Head of Strings

Job offer:

Job summary
Responsible to: Director
Term: 5 years fixed term contract (first year probationary)
Start date: 27 August 2018
Full-time contract to include 12 hours teaching and the balance in administration
Interviews to take place in December 2017
One or two rounds of interviews shall take place at the panel’s discretion
Job purpose
The position of Faculty Head is designed to facilitate the management of each Academy Faculty to achieve and maintain the highest possible academic, musical and professional standards.
You will lead and develop the RIAM String Faculty strategically and manage all assigned staff in line with RIAM policy. You will also make a significant contribution to the continuous enhancement of the Faculty, thereby ensuring its continued academic, artistic and professional relevance. You will therefore be key in facilitating an excellent student and stakeholder experience across the RIAM’s four educational areas: the part-time students, the full-time students the Local Centre Examination System, and the RIAM Teaching Network.
As a member of the RIAM Board of Studies, you will help drive the academic strategy of the RIAM, in particular contributing to the successful implementation of aims and objectives in the RIAM Strategy 2020.
You will be required to recruit and maintain home and international students as a top priority.
In addition, you will be expected actively to contribute to research and/or other modes of income generation in line with RIAM’s expectations. You will work closely with the Director and staff to ensure the quality of String provision in addition to the effective and efficient coordination and management of the Strings Department. You will build and maintain a strong department through staff recruitment, retention and key master classes.
Working closely with the Director, you will create and facilitate a learning environment where students can fulfil their potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills for both non-professional and professional music training.
You will initiate and maintain high-level contacts with the professions and our partner orchestras in Ireland and will develop and nurture links with our key potential partner organisations (private music teachers, specialist music schools, National Concert Hall, RTE, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland etc.)
You will also be expected to contribute to the management and development of the RIAM as a whole, and will be required to uphold the highest standards of governance, probity and accountability in all aspects of your role.
Operating Environment:
The RIAM offers an exciting, varied and deeply rewarding working environment. You will operate in an academic environment, which may include venues and locations outside of RIAM’s premises.

Framework and Boundaries:
You will be responsible for the implementation of all RIAM policies, ensuring that staff are aware of them and abide by them. You will monitor the implementation of such policies and be responsible for taking any necessary action arising. In particular, there is a high level of accountability for ensuring that effective health and safety practices are embedded in all aspects of the work of the faculty, and that required standards are met.

You will be required to lead and manage a team following a time of significant change within the RIAM and within the sector in Ireland. The requirement is to lead and strengthen the Faculty in terms of quality in all aspects of its operation. You will be expected to contribute to the continuous improvement of the RIAM’s management and academic management systems
The RIAM expects a high level of responsibility and accountability in posts that manage staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
 In addition to the duties listed above, you will be required to:

Treat all colleagues, students and contacts with respect and in accordance with the values of the RIAM
Promote and deliver excellence in services that value all staff and students
Participate in and undertake the RIAM’s Strategic Planning development and delivery
Take responsibility for all Quality Assurance issues within the Faculty
Be responsible for the effective leadership, academic direction and line management of all staff (Part time, Full time, International Visiting Artists and Teaching Fellows) in the interests of raising standards
In relation to the second level department, to foster a positive, enthusiastic and stimulating learning environment for children; provide regular performance opportunities; recognise and nurture a special musical talent; provide junior chamber music opportunities; promote the expectation of excellence (to parents and students) ; encourage communication between parents and teachers in relation to practice requirements, problem areas for students, and annual progress expectations
Deliver principal study teaching, class teaching and coaching up to Master’s/Doctoral levels within the programme curriculum where appropriate
Manage defined budgets for the faculty, under the direction of the Finance Officer and Director
Ensure that appropriate staff development, career review and activity planning procedures are undertaken within the String Department on a continuous and regular basis
Contribute to the development of RIAM’s academic and administrative policies and processes

Be responsible for the creation and implementation of effective learning support materials such as curricula and syllabi
Promote equality and parity of opportunity in and through the curriculum
Ensure that the Faculty’s needs are met in the areas of chamber music and masterclasses, Open Days and Faculty concerts
Contribute to content development in the RIAM Teaching Network and Local Centre Examination System and manage content from your faculty in relation to same
Be responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of the String Faculty in all of its aspects, including liaising with the General Office on admissions, auditions, allocations, timetabling, programme delivery and assessment.
Be responsible for the following tasks associated with examinations: selection of examiners, approval of student programmes, selection of sight-reading where required, regular review of assessment requirements, ensuring that there is an agreed marking standard across all Faculties
Participate as a member of all designated internal and external committees as required
Participate in RIAM events and initiatives as required and within the scope of the role
Regular contact and liaison will also be required with the proposed Head of Artistic Planning and the Ensembles in respect of performance schedules and timetabling.
Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Director
 Health and Safety
As a manager to lead on health and safety at work and to ensure your own safety and that of other persons who may be affected by your work activities
To apply at all times best practice in health and safety. You must safeguard the health and safety of all persons affected by the work activities you supervise at any premises you have control over.
To work in the safe manner in which you have been trained and to advise your line manager of any health and safety issues you become aware of.
To familiarise yourself with the detail of the RIAM’s Policies and procedures and to ensure adherence
Use of equipment and other appliances
To take fullest care in handling, operation and safeguarding of any equipment, vehicles or appliance, used or issued by the RIAM or provided or issued by a third party for individual or collective use in the performance of your duties.

Personal Development
To continuously enhance best practice in your area, undertaking training and Continuous Professional Development as appropriate

Information Technology
To implement security measures to protect against unauthorised access to, alteration or disclosure of information held on computer and to ensure adherence to the principles of the Data Protection Act and appropriate IT policies and procedures.
To undertake any training in the operation of new technologies and associated systems as required.
Knowledge and Experience
Although the under-mentioned qualifications are desirable, equivalent skills and experience may be deemed equally acceptable.

A postgraduate degree level qualification or equivalent professional experience in an appropriate and relevant subject

International/national recognition as an inspirational performer and/or distinguished teacher at the highest level
A track record of success in 3rd level student recruitment
Principal Study teaching experience
Experience of managing staff and budgets
Experience of academic programme management and development
A current profile as a practitioner within the performing arts and/or music education
A high research profile or proven track record in income generation
Evidence of engagement with practice based research.

Knowledge and Skills:
A deep and applied knowledge of contemporary professional practice in performance and contemporary teaching methods in a conservatoire environment
Demonstrable knowledge of the national and international cultural landscape
Demonstrable knowledge of the education sector
Extensive knowledge of the specialist subject area
Knowledge of Quality Assurance systems in Higher Education
Proven ability to deal with complex issues, with excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills

Application process
Please send a one-page cover letter with your CV to Ruth Meehan (ruthmeehan@riam.ie/01 6325310)
Closing Date – Friday 17th November 2017. Interviews will be held between 12th and 14th December.
The role will be offered at the first point of the lecturer scale - €49,247, €51,509, €54,607, €57,121, €65,444, €66,559, €68,416, €70,597, €72,790, €74,966, €77,141, €79,307, €81,459
The Royal Irish Academy of Music is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Description

  • Job type/category: Professor/Teacher/Lecturer
  • Minimal education: MA
  • Minimal experience: 5 Years+ Experience
  • Location(s): Ireland
  • Other location: International travel involved
  • Language requirements: English
  • Other language requirement: None
  • Working language(s): English
  • Other working language: None

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