Director of Education, Shanghai, China

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Dipont Education - Shanghai Office (Head Office)Shanghai, China

Date posted:
Start date: August 2020 (or earlier)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: In addition to a highly competitive salary, benefits include: high quality housing, business class flights, bonus scheme and dependents’ package.
Contract term: Fixed Term

About Dipont Education

Dipont has pioneered the delivery of international programmes for Chinese students since 2003. We manage a network of 26 international curricula centres based in some of China’s top schools, delivering A Level, Advanced Placement or IB Diploma Programmes with over 6,000 students on roll. Dipont are also developing a network of high-quality K-12 independent schools. New campuses successfully opened in August 2018 in partnership with King’s College School, Wimbledon and two prestigious Chinese schools. Other new school projects (to open over the next 4 years) are currently in development.

Our head office is based in downtown Shanghai, but our schools extend from the north to the south of China with a high proportion located in the provinces close to Shanghai. 

The international education market for Chinese students has seen phenomenal development over the past 10 years and that progress continues. Dipont has been at the heart of this development and continues to be an innovator in the field. With over 1500 staff across the group, supporting more than 10,000 students within our schools and out-of-school programmes, we aim to develop young people into reflective learners, critical thinkers and confident communicators able to succeed in further study at university level and in their future careers. 

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a Director of Education, based in our Shanghai head office, who will oversee all aspects of teaching and learning in our international curricula centres, lead our curriculum development and training teams and support our new school projects in an advisory capacity.

Reporting to the CEO and divisional vice presidents, the successful applicant will take overall responsibility for educational matters across the group. This very senior level role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced headteacher looking to take the next step and undertake a post with a broader remit. For someone who has prior experience in a similar role, China is an extremely exciting region to operate in.

The Director of Education, with a team of deputy directors, provides guidance to principals based in our network of schools who directly manage over 400 teachers. Setting policies, evaluating the quality of teaching and learning, establishing new strategies to move the programmes forward and appointing teaching and leadership staff are essential aspects of the role.   

In leading the curricula development and training teams, there is a real opportunity to design innovative programmes that meet the needs of schools and students whilst supporting and developing both expatriate and Chinese teachers. Providing support to our Executive Principals in our K-12 independent schools is centred around curricula, training and quality assurance.   

Applications are invited from candidates with:

  • Headship experience in large-scale schools in at least two locations (ideally internationally)
  • Operational ability to deal with a wide range of situations in various locations and the ability to advise senior leadership in schools and on a corporate level
  • Personal expertise in curricula development or experience of leading curriculum specialists
  • A track record in delivering high-quality professional development programmes 
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to innovate and inspire
  • A passion for international educational development


The role commands an excellent salary and benefits package commensurate with a position of this seniority. In addition to a highly competitive salary, benefits include: high quality housing, business class flights, bonus scheme and dependents’ package. The position will be offered on an initial three-year contract term with annual renewal thereafter. The role will officially start from August 2020 but an earlier start date is also feasible depending upon the availability of the successful applicant. 

To Submit an Application

Please email a CV and covering letter to Vanessa Cumbers, Recruitment Director: or please contact Ms Cumbers for further information and informal discussion.


Job location

More about Dipont Education - Shanghai Office (Head Office)
Type: International Schools & Colleges
Address: Shanghai Office, 33rd Floor, 1788 West Nanjing Road, Jing'an, Shanghai, 200040, China.
Telephone: +86 21 6190 7080
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Location: China

Dipont Education is at the forefront of changing the way education is thought about and delivered in China. In addition to establishing and managing schools with elite Chinese and international partners, Dipont also provides innovative...