Dean of Dance

Hong Kong (HK)
17 Nov 2017
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17 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and global connections, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in developing future generations of performing artists. The Academy's six Schools of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, Theatre & Entertainment Arts, and Chinese Opera, make the Academy a vibrant centre of teaching and practice-based research. Its outstanding reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, which include some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to the training of future world-class performers. 

The School of Dance offers full-time programmes from sub-degree Diploma to MFA level, together with its part-time Gifted Young Dancer Programme. In keeping with its conservatoire status, the School’s philosophy is centred around performance practice, and reflects the unique cultural mix of Hong Kong, with emphasis on both Chinese and Western traditions. The principle of integration is a key defining feature of the School, with the integration of theory and practice a primary objective. 

As part of the Academy’s senior management team, the Dean will undertake a broad range of duties at Academy and School levels.  The Dean of Dance will be a highly experienced performing arts practitioner and educator who will bring high level discipline-based expertise to the Academy to ensure that the School maintains its place as a leader in dance education within the higher education sector. The Dean will be responsible to the Deputy Director (Academic) for the academic, artistic and operational management of the School.

The Dean is expected to lead the shaping of the overall vision and academic development of the School during a period of significant and exciting change within the Academy and the higher education sector in Hong Kong. The incumbent will be required to work collaboratively with colleagues in delivering the Academy’s strategic objectives. 

The Dean will work closely with senior staff to promote innovative developments in the delivery of performing arts education, with a particular focus on the Academy’s unique strengths, including its location in a dynamic and diverse cultural metropolis, and its focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and original creativity. He/she will also play an important role in the development of local, regional and international partnerships within their discipline, building upon existing strengths and developing new areas that support the overall growth and positioning of the School.

Although subject to negotiation, the expected commencement date is July 2018.

Key requirements:

The successful candidate should be a well-established performing arts practitioner with significant experience in his/her respective discipline. He/she should also possess the following:

  • Strong academic background
  • Strong track record of teaching, service and scholarly achievement
  • Demonstrated record of successful artistic, academic and administrative accomplishment in leading an academic community with diversified interests
  • Solid knowledge of current global trends and developments in performing arts education, as well as a strong vision for the School and its role and future development
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of successful outcomes in building productive partnerships with key stakeholders including, tertiary institutions, industry, and community group
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to embrace, lead and manage change whilst able to adapt to the philosophy and practice of the Academy


Appointment will be made on a four-year renewable contract with 15% end of contract gratuity. Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits. Housing subsidy will be provided to the eligible appointee.  . The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%. 


Interested parties should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae to:

Head of Human Resources
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Fax: (852) 2584 8953

The closing date for applications / nominations is 13 January 2018. Please quote reference code ‘D(D)’ on the envelope.  For further details about the Academy, please visit its website at

The Academy reserves the right not to fill the position if no suitable candidate can be identified and the search will continue until the position is filled.  The information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for consideration of the position.

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