International Secondary Director (G7-12) at I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung in Taiwan
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International Secondary Director (G7-12)
I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)

Dec 28, 21
Mar 15, 22









I-Shou International School (IIS) is a non-profit K-12, coeducational day and boarding school operating in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. IIS was founded in 2004 by Mr. I-Shou Lin, the Chairman of the E-United Group. The school is governed by a six member, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.



Our Mission/Guiding Statements


I-Shou International School is a renowned bilingual day/boarding school striving to foster intellectual and personal growth through rigorous inquiry and the development of 21st-century skills; in our collaborative teaching and learning community, we provide multiple pathways for internationally minded learners to fulfill their roles as socially responsible global citizens.


I-Shou International School is accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Taiwan Ministry of Education. Ongoing school improvement is critical to the delivery of quality education, and the support and guidance provided by these organisations ensures improvements measured by our students’ successes. I-Shou is committed to continuous school improvement aligned with the accreditation process.


Bilingual Learning

I-Shou International School is a bilingual community. We believe that additive bilingualism is best practice, that language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, across the whole curriculum. We emphasise that it is necessary not only to learn language, but also learn about language and through language, in authentic contexts. The strands of oral, written, and visual communication are learned across all subject areas. Language learning plays a major role in our school, and the development of mother tongue language is crucial for cognitive development and maintaining cultural identity.


Boarding House

I-Shou International School provides a co-educational residential community where students feel safe and secure. By giving students appropriately increasing responsibilities, and by providing forums for meaningful communication, the school creates opportunities for personal growth and a sense of belonging. 


Child Protection and Safeguarding

I-Shou International School, as our highest priority, commits to supporting a school environment that safeguards children through both prevention and intervention. Safeguarding and promoting the physical, social and emotional well-being of I-Shou children is the responsibility of everyone who comes in contact with our children and families. All members of the school community and visitors are required to respect, understand, commit, and comply with our established I-Shou Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.



I-Shou International School is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) and by the Taiwan MOE to teach the National Curriculum. The PYP is taught from K to 5, the MYP from 6 to 10, and the DP 11 and 12, additionally the National Curriculum is taught from 9 to 12. The IB curriculum provides pedagogical frameworks for inquiry-based learning with content aligned with Taiwan Ministry of Education requirements. Throughout all programmes, teachers support students with the development of their skills associated with the core of each programme, which include service and approaches to learning.


Integration of Technology and Maker Thinking

I-Shou International School embraces and integrates technology and maker thinking into teaching and learning practices. Teachers are assisted through responsive technology and maker support, and ongoing professional development. Our school community values a culture of creative expertise that enhances inquiry-based learning and develops a mindset in students that seeks to overcome challenges, fosters inventive thinking, and supports collaboration and risk-taking. Practices and expectations for the use of technology by all members of the school community are aligned with international standards.



I-Shou International School promotes the attitudes and values associated with international mindedness, which influences the actions of the school community. These attitudes and values are expressed through our professional and social relationships, academic curriculum, service learning, leadership opportunities, network connections, sports, the arts and other activities. The I-Shou International School community supports the development of our students into young adults that embody international mindedness, demonstrated through their culturally sensitive and globally competent behaviours.


Learner Profile Attributes

I-Shou International School teachers support the personal and academic growth of our students by developing and modelling the skills related to each attribute. The Learner Profile attributes are at the core of all programmes and are the key to developing internationally minded students. With our guidance, our students become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.


Professional Development

I-Shou International School is a community of learners, and this is reflected in our approach to professional growth. Teachers set individualized professional goals, to reflect on their teaching and learning outcomes, and to consider options for development. Working collaboratively with programme coordinators and school administration, the school aims to arrange professional development options for teachers. These options include in-school, online and regional workshops, and opportunities for collaborative sharing with colleagues.


Teaching and Learning

I-Shou International school is a community of learners, and this is reflected in our approach to teaching. Teachers support and use a constructivist and collaborative approach to inquiry-based teaching and learning. We believe that all students have the capacity for personal and academic growth, and that a positive and reflective approach towards student learning behaviours brings the best outcomes. We organise teaching according to International Baccalaureate standards and practices, share understandings and work together in a collegial manner.


 School Growth and Development

As an IB Continuum school, I-Shou International School has embarked upon an ambitious program of school program development that includes, but is not limited to: the implementation of innovative technology and Maker Education/Design Thinking practices for enriching, reinforcing, and supporting classroom curriculum and 21st century skills learning; the creation of a data literacy and performance growth culture through professional development activities to increase all teachers’ skill levels for analyzing student data, while also implementing appropriate differentiation strategies; expanding our athletic and activities programs to reinforce the academic mission of our school while further preparing students for success in adulthood; the creation of Sustainable Development and Child Protection policies; and the redesign of Makerspace and Design classrooms, along with other facilities projects, that ensure an attractive, safe, and well-kept teaching and learning environment for students and staff.

The Position


The Director of our International Secondary Department (grades 7-12) is the pedagogical leader of the Diploma Program (DP), as well as years 2-5 of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and works collaboratively with the DP and MYP coordinators and faculty. Under the guidance and supervision of the Superintendent and International Headmaster, the Director is the leader of the International Secondary Department in all aspects, promoting the school’s philosophy, serving as the division’s instructional leader, and ensuring a focus on student performance outcomes and the welfare of students. Of the school’s 600 students in grades 1-12, approximately 300 are included in this department.


The International Secondary Department Director serves as a member of the senior administrative team in working closely with the Superintendent, International Headmaster, Principal, division heads, the Director of Educational Technology, department directors, and IB coordinators.


Required Qualifications

  • An advanced professional degree with current administrative certification.
  • Active, verifiable teacher registration.
  • Minimum 5 years of successful teaching experience, preferably in a bilingual school.
  • Previous successful secondary level administrative experience.
  • IB experience, preferably in an IB Continuum school.
  • Outstanding leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Successful experience with a results driven focus leading to improvements in teaching, student, and school performance.
  • An individual who is fair, decisive, diplomatic, and culturally sensitive.
  • Assigns high importance to teamwork, communication, and the building of relationships with the various members of the school community.
  • Possesses a sense of humor

Salary and Benefits

I-Shou International School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly qualified International Secondary Department Director. The salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include; competitive salary, housing allowance, health, life and long-term disability insurance, annual flight reimbursement and relocation allowance. 

Process for Filing an Application

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2022. Candidates should note, however, that in the event outstanding applicants are identified early in the search process, IIS reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline. For this reason, it is very important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

Please note that I-Shou International School, as our highest priority, commits to supporting a school environment that safeguards children through both prevention and intervention. All candidates for hire undergo a rigorous screening process, which includes criminal background checks and employer references for all countries of previous work and/or residence.

Candidates should submit the following information as soon as possible in the format requested:

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages, including a listing of three referees along with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers

Applications should be sent, preferably in a single pdf attachment, to Dr. Peter Nanos, Superintendent, c/o Hale Kile at

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Dr. Barry Drake has over 40 years' experience in administration and teaching in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia.