Job Description

Closing Date: 3 February 2023
Employment Term: Full Time

About the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and BSA Group
BSA Group is the trading name of the BSA Group Services Ltd, comprising the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS), the Health in Education Association (HIEDA), the Safeguarding and Child Protection Association (SACPA), the Institute of Boarding (TIOB) and its subsidiary BSA Group Legal Services Ltd.

BSA itself was founded in 1965 and is the largest network and support provider of its kind in the world, with more than 640 member schools. The Group delivers services to over 1,500 organisations and individuals in 39 countries worldwide.


The Group mission is to support excellence in boarding, inclusion, safeguarding and health education.


The Group and the individual associations/business units offer a broad range of services to members including:

  • Professional development
  • CPD, events and conferences
  • Guidance, advice and lobbying
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Professional accreditation
  • Certified agents and guardians


Our board comprises of a Group Board Chair, Honorary Treasurer, the Chairs of each association and ORENO (Organisation, Remuneration and Nomination), Vice Chair Research, Vice Chair State Boarding, Vice Chair International, Vice Chair (Past Chair), BSA and Vice Chair (Chair Elect), BSA.

Each association has an Executive Committee, the Chair of which sits on the Group Board.

The Board and the Executive Committees each meet at least three times per year.


BSA Group team
A team of 22, our staff work remotely, and we are looking for an enthusiastic, well-organised team player to support the work of the BSA Group and strengthen our customer-focused, business-minded, dynamic, ambitious team.

This role is remote so can be located anywhere in the UK provided the post holder is willing to travel for meetings, conferences or to see customers, as required and has the right to work in the UK. Out-of-hours work will be required from time to time. We put life and family at the heart of what we do and as such, flexible working requests, will be considered.

The BSA Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BSA does not discriminate on race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


Working at BSA Group
Our team enjoys flexible working, 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays, three days at Christmas and a birthday day off, 10% employer pension contribution and private healthcare.


How to apply
Please email a covering letter and CV to If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please email us to arrange a time.

The closing date for applications is Friday, February 3, 2023.


Job description


Post:                           Director, Boarding Schools’ Association

Responsible to:        Chief Executive, BSA Group


BSA Group is looking to appoint a Director, Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) to lead day-to-day operations and development for the association.

The Director, BSA will work with the CEO, Deputy CEO/COO, Executive Board and the Directors of the four other associations in BSA Group (BAISIS, HIEDA, SACPA, and TIOB) and will be a BSA Group Leadership Team member.

The Director, BSA role would suit experienced applicants who may have worked at a very senior level in boarding (e.g., Head, Deputy Head), or another similar senior role, and it is hoped to appoint for the start of the 2023/24 academic year.


The role

  • Manage day-to-day operations of BSA
  • Deliver services to members, including CPD, events, advice and guidance
  • Communicate with members and deal with queries and questions
  • Keep abreast of all relevant regulations relating to boarding and maintain relations with relevant government departments/key stakeholders
  • Represent BSA externally
  • Develop new services
  • Manage the BSA budget and association KPIs
  • Grow membership and increase member engagement
  • Work with the Chair of BSA and the BSA Executive Committee
  • Work with directors of other BSA Group associations and other staff as required
  • Manage appropriately any external enquiries, such as members, schools, parents, government departments, associations, agencies and suppliers
  • Any other duties that the CEO and Deputy CEO/COO deem appropriate.


The post-holder’s experience will include:

Education to degree level or equivalent is essential and desirable to hold an additional qualification such as the BSA Certificate of Boarding Management or equivalent.

Hold a full, current DBS certificate and evidence current safeguarding training.


The post holder will demonstrate:

  • A passion for and knowledge of boarding
  • A commitment to safeguarding and outstanding pastoral care
  • Commercial acumen
  • Evidence of driving strategy and experience of working with a board
  • High energy, drive and the ability to work fast, often outside office hours
  • Commitment to teamwork and building relationships
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Familiarity with office software systems and an ability to use technology
  • Creativity and a focus on finding positive outcomes and solutions
  • Good personal organisation.


This job description is intended as a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of this post, which reasonably may vary from time to time according to the needs of the BSA Group.  It does not form part of the terms and conditions of employment.                                                                                                       

January 2023


The BSA Group

BSA Group comprises BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students), BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association), HIEDA (Health in Education Association), SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association), TIOB (The Insitute of Boarding) and its subsibdary BSA Group Legal Services LtdBSA Group’s mission is to support excellence in boarding, safeguarding, inclusion and health education. BSA Group delivers services for more than 1,500 organisations and individuals in 39 countries worldwide.


British Association of Independent Schools with International Students
The British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS) has 124 members and defines and shares best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students in independent schools globally. Founded in 1997, the association offers a supportive network, termly meetings, CPD sessions and one- and two-day certificated courses for teachers of international students and other staff involved in their care.


Boarding Schools’ Association
The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is the largest membership association for boarding schools in the world. Founded in 1965, the BSA represents over 480 independent and state boarding schools in the UK, and more than 160 in over 39 countries overseas. The BSA mission is to champion boarding excellence and deliver boarding support worldwide.


Health in Education Association
The Heath in Education Association (HIEDA) launched in July 2021 and has 132 members with a mission is to champion health in education excellence. Hieda provides training and education on a wide variety of medical issues, delivered by healthcare professionals who are experts in their field.


Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association (SACPA) champions excellence in safeguarding and child protection and has 469 members in 29 countries. Sacpa is the voice of safeguarding, providing a channel to government and other key agencies. The association represents organisations, associations, agencies and individuals involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the UK and overseas. The association formally launched in January 2020.


The Institute of Boarding
The Institute of Boarding (TIOB) was launched in June 2022 as the world’s first professional association for boarding school staff. TIOBS currently has 150 members and its mission is to ‘support excellence for professional boarding staff’.