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CDET publishes a list of current job vacancies in dance, drama and musical theatre below.  Supporting the performers, teachers, students and arts’ managers of tomorrow, we will always strive to ensure that guidance on career development and work opportunities remains at the forefront of planning and advancement in the industry.

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ISTD- Artistic Executive

The ISTD, is now seeking an experienced Artistic Executive to take a key role, working in close collaboration with the CEO, in leading and realising the ISTD's vision, national and international development strategy and in strengthening the organisation's portfolio of education, training and professional development provision.

With over 7,000 members in more than 75 countries and a history in dance education and standards, the ISTD Artistic Executive is in a prime position to make a difference in the world of dance education.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards, a registered educational charity which covers the wide spectrum of dance genres in it’s 12 Faculties. It support and trains its members through a wide variety of courses, teaching syllabi, CPD and techniques.


Job Title: Artistic Executive
Responsible to: Chief Executive
Also reports to the Board; specifically on Artistic matters
To Oversee: Education & Training
UK & International Examinations
Theatre & Dancesport Faculties
Quality Assurance in relation to ISTD syllabi, teaching, learning and examination standards

Main Purpose: Holds the artistic overview of all Dance related aspects of ISTD’s activities, programmes and operations, proactively driving forward the work of the ISTD artistic direction, specifically with reference to the Strategic Plan, with existing and new partners, stakeholders and policy makers nationally and internationally.

The Artistic Executive’s responsibilities will be to:

• Work with the CEO to realise the vision and the strategic plan of the ISTD.
• Lead on the artistic vision of the Society in close collaboration with the CEO and the Board.
• Keep abreast of the development of the dance industry and work in collaboration with the Faculties to ensure relevance of training.
• Be the public face of the ISTD and represent the ISTD in public arenas, at conferences and events.
• Deputise for the CEO in his absence.
• Contribute to the strategic planning process and its implementation.
• Develop and promote the ISTD’s work nationally and internationally.
• Initiate and develop national and international creative and business partnerships in order to enhance the activities of the ISTD.
• Support and develop the ISTD membership, teachers and examiners worldwide.
• Create and develop a strong positive and open working environment and cultural ethos which supports best practice and communication.
• Ensure an ongoing awareness of external factors, industry developments and best practice in dance, policy, education and dancers’ health.
Take full and active part in the senior management of the organisation including budgeting, line management, appraisals and regulatory requirements.
• In consultation with Faculty Chairs/Specialists, Head of Department and other senior Management:-
• Oversee and ensure effective syllabi development consistent with relevant legal and regulatory framework, ISTD strategy and industry best practice.
• Oversee and ensure the provision of high quality opportunities for appropriate qualifications and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Faculty Chairs, Members, Examiners and Dance teachers.
• Promote inclusivity and diversity within ISTD and all its work.
• Work to protect and enhance the currency and viability of all dance genres under the ISTD umbrella.


The successful candidate will have the following experience and competencies

• Clear understanding of the diversity of the dance industry, understanding a range of dance disciplines/styles; especially those within the ISTD’s Faculties.
• Excellent knowledge of the requirements of high quality practical dance teaching, learning and dance teacher training.
• Experience in representing an organisation at the a highest level at and the ability to articulate and discuss artistic matters.
• Be a strategic thinker who can oversee the making and delivering of projects of quality and excellence.
• Experience in effective performance management supporting high quality, customer focussed and timely service delivery.
• Experience of positive and effective working with internal and external stakeholders.
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills to support effective decision-making.
• Understanding of the requirements of regulatory frameworks, and best practice affecting charitable and educational organisations.
• Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills, with the ability to influence, motivate and build consensus.
• Track record of successfully managing staff and effective performance management.
• An attitude of personal responsibility and accountability and a flexible, positive attitude towards the workplace.
• Financial planning and/or management.

• Post graduate level dance qualification in teaching, performance or choreographic practice or dance studies or equivalent experience in the dance sector
• Understanding of the international dance industry and its cultural and educational differences to the UK context
• Experience of working within examination boards
• Understanding of the requirements of regulatory frameworks and experience of developing syllabi, examinations and CPD for teachers and/or examiners in compliance with regulations.
• Experience of managing change.
• Experience of working in a charitable, not-for-profit organisation and have an understanding of best practice affecting charitable and educational organisations
• An understanding and/or experience of budgeting.
• Ability to lead and support teams effectively.
• Ability to be part of the team and to be led by others as appropriate.
• Ability to give informed and constructive feedback to artists.
• Understanding of sound human resource practices.
• Effective communications skills.
• Good time management, planning and organisational skills.
This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of this position. It is neither wholly comprehensive nor restrictive.



Please attach your CV and ensure that your application letter/message details how your experience relates to the requirements in the JS.

Full time Salary - dependant on experience

Closing date 24th February 2017

Interviews will be conducted on 9th and 10th March. You will be required to make a presentation of 5-10 minutes on “How do you see the ISTD’s vision and global development strategy in the next 5 years" on 9th March and attend an interview on 10th March. You will be informed of the time slots for the presentation and the interview.

If you require any further information please contact Henrietta Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..