Wellington College International Tianjin
About Wellington College International Tianjin
Wellington College is committed to providing world-class educational opportunities in the city of Tianjin. We seek to recruit and develop staff members who are fully engaged with the stated vision of the school – [to] “aspire to create a caring, international community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing global society” and who are guided in their professional and personal conduct by the core Wellington values – courage, respect, integrity, kindness and responsibility. In this way, the post holder should regard the following outline of the job description not as a checklist of things to achieve, but as a starting point for their growth in the role.
Wellington College International Tianjin opened in August 2011, and is the first overseas partner school of Wellington College in the UK.
Centrally located on a purpose-built campus just north of the city centre of Tianjin, the College has impressive facilities designed in the distinctive classical style of Wellington College, including fully equipped interactive classrooms, a large library, outdoor sports facilities, a large sports hall including an indoor swimming pool, and a 500-seat theatre. The College accepts children aged from age 2 to 18, with pupils in Nursery to Year 1 occupying their own separate building, the NEST.
The sixth largest city in China, population-wise, Tianjin is one of the four municipalities in the country that has provincial-level status, reporting directly to the central government. The city is located along the Hai He River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal. The port towns are located some distance away on the coast of the Bohai Gulf. The municipality incorporates the coastal region of Tanggu, home to the Binhai New Area and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). It borders Hebei province to the north, south and west and Beijing is to the north-west. The Bohai Gulf lies to the east.
The weather in Tianjin falls into four seasons. Summer is hazy, hot and humid. Autumn can be lovely with cool, brisk winds and clear skies. Winter can be a real winter, with strong winds, cold temperatures and moisture-sapping dry air blowing in from Siberia. In the winter the air can, at times, get thick, since many of the steam generating heating plants around Tianjin still operate on coal (on the positive side, there is a gradual transition to natural gas). Snowfall is not great in the winter; a few centimetres may fall during the entire winter. The winds of spring blow hard, bringing an increasing (although rare) threat of a sandstorm from the Gobi Desert. Spring seems brief with some rain here and there before summer settles in again. The summer is the rainy season, with the majority of the annual precipitation falling between June and August.
Tianjin has a proud food culture, appealing to both the more refined palate, but also many tasty street snacks. Tianjin food is a must for every newcomer to explore!
Salary and Salary Scale
Wellington College has its own salary scale, which reflects the College’s aim to attract high quality staff. The salaries offered are extremely competitive in comparison with other leading international schools in China, and are awarded according to a points system on the scale. Further details of the salary scale will be given to candidates invited for interview. Each qualification and year of relevant teaching experience is taken into account when assessing each teacher’s point on the salary scale. Staff appointed will progress up the salary scale one point for each year of successful service at Wellington. Contracts issued will be for two years duration.
Wellington College offers a series of responsibility allowances and, once again, the level of remuneration is designed to attract the best possible candidates. Those applying to positions of responsibility and asked to attend an interview will be provided with further details.
The Wellington College overseas package include health insurance, provided by a reputable health care scheme, enabling the recipient and his/her dependants, if any, to take advantage of the good hospitals and medical facilities available in Tianjin, or if required Beijing. The overseas package also contains annual flights home for each member of staff and his or her dependants. Two school-age children of each overseas member of staff will be entitled to full remission of tuition fees at the College. There will be other benefits attached to the overseas contract, in line with other international schools in China. Once again further details of all benefits will be given to candidates invited for interview.
For the first year of service, Wellington will provide staff accommodation, to a high standard, with all modern conveniences, and within easy reach of the College. After the first year, staff will be provided with an accommodation allowance, which will enable them to choose where they live.