Oxford International Study Centre, a small and well-established independent language school and tutorial college based in the heart of Oxford, is looking for an experienced and suitably-qualified Director of Studies to join our close-knit office, to lead our team of tutors, with oversight for both English Language and other academic programmes.

You will be responsible for all areas of our academic provision, supported by the Principal and the International Director. Key responsibilities will include recruitment and management of the teaching team, lesson observation and teacher development, curriculum development, pastoral and academic needs of students, support with inspections, meeting with parents and agents, and, where required, representing the school in the UK and overseas at conferences and education fairs.

Key Daily Responsibilities

  • To manage the teaching staff, selecting and allocating suitable tutors for all programmes, and producing and reviewing syllabuses, and supporting tutors in using them
  • To observe lessons, and give appropriate feedback to tutors, and oversee the system of annual tutor appraisal
  • To interview and appoint, with the Principal, new teaching staff, and oversee their induction, and to source specialist lecturers for one-off professional training courses
  • To be available to meet with tutors informally on a daily basis, and to chair meetings formally at least once a term, and to meet with parents and agents as required
  • To ensure the academic team are ready for inspections, and to prepare academic documentation for inspections (ISI, UKVI, British Council) and support the Principal at inspections as required
  • To develop new programmes produced by the Principal and International Director, and to produce syllabuses and schedules for these programmes

Essential Attributes

  • Educated to degree level, in any academic discipline
  • DELTA or other suitable diploma-level qualification in ELT
  • Experience of academic inspections such as British Council, ISI
  • Experience of managing a team of tutors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work and communicate with staff and students of all ages from a wide range of cultural backgrounds
  • Flexible and willing to lend a hand to a range of tasks as part of a small team
  • Positive and pro-active approach to work 
  • Willing to work evenings or weekends on occasion (with time to be given in lieu)


Expected working hours are 8.30 - 5.00 Monday - Friday. Flexible working hours may be considered for a suitable candidate. 


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