head of upper school, nanjing - china - august 2021 or jan 2022 in nanjing shi

nanjing shi, jiangsu
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job description

Head of Upper School

Required: August 2021 or January 2022
Location: Nanjing, China
Region: Far East and South East Asia
Curriculum: UK/Chinese
Experience: previous leadership experience required
Salary: Excellent with full benefits
Contract: Three years renewable

School Vision / Ethos:

This school is an international extension of a well established and highly respected UK school which was formed in 1896 and became renowned for its academic excellence and the nurturing and development of the whole child.

With two successful international schools already established in China and Hong Kong, the school will open two more offerings in Nanjing and in Hangzhou in August 2021. The Nanjing school will be established as a private school enabling local Chinese nationals to enjoy the benefits of an international education. The majority of the student body will be Chinese nationals studying a unique programme where an internationalised programme complements the Chinese National Curriculum. The students will be taught in both Mandarin and English so that they can graduate from the School with undergraduate levels of both Mandarin and English and thereby flourish at premium universities all around the world.

The school will offer full boarding school for education to students from G1 through to G12 (Years 2 to 13) with outstanding facilities for learning, innovation and enterprise, performing arts and sport that are the hallmark of this excellent schools group.


The Head of Upper School will enjoy the opportunity to contribute to both the strategic and operational plans of the school during the setup and operational phases. He / she will be expected to contribute to setting and implementing the strategic objectives for the school and will have a demonstrable track record in supporting and nurturing a school community through exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will understand the need for flexibility and a collaborative mind-set in the way in which he / she works with a variety of partners. When deputising for the Head, he / she will need to demonstrate the capacity to operate a school safely and carefully when the Head is absent on school business, while understanding the strength of the available support network and the readiness of colleagues at Group level to give advice and guidance.

*Please note a more detailed job description is available upon request


The successful candidate will be a creative person, flexible and adaptable to the local circumstances and inspired by the prospect of the challenges and rewards of start up. He / she will clearly be on the journey to school headship. He / she will have demonstrated in their career thus far high levels of tolerance and cultural awareness and will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • An honours degree from a good university with an additional relevant postgraduate management or leadership qualification an advantage;
  • A professional teaching qualification;
  • A proven track record of sustained and significant success at a senior leadership level in education;
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring strategic plans to support the vision and mission of a school;
  • Successful experience of what makes for excellent teaching and learning in a school;
  • Experience in project management from design through implementation to review;
  • Experience of developing teachers through appraisal and professional development;
  • Experience of living and working in China is welcomed;
  • Experience of start up school's is an advantage

*Please note all applicants will be expected to submit as personalised letter of application.

Location overview:

Nanjing is a thriving city of over 8 million people, the capital city of Jiangsu Province in east China. One of China's four ancient capitals, Nanjing is one of the few Chinese cities to have truly preserved its cultural heritage. Nanjing lies within China's subtropical monsoon climate zone and the weather is mostly subtropical and humid;

A truly international community, with a thriving expatriate population of around 20,000 people, Nanjing has the leading brands and creature comforts that you would expect of a large, international city. There are a variety of western and Asian restaurants and bars available across the city and, for day-to-day living, a range of western supermarkets to complement Chinese options.


An excellent salary bench-marked against against leading international schools of this size and stature is available and a performance related bonus is payable. Other benefits to include flights, accommodation, medical cover will be available as standard.


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