Head of Aquatics

Applications due 02/14/20

Job Description:

Location: Rugby School Thailand, Khao Mai Kaeo, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand

Sport and Swimming

Rugby School Thailand is blessed with a campus and sports facilities that are second to none. The School’s ambitious aim is to become the top sports school in Asia. By this we mean that we will provide top level coaching for all pupils – from young beginners, to those who are capable of competing at national level.

Sport, therefore, will be integral to the normal school day. Coaching will start with the younger Pre-Prep pupils, and the Prep and Senior School pupils will have the opportunity to play sport every day and to compete in House and School matches. Sports tours within South-East Asia and beyond will be a regular occurrence.

With swimming being one of the top sports in Thailand, our aim is to provide an outstanding swim programme with outstanding coaching. This commitment is evident in the facilities that will be completed by July, 2020. 

On the Pre-Prep precinct, we have a learner pool for our youngest pupils. On the Prep precinct there is an 8 lane, 25-metre pool. 

We will open the Webb-Ellis Sports Centre in summer, 2020. As well as an expansive indoor sports complex, it will include an Olympic standard, 10 lane  50-metre pool with an adjacent 25-metre training pool. RST’s swimming facilities will be outstanding. 

2 specialist swimming coaches have been employed and, in addition to the regular swimming sessions, special early morning team training sessions take place 3 days per week. Though it is early days for RST’s swimming programme, we are already attracting top swimmers to the school. We expect the new Head of Aquatics to grow the swim programme significantly.


Job description

The role of Head of Aquatics at Rugby School Thailand presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious swim coach and leader to develop an outstanding swim programme and to build RST’s reputation as one of the top swimming schools in Asia.

The Head of Aquatics reports to the Senior School Deputy Head – Co-Curricular. He or she is responsible for the following:

  • Oversee the School’s aquatics programmes and services. This will involve team
    planning, squad training and coach training programmes
  • Coach swimming throughout the school, with the focus upon the top
    performance swimmers
  • Manage the use of the school pools for curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Oversee, organise and run Swim Meets and matches.
  • Conduct swim lessons and swim team training in a safe, friendly environment
  • Prepare and disseminate all policies and procedures that relate to the swimming
    pool and the swimming programme.
  • Work within specific RST guidelines, eg equal opportunities, health and safety,
    child protection.
  • Take responsibility for the supervision of day-to-day operations of the swimming pools including monitoring the maintenance, security, and safety of the overall pool environment.
  • Operate as line manager for lifeguards, swim coaches and other staff working in the swimming pools.
  • Liaise with RST finance office regarding the ordering of swim equipment
  • Liaise with RST Directors of Sport re organisation of swim fixtures and meets
    Communicate effectively and efficiently with swim meet team parents on their

General School Responsibilities

  • Maintain an appropriate professional manner at all times and support and foster the aims of the school.
  • Familiarisation with the contents of the Teaching Staff Handbook, including the school’s aims and policies, following closely the guidance provided in these documents.
  • Be aware of and comply with the School’s rewards and disciplinary policies.
  • Be familiar with the school’s health and safety guidance and be mindful of the health and safety of all members of the school community.
  • Be aware of and act upon all policies regarding the safeguarding of children
  • Promote pride in the School among the pupil body through high standards of
    dress, behaviour, manners, respect for others and property and general attitude
  • Cover for absent colleagues as requested
  • Attend school assemblies as required
  • Attend staff meetings, parents’ evenings, Speech Day and similar important
    functions out of school hours as required
  • Ensure the pool deck and other coaching / teaching spaces are kept in a professional, tidy manner in keeping with the expectations of the swim programme.
  • Attend relevant professional development courses.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attending swim meets at schools and clubs locally, in Bangkok, the rest of Thailand, and at other venues around South East Asia
  • Running swim meets at RST
  • Appointing, managing and developing RST’s swim coaches
  • Participation in annual first-aid and safeguarding
  • Cooperating with RST’s marketing department to promote RST, and particularly RST’s swimming programme

Person Specification


  • University degree from a recognised academic institution
  • Minimum Level 3 swim coach or equivalent
  • Experience managing a swim programme
  • Experience coaching top level swimmers
  • An excellent track record of teaching and coaching swimming
  • A strong sporting background
  • Experience managing a successful swim programme, including staffing, budgeting, procurement, etc.
  • Frontier spirit, willing to make the most of an opportunity in a new culture


  • Knowledge of international education
  • Experience within a UK independent school, or in a school coaching environment
  • Experience working with children who have English as a second language
  • Lifeguard qualification

Personal Qualities

  • High aspirations and ambition
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Genuine warmth, care and concern for the welfare of all children.
  • An awareness, understanding and experience of issues relating to
  • safeguarding, the health, welfare and safety of children
  • A positive approach towards maintaining discipline
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and productively with pupils, staff, and parents
  • The ability to understand, use and encourage a variety of coaching/teaching
    and learning styles
  • Well-developed knowledge of issues relating to sport in schools, scheduling,
    coaching and health and safety issues within education and sport
  • Strong levels of administration, record keeping and ICT skills
  • The willingness to become fully involved in the busy life of a busy school.

Remuneration Package

The successful candidate will be appointed on an initial 2 year contract and will need to complete a successful probationary period. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the size of the School.

A highly competitive expatriate package includes:

  • annual bonus
  • fully furnished accommodation suitable for singles or families throughout the contract (if recruited from overseas)
  • Economy flights to and from Bangkok at beginning and end of contract (including family)
  • annual Economy flight allowance for employee (excluding family) to home city 
  • private health insurance with a 10% co-payment on claims
  • 100% fees remission for 3 children; 50% for 4th+ child
  • relocation allowance
  • In addition, staff will have use of school facilities, limited free wi-fi, and access to school transport. 

How to Apply

Application Process

Long list interviews will be held in person either at Rugby School Thailand, or via Skype.

Closing Date:

Friday 14 February, 2020  (1700 GMT)

Long List interviews:      

Week commencing 24 February, 2020

(Rugby School Thailand reserves the right to appoint by invitation before the closing date.)

Please send a covering letter (no more than 1 side of A4), a recent photograph and a completed application form to the Head of Senior School, Alan Ball at [email protected] by the closing date.

An application form can be found on the Rugby School Thailand website, https://www.rugbyschool.ac.th/about-us/careers/. Should you wish to have an informal conversation or if you have further questions please email the Head of Senior School, Alan Ball at [email protected]


Qualifications, Identification, Health and Background Checks

Please note that you will be required to bring documentation to interview providing proof of your identity and qualifications. You may also be required, within the final appointment process, to undergo a health check and relevant background checks (e.g. Enhanced disclosure with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in the UK and a local police certificate) as part of the school’s recruitment and safeguarding procedures. Successful applicants will also have to possess an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) or equivalent if they have never worked in the UK.  

Contact Information

[email protected]

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