Freelance Programme Leader

2022, January 25
Freelance Programme Leader 25th January 2022

About us 

The Hutong is China’s leading provider of experiential education travel programs, primarily targeting K-12 students. We are looking for exceptional individuals to join our vision to be a world leader in inspiring growth and creating a positive impact through experiential education. This is a freelance role and can be based anywhere in China, but there may be opportunities for full time positions down the line in our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The Hutong is an award winning organisation with a people centric approach. We were nominated as finalists for ‘Best Employer’ at the 2020 British Business Awards and ‘Employee Engagement’ at the 2021 China Social Impact Awards. In 2021 we also won the ‘Best Education Supplier’ and ‘School Heads Choice’ Awards at the British Schools Awards, ensuring our brand is synonymous with high quality.

The Hutong is merely the sum of our parts and we know that our people are at the centre of every success. We want to ensure that we’re not only providing industry competitive compensation and benefits packages but are also providing an exceptional place to work, learn and grow, for every single Hutonger, regardless of role, age, race, sexual orientation or gender.


Job Description

Programme Leaders are organisational champions, supporting both visibly and behind the scenes. To ensure that their programme delivers on The Hutong’s Mission to provide exceptional cultural experiences in a fun, learning environment, they meet the needs of the programme and set a standard of proactive support to the entire programme team.

As “Supporting Swiss Army Knives”, Programme Leaders (PL) report to the Programme Manager (PM) and flow like water to areas of greatest need throughout each stage of a Programme’s Life Cycle:

1)      Preparing the Programme

2)      Delivering the Programme

3)      Wrapping Up the Programme

Often, PLs are “lead facilitators” and will oversee the programme’s experiences and work closely with the PM and programme facilitators to achieve the programme’s learning goals and to deliver exceptional experiences to an exceptional level.

Key Competencies

Intellectual + Personal:

Judgment/Decision Making





Customer Focus

Team Player

Communications – Oral



Team Builder

Running Meetings


●       Leads by example in living The Hutong Core Values before, during, and after a programme

●       Is organised and timely with programme task management

●       Ensures our brand promise of Professionalism, Partnership, and Consistency is met

●       Promotes a culture of safety and The Hutong’s “Intervene because you care” mindset

●       Recognises the importance of feedback as a tool for growth and seeks it at all levels

●       Approaches challenges proactively and with a positive mindset

●       Ensures the well-being of programme team members

●       Communicates honestly, respectfully, and with positive intentions

●       Possesses a Yes we can! attitude and promotes a “growth mindset”

●       Provide consistently high quality and innovative educational experiences for international student groups

●       Encourage students to be creative, curious, and think critically through attending The Hutong’s programmes and interacting with The Hutong staff


Compensation and Benefits:

The Hutong Education compensates Programme Leaders with industry-competitive wages based on an individual’s relevant work experience. Longer term contracts are availability for those with experience and wider availability. More details regarding compensation will be provided upon application.

Here are some benefits you can expect as a Freelancer with The Hutong:

  • All work related travel, accommodation and meals covered
  • Personal budgets for laundry, phone credit and entertainment
  • Timely payments – we guarantee to get you paid quickly
  • Working alongside an incredible team of professionals from around the world
  • Learning and development opportunities with trainings offered throughout the year
  • Access to our ‘Level-Up’ training scheme, for those looking to accelerate their careers
  • Regular and fun staff events and functions throughout the year
  • Free cooking classes and workshops at our cultural exchange centre in Beijing, plus member’s discounts
  • Drop into our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei anytime for a cup of tea

Next steps

You can find more information on our website:

Please email your CV/Resume and cover letter to:

Please note for successful applicants we will require references and a security background check.

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