THE COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS)

seeks

School Support and Evaluation Officers (SSEOs)

Full-time, based in Asia and other locations yet to be determined
Effective January 2023 (or as soon as feasible)

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a non-profit membership organisation providing services to schools and higher education institutions globally that share a commitment to high-quality education, and a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens.

CIS supports member schools to improve continuously, to access effective international educational practices, to gain recognition for accomplishments, to guide and develop educational leaders and staff, to facilitate student connections with top universities around the world, and to provide a high-quality international educational experience to globally-minded parents and students.

CIS Beliefs and Values

CIS serves a diverse learning community globally and believes it is important to seek and include people who bring diverse backgrounds and experiences within its team. CIS values and fosters generative dialogue as an essential aspect of leadership, holistically establishing and refining objectives. CIS leaders are committed to attracting, hiring, supporting and developing a diverse, high-quality team. We believe our success is dependent on the diverse perspectives, capabilities and commitment of our people.

CIS believes that compensation must be competitive within the markets and areas in which it operates, based upon individual performance, and fairly measured against well-defined objectives. We will appoint from within the global team whenever possible and practical, and will delegate responsibility to build a strong organisation.

CIS School Support and Evaluation Service

Within the CIS membership, many schools are working towards and achieving CIS International Accreditation. This accreditation process illustrates an ongoing commitment to school improvement and an achievement of standards grounded in rigour and an education of high quality. The focus within the school community is on continuous improvement related to the four drivers:

  • Generating and implementing a clear purpose and direction
  • Ensuring that safeguarding and well-being are embedded
  • Improving the effectiveness of learning and teaching
  • Developing global citizenship and intercultural capabilities through modelling and guiding students in acquiring related aptitudes and skills

The main role of School Support and Evaluation Officers (SSEOs) is to guide schools new to membership and support those in the accreditation process in completing a comprehensive self-study and international peer evaluation process. Colleague SSEOs are experienced international education leaders and offer support in all aspects of school improvement, through the process and beyond, including CIS services designed to help international schools strengthen aspects of school life.

The School Support and Evaluation Officer is part of a global team - School Support and Evaluation (SSE) which includes a Director, Associate Directors, educational leaders and professional staff based at the CIS office in Leiden, The Netherlands, and regionally around the world.

Responsibilities

School Support and Evaluation Officers (SSEOs) work closely with and are guided by the Director and Associate Directors of School Support and Evaluation Services who lead the CIS International Accreditation process.

According to the policies and procedures for school evaluation and accreditation, and working in collaboration with the CIS global team of experienced international leaders and professional staff, SSEOs:

  • Take responsibility for all school support and evaluation matters pertaining to the assigned schools, including:
    • liaising and communicating with schools considering CIS services, pre-evaluation;
    • supporting schools at each stage of the accreditation process, including providing ‘early feedback’ on school reviews;
    • conducting on-site/virtual evaluative visits to, and writing reports on assigned schools;
    • assisting with the construction of evaluation teams;
    • analysing and summarising school self-studies and accreditation reports;
    • drafting reports and outcome letters which support continuous school improvement – striking a balance between support and challenge;
    • conducting on-site/virtual school accreditation workshops;
    • developing and maintaining proactive communications with assigned schools; 
    • quality assuring written reports, liaising with the Team Evaluation Leader and Associate Director as required;
    • collaborating with Team Evaluation Leaders, Peer Evaluators and Report Readers;
    • collaborating with national/international agencies and associations to conduct joint/synchronised school evaluations; and
    • ensuring that the Director and Associate Directors are informed of major issues that may arise in the respective schools and in their regulatory environments.
  • Become, and remain, well-informed about all aspects of the CIS guiding statements, strategic plans, services, and development.
  • Contribute to the creation and execution of the CIS strategic plans and meet the objectives of the resulting planned developments for the School Support and Evaluation (SSE) Service.
  • Offer advice on revisions to the accreditation and other processes conducted by the SSE team to support the continuous improvement of the service.
  • Contribute to professional learning and training (by agreement).
  • Attend and represent CIS at selected conferences and conduct workshops as requested.
  • Maintain a network of educators to support the work of CIS.
  • Attend CIS organisational and departmental meetings as scheduled at the CIS Office in the Netherlands and participate in ongoing virtual team meetings.
  • Assist and support other SSEOs as required, including mentoring new SSEO colleagues.
  • Engage in professional learning relevant to the SSEO role and international education.

