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Spotlight: Recruiting Agency CIS

11.16.16 – Council of International Schools (CIS)
The Netherlands & New York, USA
The international school recruiting season is in full swing with more positions being posted almost daily on either The International Educator (TIE) or TesJobs.  TIE is American-based but offers a wide range of international school jobs while TesJobs is British-based and tends to represent schools who offer either the British National Curriculum and/or IB.
In my book, I discuss the pros and cons as well as the cost of the various agencies, however here is a short blurb and the link to CIS (Council of International Schools), one of the better known and established agencies who recruit staff for international schools including librarians. Also included are some answers to questions about the agency from Tanja Janjic, one of their Career & Recruitment Services Administrators
CIS was formed in 2003 as a spin-off from ECIS (European Council of Schools) and handles both the accreditation of schools and the Teacher Placement service. It is a world-wide organization however due to its origin is still heavily European and British-based and is the service the majority of teachers from these regions recruit through. CIS holds one recruitment fair in January in London where they claim that 50% of the interviews for open positions take place. The remainder are recruited via online interviews or independent in-person meetings. The fee for registration and membership, lasting three years is €180.
 

  1. Why choose CIS rather than another recruitment agency?

CIS Career & Recruitment Services can connect candidates with more than 700 high-quality, reputable member schools located throughout the world that are expressly committed to continuous improvement and preparing students to become active global citizens. We support our candidates in their career development and finding the position that will benefit both candidates and the school, resulting in a successful international experience. Being a CIS-Approved candidate is an indication of quality that our member schools recognise and value. The application process is thorough, ensuring that we represent candidates and their skills in the most competitive and effective way. We are committed to supporting our candidates throughout their career in international education through our events, resources and other professional development opportunities.

  1. CIS traditionally focused on European Schools, how worldwide is the focus and coverage now?

CIS has a truly global network, currently including 706 member schools in 112 countries and all Member Schools are accredited. (530 schools are outside of Europe.)

  1. Are librarians from countries other than US/UK/Canada/Europe able to obtain positions (if they have the credentials)?

As long as they meet the CIS criteria, candidates from any country are welcomed to apply. In the last couple of years, we had 97 librarian vacancies available in CIS member schools in 32 countries. CIS-Approved Educators come from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities.

  1. Is it still worth the expense of attending a hiring fair?

The CIS Career & Recruitment Fair does more than bring together leaders from more than 100 Member Schools in one venue to facilitate the job interview process. Past attendees have stated that in addition to finding positions, the CIS Educator Recruitment Fair helped them gain confidence, learn interview techniques and how to present to schools, learn about the diverse range of opportunities to teach internationally, build a network with other educators and advance their careers. We have a variety of workshops for candidates in different stages of their careers.

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News: Sun, Sea & Cockroaches

3.30.16 –  Sun, Sea & Cockroaches by Richard Vaughan
TES Magazine, UK, 2/24/12
Sarah P’s comments:  This article about international teaching is from 2012 but still very relevant, especially the comments about certain agencies to avoid…
Sun, Sea & Cockroaches
 

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Job: Middle and High School Librarian

11/6/14  – Middle and High School Librarian
International Community School (ICS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ICS Addis is recruiting an experienced, qualified and dynamic librarian to join our middle and high school teams. Dedicated to developing and enhancing both literacy and information literacy skills for a diverse range of students, the successful candidate will have experience with Follett’s Destiny system, digital and print resources, as well as Web 2.0 learning tools and social media. Experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and in international schools is highly desirable, while a willingness to collaborate with teachers to plan inquiry-based learning units is essential. A proven track record of commitment to community outreach, including planning author visits, Scholastic Book Fairs and other event and program planning is necessary. Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university.
If you feel that your qualifications and experiences match an opening listed below, please review our website for more information on working at ICS and living in Addis Ababa, including our Profile of an Ideal ICS Addis Candidate. To apply to us directly, complete the online application below. We will not accept CVs that are emailed directly to us. Please be aware that we receive hundreds of applications between October and February. We will reply in brief to each applicant and every application will be reviewed by an administrator. Qualified applicants may receive further correspondence as well.
Sarah P’s comments:  Fall is the beginning of the recruiting season for international schools.  Schools can be a way to break into the international market as they offer the most positions.  If you do not have certification it is fairly easy to earn by studying online.   Please read Chapter 3 of my book for an in-depth explanation of this market if you are interested (and see the Book Resources section of the blog as well).  Also, I highly recommend joining both The International Educator (TIE) as well as International School Reviews (ISR) as they will help you to know what positions are available and, more importantly, which ones are the most reputable.

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Job: K-12 Librarian

11/6/14 –  K-12 Librarian
American School of Asuncion, Paraguay
Salary: U$32,645 – U$37,845
Benefits:
1. Settling-in allowance
2. Monthly housing allowance
3. Shipping allowance at beginning and end of contract
4. Round-trip ticket for initial contract and then each year after renewal
5.Clements worldwide health insurance (80-20 policy)
6. Stipend for advanced degree(s)
7. Salary step increase
8. Contract renewal bonus ($1,500)
9. Schools covers all costs for work visa and transition paperwork
10. On-site Master’s Degree program
Qualifications:
1. Undergraduate degree in teaching area
2. Valid teaching certification
3. Two or more years of teaching experience
Age Restrictions: No
Additional materials:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Current Resumé
3. Reference Contact Information
Interviews: Skype
Sarah P’s comments:  Fall is the beginning of the recruiting season for international schools.  Schools can be a way to break into the international market as they offer the most positions.  If you do not have certification it is fairly easy to earn by studying online.   Please read Chapter 3 of my book for an in-depth explanation of this market if you are interested (and see the Book Resources section of the blog as well).  Also, I highly recommend joining both The International Educator (TIE) as well as International School Reviews (ISR) as they will help you to know what positions are available and, more importantly, which ones are the most reputable.

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