Elementary Resource Teacher

Shanghai SMIC Private School - More Info

Job Purpose

Contributes toward building a world class SMIC-I Elementary through providing instructional support in the SMIC-I Elementary and as a long-term and short-term substitute teacher as needed in the SMIC-I elementary, while actively contributing to our students and school through associated roles expected of a holistic professional educator in a dynamic system dedicated to honor, excellence, community and joy.


Successful SMIC Private School educators have …

  • Passion about bringing quality education to students that includes …
    • love for education
    • consistently operating with a commitment to positivity, excitement and creative problem-solving
    • respect for working in a multicultural environment where multiple work styles are valued and celebrated
    • being a caring contributor who bring enjoyment to the workplace
  • Team spirit commitment that includes …
    • a can-do attitude
    • respect for genuine joyful collaboration
    • dedication to positive and supportive interpersonal relationship skills
    • willingness to take initiative
    • desire for transparency
    • ability to take direction easily when needed
    • willingness to make personal sacrifices for the greater school-wide good
    • committed to working in a team based teaching environment where flexibility and collaboration are key
  • Strong work ethic values that include …
    • high standards of quality
    • effective organizational skills
    • being self-directed
    • ability to multitask
    • comfort with big picture concepts while being detail-oriented when implementing school plans
    • serving as a strong positive role model for students at all times
  • Responsible outlook that includes …
    • a sense of ownership and reliability in getting the job done correctly to the end
    • ability to work under pressure with deadlines yet also demonstrating flexibility with ease when needed


Job Duties

  • Serves as a long-term and short-term substitute teacher for the SMIC-I Elementary grades K-5
  • Primary substituting responsibilities will be to take on a long-term full-time substitute role when a teacher is on extended long-term leave
  • When not fulfilling substituting duties as a teacher, provides instructional support primarily in the SMIC-I Elementary
  • When substituting full-time, teaches a minimum of 21 periods per week
  • Works with students in grades 1, 2 or 3, as assigned for the school year, in self-contained classrooms teaching all the major academic subjects (reading, writing, math, science, social studies), and works with students in grades 4 and above in subject level classrooms only
  • Only when taking on a long-term substitute role, supervises and evaluates an assistant teacher assigned to work with the class in grades 1-3
  • Coordinates the classroom human resources (teacher and assistant teacher) to deliver effective high quality educational opportunities to students 
  • Develops basic lessons and units according to the grade level teams guidance
  • Collaborates with grade level teachers
  • Designs authentic assessments and measure their effectiveness in meeting curricular goals according to grade level team expectations, using Understanding by Design (UbD) format
  • Promotes our “Expected School-wide Learning Results” (ESLRs):  global citizenship, motivated learners, healthy individuals, and persons of character
  • Maintains and updates timely student records including grading (homework, grade books, progress reports, report cards, student attendance, and other required documents) when required
  • Be actively involved in (at least two) extra-curricular activities as a faculty sponsor/advisor/coach/helper/school committee member
  • Actively fulfills assigned supervision duties, which could include supervising students during open computer lab times
  • Able to work closely with students who exhibit near English proficiency
  • When necessary, works closely with parents/guardians through providing feedback on progress, answering questions, and being an educational partner where possible
  • Proactively meets and communicates with parents/guardians, students and other teachers when necessary to develop interventions for students with academic, emotional/behavioral or other needs
  • Takes an active role in required meetings (departmental; grade level; committees, faculty; etc.)
  • Assists with additional duties as assigned
Posted: May 2019
This is a Direct to School Job
Shanghai, China
August 2019
2 years
Licensed Teacher
Early Childhood, Elementary

Job Benefits

  • Reimbursement of single trip airfare (economy ticket) for the employee from country of origin to China.  For married employees, this will be extended to spouse and dependent children who are under 18 years of age
  • Rent-subsidized, partially furnished apartment provided near to the school
  • Global health insurance coverage
  • Annual home visit travel subsidy
  • One-time relocation allowance

Qualifications and Requirements

Teaching Credential/License

Education and Work Experience Requirements

  • New to the profession teacher only
  • Bachelor’s degree required in elementary education but a bachelors’ degree in a related field (early childhood, curriculum) along with a teaching license is considered 
  • Must possess a valid teaching license/certificate in elementary or early childhood education
  • At least 2 years full-time teaching in the same position in a regular elementary school setting
  • Evidence of current relevant professional development especially at the lower elementary grade levels


Organization and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrates strong positive commitment toward school improvement
  • Demonstrates commitment to education at the elementary grades’ level including innovations and best practices
  • Develops and follows established elementary course curriculum, including when called upon to design units to support it
  • Knowledgeable about the American-style elementary education system and how primary level classroom instruction integrates into it
  • Comfortable working in a school that integrates Chinese and American style educational philosophies
  • Comfortable with computers for school related purposes including PowerSchool, Rubicon Atlas, email, and MS Office programs
  • Fluent in both oral and written English at a professional standard 
  • Desires to actively engage in professional development opportunities as provided by the school or through individual initiative
  • Flexible in adapting to a multi-cultural environment with school community members of many nationalities
  • Must be flexible to take on different roles with different grade levels, throughout the school year when needed
  • Must have good student behavior management skills

About China

One of the world's most powerful nations, China's cultural contributions have influenced history and human development for thousands of years. Teach Away offers ESL teaching jobs in reputable language schools as well as licensed teaching jobs across China.

Beijing, China
Standard Mandarin
Renminbi (yuan) (¥)
Buddhism, Taoism
Varied: wet/dry seasons
Land area - 3.7 million sq. miles (9.6 million sq. km)