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Vacancy – Academic Officer

Website Cultural Homestay in Europe - CHE

specialising in homestay-based educational study programmes for Japanese school groups and individual students in the United Kingdom

Job Vacancy:

To support our team in all aspects of the creation and delivery of our cultural exchange programmes for Japanese school groups visiting the UK.

This is a very challenging role requiring a dynamic candidate capable of meeting deadlines and multi-tasking within an office environment.

Duties Include:

• Interviewing and appointing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Teachers for our short programmes.
• Preparing teaching materials
• Establishing links and liaising with UK state and independent schools to formulate integration activities and secure long-term programme placements
• Assuming responsibility for the pastoral and educational needs of our long term students
• Planning, organising and delivering short induction courses for long-term students
• Attending regular operation meetings and report to the Programme Director as to the progress of all EFL appointments and teaching arrangements during a group’s stay
• Regularly visiting our study centres by car to conduct lesson observations and where necessary initiate corrective actions to meet programme objectives
• Liaising with team members to ensure programme schedule target dates are maintained

Candidate Profile:

Personality:

• Highly motivated self-starter, able to work well independently as well as in a team
• A natural forward planner, capable of meeting deadlines with an eye for detail but also able to grasp the big picture
• Mature and comfortable dealing with senior people of all levels
• Well-presented and business-like
• Empathic communicator able to see things from another’s point of view
• A team-player, able to get on well with others
• Flexible and able to adapt quickly to changing or unforeseen circumstances

Personal Situation:

• Must be domestically secure in the UK
• Able to work extended hours if required (rarely)
• MUST be a confident driver with a clean driving license, with experience driving in the UK

Specific Job Skills:

• Able to plan EFL lessons and give effective guidance to EFL teachers if and when needed
• Understand the principles of good customer-care for Japanese clientele
• Understand the UK school system and be comfortable approaching both state and private schools to discuss intercultural integration
• Able to complete multiple tasks
• Must possess the skills to create and deliver presentations when necessary

Computer Skills:

• Must be adept in use of MS Office applications, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and ideally Access or similar database to intermediate level, Internet and email

Business Skills:

• Must be highly organized & pro-active
• Must be an excellent face-to-face and telephone communicator
• Experience in education would be a big benefit
• Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language would be beneficial but not essential

Management Ability:

This role requires you to appoint EFL teachers and work with our office administrator or temporary office staff, so some people-management skills would be highly beneficial.

There is also scope for this role to develop and expand, depending upon a candidate’s experience and abilities.

To apply for this job email your details to Craig@culturalhomestay.com