Academic Coordinator - #16644

British Council

Date: 3 weeks ago
City: Dammam
Contract type: Full time

Academic Coordinator

Date: 15 Nov 2023

Location: Dammam, Middle East and North Africa, SA

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people Why join us? This is an exciting opportunity to join our academic team in Saudi Arabia at a time of ambitious growth for the British Council across adult, young learner and corporate English programmes in the Gulf region and specifically Saudi Arabia. The country itself continues to undergo change making the location appealing to international teachers and providing a good standard of living
This Aacdemic Coordinator role would ideally suit an experienced coordinator, teacher trainer or academic line manager who is looking for a new challenge and able to operate not only at centre level but within the wider country team. The role will have a focus on teaching excellence and team working as teaching is restablished in Damman
The British Council supports teacher and manager development through its performance enablement programme, support to conduct action research, its Professional Development Scheme, and opportunities to join internal and external training programmes or speak at internal and external conferences
Role Purpose
  • To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English.
  • To support the wider aims of the British Council and its cultural relations mission.
  • To engage in continued professional development in order to keep up-to-date with developments in the field and to facilitate consistent provision of high quality teaching.
  • To act as the academic focal point for teaching activities and teaching excellence in the Jeddah area, including working with teaching operations, customer services, commercial and other departments as required

Main Accountabilities: Support British Council’s global English strategy by:
  • Planning, preparing and delivering high quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups taking into account individual learning needs.
  • Contributing to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of the contemporary UK.
  • Supporting the academic management team in maintaining and enhancing product and service delivery and development.
  • Acting as a role model for good classroom practice by encouraging teachers to observe you or others teaching, doing demonstration lessons, leading teacher development sessions and engaging in own development activities.
  • Providing effective line management and support for staff including observations as per performance management guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Maintaining a positive working environment through constructive teamworking and communication with students, teachers, teaching operations, customer services, corporate English services and other colleagues.
  • Providing academic administrative and organisational support as business needs require.
  • Ensuring safeguarding, EDI, SEND and other guidelines are applied, embedded and upheld in line with standards and policy.

About You (essential requirements for the role):
  • A minimum of 4 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience gained from teaching a variety of age groups and levels from young learners through to adults.
You should have experience in teaching:
  • Adults aged 18+ (1800+ hours)
And one or more of the following age groups:
  • Young learners aged 6 to 12 (400+ hours)
  • Young learners aged 13 to 17 (400+hours)

  • High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module.
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent
  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma or equivalent
  • Undergraduate/University degree

Desirable requirements:
  • Relevant masters/post graduate qualification
  • PGCE/B.Ed in Primary or relevant subject
  • Experience teaching Business Communication Skills, IELTS preparation courses, A0/A1 level students or British Council global products.
  • Line management experience
  • Recent experience working in a teaching in a context similar to the British Council
  • Experience collaborating and working with teams both virtually and in-person

Further Information
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Job type: Full time
  • Location: KSA – Damman
  • Family visa is secured after the arrival of the successful candidate to the job location and it may take time.
  • Deadline to receive applications: November 29, 2023

What we can offer:
  • Relocation support is provided for the candidates who are not based in the job location.
  • Housing allowance
  • Medical insurance

Please note that all applications should be submitted in English only.
It is advisable to apply in advance to avoid any technical issues at the last moment
A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world
Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement
The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability. All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities
The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with
We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989
Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children
If you have any problems with your application please email [email protected]
Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted

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