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

Nov 4, 19
Dec 15, 19

 

 

I-SHOU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN

SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY DIRECTOR (G9-12)

 EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1ST, 2020

 

 

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.

 Accreditation

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.

 

 

Curriculum

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.

 

International-Mindedness

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

 During the past two years, I Shou International School has embarked upon an ambitious program of school development to include, but not limited to: the planning and organization for the opening of our new middle school (grades 6-8) in September 2018; the introduction of MAPS external testing for grades 3-9; the development of a best practices technology plan for enriching, reinforcing, and supporting classroom curriculum and  21st century skills learning processes; and expanding our athletic and activities programs to reinforce the academic mission of our school while further preparing students for success in adulthood.

An IB Continuum school with a strong focus on teaching and learning outcomes, we maintain a data driven approach to school and student performance through a variety of collaborative activities.

 

The Position

 

The Director of our International Secondary Department (grades 9-12) is the pedagogical leader of the Diploma Program (DP), as well as years 4-5 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, 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 700 students in grades 1-12, approximately 220 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, the Principal, division heads, the Director of Teaching and Learning, 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 December 15, 2019. 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 search@iis.kh.edu.tw.

 

 

DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY DEPARTMENT

Effective – 1 August 2018

 

Aims of Positions of Responsibility at IIS

  • To ensure that all school goals are met, and that all tasks are completed
  • To ensure leadership in specific areas of the curriculum
  • To enhance communication and coordination between: different school divisions; administration and teachers; teachers in different areas of the curriculum
  • To provide forums for teachers to express/channel their professional views
  • Promote the IB Philosophy, including the Learner Profile, and Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Appointment of Secondary Subject Chairs

  • Appointments will be confirmed by the Superintendent
  • Appointments are made for 2 to 3 years by mutual agreement and depending on the appointee’s contractual status.
  • Positions are re-advertised after 2 years. Position holders are eligible to re-apply.
  • Appraisal is the responsibility of the Superintendent.

Director Job Description

The Director is the educational leader of the International Secondary Department (ISD). Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Principal, the Director leads the International Secondary Department in all aspects, promoting the school’s philosophy, and ensuring the education and welfare of the students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Teachers/Support Staff:

  • Provide instructional leadership by leading the development and implementation of the educational philosophy, programmes, and curriculum of the school.
  • Assist in the planning for, interviewing, selection and appraisal of teaching and teacher support personnel
  • Assure appropriate standards of behavior of the teaching faculty
  • Assist in assignment of teaching responsibilities
  • Provide constructive feedback on classroom practice
  • Arrange professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Maintain close and positive relationships with staff
  • Ensure that school deadlines and expectation are adhered to
  • Provide support and advice for faculty and staff – especially when disputes arise with parents or other members of the community
  • Delegate appropriate authority, responsibility and decision making whilst providing appropriate support
  • Ensure that liaisons are established between school personnel to improve instruction.

Students:

  • Promote student learning and the development of the whole child as directed by the school philosophy
  • Take reasonable precautions to safeguard the health and safety of students
  • Provide disciplinary support for teachers to ensure that student behavior is appropriate, in collaboration with the Student Affairs Office
  • Ensure that students have a voice in the decision making processes
  • Ensure that student learning is placed at the heart of decision-making
  • Promote high academic standards

Parents:

  •  Meet with new parents to orientate them to the school and its philosophy, and to oversee admission, registration, and placement of students in accordance with school policy
  • Communicate the school curriculum and organizational systems and procedures to parents
  • Ensure that the reporting of student progress is effectively and meaningfully communicated to parents
  • Communicate with parents, especially at community events
  • Initiate and liaise with parents regarding school events, questions, concerns etc. and seek parental opinion and feedback
  • Promotes the school in the parent and wider community

Curriculum:

  • Ensure that the intent of the school philosophy is evident in teaching and learning
  • Conduct ongoing review of the effectiveness of the instructional programmes
  • Provide direction and support in the development, implementation and evaluation of the ISD curriculum
  • Oversee assessment and reporting procedures
  • Assist in securing and organizing the necessary resources for instruction

Administration:

  • Embrace the school guiding statements and use them to guide decision making
  • Identify programme, staffing and facility requirements
  • Respond to all concerns and queries as they arise
  • Coordinate and provide leadership in school events and assemblies
  • Communicate school news and expectations to students, teachers, staff, and parents
  • Develop school calendars, schedules, and instructional timetables as relevant to the ISD
  • Work with faculty, coordinators and subject chairs to develop the annual budget
  • Oversee expenditure, resource organization and inventories
  • Ensure that the secondary school is maintained in an appropriate manner and that classrooms and teaching spaces are kept clean and are attractively presented
  • Approve all outgoing ISD communication
  • Provide strategic leadership
  • Work with administrative and office personnel to improve operational systems, such as school documentation
  • Maintain a positive and productive professional relationship with the Directors of the other departments.
  • Perform other job related duties as they arise and as deemed appropriate or suitable by the Superintendent.

School Climate

  • Promote a positive climate of collegiality and collaboration

Minimum 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

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bridget McNamer holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.