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Why Join ISB?

ISB is a progressive, dynamic workplace where students come first and where teachers and support staff are highly valued for the gifts and talents they bring to these young learners. The school offers many opportunities for professional growth, both on campus and with access to workshops and conferences across the globe.

Our faculty and support staff (totaling more than 360) represent numerous nationalities, including many from Australia, Canada, China, France, India, the Philippines, the UK, and the US.

At ISB, you will be part of a great team of professionals providing a learning culture which enhances the students’ academic abilities through serving their social-emotional needs and physical health. We have an unwavering commitment to safeguarding children, providing a safe place to learn and play, surrounded by a team of adults who want only the best for each child.

I have been impressed with ISB’s commitment to child safeguarding and to child protection training and advice. This approach to making the school environment increasingly safe and secure is a very important one, and a robust and vigilant school community in a safeguarding sense is being fostered at ISB. - Chris Gould, Detective Chief Superintendent (ret’d), Independent Child Protection Consultant

Working at ISB is rewarding (in both a professional and financial sense) and because we are all working towards a common goal – to make ISB the best international school in the world.

We have fabulous facilities and we work hard to further improve them. Beijing is undergoing an economic, cultural and artistic renaissance. Only by living in arguably the world’s most important city and serving in this remarkable school will you fully understand and appreciate the gifts that Beijing and China can give.

The principles of trust, empathy and professionalism allow everyone to thrive in their own way at ISB. We also make time to have fun, something not to be underestimated – the wellness of our teachers and support staff is of the utmost importance. Please contact us to learn more about how joining the ISB team is likely to be the best professional decision you will make.

Patrick Hurworth, Head of School
International School of Beijing

Our Educator Profile

We are a community of talented, passionate educators and motivated staff. We encourage inquiry, problem solving and creativity in our students. We are always interested to hear from likeminded professionals. If our approach to learning appeals to you, please get in touch with us via recruitment@isb.bj.edu.cn.

Download a copy of our Educator Profile

Brad (High School English Teacher) and Jasmeen Philen (Grade 5 Teacher)

Brad and Jasmeen Philen

One of the most rewarding aspects about teaching at ISB is that the students are genuinely happy, hard-working, caring and fun. As professional educators, the quality and quantity of resources at ISB allow us to really hone in on the craft of teaching. The collegiality and professionalism of our divisional and departmental teams mean we are constantly collaborating, learning and growing professionally.

From the moment we landed at Beijing's airport, we were greeted and welcomed warmly by ISB administrators. The first week of orientation provided a smooth orientation for settling into Beijing. We were provided with the comfort of furnished temporary housing at Day's Inn before we were supported with finding our home nearby ISB.

The amount of time and energy ISB's human resources team puts into making sure every new employee has a smooth transition makes ISB a first-class school.

Living in China is exciting, adventurous and a positive challenge. ISB promotes balance for not only students, but also its teachers with its adult wellness program. As a teaching couple, we've taken full advantage of these activities and opportunities.

Bertha Knox (Middle School Counselor)

Bertha Knox

Working with an exceptional team passionate about educating students, parents and their fellow colleagues is an enriching experience. When I arrived in Beijing, I was greeted at the airport by our principal. It was very settling and confirmed to me that someone was here for me. Coming to Beijing on my own, it was comforting to know I had arrived at a place where people were here for me. Even before I arrived, the human resources team was outstanding. They took care of every minor detail and supported us through every process, which took a lot of stress off me as a new hire.

Working at ISB connects with my philosophy of nurturing the whole child. This approach to education drew me to ISB, and because I feel I have that connection it encourages me to do the best job I possibly can and contribute to our community. ISB gives me access to a wealth of resources not just as a school, but through my colleagues who help each other with our personal and professional growth.

ISB is unique because it is a culmination of great kids and families, extremely knowledgably and passionate educators, and a welcoming, nurturing environment. When I walk through the school doors each morning, it feels like a gift that makes me smile.

Katie Fitzgerald (Grade 2 Teacher)

Katie Fitzgerald

My transition to ISB was much easier than I thought it would be. There was no point when I felt like I didn't know what was going on. When you're coming to a new country, it is so reassuring to have the support from mentor teachers and "professional buddies" who prepare you for every step professionally and personally. There is a lot of investment in professional development; being able to pick and choose the areas where we would like to develop as educators is fantastic.

Before I decided to come to Beijing, I attended job fairs. Doing up to 20 interviews per day can be quite overwhelming, but it was the feeling I experienced during my interview with ISB that sealed my decision. There is a strong sense of community, and I get wonderful support from parents. Working in a team with so many different perspectives and experiences is great.

Our Faculty Salary & Benefits

We recognize that two of the most important factors that impact hiring and retaining world-class professionals are the work environment and the salary and benefits package. The work environment at ISB is grounded in mutual respect, transparency, trust and the opportunity for professional development.

We believe in investing in our people, both our students and our educators. For our faculty, we are committed to providing a salary and benefits package that is competitive with strong savings potential and responsive to the needs of people in our organization. Below is the salary scale and benefits available to educators in the 2016-17 academic year.

For full details, please download a copy of the ISB 2019-2020 Faculty Salary & Benefit Summary

Without Master's Degree

Minimum Starting Salary
Schedule Salary ¥466,324.00
Annual Base Salary ¥466,324.00
Retirement ¥46,632.40
Total Annual Salary Before Tax ¥512,956.00

With Master's Degree

Maximum Starting Salary
Schedule Salary ¥546,141.00
Master's Stipend ¥19,000.00
Annual Base Salary ¥565,141.00
Retirement ¥56,514.00
Total Annual Salary Before Tax ¥621,655.00

With Doctoral Degree

Maximum Salary on Schedule
Schedule Salary ¥683,656.00
Doctorate’s Stipend ¥28,000.00
Annual Base Salary ¥711,656.00
Retirement ¥71,166.00
Longevity Bonus ¥35,583.00
Total Annual Salary Before Tax ¥818,404.00

Employee Screening & Child Protection Policy

For assurance of a safe learning environment for our students, ISB recruiters and our Human Resources Office conduct thorough reference and background checks on candidates before making a job offer. Applicants must provide at least 3 references. At least TWO of these must be a former or current supervisor, both of whom the School must be able to contact either face to face or through a phone call.

All employees are required to provide clear background/criminal checks. New hires must provide a recent background check from both their home country and current work location, if they are currently overseas. The school reserves the right to request criminal record checks from other countries in which the candidate has lived or worked for more than 6 months.

All ISB personnel, including subs, interns, coaches and ASA providers, must undergo Child Protection awareness training including periodical updates and information sessions. Each employee signs, under separate cover, the ISB Code of Conduct outlining standards and expectations of the school’s Child Protection Policy and procedures for reporting and following up on suspected abuse.

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