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Dean of Students and Community Life

Vanke Meisha Academy
Shenzhen, China
US 10834 a month
Housing allowance provided on a monthly basis
Annual airfare reimbursement of up to USD 3,000
Start August 2020
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3 years
  • High School
  • District/Regional Level Administrator, Director/Principal
  • Bachelor
  • 10 years of teaching experience
  • Teaching Credential/License
  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, adolescent psychology, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of experience leading student life programs (dorm life, discipline, student activities, etc.)
  • Has designed, implemented, and evaluated at least two school-wide student wellness programs
  • National Certified School Psychologist preferred
  • Administrator credential preferred
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Mandarin preferred


Personal characteristics

  • Absolutely required: a love of building relationships with students. This position will entail meeting with students during and beyond work hours, attending student events, and visiting the dorms to hold informal meetings and conversations
  • Committed to the learning and growth of students and teachers
  • Sharing good practices with colleagues, leading by example and promoting high standards in the delivery of the curriculum
  • Being fully involved with the life of the school both inside and outside the classroom
  • Modeling the highest standards of professional practice and interaction with students
  • Inspiring and motivating the School community towards high educational standards
  • Understanding, applying and sharing contemporary educational research, theory and practice in pedagogy, assessment, and reporting
  • Demonstrating and sharing the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy in building trust and a positive learning atmosphere across the School community
  • Communicating, negotiating, collaborating and building partnerships effectively while relating to the whole school community
  • Understanding the different demographic groups within the VMA community and is able to work effectively with them 
  • Developing strategies to ensure educational opportunity for all students and staff
  • Global health insurance
  • Relocation allowance
  • Annual airfare reimbursement of up to USD 3,000
  • Housing allowance provided on a monthly basis
  • Pension plan
  • Holiday and allowance and birthday benefit
  • Generous domestic and international professional development
  • China social insurance
  • 178 annual paid non-working days
  • Mandarin classes
  • Bilingual staff to assist with any needs

The Dean of Students and Community Life is responsible for all elements of student life and community engagement beyond the classroom. The Dean of Students and Community Life will collaborate regularly with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Student Wellness Center (SWC) office to develop, implement, and execute programs designed to ensure student and community well-being and success consistent with the VMA Mission to develop the following student capacities: collaboration, determination, accountability to self and community, citizenship, leadership, responsibility, and integrity.  Under the supervision of the Dean of Students and Community Life, the VMA academic, extracurricular, and residential programs will be known for preparing every student, every day for success in college and beyond.


Job goals

  • To develop a student life program that leads students toward greater autonomy
  • To establish a strict but fair culture of discipline that emphasizes student accountability and respect for authority
  • To cultivate in students a joy in serving the community through personally and intellectually fulfilling work
  • To collaborate with other school leaders to ensure that students consistently have the opportunity for meaningful peer and faculty interaction
  • To lead and train faculty to meet the demands of VMA’s student life program


Performance responsibilities

  • Monitoring and responding to the health of our student body by regularly visiting the dorms, attending student functions, observing classrooms, and speaking with counselors
  • Working with the Dean of Students and Community life to augment the residential program to develop in students good habits, character, and healthy relationships with friends, teachers, and the larger community
  • Lead the design and implementation of a Health course for students
  • Designing, organizing, and leading the faculty training required to execute their programs
  • Designing, organizing, and directing a system of accountability for faculty’s continued growth toward serving students’ extracurricular and emotional needs
  • Overseeing student counseling and managing school psychologists
  • Managing the discipline system, including convening and leading Disciplinary Committee hearings as needed, and writing/updating policies and documents
  • Leading, managing, and supervising the Student Wellness Center office
  • Ascertaining the SWC staff recruitment needs in terms of psychologists, student mentors, and other positions
  • Participating in school-wide activities including but not limited to festivals, sporting events, parent conferences, student recruiting events, and summer camps


Current projects

  • Developing a program to help students complete their 150 required volunteer hours in an impactful and personally meaningful way
  • Building relationships with area private and non-profit organizations to establish a diverse range of student internship opportunities
  • Overseeing the Duke of Edinburgh Program, including publicizing and managing the application process
  • Evaluating and improving the Student Orientation Camp
  • Evaluating and improving the VMA Summer Camp
  • Evaluating and improving the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) operations to maintain smooth, positive, and constructive communication between the school and parents about student wellness programs


NOTE: As a representative of the school, this educational administrator may work more than 40 hours a week, including late nights and weekends. It can be said the Dean is on call for students, faculty and the institution at all times.

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Introduction to Vanke Meisha Academy:

Vanke Meisha Academy (VMA) is a private, international, bilingual boarding high school that contributes to the betterment of society by cultivating respectful, responsible, highly skilled leaders ready to be of service to the world.  Excellent teachers and a proactive counseling program deliver an innovative curriculum, emphasize academic achievement, impart healthy habits, and inspire student engagement and both interpersonal and emotional growth.  Committed to maximizing every community member's potential, we support over 70 student-run organizations and generously fund faculty professional growth.  We are proud to announce that, as a result of our efforts, we were fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)!  We have so far retained over 95% of our faculty and staff.  Finally, with plans to build approximately 100 K-12 campuses in the coming years, we will be seeking not only world-class classroom teachers but also talented, devoted administrators to fill a variety of director, coordinator, dean, assistant principal, and principal positions, and our commitment to internal promotion ensures extensive opportunities for career advancement and leadership.

Our 653,000 square-foot state-of-the-art campus is in the clean and beautiful beach resort district of Shenzhen, China.  The campus offers clean air and an impeccable natural environment in addition to gym facilities and beach access.  Furthermore, we are less than 30 minutes away from the bustling global metropolis of Hong Kong, and approximately 20 minutes away from the Shenzhen city center.

About the Curriculum:

The school is in its fourth year and aims to prepare students to succeed in the international university arena with the vast majority of students seeking to study in the United States upon graduating.  Our curriculum includes a blend of Chinese national courses, American non-honors high school courses, American honors high school courses, and Advance Placement courses in the experimental sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Within five years, Vanke Meisha Academy hopes to establish a world-class International Baccalaureate program.

About Shenzhen:

Shenzhen, known as "China's Silicon Valley," is a large, young, and vibrant city with a burgeoning technology industry that promises continued economic growth. Despite its relative youth, the city is a bustling global metropolis with its stock exchange, 15 million people, highly developed and accessible public transportation, a growing population of accomplished, sophisticated, and motivated ex-pats, and access to all western amenities including food and nightlife. Furthermore, Shenzhen is located only 30 minutes away from the global financial and cultural metropolis of Hong Kong, one of the most developed cities in the world. Together, the Shenzhen and Hong Kong international airports offer you easy access to all of Asia. VMA is located in Dameisha, the beach resort section Shenzhen, which promises clean air, low traffic congestion, and fantastic living experience.

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