International Principal

Full Time | Tianjin, China 
Start Date: Feb 2024 

About School:

Established in 2013, our school serves around 1,200 students annually with approximately 85 educators, including 30 expatriate and 55 bilingual teachers. The school is situated near Beijing and consists of three sub-schools: Primary and Middle Schools follow a Chinese curriculum with intensive English programs, while the International High School offers the Australian curriculum leading to the Victorian Certificate of Education.

The school is situated in the heart of a charming, upscale "dormitory" town that's under development in the picturesque countryside near Beijing, just a convenient 40-minute drive away. Our student body consists entirely of Chinese nationals, with approximately 80% hailing from the Beijing and Tianjin regions.

Our school is also a boarding school, and all of our teaching staff either reside on campus or in nearby apartments, fostering strong ties with the local community.

Curriculum:   Victorian Certificate of Education
Accreditation:Australian VCE registration (VCAA); Local Education Board
School Type:   K-12 Boarding
Students Enrollment: Approx 1000 in total

About Job:

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an International Principal to lead the international programs of the constituent schools of our Tianjin school and contribute, alongside the Leadership Team, to the creation of a new strategic plan that will guide the development of the international programs over the coming years.

With a proven track record of substantial leadership experience in a diverse, large and complex setting, the successful candidate will lead the international programs for Years 1-12.

As the International Principal, you will be keenly interested in the Schools' English Program across all year levels, and the Senior School's VCE program delivery, and welfare of all international staff. You will also be driving continuous improvement in teaching and learning practice and academic results.

Fundamental to the success of this role will be a highly visible, hands-on and a sensitive style of leadership with the charisma, energy, adaptability and resilience to build strong relationships across school and the broader community. You will be a broad, creative thinker who is also rigorously solutions-focused and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly developing professional environment whilst enabling others to thrive.

Also critical to your success will be your global outlook and strong resonance with school’s vision to instil in its students an appreciation of both Chinese and international cultures and a demonstrable interest in the in the progress and ongoing development of international education in China and the crucial role that school will play in this.

About You:

  • • Proven experience of leading and developing teams with a clear commitment to the continuing professional development.
    • A strong personal academic profile with the intellectual acuity needed to contribute significantly to educational and strategic debate within the school.
    • An empathy and understanding of the nature of leadership in a boarding school and the opportunities boarding creates in terms of first-class pastoral care.
    • Possessing high levels of emotional and social intelligence and comfort with complexity and ambiguity.
    • Excellent strategic planning skills with the capacity to translate vision into clear, coherent plans.
    • Forward-thinking, with an appetite for innovation and improvement and a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of school.
    • Strong, inclusive team management skills, combing effective delegation with the capacity for decision-making when needed.
    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree, with postgraduate qualifications considered highly favourably.
    • Education/teacher qualifications and registration or ability to obtain registration.
    • VCE (or equivalent international IB/IGCSE/AP/A-Level) experience preferred.
    • Well-developed communication skills with the capacity to address a range of stakeholders from the School Board of Governors to the staff from different national, cultural and educational backgrounds as well as parents and government authorities.
    • Appreciation of and willingness to work within the complexities of the current geopolitical environment.
    • An appreciation of business aspects of school leadership and a wiliness to work effectively with the Leadership Team and Board


About Contract:

• Contract Period: 2.5-year fixed-term position with possibility of extension
• Student Contact days: 190
• Approximate Dates for the School Year: Aug 1-July 8

About Package:

• Salary Range: Negotiable
• Benefit: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Settling in allowance, Moving Allowance, Flights, Children Tuition Benefits, Subsidised meals in school canteen, staff shuttle bus to Beijing and Tianjin


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