Embassy Summer jobs in North America

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What does Embassy Summer do?

We run 13 summer schools across the UK and 4 in North America making Embassy one of the largest and most experienced Summer School providers. New for 2019 is our centre at York University in Toronto!

5 time ST Star Award winners! In 2015, we were voted the best junior course provider for under 18s.

Embassy Summer is proud to have 6 accreditation / memberships; including the British Council and Younger Learners English UK, and ACCET in the USA

Why choose Embassy Summer?

We offer staff the opportunity to work in close knit teams with people from all different backgrounds. Every day presents new challenges, ensuring our teams remain engaged and motivated throughout the summer!

Will I receive any training prior to commencement of employment?

We value all of our staff and believe strongly in investing in staff training and personal development. Prior to starting work with Embassy Summer, we provide pre-arrival online training, activity leader training days, teacher webinars and a weekend management training event.

You will have access to all our company policies through our staff on-boarding portal.

Upon arrival at centre, staff will be given a full centre specific induction. This combined with in-centre observations and workshops ensure all of our staff members are fully prepared for the summer ahead.

How do I apply to work with Embassy Summer?

There are four stages to our recruitment process:

  1. You submit your application via the Embassy Summer website
  2. We shortlist applications and invite suitable candidates for a Skype/phone interview.
  3. Following a successful interview, candidates will be made a provisional offer of employment and the on boarding process is commenced whilst all background checks and references are completed. In North America, candidates that advance through the initial interview will be invited to a second in-person interview.
  4.  Job is confirmed and pre-arrival online and onsite training is offered.

What Qualifications and Experience do I need?

Although working in a summer school and having experience of dealing with international students or possessing sporting and leadership skills is extremely desirable, we will consider all applicants that meet our application criteria.

Managers – Management experience in junior education/learning - Managing multiple departments and teams (Desirable) Management experience in a summer school environment (Desirable)

Activity Leader – No formal qualifications required but an interest or experience working with young people is desirable. We find a specialism in sports coaching, drama or dance to be particularly useful.  In North America, some experience working with young students is mandatory.  We are interested in staff with an interest in leading tours and activities with the ability to engage students.

House Parents – Experience in a summer school environment or boarding school (Desirable)

Night Supervisors - SIA licence and valid First Aid (Desirable)

EFL Teachers - As a British Council accredited summer school, we require our EFL Teachers to have a University Degree & a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL (or Accreditation-UK recognised equivalent) (or) PGCE in English or MFL. 

Applicants with the DELTA, QTS (Primary or Secondary) or CELTYL, are particularly welcomed.

Newly qualified EFL teachers will also be welcomed.

In Canada, all candidates must have completed a TESL-Canada approved program or TESOL certificates that are approved by a provincial accrediting body (e.g. TESL Ontario) or Cambridge University (CELTA & DELTA) or Trinity College (CertTESOL, DipTESOL, and FTCL) certifications.

In the USA,  teachers must have at least: (1) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three months of full-time equivalent ESL or foreign language classroom teaching experience or (2) a bachelor’s degree along with a certificate in teaching ESL or a foreign language that includes a practice teaching component. 

Each centre will have a Directors of Studies who will be responsible for their academic staff management, delivering developmental workshops and carrying out observations with guidance from our very experienced Academic Leadership Team.

What background checks will Embassy Summer complete prior to employment?

Embassy Summer is committed to safeguarding students enrolled on its courses. All staff members who are employed to work with under 18s will be required to undergo appropriate suitability checks, in line with the organisation’s safeguarding policy.  In the UK, these checks include:

  1. Disclosure and Barring Service (in England and Wales)
  2. Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (in Scotland)
  3. Access NI (in Northern Ireland)
  4. Police ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ (applicable to applicants who have worked in another country outside the UK for 3+ months)
  5. 2 x professional references (if you are a recent college or university leaver, a reference from your college or university will be accepted)

What do I need to work in North America?

In North America, all staff must be citizens or legally able to work in either the USA or Canada.   Embassy Summer cannot sponsor J1 or other work visas into the USA or Canada. 

How long can I work for Embassy Summer?

Embassy Summer schools run from mid-June through until early-August.  

In the UK, we offer fixed term contracts from 2 – 9 weeks to meet centre needs. Our peak summer weeks traditionally run throughout July. We would particularly welcome staff members who are available to work from the end of June to early-August.  

