Pauline O’Brien 

Pauline O’Brien is the Director of Career & Recruitment Services. Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in professional recruiting. She joined CIS in 2014 to develop Career & Recruitment Services after thirteen years of international recruiting at The Blue Lynx Group in the Netherlands, where she served in succession as Regional Manager, Operations Manager and Operations Director. Her responsibilities included the development of corporate recruitment strategies, processes and systems to recruit and place multilingual, culturally-competent, international professionals. During her tenure, Pauline directed all aspects of the recruitment and selection processes, including accounts and client relationships, to fully understand the varying nature of her clients’ recruitment needs. Her earlier experience was in association management at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) where she traveled to national associations around the world. During her thirteen years at FIP, Pauline managed membership, exhibitions, training, and the evaluation of multicultural teams internationally, honing her own intercultural competence.

At CIS, Pauline has transformed recruitment services, initiating a strategic move to focus on candidate career development. She has led the development of screening and selection practices, introducing methods to assist candidates in building skills-based professional portfolios. Pauline has crafted career workshops for delivery at international conferences and within CIS schools; together with her team, she delivers personalised consultation sessions for all CIS-Approved candidates. Pauline has initiated a programme for talented new teachers graduating from CIS member universities, to foster and develop interest in international teaching. Pauline conducts sessions on Women in Leadership, encouraging women to recognise and explore their leadership skills and competencies. 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.

Responsible for CIS Leadership Search Services, Pauline works directly with school boards and communities to advise them on effective practices when selecting a new school leader. 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 Management, PR & Marketing in the Dutch language.  

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