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The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) 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. Underpinning this, we believe that our people are our greatest asset and therefore learning and development is a central part of our People Strategy, demonstrating that we are committed to continuous improvement, innovation, and excellence.

The role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Professional Development Advisor to join our central HR team. Reporting to the Head of HR, Culture and Transformation the successful candidate will contribute to the ongoing development of vocational learning, practice, and scholarship within LIPA. The Professional Development Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and delivering support and training for staff who teach or support learning to gain professional recognition from Advance HE. You will be responsible for promoting and quality assuring our Professional Recognition Scheme for the Performing Arts (PReSPA), and act as course leader for our Teaching and Learning in the Performing Arts (TLIPA) course, which is accredited by AdvanceHE. Other duties include:

  • Liaising with AdvanceHE;
  • Preparing formal documentation to ensure accreditation requirements are met;
  • Mentoring and assessing candidates;
  • Chairing assessment panels;
  • Developing material for our Moodle sites for PReSPA and TLIPA;

Alongside these, the role involves supporting learning and development processes across the institution including induction, probation, appraisal, supporting new teachers and planning, delivering, and evaluating training.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in the design, development, co-ordination, and delivery of HE courses and programmes, either as an educational development practitioner or an academic practitioner with a strong interest in the professional development of staff.

You must be confident in working with professional and teaching staff at all levels, build strong partnerships with key stakeholders and look for innovative ways to develop the skills of all our team members. You must hold Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) and ideally be knowledgeable about the Advance HE professional recognition scheme and the UK Professional Standards Framework (2023), have experience of working in Higher Education or similar, and a proven track record in translating learning needs into practical development solutions.

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

This is a fixed term, part-time post to commence from September 2023 to July 2024.

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 8th June 2023

Interviews: Wednesday 21st June 2023

Our commitment to Equal Opportunities

As an equal opportunities 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.

We are committed to working together to create an inclusive environment that offers equitable opportunities for all, pursuing our vision to be a leading vocational training institution.
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 is a registered charity No. 1001565 is committed to diversity and has policies and development programmes in place to promote equality of opportunity. We accordingly welcome applications from both disabled and ethnic minority candidates.