International Director of Music, Qingdao

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HD Qingdao SchoolQingdao

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Opportunity 

Hurtwood House Qingdao is seeking to appoint a highly skilled and passionate Director of Music. The successful candidates will be joining one of the most exciting educational projects of our time– namely the education of Chinese nationals in a bilingual context. As it continues to grow in 2019 – 2020, Hurtwood House Qingdao offers tremendous professional opportunities for teachers wishing to bring their cutting-edge practices to the most rapidly developing country in the world. 

The School 

Known locally as Qingdao HD Bilingual School, Hurtwood House Qingdao is affiliated with Hurtwood House UK, in Surrey. The School’s mission is to nurture global Chinese citizens, who develop an appreciation for the international context, whilst ensuring they hold onto their cultural heritage. Hurtwood House Qingdao believes that education creates character and focus on personal development and progress in equal measure to academics. The School benefits from exceptional facilities on our campus including:

  • A bilingual library
  • Specialist teaching classrooms such as art studios and science laboratories
  • A multi-functional theatre
  • Excellent indoor sports areas for tennis, football and basketball

The Person 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A subject relevant degree from an established university (required)
  • PGCE/QTS or equivalent (required)
  • Excellent working knowledge of the music curriculum (English National Curriculum preferred) appropriate to the primary and secondary schools and an interest in current developments in music (required)
  • Experience with respect to leading and managing staff (required)
  • Experience in the delivery and assessment of the music curriculum (required)
  • Experience teaching the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE music course (required)
  • At least six years of teaching experience (desirable)
  • Experience of working with children who have English as an additional language (desirable)
  • Experience of working in the independent sector (desirable)

Package Details 

  • A competitive salary scale which ranges from 255000RMB – 438000RMB per annum with additional special responsibility allowances available based on experience and qualifications
  • Comprehensive medical cover for teacher, spouse and dependents
  • Annual flights for teacher, spouse and dependents
  • Housing allowance 
  • Relocation allowance
  • Full remission for tuition fees of staff children in accordance with HD schools’ policies

How to Apply

For further information about HD Qingdao and this role, please download the candidate information pack and accompanying job specification. To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to careers-international@hurtwoodhousecn.com. Covering letters must be no longer than one side of A4 and should set out your interest in this position, how you meet the requirement and your ambitions for the school. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th December 2018

Preliminary discussions with candidates will take place in November and early December. First round interviews will take place on a rolling basis and early application is therefore advised. Shortlisted candidates will be notified, and final round interviews arranged accordingly. Hurtwood House China reserves the right to appoint before the closing date. 

Please contact Sze-Ting Lee on +44 207 788 7937 or lee.szeting@hurtwoodhousecn.com should you have any questions or wish to arrange an informal discussion about this role.

Safeguarding and Data Protection

HD Qingdao is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to respect this commitment. The post is subject to an appropriate criminal background check and satisfactory reference checks. By applying to this post, I agree to my data being held and processed by Hurtwood House China and its affiliates. If I am appointed to the post I also agree to additional information, including sensitive data such as bank details and medical information, being held by Hurtwood House China and its affiliates. 



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Xingguang Dao, Dongfang Yingdu, Xi Hai An Xin Qu, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000, China
Telephone: +86 15066252887
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