Compensation,
Benefits, and PD

Compensation

AAS aims to attract the very highest level of teaching and administrative staff and recognizes the roll that competitive compensation and benefits play in this goal.
We are reconized as a leading international school both here in Bulgaria and Europewide. Part of this reputation stems from our investment in recruiting outstanding staff and faculty. Relocating to a new country – or leaving a current position here in Bulgaria – is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is important that AAS will be a good fit for you – and any family members who may be with you.

The tables below provide a good guide to the extensive range of benefits that employment at AAS offers. Further details on salary and other relocation allowances will be discussed at interview.

Compensation & Benefits Overview

  • Internationally Recruited Staff

    The chart below provides a brief overview of remuneration, benefits and support in the relation
    to full-time internationally recruited staff.

    Item

    Detail

    Salary

    Competitive for the region.
    Savings potential is enhanced due to reasonable cost of living in Bulgaria.

    Housing

    Provided by the school and assigned by the school.
    Staff may have some input on location and type depending on local market.

    Utilities

    School covers 50% of utilities cost associated with housing.

    Transportation

    School buses available to staff and teachers run to and from school and predetermined stops at the beginning and end of each work day.

    Shipping

    The school covers, at the beginning and end of service,
    400 kilograms per school employee and 150 kilograms per dependent.

    Visa & Work Permit

    Fees associated with the visa and work permit are covered by the school.

    Tuition for Dependents

    Tuition, registration and capital fees covered for children attending AAS.

    Insurance

    Health insurance (does not include vision and dental – these items are very reasonable in Sofia).
    Long and short-term disability, group life, accident.

    Settling Allowance

    Lump sum per household.

    Meal Allowance

    Lunch card for the cafeteria is provided, which subsidises cost of school meals.

    Retirement

    Annual lump sum.
    Financial assistance from a professional planner is provided.

    Computer

    A school computer is issued upon arrival.
    The above belongs to the school and is returned to the school at end of service.
    Computers are updated every three to four years depending on model condition and depreciation.

    Extra-Curricular Compensation

    Coaching of CEESA team, activity, group includes a credit of 500 Euros (roughly 1000 Leva) which is added to the professional development allowance or meal allowance depending on the employee’s preference.
    If travel is involved – travel cost, food and accommodation costs are covered by the school.

    Professional Development

    In general, the school has a four-tiered approach: in-house PD, required external PD, goal related PD and personal professional support.
    Upon school approval staff have access to a personal professional development sum that can be used annually or accrue for up to three years.

  • Local International Teaching Staff

    The chart below provides a brief overview of remuneration, benefits and support in
    the relation to full-time internationally recruited staff.

    Item

    Detail

    Salary

    Competitive for the region.
    Savings potential is enhanced due to reasonable cost of living in Bulgaria.

    Tuition for Dependents

    Tuition, registration and capital fees covered for children attending AAS.

    Insurance

    Health insurance (does not include vision and dental – these items are very reasonable in Sofia).
    Long and short-term disability and accident.

    Meal Allowance

    Lunch card for the cafeteria is provided, which subsidises cost of school meals.

    Retirement

    Annual lump sum.
    Financial assistance from a professional planner is provided.

    Computer

    School computer is issued. The above belongs to the school and is returned to the school at end of service.
    Computers are updated every three to four years depending on model condition and depreciation.

    Extra-Curricular Compensation

    Coaching of CEESA team, activity, group includes a credit of 500 Euros (roughly 1000 Leva) which is added to the professional development allowance or meal allowance depending on the employee’s preference.
    If travel is involved – travel cost, food and accommodation costs are covered by the school.

    Professional Development

    In general, the school has a four-tiered approach: in-house PD, required external PD, goal related PD and personal professional support.
    Upon school approval staff have access to a personal professional development sum that can be used annually or accrue for up to three years.

  • Local Hire (Host Country National) Staff

    The chart below provides a brief overview of remuneration, benefits and support in
    the relation to full-time local international staff.

    Item

    Detail

    Salary

    Very competitive in relation to like positions in Bulgaria.

    Insurance

    Health insurance (does not include dental – dental care is very reasonable in Sofia).
    Long and short-term disability, and accident.

    Meal Allowance

    Lunch card for the cafeteria is provided, which subsidises cost of school meals.

    Retirement

    Annual lump sum.
    Financial assistance from a professional planner is provided.

    Computer

    If in a full-time teaching role, a school computer is issued.

    Extra-Curricular Compensation

    Coaching of CEESA team, activity, group includes a credit of 500 Euros (roughly 1000 Leva) which is added to the professional development allowance or meal allowance depending on the employee’s preference.
    If travel is involved – travel cost, food and accommodation costs are covered by the school.

    Professional Development

    In general, the school has a four-tiered approach: in-house PD, required external PD, goal related PD and personal professional support.
    Upon school approval staff have access to a personal professional development sum that can be used annually or accrue for up to three years.

Professional Development

Valuing Lifelong Learning

We are committed to the continuous professional development of all our staff and provide many opportunities to all our employees.

We appreciate the importance of ensuring that we provide an environment of lifelong learning not just for our students but for our faculty and staff. We provide a range of professional development opportunities to deepen understanding of current research and trends, encourage professional growth and increase knowledge and experience in areas which address specific school goals and initiatives.

Professional Development Days

There are 10 school-wide professional development days allocated a year – 5 before the start of the new academic year, one after the last student day and 4 others. Some are colleague led and others involve an external facilitator or workshop leader. There are also weekly scheduled collaborations with colleagues, self-reflection and specific professional meetings.

Individual Training Opportunities

In addition to the school-wide staff training, AAS provides generous funding for required and personal professional development that can take several forms including travelling within Europe and further afield to attend workshops, seminars, meetings, courses, conferences, or other professionally enriching activities that provide clear opportunity for personal growth that will impact AAS in a positive manner.