About Immerse:

The Immerse Summer School, is recognised for its Cambridge-based academic programmes that take place over an intense 9 week period every summer. Students participate on either Academic Exploration Courses (13-15 years) or Academic Insights Programmes (16 - 18 years) for 2 weeks, across a wide range of academic subjects.

Immerse Education, which hosts 1200 students in Cambridge from over 60 countries, won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2018, is accredited by COBIS and BAC, and is a proud member of ROSPA.

Why Apply for This Role?

This role would suit a senior education professional with extensive experience managing staff and large sites. You’re comfortable leading by professional example and inspiring your staff to achieve excellence at all levels. The short, self-contained nature of the programme provides a rare opportunity for talented leaders to work creatively in crafting a uniquely meaningful experience, both for the students and their staff teams which is hugely rewarding. Furthermore, it is a unique opportunity to spend a summer in the wonderful setting of Cambridge.

Role Profile

Building upon the success of our Cambridge Summer Programmes which have seen dramatic growth since they first started in 2013, we are looking for a highly responsible and organised person to fill the position of Summer Schools Manager from January 2019. The position will be based remotely, until the summer programmes commence in Cambridge for 9 weeks over the summer, where you will be expected to be on-site daily in Cambridge.

The Programme Manager is a key figure in the Immerse team - they will manage a team of staff and a campus of international students to ensure that the high expectations of academic delivery, safety, welfare, organisation and student enjoyment are met. The Programme Manager is a managerial role with a strong pastoral element.

The Programme Manager provides senior-level leadership for the summer campuses, holding responsibility for the safety and welfare of approximately 40 to 550 young people and up to 100 staff at any one time. You will be assisted and supported by various logistical, pastoral and academic staff.

The role involves a high level of responsibility and requires excellent organisational, delegation and managerial skills with extensive relevant experience. The role requires a flexible approach and is not limited to the responsibilities below, but is likely to include the following:



Provide guidance on matters of welfare and student discipline and resolve issues reported by College Managers regarding Mentors or Academic staff.

  • College Managers: communicate with the onsite College staff, particularly providing guidance and support to College Managers. Debrief with the College Manager each week to get their feedback as to the running of the programme. Assist with recruitment & training of College Managers to ensure they are aware of Programme Schedules, rules, and standards
  • Mentors: Support College Managers with training to deliver the Immerse Programme
  • Wellbeing Advisor: Provide support to the onsite wellbeing advisor, should any matters need to be escalated
  • Photographer: Issue guidance (location, timings) to the on-site photographer


Provide appropriate and attentive care, managing any behavioural issues in a calm, timely and respectful manner and build a positive rapport with the students in their care.

  • Students: manage overall responsibility of safeguarding throughout the duration of the summer programmes. and liaise with the wellbeing advisor to deal with any issues.
  • Parents: Communicate with parents, especially in relation to the various behavioural and pastoral situations that may arise in a residential setting, including student expulsions, accidents or homesickness. You’ll be working closely with our Students & Parents Relationship Manager, to ensure queries and concerns are addressed in a professional and timely manner.

Logistics & Organisation:

  • Have overall responsibility of the programme and be adaptable to its changing nature
  • Oversee the organisation and execution of academic classes, social activities and excursions. 
  • Coordinate multi-college bookings ie speakers, workshops, parties, buses and pass information to College Managers
  • Cambridge College Liaison: conduct weekly meetings with Cambridge College Conference Managers and communicate feedback to individual CI College Managers, or Immerse Head Office. Ensure any problems are resolved and we maintain a good working relationship.
  • Immerse Liaison: report to head office when there are more complex issues


  • Maintain order and discipline for staff and students
  • Brand Extension: be the face of Immerse to students, staff and parents and uphold our high standards of quality, safety and academic excellence
  • Facilitate the pre-course organisation of operational and procedural aspects such as Health & Safety forms and Risk Assessments

Essential Requirements

  • Educated to at least degree level
  • Enhanced DBS check

Experience of:

  • Leadership and safeguarding experience working within an educational setting with young people 
  • Financial control and budgeting

Desirable Qualifications

  • Full driving licence and access to a car
  • Certifications: Safeguarding Level 3, Health & Safety, First Aid, Fire Marshall

Experience of:

  • Previous experience in taking an active role in running educational courses/ institutions for international students preferred (such as as a housemaster / housemistress in a boarding school), though applicants with strong leadership experience in other fields will also be considered.
  • Cambridge city and the University 
  • Behavioural Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people at required level
  • Cultural awareness and ability to communicate appropriately with individuals from different backgrounds
  • Staff Management: team player and team leader - able to communicate effectively and work collaboratively, enthuse, motivate yet also discipline staff
  • You will be exceptionally organised and accurate; extremely customer oriented and have strong interpersonal and team-working skills.


  • Able to demonstrate consistent and professional approach to staff
  • Able to make decisions and show initiative
  • Assertive and non-confrontational
  • Ability to enthuse others
  • Cheerful, approachable and dynamic
  • Able to work effectively under pressure & to deadlines
  • Able to prioritise and delegate effectively in order to ensure results are achieved
  • Able to manage long hours and intense workload to deliver consistently excellent results

Time Commitments:

  • Part Time: Jan - June 2019
  • Feb - March: c.40 hours total helping with recruitment, training
  • May: 3 days training
  • Full Time: June 29th 2019  - 26th August 2019

When based at the summer centre the position is residential
1 or 2 days off per week (usually Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday, but TBC). There will be peaks and troughs throughout the season depending on the number of participants and colleges to manage so time off will be dependent on various considerations.
Hours: 9 - 6pm (longer on college changeover days)

Application Details:

Simply complete the application form below and attach your CV. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Deadline: Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • Interviews: December 2018
  • Start Date: January - February 2019

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On-site accommodation can be provided for this role if required, but will be reflected in remuneration.

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