Gez Hayden

Gez Hayden

Senior Associate

Dong Fang Tian Jun
Xianlin University Town, Nanjing, Jiangsu
+ 86 25 85322927

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Region: Committed and experienced IB teachers seeking mainly IB schools worldwide, and new candidates planning to attend the East Asia (Singapore) and London-Jan job fairs, living outside of the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Fair Organizer: London - January, Singapore Teaching and Leadership

Gez Hayden organises the Singapore Teaching and Leadership Job Fair, and London-January Search Associates Job Fair, and manages and advises the pool of international school teaching candidates registered with his office of Search. Gez's office offers a personal service, and we take pride in our strength in communication with our candidates, who can expect a reply to any communication within 24 hours, year-long.

What differentiates us? We offer a very personal service: Gez works with candidates who have activated their accounts, and with those no longer active,  seeking help on any professional matter... We offer individual support to candidates registered with us whether or not they are actively seeking a new position at the time, and each candidate receives our personal attention. Gez is supported by Executive Assistant Neil Kilah, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, whose role is to assist candidates completing the application and reactivation processes.

Gez's office registers new candidates with International Baccalaureate (IB) experience and who currently work in IB schools or want to do so - except for candidates currently living in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand. Also, new candidates currently living outside the above countries, planning to attend the London-January and Singapore Teaching and Leadership job fairs, are advised to choose Gez Hayden as their Associate. Gez's candidates include classroom and subject teachers with or without a responsibility post, experienced with the age 3-18 PYP/MYP/CP/DP range, IB workshop leaders, Instructional Coaches, Heads, Deputies, or Principals.

Joining the Search team in 2009, Gez Hayden was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, graduating from the University of Birmingham with a B.A. in modern languages. Before training to teach in the UK, he worked in France and Switzerland, later serving in government schools in the UK as a Department Head. He and his wife Amelia now divide their year between homes in Nanjing, China (their principal home), and the Western Cape, South Africa.

Gez began his international career in the International School of South Africa in 1990. After gaining his M.Ed. at the University of Bath, UK, in 1995, he moved on to international schools in Thailand and most recently China, where he was involved in implementing the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes.

As Director of Nanjing International School, China, Gez was successful in leading NIS to become China's first international school authorised to offer all three IB programmes: PYP, MYP and Diploma.

An active member of the international school community, Gez has participated in authorisation and accreditation visits to schools in China, Japan and Australia, representing the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For several years, Gez was a member of the Board of the Association of China ad Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), where he promoted development of the ACAMIS programme of professional development for teachers in the China international school network.

Gez is married to Amelia Ren-Hayden, a lawyer and Human Resources Professional, who assists with the work of the Gez Hayden Branch of Search Associates. Gez's three children – all boys - are former IB students, of whom two are IBDP graduates, and all three have experienced PYP, MYP and DP between them.

Gez has broad and varied experience of IB and other international schools, having visited many in the course of his career. He is able to bring the benefit of his understanding of these schools and their programmes to helping candidates and schools he serves.

CLICK HERE for Gez Hayden's résumé

Neil Kilah, Executive Assistant

Kilah, Neil

Neil's responsibilities include assisting candidates in completing the application process, troubleshooting candidate registration problems and assisting candidates to register for the East Asia Job Fair - Singapore and the London January Job Fair.

Neil was, until recently, an international educator (a librarian) and has been a Search Associates candidate. With many years of international experience Neil is well placed to assist and guide you through the first steps of using Search Associates.

After disparate careers in urban planning and logistics (international courier operations management and driving taxis) and extensive study at the University of Life (Faculty of International Backpacking) Neil finally found his vocational and spiritual home as a librarian working in international colleges and schools. After five years as a library supervisor in the national polytechnic system of the United Arab Emirates Neil attended the Search Associates Dubai Job Fair as a candidate and was employed as Library Services Manager at Nanjing International School, China. Seeking new challenges after six happy years in Nanjing Neil has topped up his skills with qualifications in ESL and Editing and Publishing and moved to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to his role with Search Associates, Neil also works as a consultant marketing support services to international educators. You may have met Neil at Search Job Fairs in London, Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.

Mobile: +66 894 96 1842
Skype: njkilah1

Amelia Ren-Hayden, Executive Assistant

Ren-Hayden, Amelia

Amelia manages candidate applications, is this office's Candidate Liaison for registration process and procedure, and gives guidance on candidate applications.

For schools and for candidates Amelia handles questions regarding the Search London-January and Johannesburg job fairs, and manages and advises on invoicing & payment.

Amelia Ren-Hayden (wife of Gez Hayden) is a Human Resources specialist with over 10 years of experience both in the corporate and international education fields, in China.

Amelia has served as Human Resources Manager at Nanjing International School, China, and as the Executive Officer for the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), before joining Search Associates in 2009.

Office: +86 25 85322927

Candidate Online Meeting

Senior Associate Gez Hayden invites interested active, returning and prospective Search candidates to join an online seminar on December 02 2023.

Subject: THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL RECRUITING CYCLE: Secure Your Next International Teaching Job Now

Time: Saturday December 02 11.00 UTC+8 (click here to join the meeting)
           Meeting ID: 818 5266 9699 Passcode: 785398


           repeated December 02 17.00 UTC+8 (click here to join the meeting)
           Meeting ID: 870 2617 9348 Passcode: 488233


Zoom meetings – no registration necessary

Did You Know…?

During the past year, Search Associates has assisted over 3,000 teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators find jobs.