- Start Date: September 2018
- Duration or End Date: June 2019
Salary: 1650 euros gross (for 39 contract hours)
Essential role requirements
- You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification
- You must have a DELTA, DipTESOL, or MA TESOL
- You must have a degree (e.g. BA, BSc)
- The role is open only to those with the right to work in the EU.
We are a looking for enthusiastic and inspirational leaders to form part of our project consolidating over 60 years of language teaching in Spain. We are looking for forward thinking individuals who believe in responding to customers’ needs.
As a member of the academic management team, the DoS will inform the direction of the academy as part of the school meeting committee along with the commercial director. The DoS will work closely with other Doses to ensure a quality product and client satisfaction.
Your responsibilities will include:
• Managing the daily running, i.e.: courses, classes, teachers’ hours, standby etc. of the academy with other members of the DOS team
• The quality assurance of the teaching operation
• The didactic support of learners and teachers
• Customer service
• Assisting the Commercial department in promoting the academy’s services to corporate and institutional clients
• Assisting with the development and implementation of products and publicity
Requirements – The ideal candidate would have:
• The ability to lead, inspire, manage and motivate staff
• The ability to work well in a team
• An understanding of customers’ needs
• A proactive, positive attitude
• A very strong EFL back¬ground with all ages of students and a good working knowledge of Cambridge ESOL exams; DELTA would be considered an advantage).
• A liking for people and an ability to communicate effectively
• Proven organisational and administrative skills
• The ability to cope with a wide variety of teacher and student problems and to work under stress
• An interest in the commercial side of language school management
• Management experience
• A good level of Spanish (B2 or above) or an ability to learn fast.
• Commitment to providing stability and a vision of the future
- Flights: Relocation costs up to 300 euros on production of receipts and 3 nights in a local guest house.
- Accommodation: Help is provided to find suitable accommodation
- Holiday: 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and all local and national holidays
About the school and City
IH Cordoba (Academia Británica) is the birthplace of International House, which was set up here in 1953 by John and Brita Haycraft, and IH Huelva was set up in 1968. Since then, Academia Britanica (AB) has been striving to offer the best teaching and learning environment possible. We offer quality assurance not only under the IH banner, but also under ACEIA, the Spanish association for quality language schools of which we are a founder member. This means that you can rely on being treated fairly and professionally if you work for us.
As well as the opportunities within the AB schools in Cordoba and Huelva, working at an International House school also gives you the chance to find work more easily in over 150 quality IH schools worldwide with the International House teacher transfer system.
Academia Britanica Huelva has around 20 employees and the school building is situated right in Huelva city centre, just a short walk from the main square, in attractive, purpose-built premises distributed on two floors. The classrooms are bright and modern and equipped with PCs, projectors and IWBs.
AB HUELVA AB CORDOBA (CENTRO) AB CORDOBA (SIERRA)
Academia Britanica Cordoba has two schools: IH Cordoba (Centro) and IH Cordoba (Sierra), with over 60 employees and located in two busy areas of the city. IH Cordoba (Centro) is in the city centre, in a traditional building of the old quarter which has been fully modernised and adapted for use as a language school; IH Cordoba (Sierra) is located in the north of the city in a purpose-built modern building with state-of-the-art facilities which are highly appreciated by both teachers and students.
What we offer
As well as a competitive salary package and the security of working at an IH school, one of the key attractions we offer teachers is the chance to develop their teaching.
International House prides itself on its in teacher development, and IH Cordoba and Huelva have always made this a high priority. The weekly in-house seminars are based on our three main development ‘threads’: Teaching Younger Learners, Using IT in the Classroom and Preparing Cambridge Exam Classes. There are currently 3 Directors of Studies per school (Adults, Teens and YLs), and teachers get regular observation and monthly meetings with them, so there are plenty of opportunities for them to give you help and support. In addition, there is the chance to peer observe very experienced teachers, internal teaching conferences organised between the 3 schools and encouragement to go to external conferences (e.g. ACEIA). A number of our teachers have the DELTA qualification and are conference speakers too. The schools are Cambridge Examining Centre ES030, and this means that there may be the chance to train up to be a Cambridge Speaking Examiner for main suite exams (KET, PET, FCE, CAE & CPE) or YLE (Starters, Movers & Flyers).
As well as using textbooks in nearly all our classes, our schools are strongly committed to using the latest technology in the language classroom: all classrooms are fitted with PCs, projector and IWBs (most are Smartboards), there is an online ‘Moodle’ platform for students, teachers and school admin (Acabri Campus).
International House has a wide range of online seminars and also runs online courses which are available to IH teachers at a 50% discount, the most popular of which are the courses in Online Tutoring (COLT), Advanced Methodology (CAM) and Teacher Training. See http://ihworld.com/online-training for full details.
Living in Huelva
Huelva is an attractive modern-looking city, although it has its historical roots in the voyages of Christopher Columbus and its picturesque old churches and monasteries, including El Rocio, the site of an annual pilgrimage and funfair. Just a bit further down the coast lies Doñana National Park, with its spectacular sand-dunes and amazing opportunities to see rare migratory birds. Things that attract teachers to Huelva include the wonderful food (with seafood a speciality), the close proximity of some of the finest sandy beaches in Spain (Atlantic Ocean) and the fact that it’s a very friendly and inexpensive place to live, with many cultural events during the year.
Living in Cordoba
Full of winding, cobbled streets with the beautiful Guadalquivir River running through it, the old quarter of Cordoba is brimming with culture and history, and features many Roman and Arab ruins. The star attractions are definitely the 8th Century Mosque, which is the largest surviving mosque from Moslem Spain, and the ‘patios’ (courtyards) full of flowers which are open to the public. However, Cordoba is also a bustling city with a lively modern bar and restaurant culture, as well as numerous cultural events and fiestas throughout the year. The cost of living is still fairly cheap and the things teachers most like about Cordoba are the warm weather, excellent food and the way you can get around nearly everywhere on foot.
What we are looking for in new teachers
We are interested in receiving applications from teachers who are outgoing, love teaching all ages and like to make learning an effective, fun experience for the students. The minimum requirement is a ‘B’ grade in the CELTA certificate or TESOL and we prefer teachers with experience in teaching Younger Learners and Cambridge exam classes.
The position involves working with children on a daily basis, and teachers are now required by European law to apply for (1) the Spanish Police Certificate for working with children and (2) the ICPC (UK Police Check for working with minors) - or the equivalent from other home countries. It will be an advantage if potential teachers obtain the latter certificate from their home country previously.
Quality is the byword at AB, and so we expect teachers to dedicate time to class preparation and be adaptable and enthusiastic. It is essential, too, for them to be able to create an atmosphere in class which is conducive to learning and have a friendly rapport with the students.