Director of School at Qingdao No. 1 International School of Shandong Province in China
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Director of School
Qingdao No. 1 International School of Shandong Province (China)

Feb 10, 20
Mar 7, 20





Position Posted:  February 10, 2020                          Deadline: March 7, 2020


Director of School

Required for August 2020


The Qingdao City Construction Investment Group seeks a new Director of School to lead Qingdao No. 1 International School of Shandong Province into its next phase of school development.

Qingdao No. 1 International School of Shandong Province (QISS) was founded in 2007. Originally the school was privately owned and was known as Qingdao International School (QIS). During the summer of 2007, the local government and the Qingdao Bureau of Education assumed ownership of the school. This ownership has been turned over to the Cheng Tou Group, also known as the Qingdao City Construction Investment Group (QCCI), the largest government-owned investment company in Qingdao, in the summer of 2010.

QISS is a PreK-12 school serving the expatriate families in Qingdao. It offers an American education curriculum that follows the U.S. Common Core Standards delivered through the inquiry-based approach to instruction. The purpose of the school is to meet the educational needs of the expatriate community in Qingdao and enable them to gain acceptance to the finest schools and universities throughout the world. The vast majority of expatriate families come to Qingdao for business. The excellent port, proximity to Korea, and a relatively clean environment along with governmental incentives are the major attractions for business interests. QISS, as it stands now, is a growing expatriate school community with over 32 different cultures from around the world.

The Cheng Tou Group owns the school. Cheng Tou is the largest government-owned investment company in Qingdao. The group is charged with developing major infrastructure projects and improving the investment climate and living conditions for expatriates in Qingdao. The school is run as a non-profit entity via a Board of Trustees that follows a revised Articles of Association and a set of adopted board policies. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is appointed by the Cheng Tou Group. The Director serves as a member together with Parent Representatives elected by the parent communities and an appointed faculty representative who serves as the secretary of the Board.

School Mission and Expected Learning Outcomes


The QISS Mission Statement:

“To provide a challenging academic program that develops the core character traits of Vitality, Courage, Sensitivity, Intelligence, and Compassion. We prepare our students, not only to pursue university-level education internationally but to become truly international citizens, ready to take on global issues and help create a more sustainable world.”


QISS develops students who are:

 Passionate/Active human beings who:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, enthusiasm and active participation.
  • Set and pursue personal goals with vitality and persistence.
  • Seek intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Courageous individuals who:

  • Act on their principals with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for others.
  • Take risks to explore new possibilities and are willing to defend their beliefs.

Sensitive communicators who:

  • Understand and express ideas and information in multiple languages.
  • Understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open-minded about the perspectives, values, and traditions of others.
  • Work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Develop basic competence in Mandarin and an appreciation of Chinese culture.
  • Express and appreciate beauty.

Intelligent life-long learners who:

  • Apply thinking skills critically and creatively.
  • Inquire and research effectively.
  • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding across a range of disciplines.
  • Reflect on their own learning and experience to assess and understand their strengths and limitations.

Compassionate global citizens who:

  • Show empathy toward the needs and feelings of others.
  • Have a personal commitment to service.
  • Take action to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment.

Director’s Core Job Responsibilities

Following the Board of Trustees’ Revised Articles of Association, the new Director of School is expected to perform the following responsibilities:

  • Responsible for routine management of all aspects of school operations;
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the school’s long-term strategic plans and annual development plans;
  • Establish and improve school practices, policies, and regulations;
  • Develop and implement the annual budget;
  • Complete and accomplish the annual enrollment and income targets as reported;
  • Build, develop, and publicize the culture of the school and its communities;
  • Establish a good social image for the school and its brand; and,
  • Perform other relevant tasks and assignments identified by the Board of Trustees. 

Director’s Core Job Requirements

The QISS Board of Trustees is looking for a dynamic school leader who has the following job-specific skills and dispositions:

  • An advanced degree (M.A. or beyond), in education or educational leadership;
  • Minimum 5 years of successful international school leadership experience;
  • Experience leading a school accreditation process;
  • Demonstrates highly effective pedagogical leadership;
  • Long-standing experience with inquiry-based instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, and the US Common Core;
  • A Collaborative leader who is skillful in problem-solving and diplomatic communication;
  • Proven ability to lead a highly diverse international team;
  • Ability to identify, recruit, and develop new talent;
  • Proven abilities in multi-year strategic planning and school improvement process;
  • Collaborates with the BOT in order to provide effective fiduciary, strategic, and generative board governance; and,
  • Has a high-level of integrity, aligned with the school’s mission and expected learning outcomes.

Application Procedure

All interested and qualified school leaders should send the following information in a single pdf document by email to

  • An application letter, no longer than two pages, describing your strengths as a candidate;
  • A resume with recent photograph describing relevant experiences detailing how the criteria is met;
  • A one page statement of educational leadership philosophy
  • A list of 3 current references with phone numbers and email addresses

For additional information about the school, the position, and the procedure, feel free to contact the school or send an email to  Please submit all required application materials at your earliest convenience. Closing date for application is Friday, March 7, 2020. Initial interviews will be conducted over Skype.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Diana Kerry was an international educator and administrator for 25 years in various countries, including Iran, France, Thailand, and Indonesia.