Programme Leader: Music

Job Description

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<lightning-formatted-text data-output-element-id="output-field" slot="outputField">The newly established dBs Institute – Manchester Centre at New Century has an exciting opportunity for a Programme Leader in Music to join a fresh and dynamic management and teaching team.

Working closely with the relative module leaders and the Head of Centre, you will be responsible for academic leadership, management, coordination, communication, assessment and quality of programme(s).

You will also have module leadership and teaching and assessment responsibilities for students on programmes and will be required to support the delivery of programmes as a whole.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop their academic career in a small and friendly environment, whilst utilising strong student support and employer engagement skills to drive a key area of growth for the centre.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to grow, both academically and professionally while working with a team of dedicated professionals who will support and encourage career development. This will include mentorship, research support and guidance towards achieving HEA fellowship.

About You

This role would suit a seasoned Subject Specialist, Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer or existing Programme/ Course Leader in Music Production with an excellent track record of learning and teaching, student achievement, retention, progression and/or quality.

You will strive to be an ambitious and enthusiastic academic leader, you will have the vision, in-sight, commitment, and skills to further develop, deliver and promote the courses within the role's remit. Your passion will be to create new and exciting student experiences and you will aim to deliver programme(s) using appropriate teaching and learning and assessment methods, monitor student progression and retention and effect any necessary modifications to curriculum whilst championing growth within programme proposals.

You will also ensure the effective planning and support for students, management and quality review of the programme(s), adhering to specified monitoring and evaluation procedures, communicating and responding to feedback from students, external examiners, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and industry.

Qualifications/Experience (essential):

Good honours degree in relevant subject area (ie. at 2.1 or First level)
Excellent Music portfolio or Educational Experience with a particular focus on the delivery of content, assessment and quality activities.
Previous experience of lecturing in a Higher Education institution
Excellent subject-specific/academic background, industry experience and/or profile as a creative practitioner, industry professional and/or researcher in Music related-disciplines.
Excellent teacher/ lecturer who puts inclusivity, student experience and quality at the heart of their practice.
Strong, high-quality portfolio demonstrating varied abilities commensurate with the role.

Qualifications/Experience (desirable):

Master’s degree (or equivalent) and capacity to register for doctoral study/ or research if needed
Completed, or commitment to complete, a relevant teaching qualification such as Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or PGCHE
Previous experience of management in a Higher Education institution or equivalent
Previous experience of leading Programmes/ Courses
An understanding of the issues pertaining to widening access and participation
Experience of teaching Music within an HE environment
Experience of module leadership, leading the development, design, delivery and assessment of modules and courses at various levels.
Experience of curriculum development, course management and implementing quality assurance and enhancement processes across awards.
Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate projects, HE mentorship, academic support or coaching experience
Experience of staff management in particular, peer observations, performance reviews, appraisals and disciplinaries
A demonstrable commitment to scholarship, research and/or innovation.

Other Duties include:

Developing innovative learning and teaching strategies including digital materials and hybrid learning to promote an inclusive learning environment
Supervising and assisting staff with module leadership, moderation, teaching, assessment and quality activities.
Assisting students with individual practice projects and technical skills development.
Scheduling assessment feedback opportunities for portfolio development and employability
Championing student representatives and ambassadors and actively engaging them to sup-port programme activities, programme committees, assessment boards, marketing and events activities
Allocating and supporting student access to a personal tutor/ mentor/ pastoral support/ academic support or other personal/ pastoral activities
Responsibility for the end of year showcase event and awards for undergraduate programme(s).

We are looking to hear from candidates who have the following skills/experience:

Excellent subject-specific background, industry experience and profile as a creative practitioner, industry professional and/or researcher in music and sound related disciplines
Excellent teacher/ lecturer who puts inclusivity, student experience and quality at the heart of their practice.
Excellent skills in communication, organisation, management, team building and evidence of enhancing student educational experience and outcomes.
Advocate for the disciplines, promoting the courses to prospective students, parents and teachers, both regionally and nationally.
Ability to work closely with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, external bodies and national organisations bringing and building diverse voices into our student experience and ensuring the support we give our students is culturally competent.
Ambition to equip students with the social and cultural capital that will allow them to confidently grasp graduate-level opportunities, challenges and employment.
A collaborative and collegiate approach to leadership and teamworking is an essential attribute for this role, which will require working closely with colleagues from other courses and departments.

For further details on the skills/experience required for this role, please see the full job description and person specification.

Why work for us

dBs is part of the Access Creative College wider group having been acquired by ACC in 2021.

dBs was established in 1998 and pride themselves on having built a dedicated community of students, alumni and staff upon their beliefs.

At dBs we believe sound is powerful, people tend to think of sound as intangible. There one moment, gone the next, sound leaves no traces, and so its influence is often underestimated. At dBs, we see things differently. We’ve witnessed the power of sound to transform lives and unite communities. To move people, both physically and emotionally, and bring out the potential in the most unlikely of students. The way we believe sound is a powerful force, and one that should be leveraged for good. We’ve built a dedicated community of students, alumni and staff upon this belief. Spread across our centres in Bristol and Plymouth, we are diverse in nature but all connected by one thing. We are driven by sound.

Working for dBs means working with colleagues who are talented, hard-working, dedicated and fun people so that we can give our students the best experience possible.

Salary: £18,000 to £19,500 per annum
Hours: 18.75 hours per week
Benefits: Access Creative College / dBs also offers competitive remuneration and other job benefits dependent on role such as: Enhanced holiday / annual leave Enhanced maternity / paternity / adoption pay Sabbatical leave Employee Assistance Programme Employee Recognition Awards Teacher training which is transferable throughout the FE Sector

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