Position Title:     ES/MS Strings Teacher
Division:              ES/MS
Supervisor:         Division Principal or Assistant Principal

Position Summary:
To include preparation and direction of three (3) or more curricular ensembles ranging from beginning to advanced levels from ES to MS. Other duties include fostering/leading after-school music opportunities for students and preparation and participation in external music festivals.

In order to meet Concordia student learning results and grade level expectations, the strings teacher carries out the following broad domains: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Management, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.


-Bachelor’s Degree in relevant subject area.
-A certification in education.
-Advanced degree or specialization training that supports the teaching role, preferred.


-Minimum 2 years successful teaching in a school setting.
-Teaching in the subject area and with the age of students assigned.
-Cello Specialist, preferred.
-Working successfully with an ethnically diverse population.
-Working with students with learning differences.
-Working with students who are English Language Learners (ELL).
-Working in an international school setting and familiarity with the American educational system, preferred.
-Creating units of work using Universal by Design (UbD) strategies, preferred.


-Comprehensive knowledge of the developmental needs and milestones of students in the age group you are teaching.
-Knowledgeable about:Developing appropriate practices
-Using a variety of formative assessments, progress monitoring tools, and differentiated learning strategies
-The content and pedagogy
-Effective communicator – communicates well with a diverse community of parents, staff, and leaders; proficient writing skills.
-Highly skillful at using and integrating technology.
-Strong organizational and time management skills.

Teacher Expectations:

-As a school grounded in the Christian faith, we hire Christian teachers and administrators. Concordia seeks to hire candidates who are able to model Christ’s teachings through interpersonal skills, respectful relationships and problem solving, are interested in the complex questions of faith and spirituality, and are keen to learn and interact with others of different faith traditions.
-Establish collaborative relationships with all staff, students, and parents.
-Engage parents and students in meaningful discussions about student growth and achievement.
-Commit and contribute to the school community—play an active, positive, and supportive role in addressing the needs of the whole child and the ethos of Concordia beyond the classroom. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leading extra-curricular activities (ECAs) during the school year
  • Leading a student club
  • Leading a service project

-Integrate the school curriculum with the school-wide learning outcomes (SLOs).

  • Insightful Learners:
  • Effective Communicators
  • Reflective Spiritual Beings
  • Principle-Centered Leaders and Team Members
  • Active Global Citizens

-Teach the curricula established by the school.

  • Complete all aspects of the standard-based curriculum for the current teaching assignment.
  • Select and use school-approved teaching strategies and classroom resources.
  • Work collaboratively in refining curriculum.

-Set continuing professional growth goals and take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.

-Additional employment expectations:

  • Collaborate with Teaching Assistants/Support Staff in working with or monitoring children and managing clerical tasks. Establish expectations and guidelines for these adults in the learning environment and help them understand their roles/responsibilities.
  • Undertake additional duties that may reasonably be assigned or requested by the Supervisor such as leading student trips, serving as chaperon roles as needed.

Other duties as assigned

Job Specific Expectations will be assigned from the following:


-Prepare and direct three (3) or more curricular ensembles ranging from beginning to advanced levels. These may include two (2) middle school ensembles, in addition to one elementary school ensembles.
-Prepare ensembles for three to four (3-4) concerts per year.
-Prepare music ensembles for assemblies and special school events.
-Collaborate with music peers on curriculum planning and overall music program for ES and MS.
-Collaborate with fine arts peers in department meetings and projects.
-Collaborate with marketing department to promote concert performances and special events.


-Foster extracurricular music opportunities for students by leading after-school ensembles.
-Prepare students for and travel to ES/MS SEA festivals and ES/MS AMIS festivals.
-Manage travel arrangements and travel with students to the annual AMIS Festivals with student performers for four to five (4-5) nights per festival each school year.


About Concordia International School Shanghai

Concordia International School Shanghai is a co-educational day school for students aged 3 to 18. Concordia attracts those families seeking rigorous academics, a whole child philosophy and a welcoming environment for themselves and their children. Our comprehensive American curriculum, from Preschool 3 to Grade 12, produces students with their own unique balance of Global Citizen, Servant Leader, Spirited Athlete, Confident Artist, and Passionate Scholar. We invite you to stop by for a visit  and discover for yourself the amazing community that makes up Concordia International School Shanghai.

At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents, and are committed in faith-based stewardship to educate students holistically in a nurturing environment that includes comprehensive and challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, extra-curricular activities and service.

Concordia Shanghai will be a preeminent international school in Asia empowered to carry out its mission.


  • Pursue Excellence
  • Holistic Development
  • Spirit-guided
  • Community-centric
  • Service-minded