Director of Innovation and Research

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Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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Role Managed by:

Kieran Pollentine

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 05/11/2021

The Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) invites applications for the role of Director of Innovation and Research to lead a cohesive, one-school approach to the delivery of innovative, research-based learning from Early Years to Grade 12. The Director of Innovation and Research represents a new role on the CDNIS senior leadership team and will report to the Head of School.


Canadian International School of Hong Kong is a highly innovative learning community committed to inspiring excellence, cultivating character and empowering engagement locally and globally.

Canadian International School of Hong Kong was founded in 1991 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The school is home to 1800 students from age 3-18 representing over 40 nationalities. CDNIS is a CIS/WASC accredited IB World School, with well-established PYP, MYP and IBDP programmes. Students in Grades 9-12 also study for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), graduating with dual IB/OSSD diplomas.Further information about CDNIS may be found on the school website

The Role

The Director of Innovation and Research will inspire and guide CDNIS educators, designing experiences that build cohesion and encouraging professional growth in line with best practices in teaching and learning and building a culture of research within the school. The Director of Innovation and Research will also actively engage the wider CDNIS community, enhancing and championing the unique practices and processes that make CDNIS a world-class school. They will have the opportunity to bring people together – for example, through organizing national and international forums and symposia around emergent trends in education.

The Candidate

Candidates for the role of Director of Innovation and Research will be visionary risk takers, entrepreneurs, out-of-the-box thinkers, and creative problem solvers. The ideal candidate for this position will be an active, contributing member of professional networks and associations related to innovation in education.

Qualifications Sought

  • Master’s degree in curriculum development, educational leadership or a related field
  • Minimum 5 years of classroom teaching, coaching and leadership experience in an international school context
  • Proven results in developing innovative educational instruction and design in a diverse setting
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing professional development
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity
  • Highly collaborative with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated successful change management
  • Experience utilising data-driven decision-making
  • Proven track record managing and inspiring complex teams

How to Apply

CDNIS will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver.   Applications for the role of Director of Innovation and Research should include the following materials:

  • CV
  • Covering Letter

Completed applications should be uploaded via this page. 

CDNIS will begin to review applications as soon as materials are received. Review of applications and nominations will continue until the post is filled.  Initial enquiries may be directed in confidence to Mr Kieran Pollentine via this page.