Leisure Manager

To organise and oversee all aspects of the leisure programme, transport and airport transfers at the designated Summer School.

  • Salary: GBP 415 - 465 per week, including accommodation allowance
  • Location: UK Summer Schools
  • Division: LAL UK Summer Schools
  • Contract length: Summer Job

The role of Leisure Manager is directly concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of overseas students. This requires the post–holder to take overall responsibility for the preparation, operation and outcomes of the leisure programme including on-site activities, off-site excursions and airport transfer arrangements both to and from the school. There is a strong reliance on team management as the Leisure Manager is responsible for all staff leading the excursions, activities and transfers.

The ideal Leisure Manager will be extremely responsible and able to organise their fluctuating workload. They will be capable of leading a team, working in a pressurised environment to deliver a high-quality and cost-effective leisure programme. The Leisure Manager will be pro-active in their approach to achieving high participation in all aspects of the leisure programme, complying with health and safety requirements and meeting the professional standards expected from LAL’s students and agents.


Main Responsibilities and Tasks:


People Management Responsibilities

To manage the activity team (Leisure Coordinators, Activity Leaders, House Parents and Teachers) to ensure the smooth delivery of the LAL Summer School programme as sold by Head Office, including:

  • Training the activity team in accordance with LAL policies and procedures; ensuing that all staff meet the standard expected of them.
  • Working closely with any Leisure Co-ordinators, delegating tasks in order to ensure the delivery of a well-organised, well-structured leisure programme.
  • Briefing activity staff on all aspects of their responsibilities, including detailed briefings in advance of each activity, excursion or transfer.
  • Ensuring the activity team have the information and equipment they need in order to perform their roles well, including cultural information for excursions and important health and safety information (e.g. risk assessment conclusions).
  • Managing the suitable allocation of staff to activities, excursions and transfers in liaison with other senior members of summer school staff.
  • Monitoring activity staff to ensure they are engaging with students and International Group Leaders to deliver a well-planned and well-executed leisure programme which meets LAL policies and procedures.
  • Seeking feedback from staff, students and International Group Leaders on the leisure programme, putting strategies in place to constantly improve the team’s delivery.


Leisure Responsibilities

  • To take responsibility for all aspects of planning and delivering of a successful activity, excursion and transfers programme.
  • To be apprised of all planned activity, excursions and transport information from LAL Head Office, the host school and outside agencies to guarantee a smooth operation.
  • To follow and/or, where necessary, adapt the prescribed leisure programme in full, making additional activities available upon request.
  • To liaise with suppliers (e.g. transport, leisure venue providers, on-site facility managers, catering, school maintenance, etc.) during the set-up period and throughout the contract to guarantee the smooth and safe operation of all activities, excursions and transfers.
  • To liaise with Head Office and the Centre Manager to oversee smooth airport transfers to and from the centre, including re-confirming and/or booking transfers transport as assigned by the Summer Schools Transfers Department.
  • To liaise with the Welfare Manager and Centre Manager in arranging (where required) transport for students staying in Host Families.
  • To oversee all arrangements concerning sporting and non-sporting activities ensuring all students are able to enjoy a varied and well-balanced leisure programme.
  • To be responsible for the promotion and booking of optional excursions, ensuring maximum profit is made.
  • To be responsible for the taking of monies from IGLs or individual students for optional excursions.
  • To maintain financial and administrative records of all leisure-related bookings and purchases, working with the Office Manager (if any).
  • To understand and be conversant with LAL Risk Assessment methods and conclusions including completing new Risk Assessments and updating current ones.
  • To work with the Centre Manager and LAL Head Office to ensure the leisure rota is adequate for the needs of the leisure programme.
  • To ensure when not on duty that the Leisure C0-ordinator or Centre Manager are apprised of all necessary information.
  • To deputise for the Centre Manager as required.
  • To hold the school’s emergency phone as required.


Other Responsibilities

  • To be fully engaged with students and International Group Leaders in the rigours of summer school work, providing excellent customer service while delivering the LAL Summer School product.
  • To consistently ensure the welfare of the students remains paramount.
  • To live on-site, board and lodging provided as part of the salary package, from four days prior to the start of the course to attend induction training, until the end of the last contracted day.
  • To carry out all tasks concerned with the setting up, administration and closing down of the course as advised by line management.
  • To address any student, International Group Leader or host site representative issues, complaints or suggestions by ensuring that the relevant LAL staff are made aware.
  • To act in a friendly 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 host school into disrepute.
  • To assist all students, International Group Leaders and LAL agents to derive the maximum benefit from the course.
  • To follow all LAL policies and procedures, including but not limited to dress code, safeguarding, maintaining student discipline and avoiding loss and/or damage to LAL property or property belonging to the host school.
  • To read and be fully conversant with all training materials relating to the role, and all pertinent British Council Accreditation requirements, prior to the start of the period of employment.
  • To both lead and attend all required meetings with staff, fellow senior staff, International Group Leaders and host site representatives.
  • To assist students in being on time for meals, transport and all excursions, including supervising at meal times on a rota basis.
  • To assist Welfare Manager and House Parents where necessary, in ensuring students are in their accommodation on time and in bed.
  • To be flexible to carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Summer School management team, either in centre or at Head Office.



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. experience of working with young people 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 A Level or equivalent to UK level 4 education (A)
  • b) Computer literate with emphasis on Microsoft Outlook & Excel (A/I/T)
  • c) A good understanding of child welfare (A/I)
  • d) Good knowledge of local culture, sports and/or arts & crafts/performing arts (A/I)
  • e) Very good level of spoken and written English (CEFR B2 minimum, e.g. FCE/IELTS 5-6.5) (A/I)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) At least 1 years’ experience in a summer school environment (A/I)
  • b) Experience working with young people (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) Meticulous and thorough approach to work (A/I)
  • b) Effective people management skills (A/I)
  • c) ‘Can do’ approach to work (A/I)
  • d) Strong time management skills (A/I)
  • e) Excellent communication skills and a team mentality (A/I)
  • (f) Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines (A/I)


Other Attributes

  • a) Willingness to work non-standard hours when necessary (A/I)
  • b) Proactive attitude towards closing sales and managing costs (A/I)
  • c) Responsible approach to working with juniors (A/I)
  • d) Interest in local and foreign culture (A/I)
  • e) Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (A)


Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or equivalent in a relevant discipline (A)
  • b) Understanding of transport logistics (A/I)
  • c) Some knowledge of airports, unaccompanied minor and immigration issues (A/I)
  • d) Good working knowledge of at least one foreign language (A/I)
  • e) Good knowledge of the area surrounding the school (A/I)
  • f) First Aid certificate/Life Guard certificate (A)
  • g) Experience using Microsoft Office365 (A/I)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) At least 1 years’ experience in a senior role directly concerned with logistics or similar (A/I)
  • b) At least 1 years’ experience managing activities (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) Driving licence (A)



Core salary and bonuses

  • Weekly basic salary: GBP 415
  • Maximum weekly bonus: GBP 50
    (full information will be provided at interview)


Returning Staff

Returning staff will be paid an additional GBP 15 per week for their second year with LAL, and an additional GBP 5 for each additional year worked up to a maximum of GBP 30 per week.

Accommodation Allowance

The basic salary for this residential role includes an accommodation allowance of GBP 42 per week. Non-residential staff will be paid an additional allowance of GBP 42 per week.

To Apply: Please ensure that you meet the requirements in the Job Description and Person Specification before applying. To apply for a post, please fill in our online application form. Click to apply online
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