1500€ - 1600€ gross depending on qualifications
Start Date: 
Length of Contract: 
Two years including initial trial period of 4 months
No of vacancies: 
Job Description: 

Because of visa and work permit requirements, we are only able to consider applications from those with the right to work in the EU.

Applications are invited for the post of  Assistant Director of Studies at International House, Viseu, Portugal, starting 1st September 2017. This is an ideal post for an enthusiastic teacher who may already have held a responsibility post or who is keen to develop in this area. You will be joining a motivated and professional staff, in a school which places a strong emphasis on student welfare and teacher development.

International House-Viseu opened in 1983 and is situated in 2 buildings in the centre of town.There are 11 classrooms, a computer room, a sitting-room, a teachers' room, a bar and a garden. Six classrooms are equipped with IWBs.

At present there are 560 students, ranging in ages from 6 to 60, attending General English Courses on the school premises or in 2 off-site centres for 2 or 3 hours a week. There are also a few in-company contracts which at time of writing account for approx. 50 students.

The teaching staff  at present consists of  the DOS, 1 Senior Teacher, 6 Full-Time teachers and four Part-Time teachers.

A suitable candidate will have an important role to play in Teachers’ and Students’ welfare and this requires a warm personality, sensitivity to the needs of teachers and students and the ability to motivate them. As the majority of the students are children and adolescents, the ideal candidate should have had considerable experience of, and enjoy, working with these age groups. We consider the abilities to show initiative and work in a team fundamental.

Duties will include:


Assisting the DOS in/with:

            - key aspects of running courses and Teachers support.

            -  writing and creating internal tests/exams and syllabi.

            - Testing, interviewing and placing new students.

            - Maintaining, organising and creating materials.

            - Syllabus-writing for group or one-to-one courses with special needs.

            - Organising and administration of internal and external exams and assessment.


Assisting the DOS in/with:

            - Organising and/or conducting workshops in  a regular programme of seminars for

               International House teachers.

            - Organising and/or conducting seminars for Teachers'Centre and other  

               seminars for state school teachers if/when these are requested.

            - Helping teachers with timetabling and lesson-planning.

            - Observation of classes.


            Maximum 15 hours/week of regular classes.


            - Stand-by teaching when necessary.

            - Organising occasional extra-curricular activities


             Experience in teaching all levels from Beginners to Proficiency and experience of teaching children and adolescents.


            HOURS -  Flexibility is required as far as timetable is concerned but on average a 38  hour week is expected.

             SALARY - 1500€-1600€ GROSS. In addition Christmas Bonus and Summer Bonus paid in monthly instalments (2.5 paid days per month worked)

Initial EFL Qualification Required: 
other equivalent qualification
Higher EFL Qualification Required: 
other equivalent qualification
Other Qualifications Required: 
Young Learners
Driving Licence
Additional Skills Preferred: 
Knowledge of Portuguese would be an advantage. Must be willing to drive
Date Posted
Fri, 21/04/2017 - 10:01
Visa Details: 
Because of visa and work permit requirements, we are only able to consider applications from those with the right to work in the EU.
Flight Details: 
Paid Return air-fare to London annually
Holiday Pay Details: 
4 Weeks in August, 2 weeks in December and 5 days at Easter.
Other Info:
Viseu, with a population of about 100.000, is situated in the interior of Portugal some 95Km from Coimbra,85Km from the beach, 110Km from the border with Spain, and around 3 hours by car (3.5 by coach) from Lisbon and 1.15 hours from Porto. It is the District Capital and the construction of two major road links has brought about very rapid growth over the last 5 years. More industry has come to the area, but the centre of Viseu remains attractive, with tree-lined streets, parks and a well-preserved mediaeval area with characteristic granite buildings. It continues to be an important market town and is also the centre of the well-known Dão wine region. In 2015 it was voted as the town with the best quality of life for the third consecutive year!