Deputy Head of School at International School of Beijing in China
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Deputy Head of School
International School of Beijing (China)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Feb 24, 14
Apr 11, 14



Deputy Head of School

Starting July 2015



International School of Beijing (ISB) seeks a new Deputy Head of School effective SY 2015-2016. We are in the process of implementing a very exciting, forward-thinking strategic plan that places students and individualized learning at the heart of all we do. The successful candidate for ISB’s Deputy Head of School position is attracted by this student-focused vision and wishes to be part of a highly collaborative leadership team committed to rethinking and reinvigorating education for the 21st century.


Through Strategic Plan IV, Focus on the Future, ISB has fully committed to igniting passions for learning, caring for all, and impacting lives for our students. We will achieve this through improved experiential learning opportunities within the China context, increased efforts to individualized learning for all and a renewed focus on developing the whole child, including important 21st century skills. 


Our strategic plan aims to develop ISB as a vibrant, innovative and connected member of the global learning environment. 


Our Vision

The International School of Beijing aspires to be an adaptive, inspirational, forward-looking learning community, cultivating relationships that ignite each student’s passion for lifelong-learning.  We will nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of each child.  We will embrace change, inspire creativity and foster innovation.  We will actively promote global understanding and respect within and between cultures.  Our community will model integrity and seek opportunities to serve with compassion and conviction.


Our Mission

The International School of Beijing offers an academically rigorous, balanced, and engaging learning environment, enriched by being in China and strengthened by collaboration with parents and external partnerships. We cultivate inspirational and creative opportunities to develop each student’s unique potential.  We nurture confidence and intellectual curiosity through experiential learning and innovative applications of knowledge and skills.


Our Core Values

Global-Mindedness, Integrity, Respect, Balance, Service, and Creativity.


The School

The International School of Beijing (ISB) is an English-language day school offering an international, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum for expatriate families residing in Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The current enrollment stands at about 1910 students.

A country with vast territory and more than 5000 years of uninterrupted civilization, China boasts a population of 1.3 billion, including 56 ethnic groups. In the past 20 years as it has opened its gates to the wider global community, there has been great economic progress and a gradual increase in foreign investment. Beijing, which has grown and modernized enormously, has seen a significant increase in the expatriate population in recent years.

Beijing is a city of 14 million people. It stretches 100 miles east to west and 112 miles north to south, encompassing the old and the new. The city has seen impressive growth, development, and modernization over the last decade, thanks in part to the city’s role as the host for the 2008 Olympics. Beijing maintains much of its old charm, but embraces the new as well, with a vibrant arts community and an expanding international population. 

Jointly founded in 1980 by the embassies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, ISB is now an independent, non-diplomatic school for foreign children operating under the auspices of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC).  In accordance with the laws of the People's Republic of China, only children holding foreign passports are admitted to ISB.  ISB is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe, and the PRC accreditation agency, NCCT (National Center for Curriculum and Textbooks Development).  ISB is owned by the ISB Association of Parents who entrust the oversight of the School to an elected 12-person Board of Trustees.


School Governance

The ISB Board of Trustees is a 12-member group of volunteer parents, elected by the ISB Association of Parents. The Board oversees the operation of ISB according to the Association’s Bylaws. All parents with children attending ISB automatically belong to the Association. 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for:

  • ensuring ISB’s financial health,
  • recruiting and supporting the Head of School,
  • developing and approving school policy, and
  • for setting ISB’s strategic direction.


The Head of School is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the School.

Each year the Board sets goals to fulfill its responsibilities and establishes standing committees to manage its work.  The Board holds regular monthly meetings and members of the ISB community are invited to attend the open sessions.



The Deputy Head of School will have direct responsibility to oversee strategic plan implementation and assessment, school improvement, student support services, and communications. The DHOS role is diverse and ever-changing as she/he supports the Head of School in managing day to day operational issues requiring a high level of administrative engagement – essentially, ensuring that a senior administrator is always available to work with parents, teachers and the greater school community. 


The DHOS works closely with the Head of School, COO/CFO, Curriculum & Learning Director, and Division Principals. The Deputy Head supervises the Director of Student Support Services, school-wide accreditation coordinators, and the Communications, Publications and Marketing staff (in collaboration with Admissions).



School  Leadership

  • Support the Head of School in leading and supervising all educational efforts of the school, and ensuring that results in all areas are captured and communicated to the Head and the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensure meaningful connections among the Communications office, Admissions, Student Support Services, co-curricular and academic teams of the School.
  • Communicate systematically with the Head of School and the Divisional Principals about progress and challenges.
  • Make recommendations to the Head with respect to school improvement processes, school-wide assessment, school accreditation, teacher recruitment, evaluation, school development, curriculum and instruction, and learning support.
  • Participate in Board of Trustees meetings and committees.
  • Set high standards for performance, supervise and evaluate to ensure that these areas and their leaders continue to operate and function efficiently and effectively and serve the needs of the school and the ISB community.
  • Work collaboratively with parents to ensure strong and open means of communication throughout the community.



