Senior Teacher

Senior Teacher
3800 - 4200 PLN
Start Date: 
Length of Contract: 
9 months
End Date: 
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 or those holding USA passports as US citizens are allowed to be employed on a self-employment contract under local law.

We are looking for a highly committed Senior Teacher  to join our team in the next academic year with a possibility to extend for another academic year.

We are dedicated to the learning of both our students and teaching staff and we offer regular training sessions and on-going support in all areas of teaching. It is a great opportunity for an experienced teacher to develop professionally in a well-established, friendly and supportive school situated in Bielsko-Biala, in the immediate vicinity of the picturesque Beskidy mountains in Southern Poland. The location is ideal for those who wish to travel within Europe.

The school was established in 1993 and has a very solid reputation in the local community. We offer courses of English to adults, teenagers, young and very young learners as well as business clients. The school is an authorized Cambridge English Examination Centre and specialises in preparation courses for Cambridge Main Suite and Young Learner exams with an impeccable reputation for success. The school also runs a highly successful bilingual kindergarten in a separate building in Bielsko-Biala and a bilingual primary school in the same building.

As Senior Teacher you will be working closely with the DoS to ensure the smooth running of the school. Your main responsibilities will include: day to day teacher support, coordination of business classes, induction processes, giving seminars and workshops,  observing teachers and giving feedback,  standby coordination, emergency lesson and  standby cover, ensuring teachers’ admin duties are being met, overseeing the social program, YL reward system and the School resources.

The workload will include: 16 real hours of teaching and 10 of admin per week.

The working week is from Monday to Friday. In-school group teaching is mostly from 15.30 to 20.30 while 1-2-1’s and in-company classes may be timetabled in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. The teaching load will include a mixture of levels and age groups including young learners, teenagers and adults and the timetable may involve split shifts. However, teachers are not required to teach outside a 12-hour band between two workin days. The contract may also include teaching primary school students (45 - 90 mins a day max).

Weekly one hour training sessions and teacher meetings are part of the contract. As a Senior Teacher you will be assisting the DoS in the preparation and running of a 3-day induction (27.09 -01.10)  for teachers new to the school.

- CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL, or equivalent
- a degree
- at least 2 years’ experience of teaching EFL in an approved environment
- excellent organisation, communication and people skills
- flexibility
- a clear and accurate model of English (full mastery of English across all 4 skills to CEFR C2/IELTS band 9)


- Experience in a similar position, e.g. a senior teacher or coordinator roles
- DELTA or Trinity DipTESOL
- YL Extension to CELTA or IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers and experience in teaching YLs

Between 4800 and 4200 PLN per month depending on qualifications and experience, plus:
- 100 PLN monthly bonus for completing an electronic register;
- 100 PLN bonus for YL Extension to CELTA/ IHCYLT/ CELT-P/S qualified teachers.

- 20 working days of paid holidays ((including 1,5 week at Christmas, 2 weeks winter break, almost a week for Easter and bridging holidays);
- 10 free survival Polish lessons;
- a free ski pass or cash equivalent of 300 PLN

The school will pay 100% of the cost of emergency consultations with general doctors and specialists, emergency hospital treatment, and treatment for illnesses and injuries which occur in Poland. The school also pays 50% of the cost of prescriptions and emergency dental treatment. (Please note: this does not apply to self-employed teachers)

Self-employed teachers (US and Polish citizens) are paid per hour + bonus for completing an electronic register.

Teachers may be given the chance to do a two-week intensive IHCYLT with the school , which will be free of charge for those who will complete a one year contract. 

The school assists in finding accommodation and teachers are responsible for the monthly rental bills and all utilities. It is usual for tenants to pay 1 month's rent as a deposit upon signing the rental agreement.

IH Bielsko-Biala  is committed to looking after the welfare of its staff and students, and expects all employees to share this commitment. By applying for this job you confirm that you are of suitable character, safe to work with children and young people, and have no relevant criminal convictions.

Initial EFL Qualification Required: 
Trinity TESOL, or
IH Certificate, or
other equivalent qualification
Additional Skills Preferred: 
DELTA or Trinity DipTESOL, YL Extension to CELTA or IHCYLT
A degree is required.
Date Posted
Fri, 13/04/2018 - 11:53
Holiday Pay Details: 
Teachers are paid for 20 working days holiday in addition to public holidays for full academic year contracts. Holiday pay for contracts of other lengths is calculated on a pro rata basis.
Other Info:
The approximate cost of the accommodation (excluding bills) is approx. 700-1000 PLN per person in shared flats and approx. 1,200 - 1,500 PLN for single accommodation.
The school is located in the south of Poland, two hours from Cracow and very close to both Czech and Slovak borders in the picturesque area of the Beskidy Mountains. It is ideal for hiking, mountain cycling and winter sports. The location is also very convenient for those who wish to travel around central Europe - to Prague, Vienna, Budapest or Berlin.