Director at American School Hong Kong in China/Hong Kong
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American School Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong)

Mar 16, 21
Jul 31, 21





Director Search

 March 2021

American School Hong Kong

American School Hong Kong (ASHK), a non-profit, college preparatory international school in Hong Kong, is seeking an educational leader to assume the position of Director in August 2022.

ASHK offers a holistic American education taught by qualified North American teachers who inspire, motivate and challenge students to achieve excellence. The school is accredited for grades KG-G10 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), two leading accrediting commissions for Schools in the United States. ASHK’s mission is “To provide a challenging American and international education program that empowers students to be independent critical thinkers and responsible global citizens who excel in their future studies and careers”.

ASHK opened in September 2016 after a winning bid in the HK EDB campus allocation exercise. The bid was awarded based on the strong credentials of Esol Education and the focus on quality from a family-based organization.

The school has renovated the spacious campus serving students aged 5-18 years old. ASHK has grown from its opening in 2016 up to Grade 6 to its first tenth grade class in 2020-2021. Its program is an enriched, STEAM focused curriculum aligned with the US Common Core/NGSS and it offers the IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. Following completion of an anticipated successful verification visit in May, 2021, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) will be available for grade 11/12 students beginning in 2021/22. ASHK has made great progress and developed a strong reputation as a student-centric, academically rigorous school that develops well-rounded students under the leadership of its founding director for 5 years. It is well positioned to build on this strong start and offer a new Director the chance to achieve further growth and achievements.

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Esol Education

ASHK is operated by Esol Education, the world's largest operator of international American schools, with 45 years of experience in establishing and operating high standard International schools worldwide. Esol Education supports their schools in multiple ways, including operational and technology standards and systems, recruiting, and multi-school partnerships for unique academic programs and extra-curricular programs with world-class universities. Currently, 10,000 students attend Esol’s nine schools across three continents. Graduates at Esol Schools are now attending leading universities worldwide, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, Columbia University, University of Toronto, and the London School of Economics. The Esol schools enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership and management, excellent facilities, and caring and dedicated teachers. Since its inception, Esol’s focus has always honored the founder’s commitment to the attainment of the highest standards of educational excellence.

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The Position

The Director of ASHK will be responsible for leading the school’s team of administrators, teachers, and support staff members in the day-to-day management of its academic, educational and other operations. The Director will also work with the school’s leadership team, its Board, and other administrators of Esol Education on the formulation and implementation of new ideas and strategies to continually enhance the quality of the school’s programs and the life of its community.

 Qualities desired in the next Director of ASHK

The Search Committee has established the following desired qualities for the next Director of American School Hong Kong:

  • A proven track record in educational leadership, including at least three years of experience as the Head of a high quality American or international school
  • The ability to lead and work collaboratively with a large and talented team of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel
  • A strong and outgoing personal presence
  • Integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic
  • Proven commitment to a well-balanced program that focuses on the whole child
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to reach out to many constituencies
  • The ability to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers
  • The flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations
  • Previous experience with the International Baccalaureate Program

The position entails a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Timetable and Application Procedure

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information of at least 3 references via email to: . Please use “ASHK Headship” as the email subject. Esol Education will be accepting applications for this position until July 31, 2021, but may conclude the search earlier if it is able to appoint an outstanding candidate before that date.

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