Thank you for your interest in joining the vibrant learning community at Hong Kong International School!

HKIS proudly serves over 2,750 students from over 40 nations and provides educational excellence with a difference. Within this diverse community, we focus on developing the whole child and are committed to nurturing each child to achieve his or her full potential.

We believe that:
  • Lifelong learning is vital for individuals to thrive in and contribute to a changing society
  • Society progresses when individuals strive for excellence and seek challenges
  • Learning thrives in the presence of shared high expectations and mutually respectful relationships
  • Diversity enriches community and strengthens society
  • Together, parents, faculty, staff and students create the conditions for children's success and a healthy lifestyle.
If those beliefs resonate with you, we welcome you to join our team of dedicated professionals at HKIS!
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Working at HKIS

Faculty

  • HKIS strives to expedite the recruitment process. Job interviews and hiring decisions are often completed by Christmas.
  • Potential faculty may be required to provide a video of their teaching practice.
  • We typically attend recruitment fairs by Search Associates and ISS in Bangkok, Boston, and San Francisco.
  • Applications NOT received through Search Associates/ISS must be received via our online job application system.

Faculty Profile

Prospective teachers should evaluate how well they “fit” the following profile:

  • Excellence: motivated to serve children, in-depth knowledge of subject, ability to engage students, high standards
  • Spiritually centered: committed to understanding and respecting Christianity and other religions
  • Life-long learner: passionate about professional and personal growth and improving one’s teaching practices
  • Collaborative and relational: enthusiastic about sharing professional practices and teamwork
  • Focused: committed to the HKIS Student Learning Results
  • Community builder: willingness to participate in HKIS community events
  • Global minded: understands, respects, and appreciates diverse cultures, a sense of global stewardship and responsibility

The school strives to maintain an ethnically and culturally diverse staff to complement both its mission and character. Teachers model caring, celebrating and serving, and encourage others to do the same. Teachers should be conversant about their faith, supportive of the Christian values the school espouses, and interested in joining the religious conversation of the community.

HKIS fosters a collegial atmosphere among faculty to encourage their involvement in decisions about the educational program. North Americans comprise 60% of the HKIS faculty while the remaining are from private and public schools around the world. Teachers recruited in the U.S. who are members of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod are appointed through the Board of Mission Services.

Benefits

Our goal is to offer a comprehensive remuneration package that is attractive for recruiting and retaining faculty who are passionate about HKIS, enthusiastic about Hong Kong, and are eager to seize the opportunity to collaborate and interface with world-class educators, colleagues, and students.

AIRFARE

HKIS benefit provisions currently include relocation expenses to Hong Kong. HKIS provides an initial airfare allowance at the beginning of an employee's service as well as their spouse's and each dependent that will reside in Hong Kong.

SHIPPING

HKIS will provide shipping assistance to ship household goods, up to a set amount based on family size for faculty arriving from overseas.

SETTLING IN ALLOWANCE

HKIS provides a cash allowance to assist with the associated costs of setting up your new residence.

INITIAL HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

The HKIS housing program allows faculty flexibility and choice. New Faculty have two options to choose from:

1). Faculty may elect to receive a housing allowance to select their own apartment, and will upon arrival in Hong Kong be eligible to stay in a serviced apartment provided by the school for up to one month while selecting their new home, or

2). Faculty can elect to have HKIS source and lease their apartment in the school’s name for their first two year contract. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, hotel accommodation will be provided by the school for three nights, before faculty move into their new homes.

SECOND PROVIDER POLICY

Under the HKIS second provider policy, if an employee receives airfare and /or shipping from their spouse’s employer they will not be eligible to receive the benefits from HKIS.

Professional Development

In order to maintain a challenging and rigorous curriculum, to enable faculty to be on the cutting edge of instructional practices, and to support HKIS as a leader in international education, our approach to professional development is research-based, proactive, ongoing and systematic.

HKIS aims to equip faculty to meet students’ changing needs, and to support faculty in their efforts to stay abreast of their profession and to make their teaching alive and creative.

A generous annual professional development fund is made available to each faculty member. The allocation can be accumulated for up to three years to support a major professional growth opportunity.

Members of faculty are able to take courses, subscribe to professional journals or attend conferences; allowing faculty to be absent for a maximum of 5 working days, in any one year, to participate in professional development while school is in session.

Faculty Performance Appraisals

Performance Appraisals are one of the elements of an integrated program that addresses the school and employee needs (i.e. professional development, career planning, compensation).

