Job Description

Job Title: Summer School Director Location: Ware, Hertfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent


The College has an incredible sense of community among its staff which can be felt immediately.

The fascination of our setting is lasting and the Good Schools Guide describes the College as: “A successful, flourishing, dependable school with real spiritual heart.” Our 400-acre site with its large leafy grounds, impressive playing fields and attractive school buildings offers modern facilities in a country setting, providing a safe and stimulating environment for young minds.

With excellent transport links and only 30 minutes by train to central London stations, the College is 20 minutes’ drive from junction 25 of the M25, immediately off the A10.

Also within easy access is London Stansted airport, which is a 20-minute drive.

The Role St Edmund’s Summer School has been welcoming international students each July and August for over 20 years.

As the Summer School hosts children from over 40 countries, it plays a crucial role in maintaining and developing the College’s international presence as well as reputation for delivering world-class residential educational programmes.

Responsibilities include Operations Lead and manage all operational aspects of the Summer School business.

Act as the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the College for the Summer School, ensuring all necessary compliance checks for Summer School staff are undertaken.

Take overall responsibility for the Health & Safety of staff and children during the Summer School’s operation.

Annually review the Summer School’s recruitment needs and develop appropriate recruitment strategies to meet them.

Ensure all UK accreditation requirements are met or exceeded to confirm St Edmund’s Summer School as a leading brand.Business & Marketing Create a medium-term business plan in order to ensure the sustainability, growth and development of the College’s Summer School brand and business.

Identify and explore potential for expansion and new business opportunities for the Summer School.

To deliver a focussed and appropriate marketing strategy.Financial outcomes Meet Summer School financial targets.

Take full accountability for the achievement of the Summer School’s financial outcomes.

To review and recommend annual course fees.

Prepare annual budget (linked to medium term strategic plan) and monitor performance against that budget.Venue Hire Acting as a main point of contact for incoming venue hire enquiries following initial contact stage.

Manage and coordinate the venue hire process of the College’s facilities to external hire groups.

Recommending quotes and costings for venue hire at the College.Ideal candidate Education attainment at Further Education level (or demonstrable equivalent experience) or holds relevant professional qualifications.

Significant, demonstrable events experience with experience of events administration.

(3 years’ experience in this field) Knowledge of the importance of safeguarding and working with students from differing cultures.

Thorough understanding of budgeting, financial and resource planning.

Knowledge of international education markets.

Knowledge of effective marketing tools and techniques.

Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with agents and staff.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively whenever representing the Summer School and College including with Agents, staff, students and the media.Benefits Excellent catering facilities including school lunches during term time when the kitchens are open.

Cakes and biscuits during break times in the staff common room and hot drinks machines.

Use of the College sports facilities when not in use by students, including the gym.

Free parking.

Cycle to Work Scheme Discretionary closure of the College between Christmas and New Year (in addition to annual leave).

An increase to 25 days'(FTE) annual leave following 5 years’ service plus public holidays.

Lieu time is accrued when working beyond contractual hours.

These hours can be taken off throughout the year, in addition to annual leave.

Pension: Employee contribution 4% College contribution 8.5%.Please click on the APPLY button to send your CV and Cover Letter for this role.

Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of; Events Manager, Venue Operations, Events Coordinator, Operations Assistant, Coordination, Conference Organiser, Events Management, Employer Events Staff, Student Employment, School Events Director, College Events Director may also be considered for this role