Deputy Principal of the High School, China

Closing date:Expiring soon

YK Pao School ShanghaiChina

Date posted:
Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to be the Deputy Principal of the High School. The Deputy Principal is responsible for the day to day running of the High School and for all curriculum and academic matters. She/he will be the direct line manager of the IB and IGCSE co-ordinators and shares the line management of the Heads of Department with the Director of Teaching and Learning. The Deputy Principal deputises for the Principal when he is off campus.


The key responsibilities are likely to include:

  • To ensure the efficient and effective day-to-day running of the school;
  • To contribute as a key member of the Campus Leadership Team to the future strategy and development of the school;
  • To ensure that the School's policies and procedures are up-to-date and compliant both with Chinese Government requirements and with IB and CIS/WASC accreditation criteria;
  • To work with the Principal and the Director of Teaching and Learning to promote excellence in teaching throughout the High School;
  • To have oversight of curriculum development and to ensure consistency and coherency with what is taught at YK Pao Middle School;
  • To work with the Principal to ensure that the School’s approach and practice is well articulated to parents and that any issues and concerns raised are dealt with swiftly and effectively;
  • To work with the Principal and the School’s marketing team to increase the visibility and recognition of YK Pao High School both within China and internationally;
  • To work with the Principal and the School’s Admissions team to attract the right students and to ensure that selection of students is based on fair and effective practices;
  • To work with counterparts at the Primary School and Middle School on cross-school initiatives and alignment;
  • To be responsible for the budgeting and financial management of academic departments in order to ensure a sound financial basis for the school.


The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and expertise in most of the following areas:

Inspirational leadership, as evidenced by:

  • A track record of successful leadership in either an academic or pastoral role;
  • The ability to motivate and inspire both colleagues and students;
  • An ability to identify areas of improvement in school operations and a solution-oriented mindset;
  • The intellectual acuity needed to contribute significantly to educational debate within the school;
  • Natural leadership qualities, with a capacity to initiate and manage change with flair and creativity

Strong interpersonal and organisational skills, as evidenced by:

  • A collegiate working style, with an inclusive and empowering approach to management;
  • A commitment to principles of sound management including development of staff, establishment and communication of clear standards and expectations, effective delegation, performance monitoring and management, building of trust;
  • Administrative efficiency and the ability to prioritise.

Compelling personal qualities, as evidenced by:

  • A personal style combining authority, credibility, presence and a passionate commitment to excellence and all-round education;
  • An appetite for personal professional learning;
  • Appropriate academic credentials and an impressive record as a teacher with a love of teaching and an interest in the development of young people;
  • Exceptional communication and relationship building skills, allied with the ability to listen and influence others;
  • A strong commitment to upholding high standards;
  • Personal strength of character with a commitment to transparency, honesty and fairness



  • A university degree with preferably an advanced degree and/or certification in educational leadership. Experience
  • Educational leadership experience preferably in a bi-cultural environment.
  • Understanding of best educational practices from around the world; Essential
  • Chinese and/or English fluency, including both and writing;
  • Competency in the use of technology including word processing, spreadsheet development, survey technologies

Please send a letter of application and a CV which includes the contact details of two referees to

More about YK Pao School Shanghai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Age Range: 13 - 18 years
Address: Songjiang Campus - Secondary School, Number 1800, Lane 900 North Sanxin Road, Shanghai, 201620, China. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +21 21 6167 1999
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