Hangzhou International School (HIS) seeks Grade Level Leaders/Homeroom Teachers for a variety of grade levels from EYFS – Year 6 who have a spirit of adventure, a sense of humor and wonder, a love of teaching children, a willingness to be involved in after-school activities, and a commitment to the life and spirit of the school.
HIS is an independent, non-profit, co-ed day school for over 650 students from more than 50 nationalities in Nursery through Grade 12. The majority of our expat teaching staff comes from the US, Australia, the U.K., Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa. HIS is an authorized IB World School, accredited by WASC, and a member of the regional associations ACAMIS, ECIS and EARCOS.
Hangzhou is a ‘small’ city by some Chinese standards, but its 8 million people are surrounded by a metropolitan area that has a total registration of some 21 million people. The city is one of the ancient capitals of China and is steeped in rich history and culture. It is famous for the beautiful West Lake and rolling green tea hills, which prompted former resident Marco Polo to refer to Hangzhou as ‘greater than any city in the world’. In recent years, Hangzhou has developed into a fairly cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of shopping, restaurant and entertainment options, and an excellent transportation network. New HIS teachers live in apartments close to or on the campus, and have access to the West Lake via a short taxi, metro, or public bus ride (even free public bicycles are widely available). The city of Shanghai is about 45 minutes by high speed train and the Hangzhou International Airport reaches most cities in China and serves an increasing number of international destinations, including direct flights to the US, Canada, Australia, many countries in Asia, and several destinations in Europe.
HIS students come from more than 30 countries, representing speakers of over 15 languages. A large number of students speak English as a second language and teachers are expected to individualize programs for these students.
There are currently 60 expatriate teachers on faculty. The majority are from the US and other native-English speaking countries, though a total of 16 nationalities are present on expat faculty.
In addition, there are Chinese teachers who teach language and culture, teacher aides who assist teachers in the classrooms, and additional national support staff.
Teachers are hired for an initial two-year contract, with the possibility of one-year extensions thereafter. Applicants should have at least 5 years teaching experience and carry valid teaching qualifications (equivalent to PGCE or B.Ed. plus QTS). IB and/or international experience is preferred.
Teachers are on duty from 7:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. daily. They are expected to take part in the extra-curricular programs of the school, which sometimes involve evening or weekend presence on campus.
More information about HIS and posted teaching vacancies can be found at www.his-china.org . For some basic information about Hangzhou, visit www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/hangzhou.htm
Applicants interested in employment at HIS should email a cover letter, resume (CV), a recent photo, and supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org . Applicants should also include the title of the position they are seeking in the subject field. Early applications are encouraged and HIS reserves the right to appoint the positions prior to the deadline.