Work with us!

Thank you for your interest in applying to work for Bucksmore in 2023. In 2022, we welcomed over 700 students to our programmes, and we could not have done it without the outstanding dedication, enthusiasm and passion of our staff.

Our 2023 recruitment season has now started, so please do send in your applications if you would like to work with us.

Working with Bucksmore

Working in summer schools is a rewarding experience for both students and staff, and Bucksmore aims to make our courses ones that our students never forget. The Bucksmore philosophy is for students to mix with their fellow students and staff wherever possible to make their time with us a rich and genuinely international cultural experience.

Students attend different academic courses (receiving English language tuition or tutor-led classes) but all take part in a comprehensive activity programme including up to two full day-excursions and one half-day trip every week. There are activities every afternoon and evening with the excursions and trips spread throughout the working week.

Summer Staff Roles

Centre Manager

The Centre Manager (CM) is responsible for the day-to-day management of a centre and is responsible for its smooth running. It is the most senior post at the centre. The CM is in charge of all aspects of the centre, from managing finance, budgets, staffing and accommodation, dealing with clients and liaising with College staff. Forming the head of each senior management team, the CM will directly line manage and work closely with an Academic manager and an Activities manager to ensure the smooth and successful day to day running of the centre.

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Activity Manager

The position of Activity Manager (AM) is a highly responsible and challenging role, suitable only for those with excellent leadership, communication, time management and organisational skills. The AM’s chief role is to plan and organise the activity programme and effectively manage the Counsellors involved in each activity. The AM will ensure that each activity is prepared, implemented and correctly supervised as set out by the Bucksmore Head Office. As one of the senior managers, the AM will work closely with the Centre Manager and Director of Studies to ensure the smooth day to day running of the centre.

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Director of Studies

Directors of Studies (DoS) and Academic Managers on Bucksmore courses are responsible for the delivery of Academic programmes and the academic management and organisation of the centre. They work to ensure the curriculum is delivered effectively and meets the standards set out by the Head Office Academic Manager (indirect line management) and our accrediting bodies (e.g. British Council). Furthermore, as one of the three principle senior members of staff, the role works closely with the Centre Manager to aid the smooth and effective running of the centre. Both the Academic Manager and Activity Manager line manage the residential staff so good communication with the Activity Manager and administrative staff will ensure the most effective use of staff time outside of teaching duties.

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Academic Manager

Academic Managers on Bucksmore courses are responsible for delivery of Academic programmes, the academic management and organisation of the centre. They work to ensure the curriculum is delivered effectively and meets the standards set out by the Head office Head of Education (in direct line management). Furthermore, as one of the three principle senior members of staff, the role works closely with the Centre Manager to aid the smooth and effective running of the centre. Both the Academic Manager and Activity Manager line manage the residential staff so good communication with the Activity Manager and administrative staff will ensure the most effective use of staff time outside of teaching duties.

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EFL Counsellor

Bucksmore EFL Counsellors play an essential part in the delivery of our EFL academic programme, as well as the activities programme, ensuring that students who attend our programmes have an unforgettable educational experience in a safe, caring environment. Engaging with students in all aspects of a course ensures that both students and staff make the most out of their time on a summer course.

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Programme Counsellor – Young Leaders

Bucksmore Young Leaders (YL) Counsellors play an essential part in the delivery of our EFL Young Leaders academic programme as well as the activities programme ensuring that students who attend our programmes have an unforgettable educational experience in a safe, caring environment. Engaging with students in all aspects of a course ensures that both students and staff make the most out of their time on a summer course. The YL programme is a challenging experience for students with a B1 level of English and above. The course is based on the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Programme Counsellor – Advanced Studies and Young Professionals

Non-teaching Bucksmore Programme Counsellors play an essential part in assisting the delivery of our academic programme as well as the activities programme, ensuring that students who attend Bucksmore have an unforgettable educational experience in a safe, caring environment. Engaging with students in all aspects of a course ensure that both students and staff make the most out of their time on a summer course. Tutors that are highly experienced in their field deliver academic sessions, while Programme Counsellors help deliver practical projects and workshops relevant for students and their own background. The activity programmes comprise of daytime and evening activities alongside full and half-day trips to places of historical and cultural interest.

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Activity Leader

Activity Leaders lead the students’ social programme. You should have a genuine enthusiasm to work with young people and be able to work independently, flexibly and as part of a team. The social programme consists of on-site activities (sports, drama, music, games, discos, etc.) and excursions to other parts of the UK. You will also be the first contact for students when they arrive at the airport. This is mainly a non-residential role at Bucksmore; however, we have limited residential Activity Leader vacancies in some centres.

