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The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is recognised as a world leading centre of excellence for creative learning and vocational training within the performing arts and creative economies. We enjoy an international and national reputation for the quality of our teaching, our world class facilities and an enviable track record of graduate employment and alumni successes.

This is an exciting time to join us. Led by our new Principal/CEO, we have developed a new strategic plan and are undertaking a major review of our curriculum and developing our submission to achieve university status in our own right through the acquisition of degree awarding powers. Our diverse disciplines and programmes have been restructured into three newly created schools; Creative Technologies, Design & Enterprise, Music, and Performance.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and exceptional individual for the role of Head of Department for Theatre and Performance Design, and Theatre and Production Technology, reporting to the Director of the School of Creative Technologies, Design & Enterprise. The Head of Department will be responsible for the vision and academic leadership for all provision within the subject area. In collaboration with colleagues the postholder will provide leadership in pedagogic innovation, student experience, oversight of the curriculum and contribute to the successful attainment of taught degree awarding powers.

You will play a key role in further developing a professionally active team of colleagues and a focused departmental portfolio which sits at the centre of our significant production output. Alongside your leadership, management, and teaching role at programme level, you will also contribute to operational management and production delivery at an institutional level.

The ideal candidate will have a degree or equivalent qualification and be a subject specialist who combines significant expertise in a relevant discipline with a track record of collaborative leadership and delivering conservatoire level professional training with strong links with the creative industries.

As a new colleague you will join a thriving creative community and learning environment, working with inspiring students and supportive colleagues. The successful applicant will contribute to the ongoing development of vocational learning, practice, and scholarship within LIPA.

In return we offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, generous pension, and holiday entitlements, complimentary tickets to our inhouse productions, and the opportunity to become part of our unique international community of creatives, performers, technicians, managers, and film makers.

This is a permanent post to commence from 4 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date for applications: 12.00 noon on Friday 14 April 2023

Interviews: 4/5 May 2023

Please send your completed application form to 
CVs will not be accepted as we are a Higher Education Institute.

Our Commitment to Equal Opportunities

As an equal opportunity’s employer, LIPA is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

As part of our Strategic Plan for 2023-2026 we are seeking to increase the diversity within our community and would particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those identifying as female, non-binary or trans-gender.

Appointments will always be made on merit.

LIPA - a registered charity No. 1001565.