deputy head of upper school - august 2024- beijing, china

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international teaching
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£ 3,000 - £ 4,000 per month, Housing, flights, medical & more
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leadership, teachanywhere
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job description

Deputy Head of Upper School

Required: August 2024
Location: Beijing, China
Region: Far East and South East Asia
Curriculum: UK to A-level
Experience Required: 5+ years
Salary: Excellent salary package and extensive benefits.
Contract: 2 - 3 years

School Vision / Ethos: This top level international school is part of a family of UK curriculum schools and combines over 400 years of educational excellence with a modern approach and first-rate facilities. They build on the successes of their partner schools in England and Thailand and provide a full and well-rounded approach to education, which not only prioritises academic achievement but also helps to bring out the best in each pupil. The superb campus has been designed to accommodate 1200 students and along with the normal classrooms and facilities expected within a school, there is a large auditorium, a 6 lane swimming pool, a beginners pool, a concert hall, three drama studios, a gymnasium, a dance studio, an aerobics room, squash courts, a soft play room, a learning lounge, a Sixth Form centre, two mini theatres, student social spaces, a climbing wall, cafes as well as a large dining hall. As well as tennis courts and a sports field, the school has two full size football pitches, one being all weather artificial grass.

Location Overview: Beijing is a bustling city with more than 13 million people on an area of 16,800 sq. km - the size of Belgium. The Beijing Municipality is flat and has a very orderly design - north, south, east and west circumnavigated by six concentric ring roads. The Beijing seasons are clearly marked by changes in weather and temperatures, and surprising splashes of colors. Beijing today is a city of vast contrasts - the new intermingles with the old, and the whole city is developing rapidly. You will find nightlife to suit all tastes and a huge expat scene - this is an exciting city in which to live.

Role and Requirements:

As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of Harrow Beijing, the Deputy Head is responsible to the Head Master in maintaining a vibrant, proud and happy school by overseeing all functions related to smooth operation of the school and working closely with the Head of Upper School and Lower School. The Deputy Head is to ensure that the quality educational programs take place in a safe, positive and healthy learning environment and in a well organised manner. They will also:

- Uphold Harrow Values and set high expectations
- Contribute to building a culture of excellence
- Raise quality and standards of education
- Support in establishing and implementing strategy

The Deputy Head role is crucial in promoting respectful, effective relationships within the School community through tackling the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in a collaborative manner. Central to this is the School's desire to review its internal standard working procedures in order to ensure continuous improvement in its operation.

* Demonstrate at role model level the Code of Conduct of Harrow School staff.
* Demonstrate the ability to adapt and assimilate to HBJ culture and at the same time appreciate the local culture.
* The ability and willingness to inspire others; leading by example, role modelling the School's vision statement: 'Educational Excellence for Life and Leadership' in relationships with students, colleagues and parents.
* Role model the process of self-reflection and improvement
* Engage constructively with critical feedback to improve one's own performance
* Ability to act and lead in a calm and collected way in a complex organization and in a changing Chinese environment.
* A strong understanding and experience of the international education, general curriculum and current theories and practices of pedagogy and assessment.
* Proven skills and ability to demonstrate leadership, flexibility and creativity.
* Ability to demonstrate strong leadership within financial disciplines and compliance and at the same time provide value-adding services to the school.
* Ability to manage staffing issues especially be able to mentor and coach others.
* In-depth knowledge in organization development, international and external communication.
* Knowledge of risk management.
* Proven skills in achieving international accreditation and established relationships and networks within the educational community.
* Excellent inter-personal skills with students, colleagues and parents.
* Excellent administrative, organizational, and ICT skills. Experience
* Direct experience in a dynamic international school environment taking a senior leader's role.
* Experience in change management.
* Experience in coaching and mentoring others.
* Experience in managing public relations especially the direct experience in dealing with parents and community.
* Experience in enhancing the School's extra-curricular enrichment programme. Qualifications
* Advanced degree in Education and/or Educational Administration
* Appropriate teaching qualifications and experience.

Package: The remuneration package is very generous and includes the following;

  • A competitive salary package
  • An annual bonus of 10% of salary, subject to appraisal
  • Full health insurance coverage for teachers as well as cover for dependents
  • Onsite full-furnished accommodation provided for teachers in their first two years with the option of living offsite in second and subsequent contracts
  • Return Airfare and baggage allowances for teacher and dependents
  • 100% remission on tuition fees for up to two (2) dependent children attending the School. 50% remission on tuition fees for 3rd dependent child onward.
  • The cost of all working visas, dependents' resident visas and work permits costs paid for by the school


Curriculum knowledge and experience


BEd,BSc Hons (QTS)

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