For September 2018 we are looking to appoint a permanent, inspirational Director of Theatre responsible for the leadership and implementation of the programme of productions and extra-curricular drama activities at the College. The successful candidate should be able to teach up to GCSE, Higher and A-level Drama and be registered or eligible to be registered with GTC Scotland. For one year only, due to maternity cover, the successful applicant will be required to undertake the role as Head of Academic Drama)
Founded in 1847 by William Gladstone and others, Glenalmond College is a fully co-educational boarding and day school, set in the stunning Perthshire countryside and enjoying magnificent grounds of over 300 acres in an unrivalled setting at the foot of the Grampian hills. There are currently around 400 pupils at Glenalmond between the ages of 12 and 18. The principal point of entry is at 13 but we have a small Second Form group which is geared towards those transferring at 12 from the Scottish primary system. There are presently five boys' boarding houses and three girls' houses, of which one is a year group house.
The School has excellent academic and extra-mural facilities. In addition to cricket, rugby and lacrosse pitches , there are tennis courts, squash courts, a grass athletics track and a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a sports hall and an all-weather playing surface. The Robin Thomson Theatre building is the venue for our drama and musical productions. The School has a strong CCF contingent, an outstanding Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and a Community Service programme which operates locally on a regular basis.
Drama is a very important part of school life, and many parents, pupils and staff are struck by how seriously Glenalmond approaches performance in all its forms. Indeed, many pupils cite the standard of Drama at Glenalmond as one of the reasons they chose the school. The department is a very busy one both academically and in the co-curricular sphere. Glenalmond took a new work, “Everest Calling” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2017. The drama department puts on as much theatre as possible. There is one School Play for the Upper School to audition for each year, and one for the Junior School. As well as the main school plays and musicals, there is a House Drama competition which has in recent years become a short film competition. Pupils have directed their own plays, and involved other members of the school in productions in addition to these shows.
The Director of Theatre will work closely with the Head of Academic Drama, who will have line management responsibilities for the teaching element of the role. The line manager for The Director of Theatre’s extra curricular responsibilities will be the Deputy Head - Curriculum and Staffing.
The department is housed in a distinct area with theatre (flexible seating up to 300 seats), Drama classroom, a departmental office, technical stores and various overflow spaces which are used for group practical work.
Recent productions include; Senior Plays - Les Miserables - Oh What a Lovely War! - Cabaret - Jesus Christ Superstar including Gala production at the Perth Concert Hall - Everest Calling (new work) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - The Addams Family Musical. Junior Plays - Oliver! - All the Coll's a Stage(promenade) - Bugsy Malone - Bloody Bard (promenade) - Animal Farm.
Personal and Professional Qualities Sought
- A proven track record of excellence in the delivery of Drama, who will be able to work collaboratively and productively with staff from the other performing arts disciplines when required
- Qualified teacher of Drama with a passion for the subject
- Whilst not essential, a willingness and an ability, to teach other subjects e.g. English/PSHCE.
- Professional theatre training and / or experience is desirable
- Creative directing ability
- Ability to lead and inspire others
- Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and listening skills
- Excellent planning and organisational skills
- An in-depth understanding of life in a Boarding School
- Demonstrable experience of pastoral care provision
- Ability to represent the school to parents and external agencies and to professional bodies
- A willingness to embrace continual, personal professional development
The Role - Director of Theatre
- Develop and provide strategic planning for Drama provision which incorporates the pursuit of excellence, aspiration and participation, whilst supporting the overall strategic objectives of the College
- To inspire and lead in order that all pupils are motivated and are given opportunities to develop their creative talents in a positive, innovative and effective working environment
- Plan a diverse annual programme of performances and drama events
- Oversee the management of budgetary requirements of the performance budget, ensuring the school pursues value for money solutions to the needs of the pupils and aims and objectives of the school, liaising with the Bursar as appropriate
- Submit an extra curricular Drama Improvement Plan
- Responsible for entering candidates for Lamda examinations or similar qualifications
- Attend Calendar meetings as required
- Assist in communicating pupil achievements and results in assemblies, end of term notes and / or information required for marketing purposes
- Develop and manage effective links with partner organisations, outside agencies and the community, representing the College appropriately as required
- Ensure the school Health & Safety policy requirements are implemented at all times
- Participate fully in the culture of the school which will include pastoral duties, boarding house duties, form tutor duties, extra-curricular responsibilities and other school duties
- A willingness to be committed to a boarding school ethos essential, the successful applicant will be expected to take a tutor group and to assist with evening duties in a boarding house, normally one evening per week.
Head of Academic Drama Role (One Year Only - Maternity Cover)
- Develop and provide strategic planning for academic Drama provision which incorporates the pursuit of excellence, aspiration and participation, whilst supporting the overall strategic objectives of the College
- To allocate the teaching timetables for all members of the Drama department.
- To take responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning in Drama within and beyond the curriculum, including being available in August to provide guidance to pupils regarding their public examination results
- Responsible for all aspects of internal and external examination entries
- Responsible for the writing and delivery of schemes of work and curriculum plans with schemes of work being regularly revised
- To mark and report upon any entrance examinations for prospective pupils.
- Conduct academic Professional Review meetings for all members of the Drama Department.
- Oversee the management of budgetary requirements of the academic budget, ensuring the school pursues value for money solutions to the needs of the pupils and aims and objectives of the school, liaising with the Bursar as appropriate
- Submit an annual Academic Drama Improvement Plan and update the Drama Department’s handbook.
The College has its own pay scale and accommodation will be available as part of the role. We can offer you a competitive salary, complimentary refreshments during hours of work, a good working environment as part of a close-knit team and the possibility of opportunities for the role to grow. Fee concessions are available for staff children who attend Glenalmond and there are various reciprocal arrangements with local Prep schools.
Applications for the post
Glenalmond is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children: applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers/Disclosure Scotland at enhanced level. Appointments will be conditional on references acceptable to the College and sight of original qualification certificates.
All applications must be made on the College Application Form. Please also include a covering letter outlining your suitability for this position.
Detailed information about Glenalmond, together with a copy of this job description and an application form, can be found at https://www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/
Please return completed applications either by post (marked Private & Confidential) to:
The HR Manager, Glenalmond College, Perth, PH1 3RY or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for this post is Friday 20 April 2018 with interviews scheduled from 23 April 2018 although we reserve the right to interview and appoint at any time in the recruitment process.