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Principal Lecturer of Jazz and Tap

Performers College, part of BIMM Institute - Education

Contractual Hours: 4 days per week with contact hours as timetabled. Flexibility to work evenings / weekends will be required.

PERFORMERS COLLEGE is one of the UK’s longest standing and most prestigious specialist training providers of Performing Arts education. Performers College offers a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and Dance, training our students to be innovative and creative triple-threat performers. Students are taught by the highest level industry professionals and undertake an intensive vocational training in all disciplines. Performers College alumni enjoy successful and varied careers in the performing arts industry, and can be seen regularly in West End musicals and plays, national tours, music videos, arena concerts, TV dramas and feature films.


BIMM Institute

Performers College is part of the wider BIMM Institute Group. With over 35 years’ experience helping students launch successful careers in Music, Film and Performing arts and located in some of Europe’s most creative cities - London, Berlin, Dublin, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Hamburg and Birmingham, BIMM Institute is proud to be the largest and leading provider of creative arts education in Europe.

Person Specification

The Principal Lecturer role is essential to ensuring that all aspects of the Jazz & Tap curriculum are delivered in line with educational requirements and the high standards of vocational training at Performers College. This post has a central role in maintaining our national standing as a centre of excellence. The role requires a highly experienced, motivated professional with a strong background in performing arts training.

The successful applicant will work closely with all departments within the College and will report directly to the Head of Education.

This is a senior post, therefore leadership skills, excellent communication, planning, organisational and time management abilities are essential. Your considerable challenge will be to ensure that as the Institution continues to grow, an excellent provision of Contemporary Dance training for students will be maintained to the highest standard.

You will have responsibility for the day-to-day teaching and learning within the Jazz & Tap area of the Performers College BA Musical Theatre & Dance programme. The post holder will have responsibility for managing Associate Lecturers within the Jazz & Tap department, conducting lesson observations and supporting practical delivery and assessment across the department.

You will be passionate about performing arts education and sharing your knowledge to nurture the next generation of industry professionals. You will have a student-centred approach and be committed to helping us create a supportive community, leading from the front ensuring your department lives the values of our college’s inclusive ethos.

Essential Criteria

  • Ideally qualified to degree level or equivalent professional experience in your specialism
  • Made significant contribution to the performing arts industry
  • Strong industry reputation and well connected within your field
  • Relevant teaching experience, with proven track record of success and continued improvement
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to articulate the broad vision to staff, to which they can relate
  • Hold or be willing to gain a safeguarding qualification
  • Dedicated to continuing professional development

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience assessing modules at degree level
  • Management/mentoring experience
  • Masters, PGCert or equivalent
  • Experience of sector-standard software and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

Key Accountabilities:

The post holder will report on a day-to-day basis directly to the Head of Education and will be required to meet the following key accountabilities. These accountabilities are indicative of the roles and responsibilities you will have, however these may change in line with the needs of the college.

  • Planning, preparing and teaching lessons as timetabled; ensuring students are engaged, informed and encouraged to achieve their full potential
  • Ensuring that the quality of teaching within your department meets the required Performers College/BIMM Institute standards; proactively responding to feedback received from the Head of Education and ensuring content and examples are relevant, and that lesson content and materials are regularly refreshed
  • Accurate and timely completion of lesson registers, reporting student absences accurately
  • Ensuring assessments are carried out as directed
  • Marking assessments as directed and in accordance with the Performers College/BIMM Institute guidelines
  • Moderating assessments and examinations as directed
  • Maintaining industry connections to keep knowledge of industry and specialist subjects current and up to date to support your department’s teaching success
  • Providing academic input on existing, new courses and modules as requested
  • Consulting and supporting the Head of Education and College Principal to identify, recommend and help recruit Lecturers and Deputies
  • Sourcing and securing appropriate deputies for classroom teaching when necessary
  • Delivering personal tutorials for students as directed
  • Developing and delivering student experience enhancement initiatives
  • Implementing College policies as detailed in the Staff Handbook
  • Assessing, recording, and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of the students, and providing colleagues with this information where appropriate
  • Working with the Head of Education to promote effective Quality Assurance
  • Providing appropriate guidance and advice to students on academic and pastoral matters, signposting to specialist support from colleagues where appropriate
  • Participating in management meetings which relate to the curriculum, administration or organisation of the College
  • Maintaining good order and discipline among students, safeguarding their well-being and health and safety
  • Supporting the college at public performances and events
  • Being an Ambassador for Performers College at audition days and open days, helping to promote the college and encourage students to study with us

NB: This is not a complete statement of all duties and responsibilities of this post. The post holder may be required to carry out other duties in keeping with the nature of the post as directed by, and agreed with, the Head of Education or College Principal.

We are committed to establishing a culture of inclusivity across BIMM Institute, so that we truly represent the diversity of our students and the creative industries, both in what we teach and how we work.

All posts are subject to Right to Work and DBS checks.

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd June 2022
Closes: 31st July 2022
   
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