deputy principal (middle school) - shanghai

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the far east team, teachanywhere
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Deputy Principal (Middle School)
Start Date: August 2020
Location: Shanghai
Region: Far East and SE Asia - Leadanywhere
Curriculum: UK/IB
Salary: Competitive

School Overview: This is a pioneering international Chinese school founded in 2007. With over 1200 students from China and overseas, the school offers a unique KG-18 educational programme that integrates elements of Shanghai and international curricula, culminating in Years 9-12 with the IGCSE and IB Diploma, both of which are complemented by core components of the Shanghai curriculum. The school's innovative Chinese-English immersion bilingual programme nurtures the whole person - the entire emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being - and prepares students to become engaged and responsible global citizens of the 21st century. The school is divided into three campuses; Primary, Middle and High School. The Primary and Middle Schools are located in Shanghai's city centre, while the Secondary School is located in Shanghai's Songjiang District and offers boarding as well as day students.

Location: From the futuristic skyline of Pudong to the traditional pavilions in Yu Gardens, China's most westernised city is a thriving metropolis with a close-knit expat community. Its unique architectural heritage includes the world's second-tallest tower and classical art deco buildings. Located in the Yangtze River delta, the city offers burgeoning culinary and vibrant music scenes. Culturally diverse and full of life, you will never want for things to do. It also makes a great springboard for exploring the rest of Asia.

Job Overview: The school are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to be the Deputy Principal of the Middle School. The Deputy Principal is responsible for the day to day running of the Middle School and for all curriculum and academic matters. They will be the direct line manager of the IB and IGCSE coordinators and share the line management of the Heads of Department with the Director of Teaching and Learning. The Deputy Principal deputises for the Principal when he is off campus.


* To ensure the efficient and effective day-to-day running of the school
* To contribute as a key member of the Campus Leadership Team to the future strategy and development of the school
* To ensure that the School's policies and procedures are up-to-date and compliant with Chinese Government requirements and IB and CIS/WASC accreditation criteria
* To work with the Principal and the Director of Teaching and Learning to promote excellence in teaching throughout the Middle School
* To have oversight of curriculum development and to ensure consistency and coherency with what is taught at Middle School
* To work with the Principal to ensure that the School's approach and practice is well articulated to parents and that any issues and concerns raised are dealt with swiftly and effectively
* To work with the Principal and marketing team to increase the visibility and recognition of the Middle School both within China and internationally
* To work with the Principal and the School's Admissions team to attract the right students and to ensure that selection of students is based on fair and effective practices
* To work with counterparts at the Primary School and High School on cross-school initiatives and alignment
* To be responsible for the budgeting and financial management of academic departments in order to ensure a sound financial basis for the school


* A university degree with preferably an advanced degree and/or certification in educational leadership
* Educational leadership experience preferably in a bi-cultural environment, a track record of successful leadership in either an academic or pastoral role
* Understanding of best educational practices from around the world
* The ability to motivate and inspire both colleagues and students
* An ability to identify areas of improvement in school operations and a solution-oriented mindset
* The intellectual acuity needed to contribute significantly to educational debate within the school
* Natural leadership qualities with a capacity to initiate and manage change with flair and creativity
* A collegiate working style with an inclusive and empowering approach to management
* A commitment to principles of sound management including development of staff, establishment and communication of clear standards and expectations, effective delegation, performance monitoring and management, building of trust
* Administrative efficiency and the ability to prioritise.
* A personal style combining authority, credibility, presence and a passionate commitment to excellence and all-round education
* An appetite for personal professional learning
* Appropriate academic credentials and an impressive record as a teacher with a love of teaching and an interest in the development of young people
* Exceptional communication and relationship building skills, allied with the ability to listen and influence others
* A strong commitment to upholding high standards
* Personal strength of character with a commitment to transparency, honesty and fairness

Salary and Benefits:

* Competitive salary, teaching salaries are from 22500-33000 RMB per month after tax
* Furnished Accommodation or allowance
* Airfare Allowance
* School Sponsored Visa Support
* Relocation Reimbursement
* Contract Renewal Bonus
* Tuition Discount & Schooling Support
* 7.5% Pension Contribution
* Paid Winter/Summer Camp Teaching Opportunities
* Comprehensive Medical Insurance
* Professional Learning Opportunities


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