Head of Boarding - Guangzhou, China, August 2023

School - Far East / East Asia
IB - MYP, IB- Diploma, IB- PYP, United Kingdom
Secondary/ Middle(12-15), Secondary/High(16-18)
Start Date:
01 August 2023
Curriculum Experience Required:
Strongly prefer it
ISA International Education Group's Liwan campus in Guangzhou are looking for a Head of Boarding to join them in August 2023 and seek candidates who meet the following key requirements:

Qualification and Experience
 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
 A teaching qualification recognized by the Chinese Visa Authority
 At least two years’ experience of teaching under a concept-based approach
 At least Five years’ experience in boarding
 Evidence of continued professional development
 IB experience is desirable

Description of the Role
This senior leadership position oversees the planning, launch and development of the outstanding boarding and pastoral care offered by ISA Liwan School. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Boarding will be the integral leader of the overall development of this leading international school, working closely with leaders across all functions.
The Head of Boarding will oversee all elements of the programmes, policies and procedures, staffing and strategic development of our world-leading boarding school in the Chinese context.
The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced education leader, with considerable Boarding School experience, and a demonstrated passion and eagerness for the start-up school context.

Role Responsibilities:

 To oversee the day-to-day operations of a highly effective, safe, and enjoyable Boarding and Pastoral Care system across the entire school
 To oversee the day-to-day operations of safe, enjoyable Boarding Houses
 Operational elements, including oversight of the timetabling, curriculum development and delivery, facility management, and all additional programmes that are appropriate for a world-leading boarding school
 To provide on the job training and development, setting realistic targets to enable the staff to achieve their objectives, providing support and evaluating staff performance
 To ensure the effective allocation of educational and human resources
 To work with the Head of the School/Deputy Head of School and Finance department to develop and manage the annual budget for the Boarding and Pastoral Care programme in ISA Liwan
 To select, lead and manage the Boarding staff, ensuring that the School’s expectations regarding services and exceptional standards are delivered by every staff member in the Boarding House every day
 To adopt a hands-on approach to promote the highest levels of communication with students, school staff as well as the parents
 To be involved actively in the broader programmes offered by the School
 In partnership with the Head of School/Deputy Head of School, to refine the School’s strategic plan specifically for the Boarding House, and drive excellence through following a clear pathway of agreed milestones
 In partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, to provide collaborative and engaged leadership beyond the Boarding House to support the overall aspirations and development plans of ISA Liwan School
 To contribute to the School’s webpage or Intranet
 To set and maintain high standards of service throughout the School Professionalism
 To maintain a commitment to professional ethics, international mindedness, and the School’s misson and core values, and take responsibility for professional learning that results in enhanced student learning
 To be a positive representative in the community by reflecting the values of the Guiding Statements (mission, vision and core values)
 To support and uphold all of the School’s policies
 To collaborate positively and communicate effectively and appropriately within the School community
 To participate as required in the preparation for IB authorization and evaluation, as well as for accreditation visits.
 To perform ad hoc tasks as directed by the Head of the School/Deputy Head of School

Team Management
 To collaborate with the senior leadership team to develop and implement professional growth and development models (appraisal and PD)
 To participate in the selection and appointment of staff as guided by the Head of the School/Deputy Head of School
 To support and develop boarding and pastoral care support systems and mechanisms for both day students and boarders
 To liaise with and support the admissions department with regard to new student applications
 To assist and develop the marketing of the school in coordination with the marketing department
 To coordinate and lead whole school events and parent information sessions
 To engage actively and develop initiatives with the IB regional network and various examination boards

Pastoral care
 To engage actively in supporting the well-being of learners
 To liaise with the School’s pastoral leaders and the School’s counsellor in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures
 To embrace actively the role of pastoral care leader for the boarding house
 To participate in pastoral curriculum planning and collaboration with colleagues to develop the pastoral care programme

Values & responsibilities
 To exercise a safeguarding and wellbeing duty of care in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures
 To contribute to co-curricular activities to enhance the learning experience offered by the School, including clubs, excursions, and longer trips
 To support the learners to identify their personal values regarding success
 To engage positively and collaboratively with all members of the School’s community

The school offer a competitive basic monthly salary and benefits which include:
*Sponsorship: The school will hire single teachers, couples and families and gives full tuition for 2 children
*Salary: from CNY50,000 – CNY70,000 per month before tax (negotiable, salary depends on experience and qualifications)
*Contract: The initial contractual term is for a fixed period of 2 years with an optional third year, and subsequent contracts may be offered for 2 or 3 years.
*Benefits: include Annual flight allowance; Shipping Allowance; Housing allowance with apartments nearby; School shuttle bus from apartment to school; Visa application assisted;
*Contract Completion Gratuity (10% of the year salary);
*Global Medical Coverage

Please email leadership@edvectus.com with your updated cv and covering letter.
Number Of Students:
Student Make Up:
Foreign Passport Holders
Regional Info:
The district of Liwan is situated in the west of Guangzhou; a 30-minute drive from the modern Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and 20 minutes on the Metro from the Guangzhou CBD. Liwan District offers many opportunities for relaxation and cultural immersion. Guangzhou is the largest city and the capital city of the Guangdong province and the third largest city in China. The city is located on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 miles) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau. Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate and summers are hot and wet (the monsoon season lasts from April to September) and winters are relatively mild and dry. There are about 14 million residents in Guangzhou and Cantonese is the first language for about half of these residents, while the other half speak mainly Mandarin. In recent years, the city has developed a more cosmopolitan appearance with new shopping plazas, high rise buildings, a modern metro system and landscaped parks and road sides. It's a busy, modern and lively city, but parts of the city retain a more traditional charm with restored churches, buildings and private residences. Having a major airport and being so close to Hong Kong opens up a world of travel opportunities, from short weekend trips, to longer treks around Asia in the holidays. Guangzhou really is the perfect place to base yourself in Asia! INSIDE Guangzhou | August 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDJdax2xqwY Guangzhou 2012/CHINA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5_ykooQqwE Expat Guide to Living in Guangzhou:  http://www.expatexchange.com/China/city/31/4097/Expat-Guide-to-Living-in-guangzhou Teach English in China: salary & cost of living: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvpgNOQnZQc https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/london/guangzhou
Tax Rate:
Taxes typically 16-25%
Flights - allowance, Gratuity or end of service bonus, Housing - provided, Medical or Health insurance, Professional development allowance
Suited To:
Activity-typical land sporting types, Climate - warmer, Climate -moderate, Holiday destination - yes typical, Infrastructure - Highly developed, Westernised - highly, Women - not restrictive
Curriculum Experience Required:
Strongly prefer it
Visa Restriction:
2 years post qualification teaching exp requd, Younger than 60
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