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Many thanks for your interest in working at LIPA Sixth Form College.

The LIPA Sixth Form College is a Free School for 16-18 year olds, funded by the Department for Education, and open to students from Liverpool, the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

We offer UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diplomas courses in a range of creative and performing arts disciplines, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. We opened in September 2016, and in 2019, we were judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Inspired by the purpose and achievements of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the College is one of a handful of further education providers in England to focus on the creative and performing arts.

Please note all applicants must have the right to work in the UK as we are unable to offer Visa sponsorship.

We do not accept CVs.

LIPA MAT is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

Current Vacancies

Director of Education | LIPA Learning Group

The LIPA Learning Group is an innovative and inclusive unique centre of excellence for compulsory age learning and professional vocational training within the performing arts and creative economies. Ranging from primary school through to postgraduate study, the LIPA Learning Group develops learners and graduates in readiness to respond to the evolving needs of the contemporary world and the creative industries. 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. Aligning with our vision and values, our ambitious strategic plan focusses on the core themes of Excellence, Equity, Environment, Empowerment, Employability and Entrepreneurship.

This is an exciting time in our evolution as we embark upon acquiring degree awarding powers, expand our portfolio of degree programmes, and develop and enhance the provision across our Multi Academy Trust and continue to focus upon and invest in the delivery of a world leading creative learning environment.

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional and experienced individual to the newly created position of Director of Education for the LIPA Learning Group, reporting to the Principal/CEO as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for LIPA HE and as the executive lead and accounting officer of the LIPA Multi Academy Trust. The Director of Education will be ultimately responsible for the success of the Trust and provide strategic cohesion and operational connectivity of the curriculum and student/pupil experience across the LIPA Learning Group.

The Director of Education will contribute to the ongoing development of creative learning, innovative practice, and impactful scholarship across the LIPA Learning Group. You will uphold and actively support our vision and purpose and have a deep personal and professional commitment to equity and diversity, demonstrating an inclusive leadership style that nurtures feelings of belonging throughout the community in alignment with the vision, purpose, and values of LIPA.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in a performing arts related subject, postgraduate qualification(s) / PhD in education related areas, hold QTS status and Principal or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and/or National Teaching Fellow. You will be a dynamic, inspiring, and well-connected leader. Experience of leadership in a Higher Education setting is essential, with a track record of providing strategic and visionary direction in the development of a cross-institutional portfolio. You will have strong organisational and communication skills, a flexible and innovative approach to teaching, ability to work to deadlines, and competency in generic IT systems, e.g. Office 365.

As a new colleague, you will join a thriving creative community and learning environment, working with inspiring pupils/students and supportive colleagues. 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 4th September 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date for applications: Monday 19th August 2024 at 12 noon.
Interviews: Thursday 5th September 2024.

CV’s will not be accepted as we are a Higher Education Institute. Candidates should include their salary expectations for the role in their application.

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 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.

LIPA Multi Academy Trust – company No. 08825752.

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