Director of Studies

Director of studies wanted by Move Language Ahead (MLA) First work day: 2020-06-28
Proficient speakers
Min. 1 year
BA in any subject
This is a senior position, and the successful candidate will be a member of the school’s management structure. The holder has the key task of leading and managing the academic life of the centre as well as playing a crucial role in whole-school strategy and development.

Job details


Director of studies

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Work as employee

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Language school

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Main duties:

The academic curriculum and academic life of the School
To take overall responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning within the school
To develop and implement the educational philosophy of the school and to promote a culture of best practice
To advise the Academic Manager on all academic matters in the centre
To promote individual departmental initiatives where appropriate
To attend any senior management or meetings as required
To co-ordinate with other departmental managers to implement the “British Experience"

Staff management

To lead and manage all EFL teachers to encourage, support and challenge them to maintain and raise the already high academic standards
To monitor constantly staff performance and to be the first port of call for any teacher in need of advice or support
To chair meetings where appropriate
To assist the Academic Manager with all Continual Professional Development programs
To arrange cover for absent staff; to record and monitor all absences
To assist the Academic Manager where necessary with interviewing applicants for teaching posts and to advise on the appointment of staff


To oversee the allocation of staff in consultation with the Academic Manager
To oversee the timetabling and administration of preparation
To provide cover teaching when required to do so
To balance the duty of cover work if needed with the ADoS


To assist the Academic Manager with student admissions, to constantly monitor and manage arrangements for entrance testing and assessment
To supervise the maintenance of complete and up-to-date records related to teaching i.e. lesson plans and work covered
To supervise the preparation student reports and/or course reports within agreed deadlines

In the Classroom/On an Excursion/During an Activity/At the Centre

To take responsibility for maintaining teaching resources and premises
To make sure classrooms are left secure and tidy after use and ensure borrowed equipment have been returned
To help develop, advance and expand teaching resources
To motivate students to improve their learning skills

Staff Induction

To attend a staff induction and take an active part in discussion and feedback
Personal Development CDP

All staff are observed in the first week of employment & have appraisals and goal setting tasks
You need to be able to set yourself goals that you would like to work on during your time with MLA
Weekly training or feedback sessions

Health & Safety

To comply with all health and safety procedures as required by the Company
Being aware of relevant fire, health and safety issues in the classroom and around the centre and during excursions
A First Aid qualification is desirable. If you have such please make sure a copy of your certificate is available

Child Protection & Safeguarding

All staff share the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and must adhere to, and comply with, MLA Safeguarding Policy
To provide safety and welfare assistance to students
To be vigilant for possible welfare problems of students

Galway, Ireland

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Proficient speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 1 year

    (Experience of Teaching EFL Classes)

  3. Qualification

    BA in any subject + CELTA + DELTA

    (A DELTA qualification or equivalent. A minimum of a CELTA qualification or equivalent. A degree or equivalent qualifications/experience.)

  4. Have a good track record of leading and managing staff; be motivational, sympathetic, constructive and, where necessary, challenging with colleagues
  5. Be experienced and inspirational as a classroom teacher
  6. Be able to communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with staff, students and group leaders alike
  7. Be passionate about driving up standards in teaching and learning
  8. Be very well-organised and extremely hard-working
  9. Be able to work accurately and calmly, and show resilience, when under pressure
  10. Be able to work collaboratively with colleagues within the company; have a proven ability to work as a member of a team
  11. Be patient, determined and enthusiastic
  12. Be prepared and able to initiate and manage change, where necessary
  13. Be devoted to the educational needs of the individual student
  14. Be committed to continuing personal and professional development
  15. Display absolute commitment to the highest standards of professional behaviour and, at all times, to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children
  16. Be proficient in the use of information technology
  17. Act at all times as an outstanding ambassador for the school
  18. Be willing and able to contribute to the wider extracurricular and pastoral life of a summer school

What we offer

  1. Non Residential GBP £725 weekly
  2. Residential GBP £590 weekly
  3. All salaries inclusive of Holiday Pay (12.07%)
  4. GBP +£10 per week for each year of service with MLA (maximum GBP £30/3 years

Galway, Ireland

Job location

Move Language Ahead (MLA)

About the employer

MLA (Move Language Ahead) is an industry leader in providing safe, educational, and cultural vacations to students from around the world. Each year thousands of students travel with MLA as part of our short-term English as a second language (ESL) programs. Along with our proprietary ESL curriculum, we also provide our students with great excursions featuring some of the most popular historical and tourist destinations across the country.

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