Faculty, administrators and staff come to HKIS first and foremost because of who we are, our educational program, and the attraction of working with exceptional colleagues and students. Our vibrant school community and the dynamic city of Hong Kong are great places to live and work. We aim to attract globally-minded educators who are life-long learners committed to the highest standards of excellence. To honor them, we strive to provide a total compensation package that is globally competitive, rewards excellence, is commensurate with HKIS’s high expectation of its teachers, and delivers exceptional professional development opportunities.

Accordion

Performance Appraisal

Faculty, administrators and staff come to HKIS first and foremost because of who we are, our educational program, and the attraction of working with exceptional colleagues and students. Our vibrant school community and the dynamic city of Hong Kong are great places to live and work. We aim to attract globally-minded educators who are life-long learners committed to the highest standards of excellence. To honor them, we strive to provide a total compensation package that is globally competitive, rewards excellence, is commensurate with HKIS’s high expectation of its teachers, and delivers exceptional professional development opportunities.

Philosophy

At Hong Kong International School we strive to provide a dynamic learning based culture where all educators can experience significant professional and career growth. We are committed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills required in today’s rapidly changing educational landscape by aligning professional development with individual needs. We believe this targeted approach to professional growth will lead to improved teacher effectiveness and student learning.

Our integrated appraisal system addresses the school and employee needs (i.e. professional development, career planning, compensation). It is a particular kind of performance pay system known as knowledge and skills based compensation. Knowledge and skills-based compensation is not merit pay (which typically links teacher pay to student test results); rather, it specifies the teacher knowledge and skills that are believed to contribute the most to teacher effectiveness and then aligns both professional development and compensation with the identified knowledge and skills. In this manner, the school allocates its resources to what it values most: teacher growth, with the ultimate goal being enhanced student learning.

There are six Knowledge and Skill areas for classroom teachers:

  • Assessment.
  • Collaboration and Professional Practice.
  • Communication.
  • Instructional Strategies.
  • Knowledge of Content, Pedagogy and Students.
  • Management.

Assessment

The assessment system is standards-based and aligned with best practices in assessment. As such, the Knowledge and Skills rubrics clearly articulate instructional and professional practice at different levels of performance. It provides evidence sufficient in scope to permit confident conclusions about performance, and reduces sources of bias.

An assessment of each Knowledge and Skill area forms the basis of each teacher’s individual profile. Assessment is based on the experiences of the supervisor and schoolwide administrator with the individual teacher, through observations, conversations about professional practice and review of student work samples. The supervisor and second administrator agree scores in each of the Knowledge and Skill areas, and this forms the basis of the teacher’s Individual Profile. This profile is then used to determine the teacher’s compensation.

It is important to note that new teachers are not required, but have the option to go through the assessment process in their second year at HKIS. Teachers are required to go through the assessment process in their third year of employment. Equally important to note is that the system is built upon the premise of collaboration not competition and is not norm-referenced. In other words, all faculty have the opportunity to reach the highest level in all Knowledge and Skills areas at their own pace.

Professional Development

The underlying philosophy of the Professional Development program at HKIS is lifelong education. We believe that adults and students learn best when education is differentiated, relevant, participatory and applied. HKIS aims to keep teachers equipped with the latest developments and best practices in curriculum, assessment and other relevant areas. Engaging students in creative ways requires active engagement in professional learning. HKIS commits resources (human, financial and time) towards its professional development program and provides opportunities for professional collaboration among educators in support of schoolwide and individual growth such as:

  • On-site visits by world class educational experts such as Ron Ritchhart, Matthew Glover, Laura Lipton, and Michael Thompson.
  • In-house lab sites.
  • Collaborative time for divisional and schoolwide teams during designated Professional Development days.
  • Funds set aside for individual targeted professional growth aligned with schoolwide goals.

Admin

HKIS Administrators foster the objectives and educational goals of Hong Kong International School. HKIS' leadership team is composed of 24 administrators from diverse backgrounds whose collective efforts support faculty and staff colleagues in achieving the Mission, Vision and Student Learning Results. Administrators foster HKIS' educational goals while building and nurturing the school's culture and community.

In addition, they are expected to participate fully in the life of the school, and to perform administrative duties necessary to ensure the continued welfare of students and teachers.

HKIS Administrators are recruited in the following areas:

  • Principals and Associate Principals
  • Educational Technology Services
  • Admissions
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Curriculum and Professional Development
  • Student Services

Administrator positions will be posted as they arise.

Support Staff

The management and operation of HKIS and its four Divisions demands a capable and committed team of support staff. This group of dedicated individuals helps to ensure that HKIS is able to deliver the educational and co-curricular programs and activities that contribute to a well rounded program.

