Teacher, Canada Qingdao Secondary School

  • START DATE: 02/09/2019
  • Shandong, China
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Annual Contract
  • Asia
Teaching / Faculty Jobs K-12 Schools

Job Overview

Position: Teacher for any of Humanities, English, Math, Sciences 


The successful applicant will:

  • be a native English speaker from Canada, USA, UK, or Australia,
  • have, minimally, a Bachelor of Education Degree,
  • have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience and,
  • possess or qualify for British Columbia Teachers’ Regulation Branch certification.


The Employer: Canada Qingdao Secondary School is under the ownership and direction of Canadian-Sino Education Exchange Centre (CSEEC), Mr. John Zhu, CEO. CSEEC is based in Yantai, Shandong Province and has been in operation for more than 10 years. CSEEC opened its first BC certified school in China in 2008 and now operates 4 schools, all located in Shandong Province. Mr. Zhu has partnered with Rodger Lindstrom in developing schools in which professional environments are nurtured in desirable locations with a good standard of living. Significant features that characterize each school are the high graduation rates of students, and staffs that are appreciated and well-supported in their daily activities. Our CSEEC schools have attained recognition from Canadian Universities for the quality of students graduating from each school. Our schools allow for teachers to teach those areas of the curriculum in which they are most competent and comfortable and provide opportunities for movement into leadership positions. “When one succeeds, we all succeed”.


Contact: Mr. Rodger Lindstrom, BC Offshore School Representative, rlindstrom@shaw.ca, 604-760-7564 (Canada and Mr. John Zhu (owner/operator) at: zhu3588@hotmail.com


The School: Canada Qingdao Secondary School (CQSS), located in the city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, is presently in its eighth year of operation. The school is housed within the campus of a large Chinese school, Qingdao No. 9 High School, that enrols about 2500 grades 10 to 12 students studying the Chinese national curriculum. The school has recently relocated to a new, modern campus in the Huang Dao suburb of Qingdao.

CQSS enrols approximately 170 students in grades 10 to 12 and is a British Columbia curriculum school, certified by the BC Ministry of Education.  Six BC certified teachers and a teaching Principal and Vice Principal are presently employed at CQSS. The school is well resourced with textbooks and supporting materials to meet the needs of all courses offered. Classrooms are equipped with wifi, computers, projectors and SmartBoards. The school contains a BC library and computer lab, and has access to fully equipped science labs, a gym and playing fields.


The school is in session from September to early July. Holiday periods include a National Holiday week in October and a 3-week holiday for Chinese New Year in January/February. The school operates on a two-semester system. The school day consists of four 50-minute to one-hour classes, and a tutorial of 40 minutes between 7:20 A.M and 1:40 P.M, with a 40-minute morning break, and a 65-minute lunch break.


The Students: Students are Chinese nationals and have studied English as a Second Language from their Primary years. Core courses include English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, Career Education, PE, and Information Technology. Additional electives are also taught. Students are offered ELL classes in addition to the BC Graduation Program.  Students are focused on their academic goals and have a high level of respect for teachers. The goal of most students is to attend a BC or other Canadian University after graduation.


The Community: Qingdao, with a population of about 4.7 million, is located in the Province of Shandong in eastern China. It is a port city (seaside) of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. With its historic European architecture and expansive seaside promenade, Qingdao is a popular tourist location within China.  Endless sandy beaches, delicious seafood and several local sea festivals all serve to attract visitors, while traditional Chinese open-air markets, vibrant street life, and friendly people all add to the city's unique mix of Eastern and Western cultures. The city is also known for its beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1897-1914). The Qingdao International Beer Festival is major event.

Qingdao is well situated for adventurers who wish to hike or bike the surrounding area, sail, tour nearby islands by sightseeing boat, or explore the many beaches. The area surrounding Qingdao also has hot springs and several golf courses. The city is well served by fast trains and an International airport for travel to other points in China and beyond.

The climate is temperate, with four distinct seasons, and invites visitors to enjoy culture and activities all year round. Family and friends are encouraged to visit our teachers and take advantage the opportunity to enjoy the area’s many attractions.


Employment Benefits: Salaries meet and are competitive or better than other BC Offshore Schools. Additionally these salaries are dependent upon training, qualifications and experience and compare very well within the group of offshore schools.

Financial Benefits:

  • Annual round trip airfare between home city and Qingdao
  • Furnished apartment accommodation (minimum one bedroom) near campus
  • Basic health/accident insurance
  • 7 paid leave days for illness/accident or bereavement
  • Fees associated with visa and work permit

Professional Development:

  • Regularly planned Pro-D activities are extended to staff on a monthly basis
  • Small, tight-knit staff within CQSS support and model strategies and methodology for each other
  • Opportunities for staffs within the 4 CSEEC schools to visit, socialize, and collaborate professionally

Lifestyle and Other Benefits:

  • Living in an incredibly safe city
  • Low cost of living - pay down student loans, mortgages, save for a home down payment
  • Continuous employment; no layoffs, no strike activity
  • Access to a vibrant and exotic culture; live in a tourist destination beach city
  • Easy, inexpensive travel within China and surrounding areas such as Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Opportunity to learn a new language
  • Work with a professional staff and motivated students who have a high level of respect for teachers and are focused on their academic goals, resulting in minimal behaviour management issues.
  • Opportunities for advancement to leadership positions.
  • Many BC school districts recognize years of experience in China.


Why Choose CQSS: CSEEC schools have a reputation for fair, responsive and professional ownership and governance. CQSS is well supported by the leadership team of owner/operator, John Zhu; Offshore School Representative, Rodger Lindstrom; and the Chinese host school leaders. These stakeholders work together to assure a welcoming and productive teaching environment and they work collaboratively with staff to address personal and professional challenges. CQSS is well served by an English-speaking, Chinese support staff that assures that teachers’ professional needs, as well as general living needs, are met. CSEEC salaries and benefits are competitive and allow among the highest net earnings within the BC Offshore Schools.


Application Process: Apply to Mr. Rodger Lindstrom at rlindstrom@shaw.ca and Mr. John Zhu (owner/operator) at: zhu3588@hotmail.com including a cover letter, resume, and copy of ID/signature page of passport.


If applicants do not yet have BCTRB certification, the cover letter should include plans and timeline for application for certification. Note that successful applicants will be required to submit a current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.


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