Vacancies at ACCORD ISS

Do you like working with children and young adults? If you do, read on. This work is all about looking after young people and working professionally to give them a memorable and enjoyable experience when they stay at our centres.

We have 3 centres situated in the South East of England, 2 are based in Eastbourne close to the sea and 1 in beautiful Kent countryside not far from Tunbridge Wells.

All our students and nearly all of our staff live at the centre in single sex accommodation. All staff are involved in the pastoral care required in a residential setting. For example, staff ensure students are settled in their rooms at night and up in time for breakfast in the morning and deal with any problems that occur. The students' safety is the most important thing. Therefore we only employ people who accept this and are prepared to put themselves out to ensure it happens. Staff are expected to be courteous, friendly and professional whatever the situation. We also expect our staff to be sensitive to and respond to the interests and needs of the students who come from many different countries and cultures.

The typical working day varies from centre to centre but basically there are EFL lessons in the mornings (5 mornings per week) followed by sports, games and activities in the afternoon and evening entertainment. Every Wednesday there is usually a trip to London and on Sundays to tourist attractions nearer to the school.

Working at ACCORD ISS is challenging and can be tiring, but it is also unforgettable and a lot of fun. Many staff return year on year and have forged friendships with peers and students alike.

If you are not afraid of hard work, enjoy working with children, are reliable, energetic and have a good sense of humour, we would be interested to hear from you.

Course Dates

Easter:

Easter: Induction 23 March 2013
Students arrive on 24 March and leave on 5 April 2013

Summer:

Moira House Induction 29 June & 30 June 2013
Moira House Students arrive 1 July for up to 6 weeks

Bethany Induction 13 July 2013
Bethany Students arrive 14 July for up to 4 weeks

Eastbourne Centre Induction 29 June 2013
Eastbourne Centre Students arrive on 30 June for up to 5 weeks

Working with children

All staff applying to ACCORD ISS will have stringent checks made as to their suitability to work with children. These checks will include the following:

  • All references will be checked.
  • References will include a specific enquiry as to whether there is any impediment to the prospective staff member being employed in a situation where he/she will have responsibility for, substantial access to and the care of children.
  • CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks will be made on staff employed on our courses.
  • Proof of identity and all relevant qualifications will be required and photocopies taken of the original certificates.
  • Any gaps in applicants' CVs must be explained satisfactorily.

Positions Available

Course directors

Previous experience of similar work preferred. Responsible for every aspect of the smooth running of the Summer School. High quality team leadership and management of staff and students essential. Ability to solve every sort of problem and handle every sort of pressure essential. Must be flexible to respond to customer demands. Excellent PR and administrative skills also required. Most demanding role. You set the standards that others must follow. Safety of up to 200 students is your responsibility. Attention to detail essential, nothing must be forgotten. Responsibility for administration of budgets. No specific qualifications required. Speaking different language(s) extremely useful.

Director of studies at Bethany Centre

Leads team of EFL teachers and ensures smooth running of whole EFL programme. Must work closely with Course Director. System and resources already in place but improvements always welcomed. Must be highly organised to cope with large numbers on weekly enrolment. Set and maintain classroom standards for teachers (observing everyone) and students. Administer testing, class placement, class changes, staff time-tabling, exit reports/certificates. Solve teacher and student classroom problems. Be flexible to respond to customer demands and unexpected changes. Be warm, supportive and professional. Should have degree plus RSA Diploma or equivalent. Experience with young learners desirable.

Social organisers

Leads and co-ordinates Activity Programme including excursions. Must work closely with Course Director. Must have high quality team leadership and management skills for staff and students. Must be a super-efficient organiser with attention to detail. Safety of students and ensuring safety procedures are followed is essential. Ability to enthuse and excite students with varied Activity Programme including sports, arts, games and entertainments. Must ensure programme is carried out on time and with professionalism. Administer Activity Programme budget. Must be flexible to respond to customer demands. No specific qualifications required. Experience of many sports and understanding of their safety aspects useful.

