Director of Admissions at Canadian International School of Hong Kong in China/Hong Kong
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Director of Admissions
Canadian International School of Hong Kong (China/Hong Kong)

Nov 24, 21
Jan 2, 22


Canadian International School of Hong Kong

seeks a

Director of Admissions

Effective August 2022


The School

Founded in 1991, CDNIS is an independent international school. It is now widely recognised as one of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge institutions.

The School’s future-ready programmes promote academic excellence, the development of character, and strong engagement both locally and globally. It is fully committed to the integration of Chinese language and culture with the Ontario curriculum and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. It is the only school outside of Canada where students graduate with both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the IB Diploma. Postsecondary institutions around the world recognise these two distinct diplomas for their rigorous assessment, and CDNIS students graduate with both.

Along with the focus on academics, CDNIS places a high degree of importance on the development of the whole child, which is supported by an exceptionally rich extra-curricular programme. Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between academics and extracurricular opportunities, preparing them to thrive at the top post-secondary institutions they are admitted to around the world.

CDNIS faculty and staff are recruited from around the world and are part of a highly supportive educational community deeply committed to producing great scholars who are also compassionate, informed and open-minded global citizens.

CDNIS is a school where all students can find their passion, be it in academics, the arts, athletics, community service, leadership, or wherever their passion lies. The School currently has more than 1,800 students united by the joy of learning, excellence in achievement, and shared values. Its student body represents more than 40 nationalities from Early Years 1 (3 years old) through to Grade 12. With all 15 grade levels coexisting on one campus, members of the School community are able to form strong bonds and long-lasting relationships.

The Position

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Admissions is a key member of the senior management team. Aligning the mindset with the vision and mission of the CDNIS, the Director of Admissions is responsible for all aspects of admissions, recruitment and scholarship and will oversee the admissions process

from inquiry through enrollment to onboarding. The Director will lead a collaborative effort to develop and implement both short-term and long-term recruitment and retention strategies to ensure the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) meets its enrollment objectives.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced admission and scholarship professional, a creative leader in admission, recruitment and retention, and a data-driven decision maker. The Director will develop and lead inclusive outreach efforts to draw diverse families to CDNIS and ensure that CDNIS continues to enroll highly promising students who both thrive as part of the school community and in turn contribute to the community as a whole.

The Director should also contribute to the overall success of the branding, marketing and communications of CDNIS, including strengthening the reputation of CDNIS and supporting its growth ambitions.


Primary Role and Responsibilities


  • Lead the Admissions Team, enhancing knowledge, training and support to deliver a highly customer-centred service, ensuring a commitment to continuous improvement; managing the budget and resources so that they are scalable and able to respond to the changing needs of the recruitment cycle
  •  Manage and support the scholarship and financial aid processes and participate in policy decisions, messaging/communications, award review meetings, and efforts with community partners
  • Collaborate with Principals of both Upper School and Lower School in retention efforts and in response to evolving needs

Policies, Services and Procedures

  • Ensure high service standards and quality assurance procedures to meet and evolve with customer expectations and needs and best-in-class admissions related activities
  • Ensure highly efficient and effective processes and procedures – modernised and with the use of technology – to set and update criteria / terms and conditions, receipt of applications and allocation of identified scholarships
  • Apply data analytics in providing recommendations / updates / reports to aid senior management decisions and to enhance CDNIS’s admissions policies, procedures and systems

Outreach and Communication

  • Lead and develop a communications plan with prospective families and parents to convey the benefits of a CDNIS education, and a school of first choice; convey the education journey from inquiry to enrollment, from onboarding to eventually transition out of the School
  • Lead outreach programmes that widen the School’s network and positive relationships and reputation in and with the community, including proactively reaching out to Consulates and human resources executives of business enterprises
  • Undertake and organise recruitment fairs / admission events and conferences; assist Principals in students’ recruitment and diversity

Stakeholders Management

  • Represent CDNIS and serve as the face of the school to the school and broader


The Candidate

The ideal candidate should posses the following attributes:

  • Strong academic qualifications; a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; a Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of eight years’ relevant experience
  • Understanding of the education sector with experience of school administration
  • Experience of high-level networking to build creative and mutually beneficial relationships that
  • positively impact on strategic and tactical business development
  • Strong understanding of Hong Kong
  • Excellent communication skills, highly proficient in English, Putonghua and Cantonese


How to Apply


Please include a covering letter, a detailed résumé, the names and contact information of three references and send by email to:

Dr. Jane Camblin, Head of School:

Application deadline: January 2, 2022

CDNIS reserves the right to make an appointment at any time, even before the deadline mentioned if an exceptional candidate is identified early in the process. For this reason, interested candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible time.

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Mission: to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally

Did You Know…?

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