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Head of School

Shenzhen International Foundation CollegeGuangdong

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the leadership of a forward thinking and evolving international school as it enters an exciting new phase of development. With an aim to become recognized as a leading school across China and internationally, the school has initiated a number of strategic projects. The position of Principal is a very important role within the school that forms an important part of the schools next strategic steps. 

From August 2019 the school relocated into a new first class campus with state of the art learning spaces and boarding facilities. The school will also begin working toward membership and accreditation by the Council of International Schools and the authorization and implementation of the International College Board Advanced Placement courses and A-LEVEL & IGCSE courses. 


Shenzhen is one of top 3 cities in China which is a dynamic and creative city of South China, set in beautiful tropical green surroundings within a futuristic and modern yet safe, family friendly city. Directly linked to Hong Kong only 45 minutes away, Shenzhen is an artistic and tech hub founded on innovation and creativity. This Pearl River Delta megalopolis is one of China’s richest cities, having grown from 30,000 inhabitants in 1980, when it was designated the first special economic zone, to a population of almost 12 million. In 2008, Shenzhen was named a UNESCO Creative City of Design. The city continues to thrive as a leader of arts and creativity. The modern inner city is surrounded by palm-studded districts of gated communities, beautiful parks and former industrial buildings turned into contemporary art districts, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and high-ceilinged galleries. 

The Role 

The Principal will have whole school responsibility and will work closely with each department head and Head of Boarding and Student Wellbeing to provide direction, inspiration and guidance to our teaching staff including staff development, performance management and deployment. The Principal will provide effective leadership and support to staff, students and parents while inspiring an atmosphere of energy, excitement and high achievement. Focused on developing a high performing learning community, the successful candidate will initially take lead responsibility for the design, development and implementation of the curriculum and assessment model from Grades 9 to 12. The key priorities of the role will be to ensure the curriculum in its design, implementation and review, is carried out systematically and collaboratively and reflects the schools vision, mission and philosophy and aligns to international standards and benchmarks. In addition, the Principal will also contribute to the day-to-day operations of the school. As the school progresses towards its future goals the role of Principal will adapt to match the needs of the school. 

Candidate Profile 

The school is seeking a highly experienced leader, who has the required knowledge and skills to lead and develop this aspect of the school. The school values candidates who can demonstrate a dynamic, forward thinking mindset and the ability to establish and maintain a positive, internationally minded and collaborative environment that ensures high academic standards and student achievement. A minimum of 5 years’ experience of leading in a high performing international school is essential. As is experience with the AP or A-level Programme and an excellent understanding of international school standards, curriculum and teaching and learning developments. 

Application Procedure 

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit:

 A one page letter of application outlining why you wish to apply for this position and what specific experience, qualities and skills you can offer.

 A one page statement of educational and leadership philosophy. 

 An up to date C.V, including good recent head and shoulders photograph and the email and telephone contact details of 3 professional references, one of which must be your current Head of School. 

Applications should be compiled into a single PDF and be emailed to The review of applications will begin immediately on receipt. 

Initial interviews will take place on a rolling basis via wechat and so early application is encouraged. Final shortlisted candidates will be invited to Shenzhen to visit the school and participate in final interviews.

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