Course Director - Residential

Applicants with the appropriate legal status for employment in the European Union preferred
  • Deadline:
  • United Kingdom: Various.
  • Discovery Summer
  • Experience: NOT APPLICABLE
  • Positions: 2
  • Degree Required
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential

Job Summary

Discovery Summer is looking for an inspiring and enterprising Course Director committed to delivering a high-quality, junior residential programme in a top UK boarding school. You will manage a team of approx. 15-25 staff.

4.5 to 5.5 weeks from late June/early July. Student age range varies by centre (8-17 years).

Gross salary up to £779 gross/week + guaranteed end of contract completion bonus £205/week + to £94/week statutory holiday pay + £425 for pre-course work + discretionary bonus.

Details of Position

Discovery Summer runs a range of high quality residential English language and Multi Activity summer courses for young learners/teenagers in top independent schools in England. Our students enjoy learning new language skills through a range of classes and activities in English.

We welcome students from over 60 countries each summer and limit the number from every language group. Nearly 30% of our students return each summer.

We want our students to explore and experience British Culture - up to 10% of students are British, our English Student Hosts.

In our July 2018 British Council inspection, we were awarded 14 from a possible 15 strengths placing us in the top tier of accredited language schools in the UK.

We provide a supportive and friendly environment - you will prepare for the summer alongside our dedicated Head Office team and take part in our Senior Staff Training Weekend in April.

Over 60% of our staff return each summer. The majority of our senior centre staff have worked with us previously - many for over 10 years.

Each centre brings together strong team-players who genuinely enjoy working creatively with children and teenagers.

You will be head of the senior management team on the course. This is a role that requires a high standard of professionalism and commitment.

You will be responsible for managing and leading the course effectively and for the safety and well-being of all course participants (students, English Student Hosts, staff, Group Leaders and Discovery Summer visitors). The staff/student ratio is at least 1:4.

You will work closely with Head Office to ensure the programme is successful, ensuring the needs of all parties are met and, wherever possible, exceeded.

Over the years we have built up excellent relationships with our host centres.

Please see our website (link below) for the full job description, online application form and details of the application process. To apply please complete the online application form where you can also upload your CV.

Discovery Summer is committed to ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people and we expect our staff to share this commitment. To this end, all references will be followed up, gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily and appropriate suitability checks will be required prior to confirmation of appointment.


- Degree, higher qualification or equivalent
- Demonstrable experience in leading, managing and motivating a diverse staff
- Previous experience of working with children/teenagers in a residential setting
- Proven inter-personal and customer care skills
- Proven organisational, administrative, ICT and record keeping skills

- Experience in performance management and in supporting professional development
- EFL teaching experience
- First Aid Qualification (Discovery Summer will pay for a 1 day first aid course if necessary)
- Full driving licence and willingness to use own car for business purposes (Discovery Summer will cover business insurance and mileage)

Personal Skills
- Energetic, creative, resourceful, flexible and able to oversee a busy centre with enthusiasm
- Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure
- Good eye for detail and enjoys working to exacting standards
- Culturally aware and genuinely enjoys working with children and teenagers
- Commitment to professional growth and receptive to feedback
- Has high aspirations and the ability to promote and deliver the values, culture and ethos of Discovery Summer
- Able to anticipate, recognise and resolve problems while maintaining a calm and positive manner
- Energetic, creative, resourceful, flexible and able to oversee a busy centre with enthusiasm

Salary and Benefits

- Salary of up to £779 gross per week
- Statutory holiday pay of up to £94 per week (calculated at 12.07% of gross salary)
- One off payment of £425 for pre-course work (usually done in June)
- Guaranteed end of contract completion bonus £205 per week + discretionary performance bonus
- Set up and induction (usually 3-4 days) paid pro-rata
- Full board accommodation is provided - worth £52.85 per week
- Relevant training e.g. First Aid

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