Director Of Studies (DOS)

The Director of Studies is responsible for the implementation and administration of all aspects of the academic programme, including the management of the teaching team and their performance. This is a management position of responsibility.

As a member of the centre management team, the DOS is also required to work closely with the Centre Manager and the Activities Co-ordinator on issues relating to the overall running of the centre.

Attendance at the Management Training Days is essential.

The role of a DOS incorporates the following:

  • Ensuring that high quality programme is delivered, following MLI guidelines/syllabus
  • Observation and support of the teachers, ensuring that their performance is of the highest possible standard so that the students derive the maximum benefit from their course.
  • Ensuring that lessons and activities are integrated providing a homogeneous and meaningful programme.
  • Ensuring the safety and welfare of all students/staff at all times.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Management Responsibilities

  • To have read and understood the DOS Induction and training manual and be fully conversant with our policies for the welfare and protection of children. At all times whilst on duty, you are responsible for the care, welfare and safety of students whilst ensuring they follow the schools rules.
  • To support the Centre Manager in the overall management of the centre.
  • Along with the rest of the management team, to lead the Staff Induction Day, usually one or two days prior to the students’ arrival.
  • Establish and maintain open communication among staff, with clients and Head Office.
  • Ensure that all MLI Health and Safety policies are implemented and monitored.
  • Liaise with the Activities Co-ordinator to organise the rota for teachers’ supervision of the activities programme (UK only).
  • Deputise in the Centre Manager’s absence if requested.
  • Maintain accurate staff records, including staff payroll and rota.
  • Set up and close the centre, pack and return all stock and equipment according to guidelines.
  • Be familiar with the accreditation bodies guidelines (documents available on site) and ensure academic management achieves and maintains the standards set out in these guidelines.
  • Write weekly reports to be submitted every Tuesday, and a final report to be submitted to the Academic Manager in the Head Office within five days of the centre closing.
  • Establish and maintain open communication between the centre, clients, and Head Office.
  • Represent MLI International Schools positively in all conversations with clients, staff, and the host centre.


  • Manage the Academic Programme according to MLI guidelines and procedures.
  • Ensure that a high standard of teaching is maintained, with students receiving well planned, well-taught and relevant lessons, according to our guidelines.
  • Be proactive, offering support to teachers before it is requested. Guide newly qualified staff preparing lessons.
  • Observe and appraise all teaching staff within their first week and give documented feedback on their performance.
  • Implement and maintain correct academic procedures, including placement testing, weekly tests, class size and composition, allocation of teachers to appropriate classes and levels, completion of paperwork, records of work and certificates.
  • Monitor integration of the teaching and activities programmes.
  • Monitor and be responsible for all academic resources and equipment.
  • Run weekly staff meetings and seminars corresponding to the needs of the teachers.
  • Organise pre-booked Trinity Spoken English Examinations (if applicable).
  • Teach when necessary e.g. teacher absence/sickness/insufficient student numbers.

Essential Requirements

  • ACELS/ British Council recognised TEFL/TESOL Cert (CELT/CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL)
  • PGCE TEFL/TESOL* or a taught post-graduate course (MA equivalent) in TEFL/TESOL, including at least 6 hours of supervised teaching practice
  • Native or near native level of fluency in English (CEF Level C2/CPE/IELTS 8)
  • Over 3 years’ full-time EFL experience
  • Proven competence in academic leadership
  • Proven people management skills

Desirable Requirements

  • Able to adapt quickly to change
  • Effective communicator
  • Proven competence in administration
  • Smart personal appearance
  • Computer literate
  • Experience of working with teenagers
  • Previous DOS experience
  • Previous summer school experience

To apply for this position please complete the form here.