Job Opportunities at BFS
Busan Foreign School (BFS) is an international educational institution nestled in Busan, South Korea. Our school seeks dedicated, inventive, and inspiring educators who embody our SHARK values. Our school is accredited by WASC and delivers a rigorous American standards-based curriculum, complete with the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Our current faculty have 318 years of combined experience and have been teaching on average for over 9 years.
Situated in the charming Haeundae district of Busan, life is both comfortable and convenient. Our students are exceptional, and we invite you to embark on this journey with us.
- Licensed in subjects taught (U.S. licensure preferred)
- Teaching couples or singles preferred
- Characteristics of successful candidates: dedicated to teaching and learning, flexible, team player, adaptable, curious, lifelong learner
Benefits Package Information
- Professional Development – New teachers will receive 1,500,000 KRW per school year to be used for school-approved professional development and/or personal wellness and growth. This increases to 2,500,000 KRW per school year after the initial 2-year contract.
- Housing Provided – A private, rent-free, semi-furnished apartment is provided. For two (2) year contracts, all housing for new hires will be a 2 or 3-bedroom apartment within a 15-minute walk to campus. For single teachers, teachers with or without a spouse and/or a child(ren), and teaching couples, the apartment size is 24 pyeong. For teaching couples with children, the apartment size is 30 pyeong. Housing for one (1) year contracts may be a one (1) bedroom officetel within a 15-minute walk to campus.
- Airfare Allowance – The employee will be given 4,500,000 (KRW) in three installments as an airfare allowance during their initial 2-year contract. The initial 1,500,000 (KRW) will be paid upon arrival in Korea. The second airfare allowance of 1,500,000 (KRW) will be paid at the end of the first school year. The third and final payment of 1,500,000 (KRW) will be paid upon completion of the two-year contract. Airfare allowance is increased in case of school-approved dependents.
- Shipping Reimbursement – New staff will be provided with the following amounts available for reimbursement of shipping costs upon presentation of receipts: 500,000 (KRW) plus an additional 100,000 (KRW) per school-approved dependents.
- Settling-in Allowance – The employee will be reimbursed 700,000 (KRW) when arriving in Korea plus an additional 100,000 (KRW) per school-approved dependents. This will constitute reimbursement for any costs associated with preparing documents for gaining a work visa as well as provide “cash on hand” for any items that the employee wishes to purchase. The employee pays no additional costs for visas once they have arrived in South Korea.
- Dependent’s Tuition – Up to two (2) children per faculty family may attend BFS free of charge. Parents are responsible for 50% lunch and 100% uniforms costs.
- School Lunch Provided – Lunch is provided to all staff each school day and for school-related activities.
- National & Travel Health Insurance – Busan Foreign School will provide a comprehensive medical plan through Korea National Health. The employee and the employer will each contribute 50% to this plan. Staff are also provided with a travel insurance program offering coverage outside of Korea on both personal and school-related business.
- Retirement Pension – Per Korean law, employees will contribute a percentage (approximately 4.5%) of their salary to the Korean pension system. This amount is also matched by the employer, resulting in approximately 9% of monthly salary accrual per month as a retirement pension. The employee is eligible to withdraw his or her pension when permanently leaving Korea. Note: BFS has mandatory teacher retirement at age 62.
- Severance Pay – The employee will accrue an amount equal to 8% of each base monthly salary as severance pay. The employee must be employed by BFS for at least one full year to be eligible to receive a severance payout. Severance is paid at the end of each contract period ) roughly equivalent to one additional month’s pay per year).
- School Year – Vacation days are determined according to the official school calendar. Teachers will generally work 190 days, of which around 180 are student contact days starting on August 1st.
- Personal Days – The employee has 5 days of paid personal days each school year. In addition, for any unused personal days, the employee will be paid 80,000 (KRW) per day up to a maximum of 400,000 (KRW) at the end of the academic year.
- Compassionate Leave – The employee is allowed 5 days of paid compassionate leave each full school year.
- Professional Development Days – The employee has 3 days for paid leave concerning professional development that has been approved by the school.
- Maternity and Paternity Leave – Female teachers are entitled to 90 consecutive days of paid maternity leave in conjunction with childbirth. At least 45 of those days must be taken after childbirth. Male teachers are entitled to up to 15 days of paid paternity leave (10 government-paid days and 5 personal days) to be taken within 90 days of childbirth.
* Please note that BFS has a mandatory teacher retirement policy at age 62.
** All interviews are conducted via Zoom.
Busan is a peaceful corner of South Korea that has 8 beautiful beaches, mountains, several hiking trails, public transportation, and so much more to make it the perfect place to live in Asia. It’s the second-largest city after Seoul with a population of over 3.4 million people. The cost of living is generally lower than in Seoul and the laid-back beach atmosphere. Public transportation is well-developed and reliable including buses and the subway which make it easy to get around to surrounding areas. Busan is also considered a safe country with low crime rates.
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