Director of East 15

Southend-on-Sea, Essex (GB)
11 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of East 15

We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We are committed to two things: excellence in education and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning experience which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.

East 15 Acting School

East 15 Acting School is one of the UK's top-ranked conservatoire drama schools. The School has an outstanding student satisfaction rating in the UK (95% total satisfaction in the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2017) and The Stage newspaper rated it as Number 1 in the UK for Diversity. As one of the most international of all drama schools it boasts a student community from over 22 countries and as part of the University of Essex, it is ranked third for Drama and Dance in both the Times Good University Guide and the Guardian University Guide 2018.

The school currently has nearly 800 students and provides training for the professional theatre and media industry. A member of the Federation of Drama Schools, courses include: BA Acting; BA Acting (International); BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre; BA Acting and Community Theatre; BA Acting and Stage Combat; BA Acting and Physical Theatre; BA World Performance; Cert HE in Acting; MA Acting; MA/MFA Acting (International); MA/MFA Theatre Directing; BA Stage and Production Management and our new programme, BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short film).

East 15 has recently created a new focus on building its research profile. We intend to submit to REF 2020/21 and are committed to developing a thriving research culture. We will be looking to support research that enhances our understanding of performance in all its manifestations, both through practice and publication.

We are seeking to appoint a Director to build on our significant achievements and to enhance the School and the University’s national and international reputation, through the development and construction of partnerships across the world of theatre and the wider higher education sector.

The Director of East 15 will provide strategic leadership and operational management of East 15, across its Loughton and Southend Campuses; taking responsibility for ensuring that the School realises its full potential in delivering excellence in education and research.

A full list of key responsibilities and main duties (Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship) can be found within the job pack below.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant master’s degree and doctoral level research degree or equivalent professional experience or practise and will have fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or the ability to gain professional recognition at this or a higher level if appropriate.

With a proven track record of senior management experience, gained in a relevant environment, you will be able to evidence experience of driving and facilitating excellence in both teaching and research.

Please note that appointment will be made at Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor Level.

We are home to the curious, brave and bold. If you share our passion and have the skills and experience we seek, we would be keen to hear from you.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place. An appreciation of global higher education trends and strong international links will therefore be essential.

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Closing date: 5 October 2018

Interviews are planned for:  23 and 26 November 2018

Salary: Senior Lecturer (Grade 10) £51,630 - £58,090 per annum, Reader (Grade 10) £51,630 - £58,090 per annum, Professor (Grade 11) On the professorial salary scale and commensurate with skills and experience.