The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is looking to appoint a full time (or
significant part time) International Marketing Intern to support the work of the COBIS
Head Office team for a period of six months from September 2014.

COBIS is a global membership association representing over 300 member organisations
consisting of more than 160 high quality British International Schools and over 140
commercial organisations. COBIS Members can be found in 60 countries worldwide.
COBIS exists to represent and support its member schools - their leaders, governors, staff
and students and the delivery and export of quality British education by:

      Representing member schools with the British Government, educational bodies, and
       the corporate sector through a range of lobbying and networking activities.
      Providing effective professional development for all members of the school
       workforce including senior leaders, governors, teachers and support staff.
      Delivering leadership mentoring support services and professional consultancy
      Coordinating challenging, engaging and inspiring inter-school COBIS student
      Facilitating, coordinating and supporting professional networking opportunities.
      Processing Disclosure and Barring Service checks to promote child protection and
       safer recruitment and employment practices.
      Providing access to information about trends and developments in UK education.
      Nurturing talent and promoting career opportunities within the global COBIS

In addition, COBIS raises the profile of commercial supporting members by introducing
them to COBIS schools and promoting them as exporters of educational resources,
products and services via the COBIS website and other channels.

The work of COBIS, whose Patron is HRH The Duke of York, KG, is led by the CEO and an
elected Board which consists of serving COBIS Headteachers, Governors and School
Inspectors. In addition to links with a wide range of educational stakeholders internationally
and within the UK, COBIS is one of 8 constituent members of the Independent Schools
Council (ISC) which represents leading UK Independent schools.

In addition to a diverse, and growing, programme of events, inter-school student activities
and professional development opportunities, COBIS members have access to a range of
quality services.

The post holder will support the work of the CEO and COBIS Head Office team by
undertaking a range of marketing, research, event management and administrative tasks.
This will be an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate to gain valuable experience of
diverse work in a busy office environment in the education sector as part of a small,
dedicated and supportive team.

Working in the COBIS Head Office would suit an ambitious, energetic, highly organised
individual. It is expected that the International Marketing Intern will be a recent University
or College graduate. In addition to high standards of verbal and written communication
skills, experience of education in an international setting (for example, in a British
International School) would be an advantage for the successful candidate.

To find out more about the global reach, role and function of COBIS, please visit

     Job Title:               International Marketing Intern
     Reporting To:            Senior Professional Development Officer
     Hours:                   Full Time (37.5 hours per week; applications for significant
                              part time work may be considered)
       Salary:                £20,000 FTE per annum, pro rata
       Term of Contract:      6 months from September 2014

To support the work of the COBIS CEO and Head Office team by undertaking a range of
marketing, research, communications, event management and administrative tasks.

  1. To support the work of the COBIS CEO and the COBIS Head Office team.
  2. To contribute to the preparation, design, and production of newsletters for members
      and publicity material for COBIS events.
  3. To support administration of COBIS events including the Annual Conference. This
      may include collating information for the conference programme, designing pre-
      conference newsletters, collecting seminar choices from delegates, and other
      administrative tasks.
  4. To undertake research and data collection on behalf of the association.
  5. To contribute to the on-going development of the COBIS social media presence.
  6. To provide administrative support and publicity for COBIS student competitions and
      student games.
  7. To undertake database management and website maintenance (training will be
  8. To contribute to the development of a new student magazine.
  9. To undertake other tasks as may be determined during the course of the placement.
  10. To maintain a working environment in which diversity is respected and responded
      to, and equality of opportunity is promoted. To respond to all enquiries politely,
      quickly and efficiently whilst maintaining outstanding customer service standards.
  11. To ensure a positive image to customers and other individuals and organisations
      and to promote the COBIS brand, activities and services by whatever means are
      appropriate and available.
  1. It is expected that the COBIS intern will be a recent University or College graduate.
  2. Knowledge and experience of education in an international setting (experience of
     education in a COBIS school is desirable but not required. To view a list of COBIS
     schools please click here.)
  3. Good written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Good ICT skills with ability to use standard ICT software and social media platforms
     with confidence.
  5. Strong organisational and time-management skills.
  6. Experience of working in an office environment would be beneficial but is not
  7. Applications are welcome from candidates from any country. COBIS will facilitate a
     visa, if necessary, for the successful applicant. Please note that applicants who are
     not eligible to work in the UK must be eligible for a Tier 5 visa (engaged in degree-
     level studies at a recognised university or hold a recognised degree).

  1. The post is available from 8 September 2014 or as soon thereafter as possible.
  2. The position is considered to be a full time post for 37.5 hours per week.
     Applications for significant part time will be considered.
  3. The office is open Monday-Friday 09.00-17.30. Working hours/days within that
     period are to be negotiated and agreed in advance with the successful candidate.
  4. The salary offered will be £20,000 FTE (per annum, pro rata)
  5. Holiday entitlement of 20 days (per annum, pro rata) plus statutory bank holidays.
  6. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK or eligible for a Tier 5 visa.
  7. Candidates must undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  8. A DBS check will only be requested if an applicant is offered a contract of

The International Marketing Intern will be based at the COBIS Head Office which is
located on the attractive and historic St Mary’s University campus in
Twickenham, TW1 4SX. COBIS staff can access facilities based at the University which
include extensive grounds, a cafe, refectory, senior common room and a new state of the
art sports centre. COBIS occupies two offices on campus with additional access to larger
conferencing and board rooms for meetings and events. The COBIS Board and sub-
Committees meet throughout the year on site at St Mary’s University.

In addition to the International Marketing Intern, the COBIS staff structure consists of the
CEO, Senior Professional Development Officer, Communications and Membership Officer
and Finance Officer. The COBIS team works closely with the COBIS Chairman, elected
members of the Board, consisting of serving COBIS Headteachers, Governors and School
Inspectors and other colleagues within the global network who host conferences, training
and events throughout the year.

In terms of location, the COBIS Head Office is within easy reach of Strawberry Hill,
Twickenham and Teddington train stations – all of which are easily accessible from London
Waterloo – and is well connected to local bus networks. Limited on street parking is
available in the local area. Please note that the successful candidate will be employed by
COBIS UK Ltd and not St Mary’s University.

COBIS is committed to equal opportunities and non-discrimination on grounds of age,
disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity,
race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. COBIS aims to ensure equality in
recruitment and employment.

All candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to submit the following two
     1. A covering letter/supporting statement explaining their interest in, and suitability for
        the post, referring to the job description and person specification.
     2. A CV including the names and contact details of two professional or educational
        referees. Where possible, one of the referees should be the candidate’s former

Completed applications are to be submitted by email to:
Mrs Sarah Wooldridge, Finance Officer -

If you have any questions about the position or the role and function of COBIS, please
contact Fiona Rogers, COBIS Senior Professional Development Officer on +44 208 240
4142 or

Closing Date: Friday 1 August 2014 at 12.00 GMT

Interview Location: COBIS Head Office for UK-based applicants; Skype interviews for
international applicants.

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