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Leading in Your Role - HR Managers

Date: September 15-16, 2017, Friday and Saturday

Time: 8:30 - 16:30, both days, inclusive of lunch and tea breaks

Location: International School of Beijing

Our Goal: At the end of this two-day workshop, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how Human Resources practitioners contribute to the school's success by acting as a vital business partner. Participants will be introduced to the key competencies, skills and tools HR practitioners require to help them play a strategic role in schools.

Our Ideal Audience: Human Resource Managers, Business Managers and any other operational staff involved in the recruitment, administration and/or evaluation of non-academic staff.

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Welcome to the Human Resource Managers' workshop!

The Human Resource Management role in International School's, across Asia, is evolving quickly. As International Schools have grown in Asia, so have the responsibilities of the HR Manager. Historically, HR personnel, were largely in charge of personnel management issues related to overseeing Non-Academic staff, visas, housing and reimbursements. In Asia, especially, the HR role has always been looked upon as needing to be a generalist, ready to step into any personnel, issues that may impact expat teaching staff's ability to focus on their classroom teaching duties.

This purpose of this workshop is to reconcile the historical biases schools have about HR Management with the reality of the changing market schools are competing in. For schools to successfully navigate and overcome challenges related to personnel, such as recruitment, orientation, performance management and legal compliance, schools will need to embrace the HR Manager as a strategic partner.

This will be an interactive workshop providing fundamental HR Management tools and templates for:

  • Identifying the skills and knowledge to be a Strategic Business Partner,
  • Understanding how to influence school senior leadership,
  • Recruiting and selecting the right people with the right skills,
  • Effectively managing non-academic staff's performance to maximize business outcomes.

Participants will engage in activities and discussions to identify practical applications for the theory and case studies introduced over the two days. The facilitator will offer examples and case studies from her own experience demonstrating the benefits changes in HR practices can offer schools. Lastly, participants will work with the facilitator to customize tools and templates introduced throughout the workshop to ensure they are able to present them to senior leadership for immediate adoption.

Speaker Biography:

Katherine Li is an HR Management Professional with progressive HR management experience with Multi-National companies and in the education sector. Katherine holds a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Master's Degree in Philosophy. She was also awarded an HRMP Certificate by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Katherine's Research and Specialities focus on:

  • Talent Acquisition and performance management
  • HR capacity building in change management
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Policy making
  • Coaching in the working place

Katherine's journey in HR Management began 14 years ago as an Associate HR Officer at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) China Office, where she gained a board and comprehensive understanding on all key HR functions. Katherine further progressed her career in the field of HR management at the Foreign Commonwealth Office in China and the British Council China Office as the HR Manager. Believing deeply that the HR function is a strategic business partner for any organization, Katherine has been helping her employers in their endeavor to manage various change programs by contributing to restructure teams, rebuilding competency and behavior framework, consolidating HR policies and optimizing HR transaction procedures. Katherine has a strong passion for the education sector, since 2014 she has been working as the Head of HR at Harrow International School Beijing.

Two Day Agenda:

Day 1

8:00-9:00Introduction- Changes in the market require changes in our role.
9:00-10:15The changing role of HR- Understanding historical bias related to our role.
- Redefining the HR Department and the HR Leader Role.
10:30-12:00Building Value-Added HR- Introduction to HR strategic functions in international schools - talent acquisition, performance management, professional development and personnel administration.
- Key challenges preventing us from becoming a Business Partner and how to move forward from where we are now
- Influencing your key stakeholders
1:30-3:00Capacity building for HR- The HR TRIAD: Roles and Responsibilities for managing HR
- The required skills, knowledge and competence for HR staff to cope with a changing environment
- HR staff's professional development
3:15-4:30Debrief- Reflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

Day 2

8:30-9:15Reflection on Day One- Connecting key insights and content to Day 2
9:15-10:30Recruitment and selection - make the right recruitment decision- Identify recruitment needs and build an efficient team structure.
- Basic principles in recruitment and selection
- Minimize the chance of making bad hiring decisions
10:15-12:00Recruitment and selection - interviewing skills and selection techniques- Introduction of interview skills and selection techniques
- Practice interview skills and learn from each other
1:00-3:00Appraisal for non-academic staff- Appraisal components and guidelines
- Respective roles among HR, managers and employees
- Identifying and establishing effective goals
3:15-4:30Debrief- Reflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

Leading in Your Role - HR Managers Friday, September 15, 2017 - Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
For more information contact: Michael Iannini
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When: Friday, September 15, 2017 to Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: International School of Beijing
Who: Hosted by: Michael Iannini
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$400 USD for ACAMIS members

$450 USD for non-members

Tea breaks and lunch are included for both days.

Please email michael(a) for more details.


International School of Beijing

10 Anhua Street, Shunyi Qu, Beijing, China 101312

Tel: 86 10 8149 2345


The school has recommended the following hotels:

Crowne Plaza Shunyi Airport


Phone: 86-10 5810 8888

Room Rates: 650+ RMB (Superior Room); 750+ (De Luxe Room); includes internet and 1 breakfast

Yosemite Club

Phone: 86-10 80417588
Room Rates: Includes internet and 1 Chinese/American breakfast


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