Assistant Academic Manager

Line Manager:                      

Academic Manager

Hours of Work/Employment Agreement Type:

Your normal hours of work are 48 per week over a five and a half day week. You may be required to work additional hours when requested to meet the needs of the school. This position involves working weekends and other unsocial hours. 

Responsibilities & Tasks

    • To attend induction & preparation sessions as required, three days prior to the start of the course.
    • To participate fully in all aspects of the induction period prior to the start of the course. This may include the unpacking, inventorying and setting up of all summer school offices.
    • To live within easy reach of the designated Summer School such that you can arrive in time to prepare and carry out the duties according to the schedule.
    • To act in a responsive manner to all academic requests/concerns put forward by staff, students and group leaders.
    • To assist the AM with briefing teachers on all aspects of their responsibilities, including teaching and the leisure program (activities and excursions).
    • To organise and assist the AM in carrying out training sessions for teachers.
    • To observe lessons and give teachers feedback.
    • To assist the AM with the management of the academic staff as necessary to ensure all policies/procedures and deadlines are adhered to.
    • To assist in the placement testing and classroom allocation of all students.
    • To maintain accurate and up to date records of work, classroom registers, lesson plans and any other administrative records as required by the LAL Summer Schools.
    • To prepare and teach dynamic and communicative lessons across a range of levels to multinational classes comprising students aged 12 – 18 years for a minimum of five teaching sessions a week.
    • To take responsibility for the successful academic outcomes of all students taught including the setting and marking of progress tests.
    • To write individual student reports for all students taught.
    • To submit to periodic classroom inspections by line management and the CEA.
    • To ensure that all Academic Staff receive and complete the end-of-course employee feedback forms on the Summer School.
    • To assist the AM in appraising all members of the teaching staff and submit reports to the Center Manager.
    • To plan and teach conversation classes for International Group Leaders.
    • To ensure that all teachers are actively linking the academic program to the leisure program through meaningful activities in the classroom.
    • To act in a seemly and professional manner with all of LAL’s agents, clients and staff and not to engage in any activity which may bring LAL or the designated Summer School into disrepute.
    • To dress in a manner commensurate with the roles demanded of the position; smart casual for teaching, appropriate clothing for activities/sports and excursions. Any uniform supplied by LAL is to be returned at the end of the course.
    • To carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Center Manager and the Academic Manager.
    • To read and be fully conversant with the staff handbook, relevant Child Protection issues and all pertinent CEA & LAL Summer Schools requirements prior to the start of the period of employment (documents supplied prior to start of employment).
    • To deal with all student, IGL and University representatives’ issues, complaints and suggestions in a positive and effective manner and in adherence with the relevant LAL policies and procedures.

Person Specification:

The letters in brackets denote how LAL will establish if you meet our criteria and how that will be determined. The letters have the following meaning: (A) = Application Form, (I) = Interview, (R) = Reference and (T) = Test.

E.g. previous Summer School experience will be determined by the information provided by the candidate on the application form (A) and through questions at Interview (I).


Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) Educated to degree level or equivalent (A)
  • b) Current teaching qualification, Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL certificate, or equivalent (A)
  • c) Knowledge of young learners’ ELT materials (A/I)

Relevant Work experience

  • a) Previous summer school experience (A/I/R)
  • b) Experience of working with young people (A/I/R)
  • c) Experience of full range of Microsoft Office Suite use (A/I/T)

Skills and abilities

  • a) Dynamic ‘can do’ approach to work (A/I)
  • b) Energy and enthusiasm (A/I)
  • c) Excellent communication skills (A/I)
  • d) Effective people management skills (A/I)
  • e) Responsible approach to working with juniors (A/I/R)
  • f) Ability to work under pressure (A/I)

Other Attributes

  • a) Some knowledge of foreign culture (A/I)
  • b) Satisfactory criminal background check or equivalent (A/R)


Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) Good working knowledge of at least one foreign language (A/I)
  • b) Good knowledge of either sports and/or arts & crafts/ performing arts (A/I)
  • c) First Aid certificate/Life Guard certificate (A)

Skills and abilities

  • a) Computer literate (A/I/T)
  • b) Driving licence (A/I)

In the event of a successful interview, the applicant will be offered the position and a reply in the first instance either by email or in writing will be required.

A teaching session is comprised of 2 x 90 minute lessons.  

Non-residential teachers will NOT be actively involved in residential pastoral or welfare duties such as waking and putting to bed of students. This should not detract from the fact that you still have a duty of care towards minors while on-site.

A teaching workshop carried out by either the AM or one of our qualified teacher trainers will form part of the preparation period at the beginning of the training. You will also be observed at least once by a qualified member of staff, where you will be invited to take part in a feedback session at the end of the lesson.

A formal offer, confirming location, hours, dates and remuneration will be sent upon receipt of your email acceptance of the position. This will need to be signed and posted and/or scanned and emailed by return.

Any offer of work is subject to a face-to-face interview on arrival, a satisfactory background check or equivalent and favourable references (all references will ask specifically whether there is any reason why you should not be employed in situations where you will have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18).

An electronic version of the employee handbook, containing the general terms and conditions of employment, will be made available in advance, with acceptance of these terms to be signed at induction on your first day. Employment Agreement is considered fulfilled upon completion of an appraisal and all requisite feedback forms.



To teach English to foreign students aged 12 – 18 years and to assist the Academic Manager (AM) with the implementation, co-ordination and management of the Academic Program for the full duration of the course. To both lead and support all academic staff in ensuring students receive the best possible education during their stay. The role of Assistant Academic Manager (AAM) is one of responsibility, directly concerned with the education and welfare of overseas junior students. Whilst performing the same duties as a Non-Residential Teacher, the AAM is also expected to assist the Academic Manager (AM) in ensuring the successful running of the academic program. This will involve keeping abreast of all relevant administrative details and issues whilst maintaining an open flow of information between all academic staff. The AAM will also be expected to act as the AM when necessary. The ideal AAM will be conscientious and organised with a high regard for the education of overseas junior students. They will be both a fun and energetic teacher and a competent administrator. They will also keep the flow of communication open within the academic department to ensure that all parties are apprised of all relevant information.

  • Salary: $520 per week
  • Location: Boca Raton or New York
  • Division: LAL USA
  • Contract lengthSummer Job

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