Compensation and Benefits
Salary – SCIS seeks teaching candidates with a minimum of 3 years full-time certified teaching experience. Entry-level salary offers for qualified classroom teachers range from US$38,000 to US$54,000 contingent upon relevant experience, degree status, and certification. SCIS will pay US$2500 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$5000. SCIS has a different starting salary package for prospective teachers with BA degrees but no teaching credential from their home country or less than 3 years of experience. Please note, SCIS 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. This option increases salary security and the decision process is formally communicated prior to the start of the school year.
Chinese Taxes – SCIS will pay on your behalf all PRC taxes accrued from your salary.
Displacement Allowance – SCIS will pay a displacement allowance of US$1000 for each new teacher upon his/her arrival in Shanghai in August. (first year only)
Extra Baggage Allowance – SCIS offers a one-time extra baggage 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 – SCIS 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 year or older.
Housing - Teachers hired on an overseas-hire status will be provided housing within reasonable proximity to the school for the first year of the initial contract. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, all teachers in their second contractual year or more will have an annual housing allowance. Presently this is set at RMB 110,000 SCIS-PD, 140,000 SCIS-HQ for singles and RMB 140,000 SCIS-PD, and 160,000 SCIS-HQ for couples, which has been very sufficient for staff to find suitable accommodations. Housing in Shanghai is ample and very comfortable.
Allowance for Utilities - SCIS 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 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 AETNA www.aetna.com.
Lunch – SCIS 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 Allowance - All professional educators are eligible for up to US$1000 individual professional growth allowance 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 campus/systemwide initiatives. As of November 2013, the SCIS On-site Interdisciplinary MEd program from the State University of New York (SUNY) is active in its third cohort of over 25 enrolled teachers and a new cohort will begin in August 2014.
Leaves of Absence - Personal Leave, Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave, and Professional Leave. Paid Maternity Leave is available after the 2nd year of employment.
Additional information about SCIS and its policies can be found on the school’s website at: https://www.scis-his.org