Thank you for your interest in joining the vibrant learning community at Hong Kong International School!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Collaboration and Professional Practice.
- Instructional Strategies.
- Knowledge of Content, Pedagogy and Students.
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.
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.
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
- Human Resources
- Office of Institutional Advancement
- Curriculum and Professional Development
- Student Services
Administrator positions will be posted as they arise.
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
- Office of Institutional Advancement
- Marketing and Communications
- Information Technology
- Security, Housekeeping & Maintenance
Staff positions will be posted as they arise.
- 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)
Application Form for Substitute Teacher
- 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 application below and email to: email@example.com
Please see All Current Openings below to check for any long-term substitute vacancies.
Application Form for Substitute Teacher Assistant, Nurse, Swimming Instructor and Staff
- 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
- Administrators and Faculty
- Support Staff
- Substitute Positions
- Teacher Assistants
- Daily Substitute Teacher
For further information and inquiries about positions, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.