Working at Shu Ren

We are currently looking to fill the following positions. Please contact Ms. Jie Moore, Head of School, at, if interested:

I. Assistant Teacher (Part-time) at Pre-Primary School (Starting time January 2016)

Assistant Teachers provide clerical and instructional support in classrooms, allowing classroom teachers to devote more time to lesson planning and teaching. They work under the direct guidance and supervision of classroom teachers and school administrators.

Some assistants provide non-instructional support. Their tasks are largely housekeeping: putting the classroom in order; passing out paper, pencils, and textbooks; and preparing bulletin boards. They may also take attendance, update health records, monitor study halls and playgrounds.

Specific RESPONSIBILITIES shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1.  Assist the implementation of the daily program under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Assisting the classroom teacher on an instructional level.  Reinforce the instruction the classroom teacher provides to students. Work with some students on an individual basis or in small groups, such as working on the alphabet with kindergarten students, reviewing multiplication tables and reading skills with sixth graders or guiding high school students through algebra problems or science projects.
  • Assisting in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies. Perform clerical tasks, including filing student records, typing, taking attendance, making copies of tests and other instructional paperwork, checking/grading tests and homework, distributing classroom-related materials and setting up bulletin boards. Make sure the classroom materials (including toys, furniture, art supplies, etc) are put away tidily. Check with the classroom teacher before taking out materials, games, art supplies from the storage room.
  • Supervising the classroom when the classroom teacher is out of the room.  Help the classroom teacher establish order. Whether it is in the classroom, school cafeteria, playground or on school-related field trips, teachers need assistance in monitoring students’ behavior and addressing inappropriate conduct. Follow the classroom rules that are set up by the classroom teacher, so the students can follow the rules consistently. The assistant teacher’s authority regarding discipline is limited—informing the teacher of a behavior problem will help her to determine the best way to handle the situation. The teacher assistants need to inform parents and report to the classroom teachers when something happens under their supervision when they are the only one with the students.
  • Helping with general housekeeping and kitchen task. Perform housekeeping tasks in the classroom. Duties include cleaning whiteboards, cleaning erasers, picking up trash, cleaning up art projects and sanitizing countertops, faucets and other items (toys, cups, bowls, utensils, placemats, sleeping mats etc) used by students. Assist the classroom teachers to help students change clothes if accidents happen.
  • Supervising outside playground activities. Accompany and supervise students going on bathroom breaks and to the library, P.E. class, recess and other activities. This affords the classroom teacher extra time to grade papers or write lesson plans.
  • Helping with the operations of audio/visual aids (projectors, etc.). Operate special equipment used for instruction, including computers, televisions, projectors, film projectors, cassette tape and/or CD recorders and players, VCRs, DVD players and other audiovisual equipment.
  • Being responsible for writing the incident/accident report if witness any accident or incident in the classroom or playground, give the classroom teacher for proofreading before send out.
  • Being punctual.
  • Assisting the classroom teacher in any other appropriate ways.
  1.   Other Responsibilities
  • Treating all children with dignity and respect.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about children, their families, and other employees outside the school.
  • Attending all staff meetings and recommended training programs and conferences.
  • Maintaining professional attitudes and loyalty to the school.
  • Follow directions given by classroom teacher or immediate supervisor.


The person selected for this position for Pre-primary School shall be at least 18 years of age, in the process of becoming professionally prepared to supervise young children, and must meet the requirements of the licensing agency (a minimum of 6 ECE units, 12 ECE units are preferred). This person must have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children and employees, and be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the school’s educational philosophy.  Assistant Teacher at the Pre-primary School shall be able to speak, read, and write (Mandarin) Chinese fluently.


II.  Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (Full-time)

Under the direction of Head of School and other school administrators, the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant will coordinate, organize and perform the day-to-day office and administrative functions at the school office at our Elementary & Middle School Campus at 2125 Jefferson Avenue in Berkeley. Serve as liaison between students, staff, parents, and the community. Provide administrative support as needed to the Head of School and other school administrators.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintain and update student records as assigned; enter, maintain, and update data in a variety of databases, run reports and labels, and produce other communications.
  • Compose, type and edit letters, bulletins, newsletters, memos, agendas, and other documents as assigned; make arrangements and prepare materials for a variety of meetings and/or in services; schedule appointments and make referrals as appropriate
  • Support students enrollment process in collaboration with Admissions Director; assist parents with proper completion of forms if needed; orient new families and students to the school when needed.
  • Provide support to staff including providing various student information, completing forms, distributing mail, and preparing reports.
  • Answer the phone, doorbell, take and distribute messages as needed.
  • Support all staff, as needed.
  • Supervise students sent to the office for disciplinary actions/health reasons.
  • Perform health-related duties: administer first aid to students and staff; dispense medication according to prescription instructions; notify parents of ill or injured students; prepare accident reports if needed.
  • Order supplies for the school (managing vendor accounts)
  • Coordinate and organize school events and open houses
  • Coordinate facility repairs and contractors
  • Screen phone calls and visitors to the main office
  • Manage incoming & outgoing mail, shipments, and email
  • Assist with all administrative aspects as directed