Teachers (EFL and activities)

Teaching classes maximum size 12 (maximum size 14 at Eastbourne Centre). Provide positive and controlled classroom learning environment, concentrating on speaking and listening skills. Carry out entry testing for students and write leaving reports. Respond to guidance given by Director of Studies following observation. Prepare, lead and support Activity Programme sessions enthusiastically. Encourage all students to participate fully and ensure controlled and safe environment for all sports and activities. Supervise students on excursions. Carry out daily residential welfare duties including being responsible for some student rooms, getting students up, putting them to bed. Give full pastoral support to students when required and be part of duty rota. Carry out weekend airport transfer duties. Follow direction from all senior staff. Degree plus CELTA or Trinity College TESOL Cert or equivalent required. Applicants with QTS status or those with PGCE (English/Modern Languages) welcomed. QTS teachers also considered with experience of appropriate age students, especially primary trained.

Qualifications for EFL Teachers

For the recruitment of EFL Teachers we follow the recommendations below.

The Scheme normally requires all teachers to have a first degree or equivalent plus a certificate in ELT or TESOL (formerly known as TEFL).

To be considered by the Scheme as a valid certificate in ELT or TESOL, a qualification must

  1. Be externally validated by a reputable examination board (usually a university or recognised exam board)
  2. Contain at least six hours supervised teaching practice (i.e. teaching practice where a qualified assessor observes the trainee teacher teaching real students and gives feedbackon his or her performance).
  3. Contain at least 100 hours of ELT/TESOL input.

Experience teaching Cambridge Exam Courses and IELTS Courses are desireable.

Activity leaders

No specific qualifications necessary, but applicants holding coaching qualifications in any sport, lifeguard qualifications and first aid qualifications particularly welcomed. We are looking for staff with interest in leading/assisting sports and/or other activities e.g. drama, art and crafts, jewellery making, dance, yoga, etc. You would also assist with the weekly excursions and take an active role in student supervision/pastoral care around the school and within the boarding house, e.g. helping with wake up and at bed time, helping with tuck shop, supervising free time etc. You might also be asked to assist with airport transfers on some weekends.

Head of girl' and boy' boarding houses

We are looking for staff who will be in charge of a boarding house and be responsible for the welfare of children within the House. Experience of students in a residential environment is desirable. You will assist with rooming of students, liase with main school staff e.g. laundry, catering, cleaning to ensure high standards are maintained within the House. You are an important staff member and one to whom children in your House will go to in the first instance if there is a problem or if a child is unwell. Therefore, a caring and sensitive attitude, patience and "being a mum" to students is looked for. You will also assist with pastoral duties around the school, activities and airport transfers (but main priority is the House).

Transport co-ordinator

To co-ordinate transport arrangements for all students' arrival and departure as well as ensuring transport is provided for excursions and off-site activities. No specific qualifications required, but must have excellent IT skills and a good working knowledge of Excel. Must be exceptionally well organised with close attention to detail and able to work calmly under pressure. Excellent telephone manner and PR skills essential. This post involves close working relations with the Course Director, Manager and Directors of Summer School, as well as parents and group leaders. The post can be demanding and staff should be aware that some days will be long, especially at the beginning of the course and during weekends. This post will start no later than Monday 18 June 2013.

All employees receive a full day off each week and also a half day off each week. Pay is according to age, qualifications and experience.

Specialist sports' and First Aid qualifications an advantage.

Some non-residential posts available.

More detailed job descriptions will be provided when contracts are offered.

To apply for a position you can download and complete the relevant application form below and send it by fax, email or post.

Application Form for new staff
Application Form for returning staff

All applications should be sent to:

Director of Summer School
ACCORD ISS
Moira House School
Upper Carlisle Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 7TE

or by email: info@accord-iss.com

or by Fax: 0044 (0)1323 417406

ACCORD ISS does not discriminate against an actual or potential employee on the grounds of gender, sexual identity, marital status, disability, age, race, religious beliefs, trade union membership.