Director of Marketing and Admissions

Britannica International School, ShanghaiShanghai

Are you an enthusiastic, qualified and experienced senior marketing professional, interested in a challenging new opportunity at our successful international school in Shanghai? Or do you know somebody who is? If so, you will be interested in this fantastic opportunity to join us as Director of Marketing and Admissions.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a talented individual to lead and manage the Marketing and Admissions Department at Britannica International School. This is key leadership role, reporting into the Principal and a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team. The role is due to commence from April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, dependent upon candidate availability. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current entry restrictions into China, we are seeking individuals who are currently in China, or who have pre-existing right or ability to enter and work in China.

The successful candidate will be required to create and implement an effective and transformative marketing & admissions strategy, to ensure the school achieves its student growth ambitions.

The ideal candidate will have significant expertise in strategic, commercial and transactional marketing and will be experienced in planning and delivering multi-channel marketing communications. They will be able to demonstrate success in driving results, admissions and managing teams, clearly being able to link, through CRM software or otherwise, the impact of marketing activities on results

Proactivity, ambition and energy will be key to this role, as will be personal warmth, emotional intelligence and an ability to inspire confidence and respect. The successful applicant should also be able to inspire, motivate and effectively manage the performance of the Marketing and Admissions department.

As a British International School specialising in providing the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, strong English language is an essential requirement and applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred.

For more details about the role, please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification, attached.

About the School

Britannica International School Shanghai ( is the only truly British owned  and managed, British style, international school in Shanghai. It offers learning and teaching experiences based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum enhanced to meet the needs of its international student body. Secondary students are prepared for Cambridge University and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A-Level examinations.

The school is accommodated in well-resourced and purpose-built premises that are situated in the high quality residential district of Gubei, which is within 20 minutes of the vibrant Former French Concession area. It has a capacity for 750 pupils from 2 – 18 years of age, making it unique in the city with regard to its smaller school and family feel environment. The school currently has a student population of over 400 pupils. Class sizes are all under 22 pupils and often smaller. School holidays are similar to those in the UK with a 180 day calendar year.

Benefits of working at an Orbital Education School

Britannica International School, Shanghai also forms part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group o f international schools providing a British education to an internationally diverse student population.

Orbital Education focuses on delivering the very best in British education to its students around the globe. It’s an expanding group with schools already in Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the globe.

Key reasons to work at an Orbital Education School include:

- Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students worldwide

- Enhanced professional development opportunities, through partnerships with specialist learning providers to offer recognised and accredited professional development programmes.

- Opportunities for both career development and movement within the group, providing opportunity to see the world whilst progressing an attractive and rewarding career.

Living and working in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, but is probably its most diverse and cosmopolitan, with a huge International community choosing to travel, live, and settle here. Shanghai provides an excellent lifestyle, with a combination of western cultures mixed with the best of China’s past and present, making Shanghai’s local culture unique in the world. Shanghai is an extremely safe, welcoming, and modern city, with its friendly occupants known for their hospitality, and the ability to make you feel at home. There are excellent education facilities, transportation, and amenities across the city, with two International airports providing excellent transport links across the world.

Applications - If this describes you and you are keen to join our excellent school and friendly, supportive and hardworking staff team, then we would welcome an application from you.

Applications should be submitted in English and include your up to date CV and details of three referees, including your most recent employer. In a covering letter, applicants should highlight how their experience, knowledge and skills match those of the ideal candidate as set out above and within the role profile - available attached.

As detailed above, due to current entry restrictions into China, we are seeking individuals who are currently in China, or who have pre-existing right or ability to enter and work in China. If you cannot fulfil these requirements your application is likely to be rejected.

Please submit your application to the Principal, Mr. Paul Farrell, at 

Closing date for applications is 28 February 2021. However, interviews will take place by MS Teams and will commence immediately from the date of advertising. For these reasons early applications are encouraged as the school may appoint and close this vacancy before this deadline, if the right candidate is found. If you have not been contacted by 15 March 2021, you should assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Safeguarding - Britannica International School, Shanghai is committed to safeguarding children and young people.

As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding, all post-holders are subject to background checks and an International Child Protection Certificate administered by ACRO (if ever worked or lived in the  UK), Prohibition Checks where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence. Prior to employment employees will also be required to present original and notarised copies of their professional qualifications.

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