High School Principal at Concordia International School Shanghai in China
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High School Principal
Concordia International School Shanghai (China)

Dec 12, 18
Jan 14, 19



based upon experience
CONTRACT: 30 days of annual leave plus all school holidays

Our Mission

At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents and are committed in Christian stewardship to educate students holistically in a nurturing environment that includes comprehensive and challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, co-curricular activities, and service.


Concordia Shanghai will be a global platform fostering deeper learning and transforming lives to lead change in a dynamic and complex world.

High School

Concordia’s High School academic program is rich and extensive. Students are encouraged to select subjects that will provide a balanced and challenging academic experience. Generally, students study eight subjects each year, including: mathematics, science, English, social studies, religion, physical education, world language, fine arts as well as additional electives.

Concordia follows an American curriculum that meets United States university entrance standards. A broad base of subjects in all academic areas is required for graduation. The curriculum is adaptable, within limits, to the academic needs of individual students.





 Supervisor: Head of School

Direct Reports:  Assistant Principal, High School Counselors, High School Teaching Staff, Divisional Secretaries, Support Staff


Position Summary: The Principal serves as the educational leader responsible for communicating with and empowering the High School to carry out the school’s vision and mission.  He/She is responsible for managing the policies, facilities, regulations, and procedures that ensure students in grades 9 through 12 are learning, are supervised in a safe learning environment, and are provided a high quality education that meets the approved curricula as framed by the Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRS).  

The Principal works collaboratively with faculty, administrators and parents to: meet the academic, spiritual, and social needs of high school students, advance the school’s core values, foster a sense of community throughout the school, monitor progress toward school-wide goals, and establish divisional goals for ongoing improvement which align with the school-wide goals. 





  • Masters Degree or above - preferably in Educational Leadership


  • Appropriate Administrative License or Certification



  • Christian faith, interested in the complex questions of faith and spirituality, and keen to learn and interact with others of different faith traditions.
  • A strong moral character with the ability to engender trust in his/her leadership
  • Solid conceptual and applied knowledge of current research and trends in high school education, including curriculum development, assessment for learning, literacy, second language learning, and technology integration.
  • High school administrative experience at the Assistant Principal or Principal level – minimum 2 years.
  • Proven success working with a diverse student population from a wide variety of cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
  • Proven teaching experience


  • International school experience

Terms of Employment:

  • Thirty working days of vacation other than school holidays
  • Salary based upon experience


  • Salary based upon experience
  • Ability to articulate the developmental needs of high school aged children and translate these needs into vision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school
  • Ability to effectively manage and multi-task within a demanding, dynamic and changing environment.
  • Ability to interpret and implement all Board policies
  • Ability to supervise all school personnel for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall objectives of the school's  instructional program
  • Ability to facilitate the development, revisions and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
  • Ability to develop school plans and organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline and conduct of students
  • Ability to prepare and manage the high school school budget
  • Ability to serve as liaison between the school and community, interpreting activities and policies of the school and encouraging community involvement with the school
  • Ability to provide direction to others and to make independent judgments
  • Ability to work harmoniously with others and to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with students, parents, teachers and community
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Ability to keep and maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to use technology as required to perform duties

Concordia Fit

 Spiritual Leader

  • Demonstrates moral integrity, honesty, kindness, faithfulness
  • Is a person of moral principles
  • Models a Christian faith walk
  • Models servant leadership characteristics

Mission Centered-Vision Focused

  • Is inspirational
  • Takes personal ownership in fulfilling the mission
  • Can “see” the future and articulate, plan, and execute next steps
  • Demonstrates a positive, optimistic, can-do attitude
  • Demonstrates a passion for teacher and student success

Instructional Leader

  • Focuses instructional leadership on the question of “How does this improve student learning?”
  • Leads curriculum based on the most recent understanding about learning
  • Ability to develop, implement, and monitor curriculum and learner progress
  • Is a leader of learning
  • Promotes professional development focused on improving student achievement
  • Observes teachers regularly and provides appropriate feedback
  • Models lifelong learning.

Team Focused

  • Respectful of all, builds people up, is equitable in relationships
  • Is transparent, flexible, and adaptable
  • Demonstrates commitment to school improvement
  • Works collaboratively with all in the school and community
  • Advocates and nurtures a positive school culture conducive to student learning and teacher growth
  • Demonstrates ability to resolve conflict
  • Is collegial and contributing member of the school wide community

Management Competence

  • Manages the school, operations and resources to provide a productive environment for learning
  • Demonstrates ability to delegate, empower co-workers and develop leaders
  • Clearly communicates, both orally and in written form, to a diverse group of cultures and in diverse settings

Key Areas of Responsibility

 Staff Recruitment, Development, Supervision, and Evaluation

  • Together with the senior administrative team, recruit top quality faculty and support staff that are capable of effectively performing their roles and responsibilities in carrying out the mission and goals of Concordia.
  • Supervise and evaluate faculty to ensure that they continue to be effective in the classroom, in leading activities, in contributing to Concordia’s spiritual life.  Ensure that all teachers and staff have a clear understanding of their performance expectations.  Negotiate and monitor annual professional goals for staff supervised.
  • Encourage and support professional development so that teachers continuously improve in their instruction and overall teacher effectiveness.
  • Foster a sense of collegiality through effective team planning and decision-making, involving faculty in goal setting and planning. Develop the leadership capabilities of teachers so that instructional leadership becomes a shared responsibility.

Curriculum/Program Development, Supervision and Evaluation

  • Working with the school administration and the Director of Curriculum, provide leadership to co-ordinate and support curriculum development and monitor achievement of classroom curriculum goals and ensure that student performance outcomes on the school’s Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs) are being met.
  • Working with the school administration and the Director of Curriculum, assess programs against needs of students, parent expectations and school-wide goals to ensure that they continue to be effective.
  • Set annual and long-range goals for the high school program improvement and involve faculty in goal setting and motivate their efforts towards successful achievement of the goals.

Community Relations and Development

  • Develop a strong sense of community within the division and within the school. Maintain a positive school climate, where all students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to be engaged, involved, recognised, and feel valued, as well as to develop and achieve their potential both individually and collectively.
  • Maintain effective communication between school and home about individual student progress and school goals and involve parents in significant decisions associated with their child’s education.
  • Provide parent forums (Parent Coffees) for two-way communication.
  • Maintain effective communication between school and home through division newsletters or other such medium.
  • Be an active supporter of the after school co-curricular programs (CCA) and parent events. 

Financial Management

  • Responsible for sound financial management including accurate program budget planning and fiscal accountability to ensure school resources are effectively and properly utilized.

Facilities Management

  • Working in conjunction with the Business Office manage current high school facility as well as plan and determine long-range facility improvement and maintenance to ensure that the school’s resources are being used to serve the students, faculty, and staff to their full potential.


  • Provide leadership and support, as needed, for the effective operation of the whole school.
  • Serve as a collaborating, constructive, contributing member of the senior administration of the whole school.  The HS Principal is a member of the Administrative Council and the Head of School Cabinet.
  • Supervise the MS/HS Fine Arts program.
  • Provide leadership and support any other committee (e.g., WASC, Board, Curriculum) as assigned  by the Head of School

Interested candidates should review the Concordia international School website at www.concordiashanghai.org  to learn more about our school, then complete an application at www.concordiashanghai.org/employment Applications will close on January 14, 2019.

Please direct any questions to Steven Nurre, Director of Recruitment at recruitment@concordiashanghai.org

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.

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