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Tutors – Specialist Programmes (non-residential)

Tutors on our Advanced Studies Programme and Young Professionals course teach specific subjects to students from across the world. All our Tutors need to have experience of tutoring Higher education in the relevant subject area and enthusiasm to teach motivated and bright young adults.

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Registrar

Our larger Bucksmore Centres require admin and welfare staff to assist the centre management teams. The Registrar role is there to support the Centre Manager on Transfer days working on schedules and rooming along with other welfare duties.

Recruitment Process

Returner recruitment

Up to early January, we ensure that previous staff that have indicated interest in returning are contacted to check their availability and confirm if they would like to return. Typically, more than half of our staff come back every year.

Offer of employment or interview – returners

If a returning member of staff requests to return in the same role, we are likely to offer a role that matches as best as possible with their request for dates and location. If a role with more responsibility has been requested and they fit the role specification an interview will be offered.

Applications – new staff

At this time (early January), we open up our roles to all new staff members. It is around this time that we will know better our recruitment needs. Recruitment is likely to be ongoing until close up to the summer and start of our courses. It is hard to predict exact staffing requirements as student bookings are not always predictable.

How to apply

Please apply via each individual job description above to notify us of your interest in a role. If your application is not acknowledged within 7 days (a working week) please get in touch via email at recruitment@bucksmore.com.

All applicants that apply via email to our Recruitment Manager, our contact email (recruitment@bucksmore.com) or 3rd party recruitment sites will also be requested to fill in our online application.

All applications will then be reviewed and then shortlisted with successful applicants offered an interview. We provide as much pre-interview information as possible for our roles.

If you do not receive a further email to our initial response then we are afraid that it is unlikely that we will be able to offer you an interview. We receive a very large number of applications for all of our roles and can only get back to those who we think are most suitable.

Interview

Interviews are usually online and require video – normally via skype. Video calls are necessary for safeguarding purposes. Unfortunately, we cannot easily offer interviews in person due to the volume of applications.

Offer of employment

Following the interview, we will get in touch to provisionally offer successful candidates a role or otherwise inform you if you have not been successful. If successful and you accept a role we will send out contract documents and paperwork as soon as possible. Please understand that we cannot hire everyone that we interview and feedback is not always possible.

Where possible, we will try to offer a role at a location that you would prefer but it is important for us is to fit a member of staff in the centre that best fits their background and experience.

We also offer potential staff contracts that we are confident that we can honour. We do not want to offer staff a longer contract and have to shorten it due to operational reasons and student numbers. A typical contract length is 4 weeks.

Second Interview

For any senior or management role, we require successful new applicants to have a second interview. If a role has specific requirements, it is important for us to be able to ensure that staff can fulfil these at a centre. We normally provide interview tasks that are relevant to the role.

Paperwork

It is important to get paperwork back to us as soon as you can. Our pre-employment packs need to be completed by all staff – be it returning or new staff. All of our forms should be easily editable and easy to use. We require information that is as up to date as possible – people often change address and bank details so we cannot assume that details do not change from year to year.

References

All returning staff need to have at least one reference and all new staff need to have at least 2 references. Please ensure that your reference is happy to be contacted and that they will be able to reply. If we do not have a reply from a reference, we will request that you provide an alternative. A reference should come from a professional email wherever possible. References will be requested in the application form, and we may contact referees prior to interview. All referees must have a phone number for random reference checks adhering to the Bucksmore Safer Recruitment protocols.

Do I need to have a police check or DBS?

Yes.

All staff members need to have a valid and in date police check from their country of residence. Safeguarding requirements mean that all non-UK based staff members need to have a 2022 police check from their country of residence. If staff are UK based, they ONLY need a DBS check.

All staff must have a DBS to be employed by Bucksmore. A DBS check must have been organised by us to be valid – unfortunately, we cannot accept a DBS from a 3rd party provider or a different employer unless an employee has signed up to the DBS ‘update service’. We understand that this can be quite frustrating so we take on half the costs of the DBS and charge staff £25. A DBS is technically valid for 3 years with the same employer.

If a DBS or police check comes back to us with any negative information, we will have to run a risk assessment for your application and it is likely that the offer of employment will have to be withdrawn.

Contracts

Contracts will be issued to all staff as soon as is practicable. We offer staff contracts that we are confident that we can honour (we do not want to offer staff contracts that are longer than we can honour and have to cancel!). Where circumstances change due to staffing shortages and student numbers it is possible that we will ask staff to move from one centre to another. It is often but not always possible that we will be able to extend staff contracts but possibly at a different location.

Things can change

As with us, circumstances can also change with you too! If you have been offered a role that you cannot take up we need to know as soon as possible in order to find a suitable replacement member of staff.
If your situation does change and you can no longer work for us or would like to work for a different period of time we honestly do not mind but we do need to know.