Profile

Education / Experience

  • Master’s degree including a specialised credential in education.
  • Broad educational experience, including experience at one or more international schools and at least ten years’ experience in school leadership and/or system leadership.
  • School improvement experience, in an advisory/evaluative capacity, preferably beyond a single school.
  • Good knowledge of, and experience with, the CIS International Accreditation process (or a similar process).
  • Knowledge and understanding of international school environments and networks.
  • Knowledge of educational concepts, framework and systems; well-developed understanding of and exposure to education systems and programmes around the world; and/or experience in providing professional development for schools and an ability to support the professional development of peer evaluators who are integral to the School Support & Evaluation Service.

Key competencies

  • Instil trust: gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Value differences: recognise the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organisation.
  • Global perspective: take a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens; a strong service orientation, working across multiple time zones, applying interpersonal communication and collaboration skills.
  • Self-development: actively seek new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels evidencing a learning orientation.

Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, oral and written.
  • Outstanding organisational and management skills, with proven ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Strong analytical skills with proven ability to assimilate large amounts of data, discern the most relevant and triangulate information and data sources.
  • Advanced proficiency in technology and/or interest in learning new technologies – including proficiency in engaging with schools and leading professional learning using online platforms.
  • Report writing skills with ability to write for different audiences, quality assure writing and produce high quality reports.
  • Strong collaborative work ethic and self-motivation.
  • Excellent command of a major language in addition to English would be an additional advantage.

Engagement details

For this post, we are specifically seeking team members based in Asia and other locations yet to be determined. 

SSEOs must be legally eligible to live and work as an independent contractor within the region and with convenient access to an international airport.

As a reflection of its global presence, CIS seeks to prioritise cultural and linguistic diversity within the School Support and Evaluation team.

Compensation will align with the qualifications and experience required for the position. The successful applicants will be engaged as a full-time consultants, with an agreed-upon annual compensation package which will be paid on a fee basis. They will be initially engaged on a one-year contract, subject to renewal.

The ideal candidates are willing to make a mid- to long-term commitment to this role.

Particulars of the search

Preferred starting date: 1 January 2023 (or as soon as feasible)
Deadline for receipt of applications: 9 October 2022

Application and interview process
  • Applicants should submit their details, motivation letter, curriculum vitae (CV) and details of three referees or clients who can provide testimonials by completing this application form.
  • Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a written assignment responding to a set of guiding questions.
  • Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the individual who would be their immediate supervisor/line-manager and possibly other colleagues. The interview may be virtual or in-person. Should candidates who are not based in the Netherlands be invited for an in-person interview, CIS will cover the expenses for their travel and lodging.
  • CIS will collect and store applicants’ submitted documentation in Microsoft Office 365, will process the data for recruitment purposes only, and will not share it with anyone else. For unsuccessful applicants, the data will be kept until the position is filled, at which time CIS will either delete applicant data or, at their request or with their consent, retain it for possible future roles. For successful candidates, the data will be maintained in their personnel file.
  • Safeguarding young people is central to our work and lays the foundation for everything we do. As such, we strive to create a safe organisational culture and to safeguard the young people with whom we may come into contact through our work. For more information about our safer recruitment practices please see our safeguarding policy. Once the finalist candidate accepts an offer for this position, CIS will guide the candidate through a process of background screening which will include criminal record checks and checks of some education qualifications. An agreement signed in advance of the completion of the background screening will be contingent upon the candidate’s eventual clearance as verified through receipt of the completed screening report.

Any enquiries should be directed to Human Resources via email: recruitment@cois.org.