Dean of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA South)

Salary: £42-50K p.a. depending on experience.

Permanent – London
Closing date Monday 17th February 2020 by 12pm
Stage 1 Interviews: 27th February 2020

Stage 2 Interviews: 5th March 2020

As ALRA continues to expand its provision it has become necessary to create a new role with responsibility for the academic vision of the ALRA South campus. We seek a candidate who can embrace the strength of our actor training programmes, taking on responsibility for the processes and approach of all faculty to delivering the Higher Educational aspects of our work. With a strong background in delivering actor training in a Higher Educational setting, the ideal candidate will be a confident leader in both arts-based pedagogies and training.

As an actor training specialist, the Dean will also act as Programme Leader for the MA Professional Acting with some teaching responsibility. The Dean will be confident in written contributions to the narrative of ALRA’s approach to teaching, learning and training, taking on data analysis within responses to student experience and board feedback as part of the role. The Dean will maintain academic standards throughout the campus with Chairing responsibilities as required by the ALRA governance structure.

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Stage 1 Interviews: 27th February 2020

Stage 2 Interviews: 5th March 2020


This is a permanent, full-time post. The terms and conditions of service will be those currently in operation.


The closing date and time for receipt of applications is 17th February 2020


Job Title: Dean of Live and Recorded Arts (South) Reports to: Vice Principal (Curriculum)
Locations: London Direct Reports: All Academic Faculty - South
Department: Curriculum
Key Responsibilities
  • To oversee the artistic quality and currency of the campus training in partnership with the Vice Principal (C) and South Faculty
  • To act as Programme Leader of MA Professional Acting
  • To maintain academic standards throughout the campus engaging staff in regular training
  • To work with Head of Academic Services to schedule and manage all campus staff ensuring timely feedback, tutorial and assessment
  • To author and support all validation documentation for the university and other awarding organisations
  • To support the Head of Academic Services in ensuring the curriculum is delivered according to the content as described in the programme specification
  • To provide supportive and bespoke leadership for the campus in conjunction with the Strategic & Business plan
  • To implement and co-create the academic vision for teaching, learning and training at ALRA
  • To hold course budgets for teaching and learning
  • To support and implement the qualities of the curriculum in the integration of body, voice and imagination through an integrated and holistic training programme that is routed in the work of Stanislavski, Chekhov, Linklater and Laban
  • To teach on Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses for a minimum of 11 hours per week and maximum of 16
  • In collaboration with Strategic Leadership Team and Programme Leaders, to oversee the recruitment and monitoring of appropriate teaching staff for all programmes, including directors of projects, public productions and films
  • To oversee effective and appropriate pastoral care for the students including line management of Mindfulness and Wellbeing Practitioners
  • To implement effective student assessment and disciplinary procedures as directed
  • To collaboratively oversee level 6&7 productions, liaising with the Course Leaders and Directors to ensure they stay within the 2 hour maximum production time
  • To allocate and oversee all student supervision for Personal Research Projects at level 6 and 7
  • To observe and feedback on teaching and training standards to all Senior Tutors in partnership with Vice Principal (C)
  • To oversee and lead on the student tutorial feedback system at end of each term in liaison with Head of Academic Services
  • To attend and deputise as chair for Teaching and Learning Committee and Exam Board once per term, Chair Programme Board and attend Academic Board in accordance with the governance structure
  • To ensure the delivery of relevant courses meets the requirements of all accreditation/validation bodies
  • To co-ordinate and author all Programme Level Annual Returns
  • To contribute to Quality Assurance Reviews from a pedagogic perspective
  • To contribute to Teaching Excellence Framework from and Enhancement and Teaching perspective
  • To provide timely and accurate reports and information as required by the Vice Principal (C)
  • To monitor feedback from evaluations, analyse responses and monitor actions in conjunction with the VP (O)
  • To contribute to validation events internally and externally within chair, proposer and expert roles
  • To recruit students, ensuring that intake meets numbers as indicated by the Principal
  • To take part in widening participation activities
  • To participate in Open Days, auditions and other profile-raising events
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with other key arts and education providers and potential partners, funders and sponsors
  • To actively promote the academic and creative success of ALRA and its students to the industry, the education sector and the wider public
  • To initiate personal research that links to the curriculum development and impacts positively on the currency of ALRA’s training and education provision.
  • To seek and sustain placement opportunities for MA and MFA programmes
  • Oversee the day to day management of any teaching, office, production and performance spaces in use by ALRA
  • To liaise with all external venues in line with the Vice Principal (O) to develop touring and performance opportunities
  • To initiate personal research that links to the curriculum development and impacts positively on the currency of ALRA’s training and education provision
  • Attend ALRA student productions, project presentations and public events
  • Adhere to ALRA’s published policies, in respect of all staff, students and visiting members of the public
  • Carry out other duties as may reasonably be directed by the Vice Principals


Essential Qualifications

  • MA/MFA Actor Training, Acting, Voice, Movement or similar
  • Senior Fellow Advance HE
  • Professional Experience within a related field

Desirable Qualifications:

  • PhD or Professional Doctorate
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