Thank you for your interest in the post of Head of School School of Arts. Please find attached the following information:

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May 2021

Thank you for your interest in the post of Head of School – School of Arts. Please find attached the following information:

Job description

Person specification

General Terms & Conditions of Employment

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit a detailed CV and covering letter by e-mail to:

Samantha Johnston

Head of Education & Training Division TPP Recruitment Telephone - 020 7198 6090

Closing date for applications: 20th June 2021

Candidates for this role will need to be able to demonstrate a current Right to Work in the UK.

West Dean College of Arts & Conservation values the diversity of its staff and students. We aspire to be a fully inclusive and representative employer and do not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, faith or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join our teams at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation.



JOB TITLE Head of School – School of Arts

LOCATION West Dean College of Arts & Conservation RESPONSIBLE TO Principal & Deputy Chief Executive

RESPONSIBLE FOR Subject Leaders, Short Course Manager, Programme Co-ordinators


Responsible for the Academic leadership and management of the School of Arts, that ensures compliance with regulations and builds on West Dean’s reputation as a centre of excellence. KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

Academic leadership and quality assurance

1. To provide effective academic leadership for the School that ensures that all recruitment, assessment and academic procedures are implemented in accordance with College and statutory regulations and are applied consistently.

2. To ensure annual monitoring processes are completed within the School and under the direction of the Principal, contribute to the production of the College’s Annual Monitoring Report

3. Under the direction of the Principal, prepare documents for revalidation and internal and external programme reviews.

4. Under the direction of the Principal support the growth in student numbers, through the development of new programmes.

5. To manage and develop the short course and CPD provision of the School.

6. To contribute to the development of the strategic plan for the College, reviewing monitoring and implementing against strategy.

7. To develop and maintain links with appropriate external professional bodies and arts/crafts organisations ensuring currency and professional standing of programmes and courses within the School.

8. To contribute to and support the School/College’s research objectives for conservation teaching and research and to assist in building research partnerships



1. To ensure there is an infrastructure across the School that supports, flexible, high quality provision and enhances the quality of the learning environment.

2. To ensure that appropriate academic support for all students is in place, in liaison with the other Schools, the Library and Student Support Services as necessary.

3. To oversee the co-ordination of a programme of cultural events at West Dean so as to further develop links with the wider creative arts community such as artists talks, literary salons and similar in support of the curriculum within the School.

4. To ensure that there is delivery of a high quality student experience and that students feel it is safe to make recommendations and raise issues and concerns.

5. To ensure that any devolved budgetary responsibility for the School is managed effectively and in line with College objectives.

6. To support the College’s student numbers and income generation targets and to work with Recruitment and External Engagement and Admissions to develop and implement strategies for recruitment.

Management of Staff

1. Manage and support the academic staff team in the School, including visiting lecturers, to ensure the effective delivery of all programmes and short courses.

2. Undertake Continuous Performance Reviews of Programme Leaders and the Short Course Manager and ensure all staff are supported similarly by their line managers. 3. In liaison with Human Resources, manage staffing issues in respect of individual staff,

including recruitment, induction, performance and welfare issues. General

1. To represent the College/School at internal and external meetings and committees as required.

2. Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the Principal.

This job description is subject to regular review in consultation with the post holder.


PERSON SPECIFICATION Education / Qualification

Postgraduate Degree / MA in an arts/crafts discipline Essential

Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship Essential

Research Degree Desirable


Experience of departmental or course management within an HE environment in

the creative arts or allied subject area Essential

Academic and professional credibility evidenced by personal achievement in

creative practice. Essential

Curriculum and course development experience Essential

Previous experience at Senior Management level within an academic environment.

Able to demonstrate strong leadership and team management experience. Essential

Experience in the provision of pastoral care to students. Essential


The ability to manage the School operationally and strategically. Essential

The ability to manage budgets and resources effectively. Essential

The ability to empower others and enable excellent team performance. Essential Practical understanding of academic quality and standards processes. Essential

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Essential

Ability to think strategically, and to formulate and communicate effective

strategies for developing the School. Essential

Ability to oversee and monitor an appropriate research strategy. Essential

Ability and willingness to contribute to teaching up to postgraduate level. Essential Ability and willingness to oversee the mentoring of School

colleagues on the development of their research and/or practice including supporting them in applying for external funding as required.



Personal Characteristics

Demonstrable ability to manage, lead and develop a cohesive team Essential

Professional, approachable manner Essential

Confident communicator, with the ability to build relationships both internally and




Contract: Permanent – Full Time

Duties: As attached job description.

Salary: c. £50,000per annum. Payable monthly in arrears by BACS.

Hours: 1.0 FTE, 35 hours per week. Monday to Friday. Due to the nature and

level of this post you will be expected to work such additional hours as may be necessary to enable you to discharge your duties effectively

Holidays: 38 days per annum, (1 October to 30 September) inclusive of Bank


Benefits: Contributory pension scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, free

and discounted places on short courses at West Dean College, free on-site parking




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