensure the provision of quality, efficient and effective education services.
  2. Assist the School Principal in supporting and promoting teacher development and professional standards
  3. Support and promote student learning and school performance
  4. Assist the School Principal to ensure effective, efficient management of school buildings, facilities, equipment’s and public resources to promote a safe, productive and supportive learning environment.
  5. Perform and comply with all other mandated duties and responsibilities as per the Education Act 2009 (refer attachment for details) 

Primary Role:

To provide professional support to the School Principal to ensure productive management of a Government school in close collaboration with the community to ensure continued improvement in teaching, learning and assessment. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

School Management & Development

  • Assist the School Principal and School Committee in developing the School Improvement Plan.
  • Work with the School Principal to develop the School Annual Management Plan ensuring its alignment with the School Improvement Plan.
  • Support the School Principal in implementing the School Improvement Plans and the School Annual Management Plans to meet the standards stipulated in the Minimum Service Standards
  • Co-lead and assist in the implementation of key activities in MESC plans based on the school’s assessment against the Minimum Service Standards and Leadership and Management Standards
  • Support and assist the Principal in managing and ensuring the efficient use of school assets and facilities as stipulated in the Samoa School Fee Grants Scheme Manual and the School Management Manuals.
  • Collaborate with staff to support and implement any extra – curricular e.g. support system
  • Manage all general disciplinary matters relating to students
  • Oversee and monitor recording of student attendances for each class and action accordingly
  • Lead and manage the timetabling of subjects offered at the school

Personnel Management & Teacher Development

  • Work closely with the Principal to provide professional development support to all staff based on identified needs of the teachers.
  • Assist with monitoring of effective implementation plans for all Professional Development programs within the school
  • Empower and support teachers to ensure a competent and enthusiastic teaching staff for improved learning outcomes of students in the classroom.
  • Assist the principal in the implementation of the performance appraisal system for all teachers in the schools

Curriculum, Assessment and Student Development

  • Work with Heads of Departments and Staff to develop an effective school wide assessment program to improve student learning, monitor school effectiveness and ensure school accountability.
  • Work with Heads of Departments to ensure that the curriculum /syllabus for each level is taught effectively and is regularly monitored.
  • Work with Head of Departments to plan relevant training in the respective subject areas to meet curriculum and assessment requirements
  • Develop and monitor effective assessment programs to improve student learning and ensure staff accountability.
  • Ensure that the curriculum /syllabus for each level is taught effectively and is regularly monitored.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Support the delivery of lessons in the classroom (specific subject area – teach at least 12 periods a week)
  • Work with ‘at risk’ students to ensure continued improvement in student performance.
  • Collaborate with the School Principal to develop and implement whole-school targeted interventions for students who do not perform well in the National Examinations in order to cater for different learning needs of all students to ensure continued improvement in student performance.
  • Actively engage and participate in all areas of learning and classroom-based assessment to encourage and develop student achievement.
  • Actively support and engage in all areas of student centred teaching, learning and classroom-based assessment to promote student achievement.
  • Identify and provide relevant whole-school intervention strategies to address and assist differing levels of student’s abilities 


  • Ensure timely submission of written reports to principals on areas under his/her jurisdiction (i.e.: professional development; disciplinary matters, HODs etc.)
  • Actively engage and participate with School Principal in all areas of learning to encourage and develop student achievement. 

Finance and Asset Management: 

  • Efficiently and effectively uses available resources, finances and assets to support improved student learning outcomes
  • Work in close collaboration with the School Principal on all matters pertaining to the financial needs of the school

Leadership & Management 

  1. Lead and role-model the Public Service Values for School staff, students and wider community.
  2. Assist in the leading and managing the core functions and activities of the School in order to foster quality assurance and ethical standards of all services and be accountable for the effective and efficient usage of resources.
  3. Act as the School Principal and to represent the School or Ministry of Education whenever required.

Key Deliverables 

To ensure that activities are aligned to meet strategic objectives of the position stated above and reflect alignment to the goals of the Education Sector for schools such as:

School Governance and Management

  • Assist to put in place mechanisms to ensure stable and secure school environment to support improve learning outcomes in close collaboration with the community.
  • Assist in the development and maintain effective relationships with Parents, School Committees and wider Community to improve everyday Community Support as needed.
  • Develop a guideline in line with Corporal Punishment Policy to manage related issues within the school

Student Achievement

  • Develop and implement whole-school strategies to address all students not achieving to expected levels for literacy and numeracy.
  • Promote whole-school student centred classroom strategies and activities based on the National Curriculum to improve literacy and numeracy.

Professional Development

  • Assist in the development of practical Professional Development Plans for staff annually. 

