Teacher Trainer Vacancy

[Stepping Stones (http://steppingstoneschina.net) is one of Shanghai’s biggest volunteering programs, providing English lessons to thousands of disadvantaged children in Shanghai and beyond[CH1].]

Due to the expansion of Stepping Stones’ teacher training programs, we are now looking for another qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainer to work on our Teacher Training and Videolink Teacher Training programs. Full-time, part-time and consultancy-based positions can all be considered. This position would be particularly suitable for candidates already resident in China.

The successful applicant will have two main duties:

1. Designing and delivering training sessions to local primary school teachers to improve their awareness of English language teaching methodologies and techniques;

2. Designing and delivering online teacher-training lessons to similar English language teachers throughout China.

The Shanghai-based teacher training has been ongoing since 2016. We are currently working with six migrant schools in the Shanghai area, and will add three more to our roster in the autumn of 2018. For the new schools, a needs analysis and syllabus of content based on the trainees’ needs will be necessary prior to training; for the schools we are currently working with, we will continue to support our ‘Champions’, local teachers trained by us to observe colleagues’ lessons, give feedback, identify training needs, and assist us in the delivery of training.

The Videolink Teacher Training program is a relatively recent addition to our programs. So far, we have completed just one full semester, delivering in total 12 two-hour training sessions to two groups of teachers situated in rural areas all over China. Tasks for the trainer in this area include reviewing and improving our current training materials, delivering live online training sessions to new groups of rural teachers, supporting the trainees via social media, and conducting on-site observations of some rural teachers at their schools.

Time allowing, the successful candidate may also help out in other areas, such as with the Videolink Program (supporting volunteers to teach English online to children in rural areas), curriculum development (planning and piloting a brand-new Stepping Stones syllabus, including lesson plans and materials), and the Classroom Teaching Program (training and monitoring volunteers teaching at migrant primary schools).

This position provides an exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate to utilize his or her skills in the non-profit arena, develop new teaching, training and curriculum development approaches in a challenging but fulfilling context, and grow personally and professionally in a friendly and supportive work environment.

Please be aware that we are unable to offer a salary commensurate with teacher-trainer positions in the general ESL/EFL field; rather, as a non-profit organisation, we are looking for a candidate who is willing to compromise their potential salary level in order to help students and teachers who come from very disadvantaged backgrounds. The position would suit a more experienced teacher who can afford to put job satisfaction over remuneration, or a less experienced teacher looking for the kind of work experience they might not yet be able to attain in the ESL/EFL field.

Teacher Trainer Job Description

The candidate will report to the Training Director, and work alongside one other Teacher Trainer, the Program Officer and other support staff.

Main Responsibilities:

·Plan and deliver training sessions to English teachers at primary schools for migrant children in Shanghai.

·Build on, refine and adapt the current teacher-training materials and teaching approach to each particular group of trainees.

·Help select a number of trainees to become ‘Champions’, train them on how to observe lessons, identify needs, and plan and deliver training.

·Visit the trainee teachers regularly to support their ongoing development.

·Train and support a small team of volunteers to provide weekly oral English practice to the teachers in question. Develop materials to support this project.

·In conjunction with the Training Director, review and improve our current set of Videolink Teacher Training materials, including self-study and live-class PPTs

·Help recruit, interview and placement-test trainees for the Videolink Teacher Training Program.

·Deliver online teacher-training sessions to English teachers around China and help support the online trainees with advice, feedback and encouragement via social media.

·Assist the Training Director and Program Director in the monitoring and evaluation of both teacher-training programs.

·Time allowing, assist with other related projects, particularly Videolink, curriculum development and the Classroom Teaching Program.

Minimum Qualifications:

·Educated to at least bachelor-degree level, and with a minimum English Language Teaching qualification of CELTA, TEFL or TESOL, or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language equivalent;

·At least four years’ relevant experience, including teaching English or Chinese as a Second Language, English teacher training and/or curriculum design;

·Interest in and / or experience of using technology for language teaching and professional development purposes;

·Advanced-level minimum oral and written English communication skills. Chinese language skills would be an advantage;

·Strong management and organisational abilities: good team player with ability to mentor and motivate staff, interns, volunteers and trainees;

·Strong interest in the development sector, and preferably some experience in education and /or with disadvantaged communities and /or with volunteers in China; and

·Excellent work ethic with a positive and flexible attitude.

Other Requirements:

·To ensure the sustainability of the project, a long-term commitment is preferred;

·Note that some weekend work may be required, as some trainings will be scheduled then. We operate a flexible working schedule, where staff are encouraged to take time off to compensate for overtime worked.


Compensation will be at local market levels in the non-profit sector and take into consideration the skills and experience of the successful applicant. For a full-time position, Stepping Stones will provide all statutory benefits for Chinese nationals, or medical insurance for expatriates, plus 12 days annual leave in the first year of employment. Alternatively, a part-time or consultancy arrangement can be considered.

Due to ongoing changes in regulations relating to non-profits as well as visas, a working visa cannot be guaranteed, so candidates already resident in China are preferred. Stepping Stones is unable to cover relocation costs.

Start Date:

The candidate should be available to start working for Stepping Stones ideally by 1 March 2018.

Work Location:

The Teacher Trainer will be based at Stepping Stones’ office at 12F, Asionics Building, No. 6, Lane 1279, Zhong Shan Road West, Shanghai, but some of the work will be carried out in the schools. Occasional working from home may also be possible.


To apply for this position, please send your resume to training@steppingstoneschina.net by 31st January with a cover letter to explain your suitability for this job position, and why you are interested in it.

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