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Director of Performing Arts

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  • Contract: Fixed Term
  • Closing date for applications: 05 January 2018

Director of Performing Arts

Job Reference : 03933

Location : La Côte International School, Aubonne, Switzerland

Closing Date : 05/01/2018

Department : Teaching

Hours Per week : Not Specified


The School

It is our aim at LCIS to give the children in our care a full and exciting school experience. We want the students to maximise their potential; to achieve more than they thought possible. Students will be encouraged to explore new disciplines, skills and interests; to give everything a try and in doing so learn to take risks and to risk failure. It is our belief that in doing this we are enabling them to find their passion and that ‘thing’ that really makes them tick, which will in turn support everything else that they do. At LCIS, we will ensure that students are able to do this, knowing they are in a safe and secure environment.



From 2015 Nord Anglia Education entered into a highly successful collaboration with The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York. This collaboration has generated a curriculum designed to give our students a deep engagement with music, dance and drama. LCIS was chosen as a pilot school for the Music curriculum and from September 2018 will introduce the Dance curriculum. For more information see


Leadership Responsibilities
• To create and develop a positive team atmosphere
• To lead team members through Nord Anglia’s appraisal system and Ambitious Performance Tracker (APT)
• To coach, mentor and provide professional support to all departmental staff to ensure that they are the best they can be
• To encourage staff to keep up-to-date with, and share information on, advances in music practice and methodology
• Promote the use of Nord Anglia University to enhance professional development
• To provide curriculum leadership for Performing Arts and ensure a written curriculum is implemented and reviewed throughout the School
• To drive excellent standards of provision both on stage and in all School performances
• To ensure the department maintains the highest possible standards of teaching and learning
• To lead and inspire both Performing Arts teachers and peripatetic staff 


Duties and Responsibilities
◦ To be an ambassador of the school at all times
◦ To promote participation and enjoyment of Performing Arts so that it becomes a noticeable feature of the school
◦ To develop strategic plans for the department
◦ To manage the operation of the Performing Arts department and ensure budgets are effectively managed
◦ To extend the opportunities for musicians and dramatists beyond the school day
◦ To lead by example in all areas of school life and to be a powerful role model for colleagues, as an outstanding practitioner
◦ To carry out reasonable professional requests made by the Principal or Head of Secondary School
◦ To meet all additional teaching and pastoral responsibilities, as outlined in the Teacher’s Job Description
◦ To promote, through collaboration, a school culture of permanent improvement in order to raise standards of achievement at all levels


◦ To promote pride in the school amongst the pupil body through high standards of dress, behaviour and commitment
◦ To establish a safe and attractive learning environment for all students
◦ To alert appropriate staff to students’ pastoral problems and offer solutions wherever possible
◦ To effectively communicate pastoral issues effectively with parents, liaising with staff as appropriate


Extra-Curricular Activities
◦ To plan an enrichment programme that provides music and performance opportunities beyond the classroom
◦ To manage the instrumental teaching and create links with an instrumental examination centre
◦ To look for opportunities to promote music and performance during events, assemblies and within the wider community
◦ To introduce Trinity examinations, or equivalent, in Speech and Drama


Tracking and Monitoring
◦ To ensure that all students reach their potential through enthusiastic and personalised provision, with rigorous record keeping and follow-up
◦ Make effective use of formative and summative assessment to provide challenging learning opportunities for all
◦ Monitor music and performance attainment and progress in line with agreed NAE/Julliard assessments
◦ To track and monitor performance, in relation to academic performance, outcomes and engagement with school and follow through with staff and parents accordingly


◦ To be aware of and act upon all policies regarding the safeguarding of children
◦ To liaise with the SLT, be familiar with the policies on Health and Safety and be proactive in ensuring the safety of all members of the school community at all times



◦ A good Honours Degree - Essential
◦ A certified teaching qualification - Essential
◦ A Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM (or equivalent) diploma - Essential

Experience / Knowledge

◦ A distinguished record of teaching and middle/senior management experience - Essential
◦ A strong record of professional development - Essential
◦ At least four years teaching experience - Essential

Personal Attributes/Skills
◦ Enthusiastic and passionate about music and performance education with a sound understanding of best practice - Essential
◦ Flexible and adaptable to the varied demands of working in an international school - Essential
◦ Proactive in all aspects of school life through participation and support - Essential
◦ Able to develop and foster teamwork - Essential
◦ Exceptional organiser and administrator with the ability to delegate and empower colleagues - Essential
◦ Able to think strategically and plan for development - Essential
◦ Creative and innovative with an eye for detail and a determination to see tasks through from beginning to end - Essential
◦ Experienced in successfully directing both musicals and plays - Essential
◦ Talented communicator, both orally and in writing - Essential
◦ Able to work successfully under pressure - Essential
◦ Reliable and respectful at all times - Essential
◦H as a positive and proactive attitude towards participation with CPD and the school’s APT (Ambitious Performance Tracker) and appraisal processes - Essential
◦ Able to present a professional image in line with the high expectations of LCIS - Essential
◦ Confident and competent user of IT in the classroom and for administrative purposes - Essential


Visa requirements for working in Switzerland – the successful candidate must be an EU citizen or hold a valid Swiss Permit B or C.

Background checking -  all post holders are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.