Career & Recruitment Services Advisor 


Effective January 2018

The Council of International Schools (CIS)

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a nonprofit 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 attract and select 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 serves a diverse learning community globally and believes it is important to embrace and incorporate diverse perspective within its team. CIS values and fosters generative dialogue as an essential aspect of leadership, holistically establishing and refining objectives. CIS holds high standards of leadership in order to attract, retain and develop high quality staff, as it believes that its success is dependent on the capabilities and commitment of its 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. CIS will promote from within, whenever possible and practical, and will delegate responsibility to build a strong organisation.


The Career & Recruitment Services Advisor is based at the CIS office in Leiden, the Netherlands. The primary responsibility is to advise and coach candidates seeking positions in the international education community. Responsibilities include the review and processing of candidate data, applications and documentation in both database and portal environments; guiding, coaching and advising candidates through the recruitment and selection process, and facilitating their contact with member schools. Duties include: a) communicating with applicants and candidates for educational leadership and staff positions, providing support and advice on all aspects of the recruitment and selection process for international schools; and b) conducting reference and background checks of candidates, advising schools of qualified candidates, sharing their portfolios, and analysing vacancies to match candidate skill-sets with positions at member schools.   


Recruitment duties – Leadership & Educational candidates 
  • Effectively screen and present high quality educational leadership candidates using up-to-date recruitment technology and communications strategies. 
  • Process applications from candidates for teaching and leadership positions using up-to-date recruitment technology.
  • Review, collect and verify confidential references submitted by candidates’ referees and additional documentation to verify candidate quality.
  • Compile and update information on country-specific background check processes and assist candidates and schools as they complete the process. 
  • Maintain on-going communications with candidates during all stages of the application and selection processes, tailoring messages to provide appropriate guidance.
    • Guide candidates through the application process.
    • Counsel and guide candidates regarding CV development, interviewing tips, remuneration packages and event registration. 
    • Ensure positions posted by member schools are clearly stated and up-to-date.
Recruitment duties – Member Schools 
  • Work collaboratively with the communications team to inform schools on the services offered to support their recruitment needs. 
  • Ensure school vacancy information from schools is current and up-to-date. 
  • Maintain monthly recruitment reports, providing data to schools. 
  • Conduct searches of candidates for member schools, matching high-quality candidates with school requirements. 
  • Distribute vacancy announcements to members and associates. 
  • Conduct recruitment seminars/webinars/workshops/presentations as required, for both schools and candidates.  
Administration, outreach and other activities 
  • Assist in creating recruitment outreach campaigns to develop the recruitment services in collaboration with the Communications Team. 
  • Create, coordinate and manage outreach mailings and campaigns; maintain data.  
  • Participate in organisation-wide events and activities as requested, preparing for the operation of the recruitment events and providing on-site event support and client service; attend educational conferences to exhibit and recruit educational candidates. 
  • Liaise with outside advertising agencies as required to post vacancy announcements. 
  • Initiate, implement and manage registration processes for recruitment fairs. 
  • Compose and edit recruitment fair communications; prepare event attendance materials. 
  • Manage position announcements and candidate placements.
  • Record recruitment services fees and liaise with the accounting department to ensure timely invoicing.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's or educational vocational degree required 
  • 5+ years of professional office experience is required; experience working within the field of education and for a global organisations is preferred 
  • Recruitment administration experience including sourcing, matching and placing candidates
  • International living or working experience preferred 
Knowledge and Skills
  • Technically competent; ease and facility with technology tools and platforms
  • Outstanding organisational administrative skills with keen attention to detail
  • Strong service orientation to support colleagues with discretion and diplomacy
  • Well-developed social, interpersonal and collaborative skills 
  • Prioritisation skills and a focus on completion of work
  • Ability to manage confidential information in a professional manner
  • Disposition and understanding to effectively serve the needs of a multi-national organisation
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and to work to deadlines under pressure
  • Self-motivated, resourceful and a team player
  • Well-developed cultural perspective to bridge differences 
  • Well-developed and demonstrated English skills, both speaking and writing
  • A passion for identifying career paths in international education
  • Good interviewing skills and a desire to learn more about candidates
  • Willingness to travel

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience required for the position. The successful applicant will be engaged as a full-time employee of CIS. 

Particulars of the Search

Applicants should submit a letter (in English) describing her/his fit and interest in the position along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae. The names, addresses and contact details of three (3) direct supervisors who have evaluated the applicant‘s performance should be provided. CIS reserves the right to contact referees for confidential statements.  

Starting date: 1 January 2018

Applicants who are legally authorised to live and work in the Netherlands are welcome to apply. 

Applications and enquiries should be directed to Pauline O’Brien, Director of Career & Recruitment Services, at  

Application Deadline

Deadline for receipt of application: Monday 27 November 2017

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