Contracts generally run from Saturday to Friday, with the exception of new Activity Leaders who will start their contract on a Friday.  Activity Leader contracts end on a Saturday.

All staff will be entitled to at least 1 day off per week.

How many hours a week will I work in North America?

Managers – 50 – 70hrs over 6 days (dependent on role)

Activity Leaders – Part-time: 15-20 hours weekly.   Full time, approx. 35 hrs over 6 days (incl. weekends)

Teachers – 15-30 hrs over up to 6 days.  Planning time will be an additional 2.75 per 15 teaching hours. 

How much will I be paid in North America?

Compensation is dependent on the role and the location within North America.

Is there an opportunity for overtime?

We use a time and attendance system at centre to record your weekly hours. Embassy Summer will pay you overtime, over and above your contracted hours.

Will I be paid for mandatory training days?

Embassy Summer will pay staff to attend training events.  The total hours attended will be paid in the first fortnightly pay run upon commencement of contract. In addition, Embassy Summer in the UK, will pay the cost of travel from the training centre to the host centre.  In North America, cost of travel to your training or centre is not covered by Embassy Summer. 

Will I be guaranteed work at the same centre throughout my contract?

During peak weeks, there is likelihood that we may ask staff to temporarily move to another centre to meet operational needs.  This provides staff with a good opportunity to see another centre in operation, and teachers will be able to experience different age ranges and levels. Embassy Summer will reimburse the cost of transfer between centres.

Does Embassy Summer cover travel costs?

Embassy Summer does not pay staff travel costs to the host centre. Should you be required to move centre mid contract, the company will reimburse you the cost of travel to the next centre.  You will be required to present your travel receipt on arrival.

Can I stay on-site at an Embassy Summer centre?

We can accommodate staff at all our summer centres but we cannot guarantee en-suite rooms at all centres. Embassy Summer will organise rooming to meet a number of strict welfare guidelines.  Staff members will be accommodated on student floors for supervisory reasons. In North America, staff will be required to room with another staff member and meal plan may not include breakfast.

In some cases staff might be required to move rooms to accommodate groups, but you will be given ample notice. 

Can Embassy Summer cater for specific dietary requirements?

Allergies

Embassy Summer is happy to try to accommodate all dietary requirements.  Celiac diets are commonly catered for.  Please speak to your Centre Manager on arrival.

Vegetarian Meals

All our centres provide a vegetarian option every mealtime.

Lunch on Full Day excursions

Packed lunch will be provided

Do I have to wear an Embassy Summer uniform?

Staff will be provided with Embassy Summer t-shirts and rain jackets which must be worn on all sessions worked.

Teachers will be expected to wear long trousers or skirts and Activity Leaders will require sports shoes and shorts.

Respecting the dress code is important as student’s security will often depend on it.

Is there Wi-Fi at centre?

Wi-Fi is available throughout our summer school centres. 

Does Embassy Summer have an App I can use?

Embassy Summer encourages you to download our App to learn more about the company. You will be enrolled into the staff section once the summer commences and you can also download the course for your Embassy Summer centre.

What is Embassy Summer’s Social Media Policy?

We encourage the professional use of Social Media within restricted channels, such as building your staff professional profile and contributing to positive engagement with colleagues, and following our organisational posts.  From a child and student protection perspective, you must not socially connect with students or via email or telephone.

Can I work with a friend or family member?

In the event that a family member or friend you have recommended to work for us is successfully employed by Embassy Summer, we will be happy to consider placing you both at the same centre.  Offers of employment will always be strictly subject to availability.

Can I bring visitors to the centre?

Due to our strict welfare and safeguarding policy, visitors are not permitted on site. 

Are there  laundry facilities at centre?

Washing machines and dryers are available in each residence building or boarding house.  The cost of washing/drying will be detailed in the centre guides.

Are towels provided to residential staff?

Not all our summer school centres will provide towels.  We recommend you bring your own.

Can I claim for damaged or lost personal belongings?

Embassy Summer will not accept liability for any damage or loss to personal belongings.  Please ensure your personal items, especially laptops and mobile phones are insured prior to arrival.

Will there be parking at my centre?

Parking may not be automatically available to our summer staff.  We will be happy to request a parking permit for you but this will not be guaranteed and may be subject to availability.


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