Founding Principal at YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten in China
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Founding Principal
YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten (China)

Apr 8, 22



 Position announcement: Founding Principal, YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten 


An outstanding opportunity to lead a pioneering approach to play-based, child-centred early childhood education in China. 



You are an independent thinker and learner looking for a leadership position out of the ordinary. You have had successful experience as a leader, either as Principal or in a role of senior leadership. Either way, you want to find a pioneering school dedicated to providing a values-based, future-oriented education. You wish to play a key role in developing curriculum, year by year. You are a good listener. You know that high quality education demands purposeful collaboration among learners: leaders, teachers, and children. You do not place limits on what can be achieved. You wish to build strong links with the host country community and work within a locally founded organization that provides outstanding opportunities for career development.  


YueCheng Education 

YueCheng Education (YCE) pioneers a new kind of education in China, providing high-quality, internationally minded education for 2-18-year-old learners. YCE is firmly focused on progressive education that is personalized and challenging. YCE’s constituent institutions include not-for-profit schools Beijing City International School (BCIS) and the YueCheng Kindergartens (YCKG). Other educational projects include YueCheng Education Research Institute (YERI), Learning Frontier (LF) and Reading Frontier (RF).  You may please learn more about YCE by visiting 


YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten 

Opening its doors to children in August 2023, the YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten is a member institution of YCE.  Located in the Tongzhou Banbidian area, the site has been purposefully designed to support and enhance this growing community.  Children at Yuecheng Parkside Kindergarten are empowered to enjoy a positive, purposeful, and healthy life, becoming confident and creative learners as they begin their educational journey. A distinctive new landmark of this community will be the inspirational and awe-inspiring park that has been developed adjacent to the kindergarten. 


The kindergarten mission is ambitious: Empower every child to enjoy a positive and purposeful life. To this end, a distinctive holistic, child-centred curriculum has been developed, based on the mission and on the following Guiding Statements: The Learning Impacts; the YueCheng Kindergarten Approach; and the Learning Principles.  




The position 

The Founding Principal of YueCheng Parkside Kindergarten is a senior leadership position, with overall responsibility for the campus. He or she will have considerable freedom in implementing the curriculum, which is based on the foundational principles outlined above. The Founding Principal will work in close collaboration with the principal of the sister YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten, which was opened in August 2018. The Founding Principal will also collaborate closely with the Chief Academic Officer of Yuecheng Education and the Director of the YueCheng Educational Research Institute (YERI) who provides research and professional development support for all YCE institutions. 


The fundamental role of the Founding Principal is to ensure a seamless fusion of the best of China and the world in implementing this pioneering, child-centred, dual language program, which will be taught by teams of expatriate and Chinese teachers. 


Prior to assuming duties, the appointee will receive a thorough orientation in the social, academic, and cultural considerations that will be important to the successful implementation of this important role. 


Reports to:       Chief Academic Officer, YueCheng Education 


Collaborates with:       Principal, YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten 

Director, YueCheng Educational Research Institute 

Chinese Director, YueCheng Kindergarten 


Responsibilities will include the following:

  •  Provide overall leadership for the Parkside Kindergarten
  • Ensure that the academic program is implemented in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of YueCheng Education. 
  • Ensure that the written and taught curriculum is aligned to the YueCheng Kindergarten guiding statements.
  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for children, teachers, and staff
  • Provide inspirational leadership for the education and welfare of the children
  • Lead ongoing development of the curriculum, and of the assessment and reporting of student progress 
  • Lead the professional development of teachers, assistant teachers, and teacher assistants
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with parents in support of student education and welfare
  • Provide an ongoing education program for parents
  • Implement the enrolment and retention of children in alignment with YCE criteria and guidelines
  • Implement the recruitment, orientation, appraisal, motivation and retention of teachers
  • Establish and maintain high professional expectations for all teachers and staff 
  • Ensure the provision of high-quality educational resources  
  • Support and participate in promotional activities
  • Ensure the understanding and implementation of all YCE policies and procedures
  • Liaise with the Director of YERI and with the heads of other YCE institutions
  • Provide regular reports to the Chief Academic Officer of YueCheng Education


Qualifications and desired attributes:

  •  A profound appreciation of the power of education to contribute to the creation of better future; 
  • Philosophical alignment with YCE’s mission, vision, and values and with the guiding statements of the YueCheng Kindergartens
  • Early childhood or pre-school education qualification;
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience as an early childhood educator;
  • Strong leadership capacity; evidence of effective school leadership preferred
  • Experience of and/or commitment to developing a future-oriented curriculum including personalized learning and investigative play;
  • Experience of and/or commitment to collaborating in the development and implementation of a bilingual/dual language program for early learners;
  • Strong desire to lead in a school which fuses the best of local and international educational principles and practices in order to create something that is better than either;
  • Strong desire to work with both local and international teachers and to work in, and facilitate the creation of, collaborative teams;
  • Desire to work with local student and parent population;
  • Excellence in communicating orally and in writing;
  • The ability to gain and maintain the confidence of highly motivated teachers, parents and children;
  • High emotional intelligence, including the capacity to respond with compassion and firmness while maintaining the respect of parents, children and colleagues from different cultures;
  • A leadership style characterized by inclusiveness, appropriate transparency, approachability and support while remaining decisive and accountable;  
  • A sense of humor and ability to see the good in all and presume positive intentions;
  • Growth mindset;
  • Flexible thinking;
  •  A strong interest in living and working in China.


Remuneration package 

The attractive salary is commensurate with the seniority of the position. The benefits package includes furnished housing, medical insurance, annual home leave airfare for employee and family, excellent professional development opportunities, and the benefit of belonging to a highly engaged educational team within a warm, caring, and innovative community.  


An expatriate parent of school-age children will be granted up to two full-fee discounts on places at the YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten (KG age) or at Beijing City International School, depending on the child’s age and subject to student enrolment criteria and availability.  



If you wish to apply for this important leadership position, please send a letter of application and resume / CV as soon as possible to the YCE HR department, at the following address:


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed remotely and shortly thereafter finalist candidates will be invited to Beijing to visit with the school, along with spouse, if applicable and if travel allows. The names of professional referees will be asked to be submitted prior to interview in Beijing. 


Application deadline open 

Start date July 2023, or earlier if available 


YueCheng Education is an equal opportunity employer. 


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Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.