- What is the hiring process at Concordia?
- Why does Concordia choose to hire Christian teachers?
- Can you explain the salary and benefits?
- Do you hire teachers with a non-teaching spouse?
- What does it mean that Concordia teachers integrate technology into the classroom?
- Does Concordia support professional development?
- What is life like in Shanghai?
- What is the neighborhood like where Concordia is located?
- What is housing like? When will I know my housing assignment?
- When do new teachers arrive in Shanghai? What will happen at orientation?
- How do teachers get additional information prior to moving to Shanghai?
- Why do families choose Concordia over other school options in Shanghai?
- Where are Concordia faculty from?
- What are medical services like in Shanghai?
Concordia accepts new applications in the fall. Staffing needs for the coming year are finalized by mid November. 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.
As our mission states, we view every student as a gift from God, and are committed in Christian stewardship to educate students holistically, which includes intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We have found that quality educators who are Christian, intentionally nurture their students while providing the rigorous and comprehensive educational experience our parents desire for their children. At Concordia we look for teachers with depth in both their professional lives and faith walk.
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, tech equipment for professional use (currently this includes a MacBook and iPad-if needed), 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.
For more information, check out our pay scale and benefits.
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, preschool students have appropriate access to iPad and desktop computers. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 2 enjoy close to a 1:1 student to computer ratio in the classrooms and students in Grades 3-5 have a 1:1 ratio. Grades 6-12 participate in a 1:1 MacBook program. There are also iPad carts available for check out. Teachers use various technologies throughout the curriculum as 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 tech equipment for professional use (currently a MacBook and an iPad, if needed, for his/her use).
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$1,400) to spend on professional opportunities that support her/his professional goals.
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.
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.
Concordia regularly distributes information to new teachers through e-mail, a WeChat group, 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.
Medical care options catering to expatriates have increased dramatically over the past few years. A branches of Parkway Health and the International Medical Center of Ruidong Hospital are just blocks from Concordia; 15 minutes away are the Yosemite Urgent Care Clinic and the United Family Hospital with emergency room facilities; Sino United and Children's Medical Center are 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.