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Academic Director

Posted on 2024-04-10


Greenwich, United Kingdom
Job Description
Twin Group is an award-winning provider of education, travel, work experience, accommodation, and employment services.  We offer a diverse number of life-enhancing services to our clients and every member of our team is essential in achieving this.

This is a new senior position within the group. Reporting to the Director of International, the role is responsible for all UK, Ireland ELT, Junior Summer, Pathways and Online academic provision. The Academic Director is responsible for the coordination, implementation, monitoring/evaluation of high-quality academic delivery across all international programmes and is consistently striving to enhance Twin’s customer experience.

  • Run the Greenwich London centre and newly launched Pathway NCUK programme.
  • Review and assess current delivery and build plans to enhance academic quality.
  • Ensure consistent delivery across all centres.
  • Provide ongoing mentoring and professional development to all academic management and teachers.
  • Work closely with Business Heads in Ireland, Summer, Eastbourne, and future Pathways to ensure academic delivery is of a high standard.
  • Lead the Academic delivery of British Council & ISI Inspections in the UK and support QQI in Ireland
  • Adapt and implement new teaching methodologies including AI.
  • Assess current eLearning capability and develop new ones.
  • Work closely with Sales & Marketing to support the development of short courses including ELT, Career Development and Pathway programmes.
  • Support the academic Pathway sales, providing expert advice to the sales team and agent network.
  • Have oversight of the quality assurance and management processes including internal and external inspections and audits
  • Drive high academic delivery through rigorous assessment and feedback processes.
  • To drive quality standards across the group, resulting in happy students, teachers, and support staff
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance including GDPR.
  • Ensure procedures, systems, structures, resources, and personnel are in place to promote the welfare and protection of under-18s and vulnerable adults.
  • Ensure safeguarding and welfare policies are adhered to in all instances.
  • Manage CPD and staff performance, including reviews and appraisals. Required Qualifications:
  • MA degree in English language teaching and/or other relevant subject area
  • At least seven years experience in English language education
  • Experience in managing language teaching organisations/institutions and/or supervising staff.
  • Strong organisation skills; exceptionally responsive and detail-oriented
  • Experience working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good knowledge of the use of multimedia for English teaching and learning.

Education /Qualification 
  • Essential - First Degree and Master in EFL or TESOL
  • Essential - ELT/TESOL subsidiary or equivalent + DELTA or equivalent
Skills and Experience
  • Run and manage an education institution in the UK or abroad, preferably with multi-site provision.
  • High-quality academic management experience
  • Excellent key financial skills and ability to work with all stakeholders.
  • Significant proven experience in achieving key performance targets.
  • Management experience in working with other departments to help achieve company and personal goals.
  • Experience in project management, planning, managing, and monitoring of work.
Additional Information
Salary: TBC per annum depending on experience
Location: Greenwich  
Contract:  Permanent - Full Time
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:30

Benefits: up to 25 days annual leave + bank holidays + Birthday Day off, per year; Long service award, an extra days annual leave per year completed, up to 5 additional days; 5 days paid sick leave per year; Employee referral scheme, up to £500 per successful referral; Sabbatical Leave the right to request up to 1 months unpaid sabbatical leave; Season ticket loan of up to £1000 per year; Pension contributions; Career development opportunities; 2 volunteering days per year; ability to purchase an additional 3 days annual leave per year; Death in service benefit, including an Employee Assistance Programme.

Please Note:  
The successful candidate must be able to work in the UK. 
Twin is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
Successful applicants will be required to undertake a standard or an enhanced disclosure via the DBS, depending on the role itself. 
  • All gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily.
  • Proof of identity and qualifications will be required.
  • Successful candidates will be required to complete a one-hour on-line safeguarding training prior to commencing employment.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all job applicants and members of staff are treated equally, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, or age. 

Disability Confident Employer 
Disabled applicants should indicate in the Equality of Opportunity section of the application form if they wish their application to be given consideration under the Disability Confident scheme.  
If you are invited to interview, please advise the recruitment administrator what adjustment you would require at the interview in as much detail as possible to enable arrangements to be put into place.  
We ask all applicants if they want to be considered under this scheme.  By opting in to this scheme, you are disclosing that you have a disability solely for the purpose of the interview guarantee and we will not assume nor infer that you wish to disclose or record your disability in any other way – including any reasonable adjustments you may need if you are employed. 

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You can apply using the online service or apply by phoning Jobcentre Plus on: 
Telephone: 0800 121 7479 
Textphone: 0800 121 7579 


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