ECE-Elementary Principal (Nursery-5th Grade) at Shanghai Community International School in China
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ECE-Elementary Principal (Nursery-5th Grade)
Shanghai Community International School (China)

Appointed - Position Filled
Jan 30, 14
Feb 7, 14

ECE-Elementary Principal (Nursery-5th Grade)

Hangzhou International School, China

Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

Start Date: August 2014

About the School:

Hangzhou International School (HIS) is a private, nursery-12th grade, non-profit, co-educational school with an American framework curriculum designed to meet international students’ needs.


HIS opened in 2002 under the aegis of Shanghai Community International School (SCIS). SCIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SCIS is an independent, co-educational international school system. SCIS was the first international school in Shanghai to be accredited by the National Council on Curriculum and Textbooks. SCIS and HIS are members of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). HIS achieved WASC accreditation in 2005. The school is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school with commencement of diploma classes in 2014-15. There are no immediate plans to pursue the PYP or MYP programs.


HIS is operated on a not-for-profit basis. Affiliated International School Foundation schools include the American International School of Cape Town, Hangzhou International School, and Shanghai Community International Schools.




The mission of HIS is to provide all of our students with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence in nurturing, international community environments.


The teaching staff includes teachers from the North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico.   Instruction is in English. Our instructional team includes a team of Mandarin teachers and Chinese teacher assistants. HIS has experienced significant growth through the years, growing from 270 to 450 students in the past three years.


The Head of School works closely with the Superintendent of Schools, who overseas all ISF schools in China, as well individual campus and a system-wide administrative team.


The academic year at HIS is from early August to late June for staff. 


Position Summary:

The HIS lower school principal serves as an educational leader, ensuring that students are provided with an excellent educational program.



  1. Educational leadership experience
  2. Teaching experience in grades ECE-6
  3. Master’s in Educational Leadership or Curriculum/Instruction (Candidates completing such within a year are welcome to apply)
  4. Ability to learn new computer programs and apply current tools of technology
  5. Strong written and oral communication skills
  6. Excellent inter-personal skills
  7. Commitment to Board of Directors’ Vision and ability to support the direction of the school in both words and action
  8. Willingness to take a leadership role in student activities


  1. Certification in Educational Leadership and/or PTC International School Leadership certification
  2. Experience in international schooling


Reports to: Head of School

Supervises: Instructional Staff as assigned by the Head of School.

Primary Role:

Under the direction of the Head of School the Lower School Principal will assist with administrative responsibilities that increase the scope of support to students, teachers, and parents of the Lower School.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To coordinate and assist the Admissions Department to facilitate growth of the school.
  • To assist the Admissions Department with the admission processes, facilitate the admission of all students, and manage the transition of students from their previous school into SCIS-HIS schools.
  • Provide campus tours and program information to prospective families.
  • To assist with supervision of the school’s transportation system.
  • To work with the Operations Manager to ensure school maintenance
  • To contact prospective parents, businesses, relocation companies, community organizations and consulates to promote the school.
  • To develop plans for customer service that will ensure the ongoing retention of students within the school.
  1.  Assists ongoing development and supervision of Curriculum and Instruction.
  2. Serves as administrator in charge when required.
  3. Assists in development and monitoring of school and staff duty schedules.
  4. Conducts staff evaluations in coordination with the Head of School.
  5. Conducts student discipline, maintaining appropriate discipline data.
  6. Coordinates, supervises, and develops the Lower School Program, including but not limited Field Trips, parent contacts, and implementation of the overall Lower School Program.
  7. Serves as a staff representative and liaison for the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA).
  8. Coordinates campus safety and security measures.
  9. Oversees day-to-day management of Lower School including supervision of students, maintenance requests, facilitation of major events (Parent Coffees, Conferences, Back to School Nights, Ceremonies).
  10. Facilitates Academic Probation program and monitors at-risk students.
  11. Assists in student data collection and analysis.
  12. Oversees report card process.
  13. Acts as a resource to teachers for PowerSchool.
  14. Facilitates administration of standardized testing (SLEP, NWEA)
  15. Serves as administrative representative on various task forces, school and system-wide initiatives.
  16. Assists the Head of School in interpreting the School educational program to teachers, parents, and community.
  17. Assists in the development of curriculum.
  18. Coordinates communication with community via Newsletters, announcements, and articles submitted to the Dragon News, SCIS-HIS publications, etc.
  19. Assists in screening new students by arranging for placement testing.
  20. Assists in student orientations and transitions to and from Lower School.
  21. Develops professional skills appropriate to job assignment.
  22. Models professional, ethical, and responsible behavior for all campus staff.
  23. Assists in any other tasks assigned by the Head of School.


Salary and Benefits:

  • Two-year initial contract with a competitive, tax-free salary and benefit package.
  • International Health Insurance.
  • Fully furnished housing, including utilities allowance.
  • Annual Airfare Allowance.
  • Displacement Allowance (including one-time shipping allowance).
  • Retirement/Savings Plan
  • Professional Development Support




Candidates should submit the following documents as PDF files attached to an email:

  • Application letter explaining why you are interested in pursuing a leadership position at HIS, highlighting your strengths as an educator and leadership experience and skills.
  • A current résumé of no more than two pages in length
  • A one-page statement outlining educational philosophy and leadership style.
  • A list of references with phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A maximum of three letters of reference, which may already be in your possession. 


Applications should be emailed directly to the Head of School at HIS, Robert van der Eyken at


Review of submissions will begin as soon as received.   


The deadline for applications is February 7, 2014

HIS reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is found. 

Did You Know…?

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