Lead and coordinate school communications activities and programs to include:

  • Strategies, processes and protocols for effective communication and public relations at ISB
  • Marketing and Advancement
  • Parent and Alumni Relations
  • Special Events
  • Publications and Design
  • School Calendar
  • Dragon’s Gate and Website


Curriculum and Instruction, and Student Support Services          

  • Collaborate with the Curriculum & Learning Director and Principals for on-going curriculum revision, implementation and improvement.
  • Support Divisional Principals, the Learning Office, Teachers, and the Instructional Team in the implementation of curriculum initiatives.
  • Work with the Director of Student Support Services to ensure that sufficient resources are available to optimize each student’s capacity to learn and to support the whole child. Lead in articulating and implementing the vision of supporting the “whole child.”


Vision, Strategic Planning, and School Improvement Processes               

  • Support the Head of School and collaborate closely with the Curriculum & Learning Director in overseeing the formulation and implementation of the school’s strategic goals.
  • Ensure the implementation process is successful
  • Systematically assess and monitor for student learning results and plan for continued progress.
  • Lead the implementation of an annual collaborative process for identifying and implementing data driven school-wide student learning targets and school improvement initiatives leading to specific improvements in student learning.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate external consultants in support of SPIV implementation. Lead the community component of partnering with the school in both design and evaluation of the impacts of SPIV.


Staff Supervision and Professional Development

Together with the Curriculum & Learning Director and Principals:

  • Develop and lead professional development strategies and programs to ensure that faculty and administration continue to develop and are able to carry out the mission and goals of ISB. 
  • Make recommendations to the HOS regarding the hiring and retention and the assignment of the faculty.
  • Work collaboratively with principals to consistently implement the teacher evaluation protocol for the identification and development of outstanding teachers and the successful improvement or release of non-performers.



  • Assist and support the Head of School.
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Head of School in his/her absence.
  • Perform other related tasks and assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School


requirements and qualifications


  • Advanced Degree (PhD or Masters) in relevant field.
  • Current administrative certification highly desirable



  • At least 3 years administrative/leadership experience in a sizeable school setting. International school experience and teaching experience highly preferred.
  • Experience in supervising academic and program development and facilitating implementation.
  • Experience in developing and achieving an organization’s strategic plan and development initiatives.
  • Demonstrated success in a multi-cultural environment, with overseas experience highly desirable
  • Proven track record in leading change and school improvement initiatives.
  • Experience in staff supervision and evaluation, with demonstrable knowledge of supervisory and administrative theory and practice.
  • Strong commitment to, and proven record of, fostering community involvement and support.


Desired Skills and Characteristics

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrable passion for learning.
  • Strong, culturally sensitive, collaborative leadership style with good interpersonal skills and ability to work with others to achieve school improvement.
  • Knowledge of current trends in American and international education.
  • Knowledge of current approaches to assessment, benchmarking and tracking of results.
  • Professional awareness about the role of technology in 21st century schools.
  • Ability to engage in multiple tasks, to motivate, collaborate and inspire others.
  • Ability to build teams, including school and community partnerships.
  • Enthusiasm for ISB’s strategic vision and future
  • Results oriented, self-motivated, dynamic, energetic and creative
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills including the ability to motivate and lead a diverse team



  • Leadership
  • Collaboration & Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication Ability
  • Vision & Strategic Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Organizational Management


Salary and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  Benefits include housing, car, health insurance, home leave, a shipping allowance and retirement contributions as well as tuition waivers for dependent children. The initial contract will have a term of three (3) years, with subsequent annual renewal at the Head of School’s discretion.


Timeline for search

February 24 – Search commences

April 11 – Application deadline

April 14-18 – Candidate interviews

May 6-16  – Site Visits

May 22 – Announcement of new DHOS


The School reserves the right to close the selection if a suitable candidate is found prior to the dates indicated above. 


Interested and qualified candidates should apply directly to ISB, via our website Please include the following in a single PDF document, submitted no later than April 11, 2014.

  • Max 1-page letter of interest in the position
  • Max 2-page resume of relevant qualifications and experience
  • Exactly 3 letters of reference from current supervisor, previous supervisor, and one Board or Community member


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

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Nick Kendell has worked in Asia, Australia, and Africa as an educator and administrator.