Achieve Xiamen International School

Director of Finance, Administration, and Operations

¥300K-400K/year Xiamen, Fujian, China 1 position available Starting date in 2021-12-01

About The School

Achieve Xiamen International School (AXIS) is a premiere international school in China Learn more about this school

Job Description

POSITION: Director of Finance, Administration, and Operations

STATUS: Full-time

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: ISS Asia Pacific Superintendent


Achieve Xiamen International School (AXIS) is an International Schools Services (ISS) joint venture/managed school that opened to students in Fall 2021. Holding an international licence, having generous support from the local authorities, and being well-funded, AXIS is positioned to be the premier choice for foreign-passport-holding families in the greater Xiamen region.

The director of finance, administration, and operations is a senior-level administrator responsible for safe daily operation of the school. In coordination with the ISS Superintendent, the director will provide a positive experience for members of the AXIS community: students, staff, and parents.


  • A keen analytical, problem-solving approach, including in ambiguous situations that 

require figuring out new solutions rather than taking predetermined paths to success 

  • Ability to lead effectively through relationships, persuasion and influence 
  • Track record of both developing strategies to meet goals and executing effectively on 

that strategy; great planner with excellent follow through 

  • Strong cross-cultural skills and experience managing in China 
  • Experience managing the finances of a school, organization or business 
  • Track record of building effective teams and managing them to results 
  • Sense of deep personal responsibility for the organization's success 
  • Passion for education; experience in international and/or private schools a major plus 



  • Build and nurture a staff culture that is focused on high quality service, 

improving the experience of students, families and colleagues and developing their own 

professional skills. 

  • Ensure a high-performing team across all financial, administrative, and operational areas of the school including finance, facilities, operations, security, IT, HR, food service and other areas. 
  • Maintain excellent relationships with relevant government authorities to promote positive reputation and smooth operation of the school

Financial Management

  • Serve as chief financial officer of the campus, managing resources to prioritize the highest value activities and meet budgets.
  • Partner with the Director of Admissions and Marketing, manage the financial assistance budget and drive re-enrollment.


  • Ensure the campus is fully operational and that all needs are met throughout the school year. 
  • Maintain thorough compliance with all applicable governmental and accreditor regulations. 
  • Maintain best-in class security and safety practices while ensuring that all members of the community are warmly welcomed on campus. 


  • Maintain AXIS brand standards throughout campus
  • Deliver campus expansion and summer construction in a quality manner, such that the 

campus is ready to welcome faculty back to a finished school each year. 

Campus Leadership 

  • Participate as an active member of the senior campus leadership team, which shares 

collective responsibility for the campus' overall success 

  • Enthusiastically tackle the innumerable responsibilities and challenges that come with 

building a new top-tier school

Other Duties As Assigned

  • As the needs of a start-up school are varied and dynamic, “other duties as assigned” may occupy up to 30% of total time allocation.


  • Open to all nationalities.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience working

  • Strong command of spoken and written English

  • Able to work in a diverse team of both foreign and local cast members


Salary:  ¥300K-400K/year Plus other benefits (Negotiable)

Post date: 2021-11-09
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