Head of School - Macao - Aug 2022

*Far East Region
School - Far East / East Asia
Canada, IB- Diploma
Primary-Lower (5-7), Primary-Upper (8-11), Secondary/ Middle(12-15), Secondary/High(16-18)
Start Date:
01 August 2022
Curriculum Experience Required:
No - flexible
The International School of Macao (TIS) is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Head of School to lead a highly skilled and experienced collaborative faculty for a start date: August 2022.


The International School of Macao (TIS) is a school whose mission is to develop socially responsible life-long learners able to problem solve, think critically, and make positive changes in our global community.

English is the primary language of instruction. TIS is a coeducational non-profit school under the Macau University of Science and Technology Foundation (MUST). Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China and is bordered by the city of Zhuhai in China to the North and the Pearl River Estuary to the East and South. Hong Kong lies about 64km to its East across the Delta.

The International School of Macao is also affiliated with The Canadian International School of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and The Canadian International School of Guangzhou in China.


Our student body is comprised of 1394 students. Our students are truly international with 44 different nationalities represented.

Faculty and Staff

TIS currently employs over 200 faculty and staff members who hail from 14 different countries across the globe. Our highly qualified and experienced teaching team comes from Canada, China, Australia, Hong Kong and United States to name a few. We continue to maintain a highly skilled faculty from a variety of countries while still maintaining the necessary Canadian experience and expertise to meet our curricular demands. All teachers must be certified by Alberta Education. This is a rigorous process that ensures that all of our teachers have the necessary training and experience to deliver the curriculum. The process also includes professional and security checks as well.

Leadership Team

The TIS Leadership Team is made up of members of our highly experienced administration team and school program coordinators. The administration team includes the Head of School, Secondary Principal and Vice Principals, Elementary Principal and Vice Principals and Kindergarten Coordinator. Program coordinators include Student Support, ELL, Technology, Mandarin, Curriculum and Athletics.


The progressive curriculum ensures that students are best prepared for the future by cultivating skills and attitudes that enable lifelong learning and caring for the community. By aligning pedagogy, curriculum and core values, our mission is to develop socially responsible lifelong learners able to problem solve, think critically, and make positive changes in our global community within a safe and caring environment.

The International School of Macao (TIS) offers the Alberta, Canada provincial curriculum at all grade levels, which is the cornerstone of our successful educational program. TIS’s excellent results in the 2018 PISA tests (Program for International Student Assessment) show the effectiveness of the Alberta curriculum and the teaching strategies that are used at the school. As an Alberta accredited offshore school, TIS must meet rigorous requirements in order to offer this world-class curriculum. TIS will soon be adding the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) as an option to its curriculum for Grades 10-12. The two-year IB DP is a challenging and balanced pre-university educational program that is recognized worldwide. The similarity between the Alberta and IB programs will allow students selecting this option to graduate with dual diplomas.

In addition to our regular curriculum, all students in grades 3-11 take part in the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT). The CAT test is a standardized test which measures students’ basic reading, writing and mathematical skills. When compared to the average Canadian results, our students surpass the norm in all three areas.

Our grade 12 students are required to write standardized exams for their diploma courses, which account for 30% of the final grade in any given course. When compared to provincial results, TIS students perform better than the norm.

Campus and Facilities

The International School of Macao TIS is located in the heart of the Cotai Strip and sits on 26,500 m² within the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) campus. Our large, modern campus allows students to take full advantage of their academic and extra curricular goals and offers a progressive and world class-learning environment, which includes state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities. In addition, there are multiple outdoor areas at TIS that include open common areas and spacious athletic fields that encourage students to socialize and take part in recreational activities. The TIS campus comprises two buildings; the North and South wings with a total capacity of 1600 students.


The International School of Macao seeks a new Head of School with the experience, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to lead the school through its next phase. The Head of School is expected to develop and nurture a shared vision, which inspires and motivates students, staff and all other members of the school community. He or she must be someone who is forward focused, committed to collaboration, resourceful and resilient when challenges occur. The ability to direct the school’s vision and maintain a strong leadership team is essential. He or she must be passionate about student learning and understand the unique needs of teaching, learning and living abroad.

Head of School Profile

Academic qualifications in school administration through a Masters degree and leadership experience

*Previous experience in an international school as a senior administrator with preference given to Head of School experience (preference for 5-10 years of leadership experience or more)
*Experience with Alberta curriculum and / or IB curriculum is recommended
*Experience teaching 2 or more divisions
*International teaching experience is required with preference given to experience in an Asian context

Skills and Talents
(Attributes that would contribute to leadership excellence for the context – e.g. team builder, visionary, communication skills, initiative, innovative, etc.)

*Presence in the school – visible and positive role model
*Strong educational leadership capacity - curriculum implementation, building teacher capacity, implementing student services and attaining high academic achievement
*Management skills are essential – financial planning, budgeting, scheduling, curriculum mapping, program planning, developing policy and implementing school structures
*Strong organizational skills and orientation to optimising to school resources
*Commitment to building a learning community with all stakeholders and developing a strong team within the school
*Ability to develop and articulate a vision for the school and to assess initiatives based upon alignment with that vision
*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
*Ability to encourage professional debate and to consider multiple perspectives
*Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with students, parents, staff, the community and the Board
*Proven ability to strategise school and program development
*Proven ability to develop and implement school policies
*A deep understanding of trends within education and progressive approaches to educating a whole PreK-Grade12.

Personal Characteristics
(Personal attributes related to the nature of the person, such as honesty, integrity, sense of humor, etc.)

*Passionate about student learning
*Dynamic, resourceful and visionary leader
*Superior public speaking and communication skills
*High capacity for working with technology
*Receptive to new ideas and able to initiate, implement and manage continuous development
*High levels of integrity and professionalism
*Capacity to develop and nurture students, staff and other members of the school community
*Able to manage conflict and make decisions
*Able to problem solve and collaborate
*Sense of empathy, warmth and compassion
*Understands the unique needs of teaching and living abroad

Remuneration: A world class package is on offer - US$170,000- $230,000 per annum (3% tax only) inclusive of housing/gratuity. Flights 2x per year, medical insurance, free tuition etc.
Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae along with three references that will be contacted for confidential reference checks to Richard Gaskell, Head of Leadership Search at Edvectus at leadership@edvectus.com Interviews will be conducted until a suitable candidate is found.

Application deadline: October 7th. The School wishes to begin the interview process during October 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is found.
Number Of Students:
Student Make Up:
44 nationalities - Approximately 45% of students were born in Macau, Hong Kong or China and 55% come from 40 countries around the world.
Regional Info:
A former Portuguese colony, Macau was the first and the last European colony in Asia and much Portuguese and European influence and history remains. Macau is situated across the Pearl River about 60kms South-West of Hong Kong and includes two islands - Taipa and Coloane which are joined by a causeway and then to Macau City by bridges. It is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China (the other being Hong Kong) and despite a relatively small population of around 600,000, it's economy is booming - largely due to manufacturing, tourism and gambling (Macau is the only location in China where you can legally gamble and income from gambling is in excess of $45 billion a year dwarfing the income generated in Las Vegas!). Macau is considered to be one of the world's richest cities but aside from the gambling, tourists are also attracted to it's culture, history and cuisine. Macau Tourist Attractions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_-Ef8T0lzE Macau Vacation Travel Video Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYmPJf4qxPE
Tax Rate:
Taxes -3%
Included in Salary
Flights- 2x every year, Gratuity or end of service bonus, Medical or Health insurance, Tuition - free for dependants
Minimum Years Experience:
Curriculum Experience Required:
No - flexible
Will Accept Newly Qualified Teachers:
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