Co-Head of School for Middle/High School Division at Daystar Academy in China
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Co-Head of School for Middle/High School Division
Daystar Academy (China)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Nov 16, 15
Open

Co-Head of School for Middle/High School Division 
Position Summary

The Co-Head of School, Middle/High School Division is a skilled educator who will act as the academic leader of the middle school and the future high school. The Co-Head of School, Middle/High School Division not only is able to work collaboratively with the Co-Head of Kindergarten and the Co-Head of Elementary, but is also able to lead and collaborate with a team of educators in the middle school division that are both Chinese and Western. Additionally, the Co-Head of School, Middle/High School Division works to ensure consistent and transparent communication with the parents. The Co-Head of School, Middle/High School Division is responsible for ensuring that teachers and staff have the support they need to implement Daystar’s unique middle school program. The Co-Head of School, Middle/High School Division is prepared to be a hands-on leader to not only ensure a successful launch of the program, but to also grow the program over the next few years.  

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Cross-cultural understanding of not only Chinese and American culture, but also other Western and Asian cultures
  • Demonstrates interest in Chinese language and/or culture
  • Experience in implementing new programs or large initiatives in an educational setting
  • Evidence of successfully working directly with both novice-level and master level teachers
  • Evidence of successfully collaborating with colleagues from cultures different then their own
  • Has a deep interest in projects-based learning, design thinking and MYP—experience in using two or more of this models is ideal
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken in English 
  • Understands what shared leadership looks like implemented at the middle school level
  • Understanding of 1-to-1 laptop programs preferred
  • Knowledge of or a background in second language acquisition strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of both IBMYP and Projects-Based Learning strongly preferred
  • Experience in working with middle school and high school students is preferred
  • Proficiency in Mandarin desirable 

 

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee all aspects of the middle school’s curriculum, instruction, assessment and teacher evaluations.
  • Lead teachers in implementing instruction using projects-based learning and MYP’s best practices
  • Work directly with teachers and other administrators to support teachers in the classroom related to curriculum, instruction and assessments
  • Develop structures that allow for collaboration between and amongst all departments
  • Develop & manage the middle school’s instructional budget, including what money is allocated for professional development.
  • Work directly with the Chief Academic Officer to ensure all academic goals are achieved and aligned to the future high school program
  • Work directly with administrators in all departments to ensure student growth is being monitored and that instructional decisions are based on various assessments. 
  • Work with the Chinese Curriculum Director to ensure the Chinese National Curriculum is being implemented. 
  • Work closely with the Admissions department to understand what the academic and linguistic benchmarks are and accept students with those benchmarks in mind.
  • Be available to meet with and support parents in their understanding of the school’s program and what they can do at home to support student learning. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Co-Head of Kindergarten and Co-Head of Elementary School to ensure a one school, three divisions approach to school-wide programing. 
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

 

Application instruction: Please submit your resume with cover letter to Ms. Amanda Song (amandas@daystarchina.cn

 

Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us (Admin@searchassociates.com) that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 

 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.