Ensure that the delivery of the curriculum, in both Chinese and English, matches the aims of the school and meets the standards and requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum, the IB, and relevant accreditation processes
Assist with the design, implementation and review of the timetable, staffed appropriately given the requirements and circumstances of a growing school
Ensure that the Middle School operates with a complete set of defined curricular, resourced appropriately
Ensure that systems are embedded for the collection and scrutiny of data, allowing teachers and leaders to monitor progress and use data to inform planning
Maintain an open dialogue between the school, students and their parents on all educational matters
Ensure effective curriculum planning, design and management, mindful of the needs of the students and their intended progression to international universities
Ensure a smooth transition between phases of the school
Organize the overall management of the Middle and High School self-evaluation, improvement strategies and quality assurances process
Student Recruitment and Admissions
Ensure appropriate strategies are established to secure pupil retention in the Middle School
Working with the Head of School and the wider marketing team, proactively support the marketing effort by representing the school to prospective parents and external stakeholders
Coordinate procedures for student admissions, in liaison with the Director of Admissions
Strategy, Structure and Operations
Work to shape the unique character to the Middle School, with clear points of similarity and difference from the Elementary School
Provide a clear leadership structure with clearly defined accountabilities
Contribute to the formulation of the school strategic plan and develop an operational plan to implement agreed objectives pertaining to the Middle and High Schools
Ensure the efficient and effective day-to-day operations, through imaginative planning, and appropriate delegation to line managers
Establish, review and develop the school aims, policies, structures, procedures and job descriptions in line with whole school policies
Control budgets in the school, including delegation to subject departments as appropriate
Oversee line management and support for all teaching and support staff in the Middle and High School
Ensure performance management and line management is effective and delivered in line with the school values
Build on the school’s open culture and encourage strong collaboration across teams, year groups, and departments
Facilitate and support the close collaboration of all colleagues across the pedagogical traditions represented in the school, promoting effective communication and constructive relationships
Lead the school recruitment process in collaboration with the Head of School, ensuring the highest quality staff join the school.
Maintain a highly-visible presence within the school community
Ensure the school upholds the highest standards of safeguarding and child protection
Assure the well-being of faculty and staff
Harness and further develop that school’s positive engagement with parents ?Other duties as assigned from time to time by the Head of School.
HOW TO APPLY
The closing date for applications is 4th January 2019. Early expression of interest is advisable and the selection panel will consider applications as they arrive.
You should submit:
A full CV with:
Your entire work history
Reasons for leaving school leadership positions
Details (name, address, email address and relationship to you) of at least two professional referees from your most recent position(s). A covering letter addressed to Mr. Jack Hsu, CEO of Ivy Education Group outlining:
Your reasons for applying
Relevant professional experience that you feel is aligned to the needs of the role
Your personal educational philosophy
Applications should be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email your completed CV and covering letter (both as PDF files please).
This recruitment process is being managed by RSAcademics Ltd on behalf of Ivy Education Group. RSAcademics will collect full references for candidates invited to attend the final round of interviews. If you have a specific preference that we do not contact one or more of your referees, please notify us accordingly. No referees will be contacted until RSAcademics has received your express permission to do so.
Closing date: on Friday, 4th January 2019
Final Interviews will take place at Daystar Academy in early January 2019.
The chosen candidate will be educated to university level, will possess a recognized teaching qualification and have evidence of on-going professional learning and development such as International Leadership and Management Program (ILMP) or similar.
Knowledge, Experience and Understanding
Significant previous leadership experience as a Deputy Head, Head of Secondary, Head of Middle School, Head of High School or equivalent
Experience of leadership in a bilingual environment and with language immersion and acquisition programs
Experience of developing vision, strategy and organizational plans to secure the development or growth of a K-12 school
Experience gained within more than one system, with experience of an IB school or American school being preferred
Experience of working internationally, with experience of China being preferred
A strong understanding of Inquiry–based education as well as a vision for the development of a pedagogy to engage students, build curiosity and independence and achieve the highest outcomes
A track record of leading improvement and of developing and implementing innovative educational ideas
Values, Attributes, Abilities and Character
Ability to speak Chinese – or the willingness to learn – would be highly desirable
Adaptable and resilient
A proven ability to support, motivate, lead and manage a diverse staff body
Highly enthusiastic about language immersion, preferably because of experience as a practitioner
An effective, articulate and reassuring communicator, in particular in communicating with Chinese and non-Chinese parents and faculty
Open, respectful and sensitive to cultural differences
Proven ability to recruit, mentor, manage, and inspire talented faculty
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to serve as an articulate advocate for the school with prospective parents
Ability to exercise excellent judgment and decision making
Excellent problem solving and negotiating skills
Excellent organizational skills; ability to establish and manage multiple priorities and to work under pressure
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive salary will be offered which will reflect the importance that the Board attaches to this appointment.
A generous wider remuneration package will include bonus provision, annual return flights for all dependents, schooling for dependent children and international medical cover.
About Daystar Academy
Daystar Academy is a community-based, bilingual private school based on two campuses in Beijing. Currently it operates to Middle School level and will add a High School level (Grade 9) in 2019. Its aim is to graduate students who are genuinely bilingual in Chinese and English and bicultural. Daystar brings together Chinese national curriculum standards and US Common Core State Standards, using the framework of the IB PYP and MYP. The school has a rigorous approach to the use?of data to inform instructional practice and seeks to embrace innovation and research in its teaching and learning.
Daystar Academy’s overall objective is for its students to graduate fully bilingual and with complete bilingual literacy. This is in order to fulfil a very deliberate aspiration: so that they go to universities internationally but are able to return to China with a strong understanding of the Chinese culture. Bilingual immersion in Chinese and English is at the heart of the Daystar program. Students are not only taught the two languages but are taught through the two languages. The school is a blend of cultures, with students learning together through a blend of educational traditions.
Daystar... aspires to be a school that is open-minded, caring, principled and reflective. It makes decisions based on long- term educational outcomes and believes in involving all stakeholders in decision-making processes. Both the academic and extracurricular programs aim to equip students with the tools necessary to impact positively on their communities.
It seeks to develop students who will have a questioning and inquisitive mindset, who think and communicate with clarity and precision, who are persistent in striving for excellence in all that they do and who care about their impact on their local and global communities. Character education is a central pillar in the founding mission of the school.
Students are provided with meaningful opportunities to hone their twenty-first century communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills. Values such as service and respect are also embedded inside and outside the classroom.
Daystar is at an exciting point in its development. With a strong and highly distinctive tradition as a Kindergarten and Elementary School, it has recently developed its Middle School and will now be adding a High School. These new divisions of the school will be expected to continue the unique approach for which Daystar has become known: truly bilingual education that is both values-driven and research-based within the context of a community school in which families feel they have an active stake.