The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is looking to appoint an Assistant Director of Accreditation to join the COBIS Executive Team.

Following a period of sustained growth, this is a newly-created position at an exciting time for the association. COBIS has recently introduced its new Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance quality assurance and school improvement system. The Accreditation process is rooted in self-evaluation with professional validation from expertly trained and informed peer school improvement partners and peer accreditors. Based upon high standards, rigorous scrutiny and the best British and international practice, it supports schools in their development journey. The initial interest and uptake of the Accreditation process has been extremely positive. To date, over 75 schools, in 35 countries have either completed or are in the process of completing the process. For more information about COBIS Accreditation, please visit the website.

Terms of Contract: Initially, a two-year fixed term contract. The post is available from September 2018, but start date is flexible depending on candidate. COBIS has the discretion to renew/extend the contract.

Job Purpose:

The Assistant Director of Accreditation is responsible for the operational day-to-day delivery of the COBIS Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance scheme and supporting its sustainable growth. The role is responsible for ensuring a high-quality of client service and care with member schools participating in the scheme and therefore must demonstrate a deep understanding of school improvement processes and pedagogical theory.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Membership and Engagement team to ensure a clear, welcoming and effective attraction, conversion, retention and communications plan for new and applicant schools. To ensure applicant schools feel well supported through the initial Accreditation process and beyond through regular contact.
  • To assist and advise the Director of Accreditation on initiatives including revision of the current processes and procedures to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To collaborate with the schools and the school accreditation teams to enhance the quality of service COBIS provides, and to support the Director of Accreditation in developing pedagogically sound and fit-for-purpose supporting materials.
  • To gather and manage feedback from all visits. To support the Director of Accreditation to incorporate school feedback into future development. To ensure, where appropriate, that feedback is cascaded throughout the organisation and supports the promotion of the scheme.
  • Monitor school QA cycles, and work with the Accreditation Officer to advise schools of their individual compulsory Compliance/Accreditation visit cycle.
  • To undertake the appropriate Lead Improvement Partner or Peer Accreditor training and be able to carry out school visits as needed (with support).
  • To support the Director of Accreditation with overseeing the work of LIPs on the Digital Workbook (DWB) and with visit guidelines. To maintain and develop LIP Compliance pages and management of LIP and PA formal engagement agreements.
  • To ensure up to date and regular reporting, and that tracking procedures are fit for purpose. As a member of the Accreditation and Membership Committees, manage associated documentation and contribute to accurate and consistent summary reports.
  • To support the Director of Accreditation with the Quality Assurance of Compliance and Patron’s Accreditation reports for schools.
  • Work with the communications team to promote the scheme to our members and the wider international school community through cross-channel communication and marketing initiatives (emails/blogs/webinars etc).
  • To support the CEO and Board to raise the strategic profile of the Compliance and Accreditation scheme amongst ministries, regulators and other key governmental and non-governmental organisations.
  • To accurately monitor the Accreditation budget and to ensure that the targeted number of schools register for the scheme annually.
  • To work with the Accreditation Officer to identify and implement improvements to the functionality and user experience of the Learning Management System (LMS) and DWB.
  • To work with the Director of Operations and Membership Officer to identify opportunities for commercial partnership working aligned with Compliance and Accreditation Standards.
  • To work with the Membership Officer to identify new opportunities/regions/segments in which to promote the scheme.
  • To maintain a working environment in which safeguarding, well-being and diversity is promoted, respected and responded to, and in which the equality of opportunity is promoted. To respond to all enquiries politely, quickly and efficiently whilst maintaining outstanding customer service standards.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that all areas of work practice reflect compliance in relation to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and associated good practice and to bring to the attention of the designated COBIS Data Protection Lead and CEO any potential breaches.
  • To represent COBIS with a high level of professional credibility at internal and external conferences, meetings and events, in the UK and potentially overseas. 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.
  • To identify and recommend system and process improvements where possible.
  • To provide effective line management and supportive Performance Management to the Accreditation Officer.

For more information about the role please download the full job description:

Application Procedure

All candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to submit the following two documents:

1. A cover letter/supporting statement (maximum of 600 words), addressed to the COBISCEO, explaining their interest in, and suitability for the post, referring to the job description and person specification

2. CV, plus the names and contact details of two professional referees

Completed applications are to be submitted by email to: Miss Andrea Berta, PA to the CEO -

If you have any questions about the position or the role and function of COBIS, please contact Mr Colin Bell, COBIS CEO on +44 203 826 7190.

Closing Date: Tuesday 28th August,13.00 (UK time)

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