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FAQ

What is the hiring process at Concordia?

Concordia accepts new applications in the fall. Staffing needs for the coming year are finalized by December 1. Applications should include a completed application form, a cover letter, a resume and letters of reference. A face-to-face interview is preferred; Skype is used as necessary for long-distance interviews. Successful applications will be notified with a contract and position details.

Can you explain the salary and benefits?

Concordia offers teachers a highly competitive salary. Benefits for overseas hires include:housing, retirement plan, worldwide medical insurance, relocation allowance, school fees at Concordia for teachers’ children, MacBook and iPad for professional use, professional development allowance, annual passage allowance in support of home leave, medical evacuation, disability insurance, college student home-visit allowance, and the school pays the all Chinese taxes.See “Salary and Benefits” in this document.

For more information, check out our pay scale and benefits.

Do you hire teachers with a non-teaching spouse?

Concordia prefers to hire teaching couples. All qualified applicants will be considered. Teachers with non- teaching spouses are limited to 2 dependents in the school.

What does it mean that Concordia teachers integrate technology into the classroom?

Technology

isn’t a class at Concordia; it’s a way of learning. Concordia is committed to providing students and teachers with the latest technology tools and expertise. On Concordia’s wireless campus, students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 enjoy a 2:1 student to computer ratio in the classrooms. Grades 5-12 participate in a 1:1 MacBook program. There are also iPad carts available for check out Teachers use various technologies throughout the curriculum. Concordia provides additional tech support in the elementary, middle and high schools from designated educators who work with teachers as digital literacy coaches. Concordia issues each teacher a MacBook and iPad for his/her use.

Does Concordia support professional development?

The most important professional development occurs as teachers work in teams and plan together, which is common at Concordia. Concordia also sponsors teachers to attend workshops that further the goals the school is working on. Outside experts come to campus, sometimes in collaboration with other international schools in the area.Each teacher has an annual fund of RMB10,000 (approximately US$1,500) to spend on professional opportunities that support her/his professional goals.

What is life like in Shanghai?

Shanghai is a destination of choice in Asia. Home to the 2010 World Expo, it is a cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of Western and Eastern influences. The arts flourish in concert halls and galleries; big- name concerts and sporting events grow more frequent; and restaurants offering food from around the world are readily available. In its mission to be a world city, Shanghai has worked to assure that the city grows in a balanced way. Hundreds of acres of parks have been created in recent years to balance the growth of new industrial zones. The greater city of Shanghai and the local neighborhood offer a variety of cultural and social opportunities for both families and singles. Life for many teachers centers around the people of the Concordia community.

Air quality has been of greater concern in recent years; however, the government is actively working to improve overall air quality. All buildings on campus are equipped with air filtration systems so that, on occasions when it is required, the indoor air quality at Concordia is significantly better than US EPA limits.

What is the neighborhood like where Concordia is located?

Concordia and teacher housing are conveniently located in a modern area of Pudong called Jinqiao, in which many expatriates live in single-family homes as well as low-rise and high-rise apartment buildings. Several other schools are also located in the Jinqiao area. Nicknamed “Green City,” its tree-lined streets are home to a number of western restaurants, Carrefour supermarket, MegaFit gym and more. Taxi service is not hard to find, and access to the subway system is close by. Biking is a primary mode of transportation around the area.

What is housing like? When will I know my housing assignment?

Concordia informs new hires of their housing assignment prior to their arrival in August, typically by the end of June.

All new faculty members live in apartments appropriate for their family-size within a comfortable walk or bike ride from the school. The school provides basic appliances and pays the rent; the teacher, in most cases, furnishes the apartment and pays utilities. These apartment complexes were built with expatriate living in mind; many Concordia families choose to live there as well. Check out the details of single/couple and couple/family living.

When do new teachers arrive in Shanghai? What will happen at orientation?

New teachers and their families arrive at the beginning of August. Concordia will arrange transportation from the airport and communicate specific details about arrivals closer to that time. During the first days in Shanghai, as part of new faculty orientation, teachers and their families will be introduced to the city, assisted in setting up their homes and given an overview of Concordia. With the return of all teachers, they will shift from orientation and join faculty meetings at the divisional and grade level. The first day of school is typically mid-August.

How do teachers get additional information prior to moving to Shanghai?

Concordia regularly distributes information to new teachers through e-mail, a Wiki-page and through on-site teacher pen-pals and mentors. Concordia’s website – www.concordiashanghai.org – has a wealth of information about the school, as well as links to information and organizations around Shanghai.

Why do families choose Concordia over other school options in Shanghai?

Since we were founded in 1998, Concordia has rapidly earned a reputation for excellent teaching and strong academics within a caring community. While it is something of a cliche to talk about educating the “whole child,” at Concordia we practice what we preach and do just that by including the spiritual aspect of holistic teaching too. Families also choose Concordia because they can walk or bike to school from their home in Jinqiao, a green and leafy hub for expatriate families. There are many other reasons too, but most commonly we hear families say, "We just felt something different when we are on campus." We believe that what they are feeling is the impact of our faculty who choose to live out their faith.

Where are Concordia faculty from?

The majority (71 percent) of our 148 faculty are from the United States. Other countries represented are Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Romania, Venezuela, UK, South Africa and the Philippines.

What are medical services like in Shanghai?

Medical care options catering to expatriates have increased dramatically over the past few years. A branch of Parkway Health is just a block from Concordia; the Shanghai East International Medical Center is a 25-minute drive; other options include Huashan Worldwide Medical Center and other local and international clinics (if located in Puxi, 45- to 60-minute drive). Second opinions are provided by our insurance via the Cleveland Clinic and many choose non-emergency surgery in Thailand, other locations in Asia or their home country.