HKIS recruits throughout the year for full-time, part-time, and contract positions to meet the continuing and evolving needs of the organization.

Our staff are involved in the following functional areas:

  • Finance Administration, Accounting and Purchasing
  • Human Resources
  • Admissions
  • Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Facilities
  • Information Technology
  • Security, Housekeeping & Maintenance

Staff positions will be posted as they arise.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants play an integral role in the delivery of the educational program at HKIS. They provide a wide variety of services, including assisting faculty with instructional support in small groups or individual students, classroom preparation, supervision of students, administrative support, and other clerical duties.

HKIS Teaching Assistants respect and appreciate diverse cultures, languages and religious traditions and actively support the HKIS Mission Statement and Student Learning Results (SLRs).

Our Teaching Assistants possess the following qualities:

  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • English language skills
  • Collaborative; ability to work as part of a team
  • Organization ability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerSchool)
We recruit Teaching Assistants for throughout the year and positions are posted as they arise.

Substitutes



We recruit for Substitute Positions throughout the year.

HKIS employs suitably qualified Substitute Teacher applicants who are:

  • Fully qualified or experienced teachers
  • Hong Kong Permanent Residents or Dependent Visa holders
  • Registered or Permitted teachers with the HK Education Bureau

If you fulfill the above requirements and would like to be included on our daily substitute list, please complete the Substitute Application Form and email to: recruitment@hkis.edu.hk or post to:

Human Resources Office
Hong Kong International School
1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam
Hong Kong
Fax: 2813 8740

Please see All Current Openings below to check for any long-term substitute vacancies.

Application Form for Substitute Teacher Assistant, Nurse, and Staff

Please attach the following documents to your application:
Please note that applications will only be processed when all documents are received:
  • Your Hong Kong (HKID) card OR A copy of the Visa stamp in your passport, if not a Permanent HKID holder
  • Copies of degree/diploma/teaching certificates/nursing qualifications, as appropriate
  • Reference letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC) from the Hong Kong police

Once the completed application and relevant documents have been received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the school. Thereafter, the Substitute Coordinators will notify you as soon as a suitable opening arises.

Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only. HKIS welcomes candidates who would like to apply for long-term or short-term substitute positions as Faculty, Teacher Assistant or Nurse, for all Grade levels.

Application Form for Substitute Teacher Assistant, Nurse, and Staff

Documents to attach with your application are as follows. Please note applications will NOT be processed until all these documents are received.

  • Your Hong Kong (HKID) card OR A copy of the Visa stamp in your passport, if not a Permanent HKID holder
  • Copies of degree/diploma/teaching certificates/nursing qualifications, as appropriate.
  • Reference letters.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC) from the Hong Kong police

Once HKIS receives your application with all relevant documents, we will inform you whether your application has been approved. Thereafter, the Substitute Coordinators will contact you as soon as a suitable opening arises.

If you do not hear from us, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

All current openings

 

Administrators

Head of School (August 2018)

Spencer Stuart is supporting this search. Please direct all inquiries to Hypatia Kingsley at hkingsley@spencerstuart.com.

Principal, Lower Primary (August 2018)

Carney Sandoe & Associates is supporting this search. Please direct all inquiries to Ralph Davison at ralph.davison@carneysandoe.com.

Principal, Middle School (August 2018)

Carney Sandoe & Associates is supporting this search. Please direct all inquiries to Ralph Davison at ralph.davison@carneysandoe.com.

Support Staff

Faculty


To apply for our Faculty openings please apply online via our Online Application System.

High School Counselor

Substitute Positions

Teaching Assistants

To apply for our Teaching Assistant openings, please send completed applications to recruitment@hkis.edu.hk (you can download our application form here Form TA )

Current Openings

  • Teaching Assistant (Upper Primary)
  • Teaching Assistant (Art)
  • Teaching Assistant (Music/Drama) - Middle School

Daily Substitute Teacher

Applications being accepted.

For further information and inquiries about positions, e-mail us at .

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in HKIS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED. IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM US, PLEASE ASSUME THAT YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL. PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED WILL BE USED FOR RECRUITMENT PURPOSES ONLY.

Warning on Recruiting Scams
Hong Kong International School does not ask or require teacher candidates to send money for application fees, visas, or any other costs associated with recruitment or moving to Hong Kong. We do not ask applicants for information related to bank accounts or other private information. If you have been asked by HKIS or another international school to send money to cover such costs, you may be the target of an elaborate scam. Several international schools have had their web sites cloned, and candidates have been asked to send money as part of the scam. All candidates are urged to use extreme caution if they have been asked for money or private information.