Head of School at Chiang Rai International School in Thailand
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Head of School
Chiang Rai International School (Thailand)

May 8, 19
Aug 31, 19

 

 

CHIANG RAI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND

Seeks a

Head of School

Beginning in August 2020

 

The School:

 Chiang Rai International School (CRIS) was the first international school to be established in the beautiful and cultural city of Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. CRIS was founded in 2010 by Mr. Tae Hyun Cho and Mrs. Suphatthida Cho. The purpose-built campus includes first class facilities and utilizes state-of-the-art educational technologies to provide students with the very best opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.

Our Mission:

 Chiang Rai International School (CRIS) aims to provide the highest quality education in a compassionate, safe and nurturing Christian environment.

Our Vision:

 Chiang Rai International School (CRIS) was established in 2010. Our goal is to develop the whole child, intellectually, emotionally and physically, providing a solid foundation through Christian education for their life that will enable them to contribute to the local and international community with confidence, responsibility, integrity and sincerity.

Our Beliefs:

  •  Building character of the students through the foundations of Christian values
  • Develop the attributes, skills and knowledge to reach their full potential in the global community
  • Experience a dynamic, holistic education in an English-language setting
  • Be motivated to become lifelong learners

Enrollment:

247 students

Curriculum:

 Early Childhood

Kindergarten provides the foundation for study throughout the school. Children who join the student body at this stage will acquire the use of English in a natural way, much the same as a native English speaker, and subsequently attain a level of fluency that is difficult to achieve at a later stage. The integrated curriculum consists of three levels: K1, K2, and K3. Completion of each level with the  appropriate fulfillment of standards is a prerequisite for admission to the next level.

Elementary

 Chiang Rai International School’s Primary Program is designed to provide comprehensive academic, social, spiritual and globally-minded learning in an enjoyable and safe environment.  The Program uses the Common Core Standards and consists of four core subjects: ELA, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies also co-curricular subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, plus Thai language and Culture. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities for all grade levels and age groups.

 CRIS offers student-centered instruction implemented by collaborative planning and differentiated instruction. Scope & Sequence planning ensures that all academic standards, ESLRs and the school’s Vision and Mission are integrated into lessons. Vertical alignment of standards also provides a progressive transition from one grade level to the next. CRIS teachers meet weekly to collaborate about curriculum development, identify support service needs, and improve communication with parents.

 Middle School

 Chiang Rai International School’s Middle School Program follows the Common Core Standards, California State Standards and Singapore Math. The curriculum framework has been modified to meet international standards and is relevant to the school’s unique region and student demographics. The program consists of four core subjects: ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plus the following co-curricular subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, plus Thai Language and Culture. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities for all grade levels and age groups.

 High School

 Chiang Rai International School’s High School Program follows the Common Core Standards and California State Standards. The curriculum framework has been modified to meet international standards and is relevant to the school’s unique region and student demographics. The program consists of four core subjects: ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plus the following co-curricular subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Chinese, ICT, Bible, Thai Language and Culture plus other electives. The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities for all grade levels and age groups.

 Governing Structure:

Chiang Rai International School’s Board of Governors membership is determined by the Foreign Missions Board (FMB) of the Nowon Changli Presbyterian Church of Seoul, South Korea. The Board of Governors members are expected to perform their duty in selecting, guiding and advising the school’s Thai director, or licensee. The licensee is expected to have high qualifications in the field of education and demonstrable business acumen.

Local School Board members, which include the licensee, CEO, local pastor, compliance officer, Head of School and 2 parent representatives, are tasked with developing the school programs collaboratively and are accordingly expected to have high qualifications in the field of education, pastoral responsibilities and/or demonstrable business acumen. Board members are selected carefully to benefit from their diverse backgrounds and competencies.

Campus and Facilities:

CRIS is located on eleven rai (4.5 hectares) of land at 496 Moo 5, in the Rimkok sub district of Chiang Rai. CRIS is situated approximately 3 kilometers north of the center of the provincial city of Chiang Rai (population about 200,000) in Northern Thailand, in a semi-rural area which is gradually transforming into a commercial and suburban residential district as the city grows.

The facilities include:

  • Central Administration Building
  • 30 Classrooms
  • 2 Science Laboratories
  • 2 Computer labs
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor gymnasium
  • Auditorium
  • Soccer field
  • Student Dormitory
  • Teacher’s residence
        

 

The Community:

 As the commercial center and seat of government for the whole of Chiang Rai province (population about 1.2 million), the local community is mainly composed of government employees, business entrepreneurs, professionals, office, retail and hospitality staff, small business owners and local farmers. There are two universities. The wider area of the province is mostly agricultural and includes areas of ethnically unique hill tribes. The prevailing religion is Buddhist; however there is a strong missionary presence and a large Christian community of various denominations, plus a sizeable Muslim community also.  Chiang Rai city and province also have a dynamic domestic and international tourism industry including many resort hotels and guest houses and it serves as a center for tours and trekking throughout the surrounding country. Being some 60 kilometers from a major border crossing with Myanmar and with a new bridge being opened across the Mekong River to Laos as a planned major highway and high speed railroad linking into China, Chiang Rai is particularly well situated to benefit from the inauguration of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community in 2019.

The Position:

The Head of School reports to the CRIS Board of Directors and is responsible for the operation of CRIS academics, information technology, financial services, operations, human resources and strategy and innovation.

Responsibilities of the Position:

  • To serve as the educational leader of the school.
  • To keep the Board fully informed of all pertinent matters relating to the school’s operations.
  • To oversee the development and implementation of policies, programs, curricular/extracurricular activities and day-day school operations.
  • To liaise with other educational and community members.
  • To recruit, place, supervise, and dismiss faculty and staff.
  • Achieve the annual goals developed by the board.
  • To develop and operate the annual budget of the school.
  • To ensure the school is safe and secure including Child Protection Policies in place.
  • To oversee the implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Professional Qualities:

  • Masters in Education
  • 3+ years in School leadership
  • Principal Certificate
  • Classroom teaching experience
  • Experience with WASC Accreditation
  • Strong instructional leadership

Personal Attributes:

  • Effective communicator
  • Flexible
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Strong organizational skills

Salary and Benefits:

 The salary and benefits are competitive and depend upon qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

CRIS Board of Directors has appointed Search Associates to act as consultants in the search process for a new Head of School.  The Deadline for applications is August 31st, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by Search Associates as they are received and dossiers of selected candidates will be forwarded to the CRIS  Search Committee on a rolling basis. It is anticipated that finalists will be identified and the candidate(s) together with his/her spouse, if applicable, will be invited to Chiang Rai for final interviews at the end of October 2019.  Candidates should note, however, that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, CRIS reserves the right to make an appointment earlier than the published deadline.  For this reason, it is important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

Applications will be accepted in digital form only, as a single pdf file sent to johanna@cris.ac.th. The pdf file should be 5 MB or less in size.  The following items are required:

  • Cover letter, two pages or less, outlining your relative strengths as a candidate and how your experience aligns with the specifics of this position and opportunity
  • Resume, generally not more than two pages
  • Statement of educational and leadership philosophy, not more than two pages
  • Names and positions of at least three current or recent supervisory referees, preferably current or former Board members, with accurate email addresses, Skype contact, and phone numbers.
  • Up to three (3) open letters of reference can also be submitted if available as part of the single, pdf.

 

 

Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us (Admin@searchassociates.com) that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website.

 

Please note this school is not a registered member of Search Associates.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.