The Team

Pauline O’Brien

Pauline O’Brien

Director of Career & Recruitment Services

Pauline O’Brien is Director of Career & Recruitment Services at the Council of International Schools (CIS). CIS welcomed Pauline in 2014. With 20+ years’ experience in professional recruiting, she has transformed CIS Career & Recruitment Services.

Her previous experience includes 13 years at The Blue Lynx Group, serving in succession as Regional Manager, Operations Manager and Operations Director. She was responsible for corporate recruitment strategies, processes and systems to recruit and place multilingual, culturally-competent, international professionals. Pauline also worked for 13 years at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) where she managed membership, exhibitions, training, and the evaluation of multicultural teams internationally, honing her own intercultural competence.

At CIS, Pauline has developed and implemented a wide range of career and recruitment-related initiatives. She shifted the strategic focus of CIS Career & Recruitment Services to leadership search, candidate career development, advanced screening and selection practices, and methods that assist candidates in building skills-based professional portfolios. Pauline designs career workshops for delivery at international conferences and CIS schools and, together with her team, delivers personalised consultation sessions for all CIS-approved candidates. Her programme for talented new teachers graduating from CIS member universities was initiated to foster and develop interest in international teaching.

Pauline’s development of learning opportunities aligns closely with the mission and vision of CIS, including sessions on recruiting the right skills for building and leading internationally diverse teams and also women in leadership. Her service on the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP) resulted in the creation and delivery of educational sessions on Effective International Recruitment Practices worldwide.

Pauline also works directly with school boards and communities as part of her CIS Leadership Search Services to advise on effective practices for selecting new school leaders. With extensive experience, interviewing hundreds of professionals over the years, her enduring aim is to find that ‘right fit’ and make that ‘right match’. Relationship building is high on Pauline’s list of priorities, something she never tires of. Originally from Ireland, Pauline moved to the Netherlands in 1986 where she studied international business (Management, PR & Marketing, Sales & Recruitment) in the Dutch language. 

Joe Cornacchio

Joe Cornacchio

School Consultant, Leadership Search Services

Joe Cornacchio is a school consultant for CIS Leadership Search Services. With more than thirty years of international school experience, Joe has an extensive background in leadership and teacher recruitment as well as a diverse skill set and experience in human resources management. He joined CIS in 2011 from Jakarta Intercultural School, where he served as the Head of Organisational Development. He was also a teacher-administrator at the American Community Schools in Athens from 1978 to 1989.

Joe is based in the United States.

Alison Eaglesham

Alison Eaglesham

Career & Recruitment Services Manager

Alison Eaglesham joined CIS in March 2018 as the Career and Recruitment Services Manager. Alison is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Career and Recruitment Service team and leads on the review and implementation of business processes and technical innovations to support service delivery.

Alison has over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of high-quality career and recruitment services across the public and private sectors. Before joining CIS, Alison worked for Skills Development Scotland, the National Skills Agency for Scotland, where she held roles such as Careers Adviser, Partner Development Executive and Programme Manager. She led on the development of new national online teaching resources and managed all aspects of a national programme designed to inspire more young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Alison also has substantial recruitment experience from her time as a Consultant with Pertemps Recruitment Partnership where she carried out the recruitment for a wide range of positions across the Scottish Government. She has a MSc in Careers Guidance and Development from the University of the West of Scotland and an MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Hartevelt

Caroline Hartevelt

Career & Recruitment Services Advisor

Caroline Hartevelt joined CIS as a Career & Recruitment Services Advisor in September 2018.

Caroline has over 12 years of education sector experience, having previously worked at Boston University as an Assistant Director of Program Operations in Sydney, Australia, and as a Program Manager in the Study Abroad office in Boston, the United States. She has also worked as a Client Relationship Manager for Ashridge Executive Education.

Her varied background in program management, counseling, internship advising, human resources, finance, and education has provided a strong foundation for her current role at CIS.

A Dutch-American citizen, Caroline grew up in the Netherlands and has also lived in Singapore, Russia, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. While growing up, she attended the American School of the Hague (K-10th grade) and Singapore American School (10th-12th grade). Caroline holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wheaton College and a Master of Education in Policy, Planning, and Administration from Boston University School of Education in the United States.

When not at work, you’ll find her cycling around Amsterdam, trying out a new recipe, or planning her next trip to somewhere she’s not yet discovered.

Caroline is based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Stephanie Jan

Stephanie Jan

Career & Recruitment Administrator
Stephanie Jan joined CIS in January 2018. She was born and raised in France. At the age of 18, she moved to London where she studied and obtained a BA in Education and an MA in Bilingual Translation. Before joining the CIS Career & Recruitment Services team as an Administrator, she worked for 15 years as a Project Manager for a translation company.