Ningbo World Foreign Language School

Founding Director of Curriculum Development

¥500K+/Year Beijing, China 1 position available Starting date in 2019-02-28

About The School

Hangzhou World Foreign Language School and Ningbo World Foreign Language School are the members. Learn more about this school

Job Description

YUECHENG EDUCATION

The purpose of YueCheng Education (YCE) is to provide a future-oriented education for the children of Chinese and expatriate families living in Beijing. YCE has now begun the construction of a network of Frontier Kindergartens for Chinese children. The strength of YCE lies in the quality of its international and Chinese staff, and mutual support extended between the different but complementary institutions.


ABOUT THE CAMPUS

The beautiful Courtyard Campus juxtaposes sweeping modern lines with the traditional elegance of an original courtyard palace dating from the early Qing dynasty. Designed by master architect Ma Yansong, the campus is a purposeful metaphor for the education that our new flagship kindergarten will offer. The form of the campus and the philosophy of the educational program are rooted in the efficacy of harmonious relationships: between architecture and nature; old and new; youth and experience; tradition and future; China and the world.


PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION

The Founding Director of Curriculum Development for YueCheng Frontier Kindergartens is a senior leadership position. Based at the beautiful Shuangqiao Courtyard Campus described above, the Founding Director of Curriculum Development will initially have responsibility for developing the common curriculum for this campus and for a second campus which is planned to open shortly thereafter.  The person appointed will have considerable freedom for developing the shape of the curriculum, which will be broadly based on the foundational principles outlined above. Prior to assuming duties, the appointee will receive a thorough orientation in the social, academic and cultural considerations that will be important to the successful implementation of this important role. The Founding Director of Curriculum Development will work in close collaboration with the Chinese Curriculum Coordinator in order to ensure a seamless fusion of the best of China and the world in this dual language program, which will be taught by teams of expatriate and Chinese teachers. A further major aspect of the role will be the initial and ongoing design and implementation of the professional development program for teachers on both, and possibly additional, campuses.


RESPONSIBILITIES

In preparation for opening the Shuangqiao Courtyard campus:


  • Design, and plan the delivery of, the child-centered common curriculum in collaboration with the Chinese Curriculum Coordinator in alignment with the guiding statements of YueCheng Frontier Kindergartens and the program’s foundational principles;
  • Establish criteria and methodologies for the assessment of student progress;
  • Establish pedagogical principles and methodologies aligned to the curriculum and to the criteria and methodologies of student assessment;
  • Establish faculty profile expectations and participate in the faculty recruitment process;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of orientation and professional development of faculty;
  • Participate in the establishment of policies and procedures for the appraisal of faculty;
  • Participate in the establishment of student enrollment criteria and in developing enrollment protocols and practices;
  • Develop materials to explain the learning program to prospective parents, and support promotional activities.

 

Following the opening of the Shuangqiao Courtyard Campus (expected September 2019):

 

  • Participate in the preparation and opening of the YueCheng Frontier Kindergarten, Banbidian Campus;
  • Review and continue to develop the child-centered common curriculum;
  • Continue to develop and implement the professional development of faculty of both campuses;
  • Review and assess the implementation of criteria and methodologies of student assessment;
  • Continue to review and develop pedagogical principles and methodologies aligned to the curriculum and to the criteria and methodologies of student assessment;
  • Participate in the establishment of policies and procedures for the appraisal of faculty;
  • Participate in the establishment of student enrollment criteria and in developing enrollment protocols and practices;
  • Establish and implement policies and procedures for educational quality assurance across both (and possibly subsequent) campuses.




Requirements

  • Early childhood or pre-school education qualification;
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience as an early childhood educator;
  • Strong leadership capacity;
  • Experience of and/or commitment to developing a future-oriented curriculum including personalized learning and investigative play;
  • Experience of and/or commitment to collaborating in the development of a bilingual/dual language program for early learners;
  • Strong desire to lead in a school which fuses the best of local and international educational principles and practices in order to create something that is better than either;
  • Strong desire to work with both local and international teachers and to work in, and facilitate the creation of, collaborative teams;
  • Desire to work with local student and parent population;
  • Growth mindset;
  • Flexible thinking;
  • A strong interest in living and working in China.


Benefits

The attractive salary is commensurate with the seniority of the position. The benefits package for overseas-hired expatriate employees includes housing, medical insurance for self and one dependent, and annual home leave airfare for self and family. An expatriate parent of school-age children will be granted up to two full-fee discounts on places at Beijing City International School, subject to student enrollment criteria and availability. Full details of the salary and benefits package are available upon application.


Post date: 2018-10-08

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