COBIS VACANCY – INTERNATIONAL MARKETING INTERN 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 services. Coordinating challenging, engaging and inspiring inter-school COBIS student competitions. 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 network. 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 www.cobis.org.uk. JOB DESCRIPTION: 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 JOB PURPOSE: 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. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 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 provided). 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. PERSON SPECIFICATION: 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 essential. 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). REMUNERATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE: 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 employment. COBIS STAFF STRUCTURE AND PLACE OF WORK: The International Marketing Intern will be based at the COBIS Head Office which is located on the attractive and historic St Mary’s University www.smuc.ac.uk 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. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES: 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. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to submit the following two documents: 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 Headteacher. Completed applications are to be submitted by email to: Mrs Sarah Wooldridge, Finance Officer - email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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