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Dalian American International School

Dalian, China

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Role Managed by:

Lisa Whitehouse

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6259


Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 30/09/2021

Principal, Dalian School – a Nord Anglia Education School

This is a fantastic opportunity for a forward-thinking, ambitious and experienced professional to join our team as the Head of School for the Dalian American International School and Dalian Huamei School – educating international and local students on the same beautiful campus in Northeast China.   

The Dalian School provides a state of the art, world-class learning and teaching environment with a total student capacity of 1400 day and boarding students aged two to 18. Providing a unique learning experience, we offer students the best of Eastern and Western education resources and philosophies. The school delivers 3 different programmes: the American and AP curriculum from grades Pre-K to 12; a fully immersive bilingual programme which follows a progressive blend of the Chinese National Curriculum with international approaches taught in both Mandarin Chinese and English; and the Chinese National Curriculum taught in Mandarin Chinese combined with expert English language acquisition classes.

The Dalian School has world-class school facilities, which include specialist classrooms and extensive sports facilities including an indoor swimming pool and athletics area. It offers a 7-day boarding programme in its unique Campus Village residential which also provides premium accommodation to many faculty members.

As part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, the school shares resources and knowledge with the 76 other Nord Anglia schools around the world. Nord Anglia’s exclusive Global Campus connects Dalian students with a global community based in 31 different countries worldwide. Students will be able to extend their international experience through opportunities to learn abroad, to connect with more than 68,000 students in Nord Anglia’s global family, and to take advantage of exciting experiences and expeditions.

Through our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT and UNICEF, we embrace innovation to ensure students and teachers have the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the future.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join us as Head of School and to work collaboratively and co-operatively with the school’s Senior Leadership Team to lead the development of a world-class school. Together, you will ensure our school offers the very best international experience for our students whilst expertly delivering the Chinese and American curriculums to an outstanding level of performance.

You will be a fluent English speaker, expert in the American/AP curricula, as well as having experience of bilingual teaching, ideally from a school(s) in Asia. We are looking for a proven track-record in school leadership and a strong understanding of and respect for different cultures so that you can confidently work with school leaders, teachers, students and parents from China with diverse cultural backgrounds. Creativity, motivation, communication skills and adaptability are essential to make a significant impact in this important role.

The successful candidate will lead the school operationally and educationally:

  • Relentlessly pursue outstanding academic performance for all students;
  • Strengthen and develop the school’s mission, vision and strategic plan while ensuring the teaching and learning in the school is of the highest quality;
  • Support the marketing and admissions process of the school with passion and an adherence to quality, thus ensuring the school grows and is in high demand;
  • Develop and lead a culture of professional learning within the teaching body and develop the use of forward-looking technology in teaching and learning;
  • Promote our values through the opportunities we offer, the impact we make, the leadership we demonstrate and the respect we think everyone deserves;
  • Ensure the school is a well-organised, efficient and effective hive of purposeful learning from the start to the end of each school day;
  • Build and monitor the necessary teams and systems to run the school effectively and with excellence.


What we are looking for

The appointed candidate will:

  • Possess a creative and pragmatic mind with the ability to lead innovations in teaching and learning and the broader activity of the school;
  • Lead with a strategic and decisive style, suitable for a highly successful school within a competitive environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to deliver a world-class American curriculum style education in an international setting;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to blend the best of premium international curricula with a local Chinese curriculum using contemporary international thinking to create a distinctive positioning for the school;
  • Be an ambassador and help to build the brand and reputation of the school;
  • Demonstrate a flair for developing managerial and educational talent;
  • Respect, appreciate and understand a variety of cultures and societies, building strong relationships with all members of the school community;
  • Be committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for every student in our care and engage with children, staff and parents to ensure that we identify, understand and meet their educational aims and needs.

In return for your passion to deliver the highest quality education you will enjoy a more than competitive salary, accommodation provided by us, an annual flight allowance, health insurance and places in the school for your children.


We welcome applications from individuals who are passionate about education and have the skills and experience to make a signi´Čücant impact on our students and school community.

Interviews:  October and November 2021 (to be held virtually)

Start Date:  August 2022