Selection Criteria:

COMPETENCY - Strategic Thinking and Leadership (Essential)


  • Understands legislative and policy requirements and organizational (Ministry) direction and translates strategic objectives into operational activities.
  • Recognizes impact of organization’s direction and role within the government and community and manages accordingly.
  • Considers multiple perspectives when assessing impact of key issues and identifies viable solutions.
  • Provides advice to CEO that reflects analysis of a broad range of issues.
  • Applies intellect and knowledge to weigh up information and identify critical factors and issues.
  • Demonstrates determination in meeting organizational / school goals and is ambitious to continue in the face of changes and challenges.
  • Shows confidence and ability to lead / manage planned targets with sound analytical and innovative skills.
  • Considers multiple perspectives in monitoring and evaluating teacher’s performance and its impact on the schools vision and mission.
  • Strong command in English & Samoan language (writing & verbal)

COMPETENCY - Building and Sustaining Relationships (Essential)


  • Recognises the role of the child’s cultural ethos in building and empowering communication with parents and the community.
  • Is committed to citizen-centred service delivery, builds and sustains relationships within the organization / school / community and other relevant stakeholders to support students’ and teachers’ personal development and achievements.
  • Consults broadly to obtain buy-in, draws on knowledge of colleagues and fosters teamwork and cooperation through sharing information.
  • Capitalises on diversity and connects different viewpoints to enhance the operations of MESC / schools.
  • Encourages and motivates people to engage in continuous learning and empowers them.
  • Mentor, provides constructive feedback and recognizes success and engages in activities to sustain morale of parents, students and wider community.
  • Communicates with precision and confidence, clearly and in an articulate manner, adapts methods of communication as appropriate in response to different contexts especially cultural (effective public relations and networking skills). 

COMPETENCY - Delivers/achieves results (Essential)


  • Explores ways to improve effectiveness using technology and implementing continuous improvement activities.
  • Responds flexibly to changing circumstances and deploys resources wisely and identifies optimum resourcing combinations.
  • Adopts a planned approach in managing programs and defines objectives and translate into implementation strategies.
  • Supports a culture of achievement and ensures planned projects / targets are monitored to achieve expected outputs.
  • Implement the National Policy Framework to measure performance against individual objectives and track progress of students / teachers against goals.
  • Effectively manages tasks / projects accountable for and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements.

COMPETENCY - Integrity (Essential)


  • Role-models and promotes the Samoa Public Service Values of honesty, impartiality, service, respect, transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Exhibits highest level of ethical conduct and judgment.
  • Consistently supports a high set of ethical and moral principles.
  • Is indisputably trusted and operates professionally.
  • Articulate the process of decision making using ethical framework based on the moral purpose and direction of the school.

COMPETENCY - . Commitment/Personal Drive (Essential)


  • Defines work in terms or results and pursues success with energy and drive.
  • Helps others to define goals and plan a route for achievement.
  • A high achiever with a reputation for success and quality performance.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others.
  • Persevere to achieve goals in the face of resistance and setback.
  • Consistently meets goals and pushes for results.

COMPETENCY - Educational Qualification


  • A minimum of a Diploma in Education or relevant discipline.
  • Must be a registered Teacher with valid license as per the Teachers Act 2016

COMPETENCY - Experience and past work performance


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (in Secondary Schools)
  • Relevant experience in School Administration / management
  • Experience in financial management and or Human Resource Management 
  • Knowledge of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture strategic objectives and Leadership and Management Standards expectations.
  • Experience in teaching and Management.
  • Experience in writing critical and analytical reports for strategic actions.
  • Must be Computer literate.


Duty Station: Savaii, Samoa

Duration: 3 years

Salary: $65,869.00 per annum

Hours of Attendance: The standard hours of attendance are Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm excluding Public Commission holidays that are generally observed in the public service and declared by the Commission.

Performance Reviews: The Appointee’s performance shall be reviewed in accordance with the Performance Management Guideline.

School Leave: Approved/directed by the Chief Executive Officer.

Sick Leave: 20 days’ sick leave per annum on pro rata basis.

Other Leave: All other leaves are subject to the rules set out in the Public Service Working Conditions and Entitlements Manual and Commission Endorsement.

End of Contract Benefits: The Appointee is entitled at the expiry of the Contract Term, to a payment equivalent to 8 working days for every contract year served at the salary rate paid to the Appointee on cessation of employment.

National Provident Fund: Government shall pay a percentage of the Appointee’s contribution or another rate prescribed by the National Provident Fund from time to time.

Accident Compensation Corporation: Government shall pay a percentage of the Appointee’s contribution or another rate prescribed by the Accident Compensation Act 1989.

Duty Travel: The government, development partner or relevant body meets all travelling expenses at prescribed rates necessarily incurred by staff required to travel away from Apia on official duty travel.

Regional/ International Recruited Staff: A successful candidate recruited from overseas is to bear all costs associated of relocation and will not be the responsibility of the Ministry

Job Functions

Other Trades & Services, Teaching (Secondary /Primary)


Government & Defence


Indoor, Outdoor

Other Information (Attachments)