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Academic Manager - China (Beijing or Shenzhen)

Posted By: TUP Academy <[email protected]>
Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019, at 12:18 p.m.

We have an opening for a fall semester English high school Academic Manager position in either our existing
Shenzhen location or our new Beijing location.

SHENZHEN: Our 2+1 Sino-US high school bridge program operates within a public Chinese boarding high
school on the outskirts of Shenzhen, connected by bus to the Shenzhen Metro. The students spend half the
day taking their Chinese high school classes and the other half taking their English classes in the different
skill areas (reading, writing, and listening & speaking), as well as in American culture and AP, SAT, and TOEFL

The students are high schoolers who are on an international track, and we have about 80 students between
grades 10 and 11. They will be doing their final year of high school (grade 12) at a partner university in the
United States, during which time they will research and apply to US colleges.

BEIJING: Beginning in August 2019, we will be launching a 2+1 Sino-US high school bridge program in a new
high school in Beijing. Similar to Shenzhen, the students will be on an international track and will take both
Chinese and English courses. We anticipate approximately 100 grade-10 students in the inaugural class.

To help manage our growth and new programs, we are looking for someone who can begin full-time at one of
the program locations in August, and ideally do part-time (approximately 10 hours/week) remote work prior to
the fall (to assist with program development, including teacher hiring and curriculum development).

Major duties of the Academic Manager fall into “Management” and “Academic” categories:

• Directly manage foreign teachers and coordinate with them on curriculum, classroom management,
and other issues.
• Set expectations with teachers individually at the beginning of the semester, provide ongoing
performance management, and conduct formal performance evaluations at the end of each semester.
• Handle student issues and disciplinary matters, coordinating with Chinese program staff and school
• Ensure proactive and ongoing communication with Chinese program staff and school
administration, as well as with and among foreign teachers.
• Manage administrative aspects of the program, including scheduling teachers, creating the
academic calendar, and keeping informed of any and all requests and changes from the school
• Represent the foreign teachers when interacting with school administration and parents.
• Make presentations to prospective students/parents and members of the school community.
• Hire teachers for subsequent semesters, as needed.

• Depending on enrollment, the Academic Manager may teach at least one of the courses.
• Assist in developing curriculum, placement tests, assessments, and library of teaching resources
and materials.

In addition to very competitive pay, the Academic Manager will receive free housing in the teacher’s dormitory
(standard studio room/bathroom). Other benefits include: Chinese health insurance and work visa, one round-
trip ticket between the US and China per year, two-three weeks of paid winter vacation, four weeks of paid
summer vacation, and paid time off for some Chinese and US public holidays.

This is a high-responsibility and high-autonomy position within a relatively new, entrepreneurial, and small
but fast-growing organization. Opportunities exist for advancement within the organization for teachers and
administrators who are motivated, conscientious, and willing to learn. This position is ideal for someone who
is willing to roll up their sleeves, embrace responsibility and accountability, and put a lot of energy into
working with our teachers and students.

Contract length is negotiable but will ideally be two years. Full-time start date is August, 2019, but we are
open to a part-time (~10 hours/week) remote start date more immediately to assist with hiring and program

Note: we are also currently hiring for English teachers in Shenzhen and Beijing. Please specify if you are
interested in applying for a teaching position rather than the Academic Manager position.

• Prior program management experience (including teacher management, curriculum development,
student affairs, and communication/collaboration within a larger school/organizational setting)
• Prior experience teaching, particularly high school-aged students
• Familiarity with this student population (high school-aged Chinese students)
• Familiarity with the higher education system in the United States, including university admissions
• Experience living and working overseas

Strongly Preferred:
• Experience with teaching and/or program management in China
• Knowledge of Chinese culture and education system
• Ability to communicate in Mandarin Chinese

Personal Qualities:
• Patient and flexible about working in a dynamic and often-changing environment where we are
learning and creating in real time
• Conscientious and responsible, both in and out of the classroom
• Respect for a different culture and a desire to understand foreign experiences
• Comfortable with making and taking ownership of decisions
• Motivated to interact with and mentor Chinese teenagers
• Interest in developing teachers and serving as a role model and mentor for them
• Desire to live, work, and learn in China

Please send resume, a short cover letter, and availability to [email protected].


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