Qualifications and skills

  • College degree or equivalent
  • Fluent in English (Mandarin speaker strongly preferred but not required) with excellent proficiency of written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience working as administrative assistant (min 2 years)
  • Good references from a minimum of two other employers
  • VERY STRONG organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Some bookkeeping experience
  • Excellent people skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/assignments and prioritize
  • Strong follow-through skills
  • Operate a computer and related software including, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Google email
  • Ability to self-teach and independently learn new topics/subjects
  • Ability to be flexible and patient
  • Ability to work well in a child-centric environment
  • Ability to think creatively and out-of- the-box and solve problems independently
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Prior experience in a school or nonprofit a plus
  • Communicate effectively, both oral and written
  • Maintain confidentiality with discretion
  • Character, personality, and proper social capability to relate effectively with racially and ethnically diverse staff, students, and community. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of community groups and organizations. Polished interpersonal skills.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Regularly sit, talk, hear and to visually intercept visitors.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 45 lbs.
  • Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Turn, bends, reach and occasionally use a ladder.
  • Work in a busy often distracting environment.

Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm year-round.


III. PYP Classroom Teacher

We are looking for an experienced educator who is passionate and dedicated to inquiry-based international education, open to diverse ideas and cultures, collaborative and who wants to make a significant contribution to our school’s growth and success. This is a full-time salaried position to start on August 15, 2016.

Job Responsibilities

  • Teaching and Student Supervision
  • To demonstrates clear commitment to the PYP philosophy
  • To demonstrates clear commitment to pastoral care through the modeling and teaching of the IB learner profile
  • To works collaboratively as a team player with teaching colleagues and administrators
  • To provide a safe, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating environment for students to learn and grow;
  • To plan, design, prepare, execute, evaluate and revise academic lessons for students of the appropriate grade level(s)
  • To prepare a range of student assessments as required, showing an awareness of appropriate deadline
  • To maintain proper documentation of the educational experience, such as lesson plans, weekly reports, handouts, and so on, and provide such documentation to the PYP or MYP Coordinator or Head of School as requested.
  • To work closely with an Assistant Teacher (AT) if applicable. In this working relationship, the Teacher is expected to take initiative in assigning the AT appropriate tasks, to make full use of AT’s assistance, and to seek AT’s feedback on how to further improve the working process.
  • To work closely with the chool administration, by promptly reporting incidents of significance and/or parental feedback.
  • To provide student supervision during recess, lunch, and other occasions as needed
  • Creating a positive school environment and culture
  • To understand the importance of diversity in our school’s success
  • To learn about and understand the potential cultural differences among colleagues and parents at the school
  • To practice positive conflict resolution by following proper procedures and using open communication to resolve conflicts with other colleagues, administrators, and parents
  • Supporting the school
  • To show strong commitment to school’s mission and to be willing to spend time supporting the school’s mission
  • To see the school as a community and the connection between oneself and the community as a whole
  • To support school activities by attending them
  • Communicating with parents
  • To engage parents and guardians in the learning process by promptly informing them of issues of significance and by soliciting their input, feedback, and/or assistance on issues as appropriate;
  • To showcase one’s teaching and communicating with prospective families
  • Continuing in Profession al Development
  • To learn new skills, such as integrating technology into the classroom, as changing pedagogy dictates

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in related fields.
  • A minimal of two years of experience teaching in a primary school and experience teaching at an IB/PYP school is highly preferred
  • Must be a native Mandarin speaker familiar with simplified Chinese characters
  • A sound level of technical knowledge of Windows or Mac computers, email, Google docs, Dropbox, with good problem solving skills

Non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity policy:
Shu Ren International School is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. The School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Conditions of employment:
Employees must satisfy all the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment, which include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis clearance, fingerprint processing, and verification of their legal right to work in the United States.