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Employment Application Process


HIS does most of its hiring through the most reputable international educator recruitment organizations:

We begin reviewing applications in October for the next school year and will make appointments prior to the start of the recruiting fair season (December-February). We review expressions of interest which may be made via e-mail (, and make initial contact with long-listed candidates via digital medium (currently we are using Skype platform for most web-based interviewing). Further interviews with finalists are done in person at HIS, at a recruitment fair, and/or via digital medium.


Thank you for your interest in teaching at HIS. Our school currently enrolls approximately 650 students from over 50 different countries. Our professional faculty numbers more than 75.

Minimum teaching requirements for HIS include:

  • Valid teaching credential or equivalent in subject area from a government institution (four-year degrees required)
  • Five years full-time teaching experience in the grade level or subject area of our vacancy
  • No criminal history (HIS background check will be thorough, including reference checks, required non-criminal police reports from home country and current country of residence, and an external background check)
  • Familiarity with best practices in education
  • Evidence of recent professional growth activities
  • Experience and commitment to co-curricular and after school activities
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural or international school setting
  • Inquiry-based learning and instructional experience
  • Willingness to work together with team in developing units of inquiry (IB PYP, MYP, DP preferred)
  • Passionate about life and life-long learning
  • Have a warm, caring, and welcoming approach with learners

Teaching Positions Available

If you are interested in employment at HIS, please send a cover letter of introduction, recent portrait photo and a complete resume to:

Mr. Jeffry R. Stubbs, Director of Schools Email:
Hangzhou International
78 Dongxin Street
Binjiang District
Hangzhou 310053


Please visit our webpage ‘Employment Opportunities’ for a current list of open positions (only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview)

Overseas Hired (OH) Staff Benefits for the 2019-20 School Year

  • Salary – HIS seeks teaching candidates with a minimum of 5 years full-time certified teaching experience. Entry-level salary offers for qualified teachers range from US$44,500 to US$57,500 contingent upon relevant experience, degree status, and certification. HIS will pay US$3000 at the end of each of the first two years of service as a retirement savings.This will increase US$500 for each subsequent contract up to a maximum of US$6000. Please note, HIS only counts teaching credentials from traditional classroom or secondary programs. We do not credit ESL on-line or short-term course programs for our full teaching salary scale.All compensation is referenced in US Dollars but paid in Chinese RMB, based on the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment.
  • Currency Exchange Option – Teachers will be given the option to choose either to be paid at exact RMB/Dollar exchange rates when salary is paid, OR a “50/50” option that locks in the August 01 exchange rate for 50% of each monthly salary payments made in mainland China.This option increases earnings security and the decision process is formally communicated prior to the start of the school year.
  • Chinese Taxes – HIS will pay on your behalf all PRC taxes accrued from your salary.
  • Displacement Allowance – HIS will pay a displacement allowance of US$1000 for each new teacher upon his/her arrival in Hangzhou in August. (first year only)
  • Extra Baggage Allowance – HIS offers a one-time baggage or freight allowance for actual costs up to the maximum amount of US$1500 payable after presentation of applicable receipts. (reimbursable during first year only)
  • Annual Travel Supplement – HIS will provide each teacher with US$3000 for an annual travel supplement.Teachers are required to provide the school with the revenue portion of their air ticket and the boarding passes used for travel, but may keep any sum in excess of the US $3000 for the single ticket.An additional supplement is given for one dependent child per teacher (US$ 500 if under the age of 2 and US$ 1250 if age 2 years or older).
  • Housing - Teachers hired on an overseas-hire (OH) status will be provided housing within reasonable proximity to the school for the first year of the initial contract.All teachers in their second contractual year or more will have an annual housing allowance.Presently this is set at RMB 105,000 for singles/couples w/o dependent children and RMB 125,000 for singles/couples w/dependent child(ren) living in Hangzhou, which has been very sufficient for staff to find suitable accommodations.Housing in Hangzhou is ample and very comfortable.
  • Allowance for Utilities - HIS will pay, on your behalf, utilities expenses of up to US$1500 per year, or provide utilities of a commensurate value.
  • Medical Insurance - Overseas-hire (OH) teachers receive major medical coverage. The insurance program does not include Zone 1 (US and Canada) coverage, except for emergency or pre-approved care.However, the emergency care coverage is substantial and comprehensive. Our current provider is MSH
  • Lunch – HIS faculty are not charged for cafeteria lunch on school days.
  • Recruitment Leave - Up to 4 paid recruitment leave days (extended with 1 personal leave day) may be taken by an overseas-hired teacher in his/her third or more year, with pre-arrangement and approval of the Administration.
  • Savings – Single teachers can save up to 40-60% of their salary each year and still enjoy a comfortable lifestyle that includes travel. Couples without children may save an even higher portion.
  • Professional Growth Funding - All professional educators are eligible to apply for up to US$1000 individual professional growth support in their initial two years, and US$1500 for subsequent years. Additional funding and professional growth opportunities are provided for grade level team (lower school), subject area department (upper school), and schoolwide initiatives. As of November 2017, the onsite requirement of the Interdisciplinary MEd program from the State University of New York (SUNY) is active in its fifth cohort of over 25 enrolled teachers. The onsite portion is hosted at our sister school in Shanghai (SCIS-Hongqiao). A new cohort is scheduled to begin in August 2018 (with options to enter mid-cohort).
  • Other Benefits: Currently, HIS teachers receive additional support for wellness initiatives, such as the public transportation, dental and health & fitness allowances.
  • Leaves of Absence - Personal Leave, Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave, and Professional Leave. Paid Maternity Leave is available after the 2nd complete year of employment.

Additional information about HIS and its policies can be found on the school’s website at:

Professional Development Opportunities


Professional development support is available to faculty members with a wide range of activities, including book studies, action research, attendance at a regional conference (ACAMIS, EARCOS, IB, SENIA, etc), coursework with onsite or online accredited universities, weekend or online workshops, and membership or subscriptions with educational organizations. At various times during the year, training professionals are also brought to campus for the purpose of enhancing teacher excellence and professional discourse. HIS does offer a number of leadership opportunities for those seeking to share their expertise or lead a given role or initiative. HIS is a highly collaborative and collegial environment with highly reflective individuals who understand the strength of teamwork, which is a research-proven condition for the highest levels of professional growth and improved student learning.