College Principal

Job Description

Contractual Hours:  9:00AM – 5:30PM Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, some flexibility required.

About Screen and Film School

Screen and Film School delivers high quality Film and Screen education, in order to train the next generation of creatives, technicians and production professionals. At Screen and Film School we offer a BA (Hons) Filmmaking and a 3rd Year BA Top course, as well as a new BA (Hons) Film Business and Entrepreneurship and a suite of short courses. Additionally, we will continue to further develop our courses in the coming years in order to best satisfy the needs of this evolving industry. Screen and Film School is recognised and supported by industry partners and our courses are delivered by a team of industry professionals who are keen to share their knowledge and experience. The creative outcomes of our students include producing festival winning short films, music promos and documentaries.

Working at Screen and Film School requires both knowledge and experience of the contemporary Film, Screen & TV industry as well as experience within the education sector, to be able to support our students and ensure that they can realise their potential. Screen and Film School works closely with and is supported by its partnership with the BIMM Group. The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, which has colleges in eight cities where creative arts matter and thrive- London, Berlin, Hamburg, Dublin, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. In addition, ICTheatre in Brighton and Manchester, Northern Ballet School and Performer’s College- all leading providers of practical contemporary Performing Arts education, are also a part of the BIMM Group of colleges, offering even greater collaborative opportunities for all students within the group. BIMM is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe and Screen and Film School is proud to be in partnership with this wider group.

Person specification

The post holder should possess valid experience in a management role within education, as well as strong links within the creative industries.  The successful candidate will have a strong commercial understanding and experience of business development, so that they can be a driving force for the School steering it from initial set up and opening phase to full maturity, whilst also looking after the creative and academic progress of all students. They will be a confident and dynamic team leader and be able to fulfil a wide range of duties in order to ensure the continued success of the School. Excellent knowledge of Further and Higher Educational levels as well as a strong understanding of the contemporary Film and Screen industry are essential.  The post holder will be used to working to tight deadlines and ensuring that staff and students alike are able to meet exacting standards of educational excellence. This post reports directly to the Executive Principal, Screen and Film School Birmingham.

Essential criteria 

  • Ability to understand and deal with creative professionals within the context of the film and screen industry and higher education
  • Ability to lead, develop and coordinate a team of full and part time staff successfully
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Strong computer literacy with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Strong Film, Screen, and creative industry links
  • Ability to maintain extensive high-level industry links locally and internationally, and to develop and sustain effective partnerships with the local professional community
  • Strong commercial acumen and business development skills

Key Accountabilities: 

Leadership, Line Management and Business Development 

  • Leadership of all Screen and Film School Birmingham staff through agreed management structures, including Curriculum, Estates, Student Support and Career and Industry Team
  • Line Management of the core team of full-time staff at Screen and Film School Birmingham to include conducting annual and mid-year reviews of all direct reports in line with the Group Appraisal Policy
  • Ensuring the School grows to its potential in an appropriate timeframe by demonstrating strong commercial acumen and understanding of business development
  • Ensuring senior team members conduct regular observations of teaching and learning to ensure quality delivery of teaching in line with current guidelines from OFSTED and The QAA
  • Determining staffing and resourcing requirements to include all Lecturers, Heads of Year and Course Leaders, liaising with the Executive Principal and senior managers to ensure those requirements are met
  • Working with the Executive Principal to develop and deliver regular staff training and development for all core staff and lecturers
  • Supporting and developing more junior members of staff

Curriculum Delivery – the management, delivery and evaluation of all courses at SFS Birmingham

  • Supporting the Executive Principal and Senior Management team in the development and implementation of the School’s academic, strategic and operational policies
  • Ensuring the effective delivery of a defined range of programmes in line with validated partner requirements
  • Attending Senior Management and Academic Board meetings
  • Coordinating and developing appropriate course quality and monitoring processes in-line with Group Policy and that of the QAA and HE partners
  • To continually monitor and evaluate the assessment and examination of programmes of study through an agreed monitoring process and where appropriate to make recommendations for change
  • Working closely with the Head of Education/ of HE/ of FE to ensure that all Heads of Year, Course Leaders and all lecturers are fully aware of, and able to deliver, all areas of the curriculum to the highest possible standard and in line with our ethos
  • Ensuring effective use of resources for Teaching and Learning to include recommendation of lecturers and time tabling to ensure maximum use of facilities
  • Ensuring that all staff cover for absences (depping) is managed well and that all sessions are covered by an appropriately qualified and fully briefed lecturer

Managing Student Data

  • Responsibility for the timely and accurate reporting of all student management information, including attendance, retention, achievement and student extra-curricular engagement, to the agreed criteria, format and schedule
  • Responsibility for the timely and regular monitoring of all student management information to the College Management Group and Senior Management Group, ensuring that all issues are identified, robust action plans are put in place quickly to address them, and their effectiveness is monitored systematically
  • Responsibility for ensuring that formal committee discussions about student management information are minuted accurately and in detail
  • Responsibility for reporting to Academic Board on student management information, any issues arising, and the effectiveness of actions taken to address them
  • Advising the Executive Principal and members of the Executive Management Group as appropriate of all issues pertaining to student management information in a timely manner
  • Responsibility for ensuring that all School staff and lecturers understand their roles and responsibilities in the inputting, collation and reporting of student management information and adhere to the proper use of Group MIS, the identification of any issues, and the development, implementation and monitoring of effective action plans

Monitoring recruitment, retention and achievement and implementation of all aspects of School Quality Assurance and Student Support 

  • Ensuring that the highest standards are met in respect of student punctuality, attendance and engagement – in line with School Policy
  • Ensuring the highest standard of pastoral care for all students in line with School Policy
  • Overseeing the correct handling of all disciplinary matters relating to student conduct, attendance etc.
  • Ensuring that the Group tutorial and student support policy is delivered effectively with access for all students

 Health and Safety

  • Working with the Group Estates and Building Manager and ensuring that all activities comply with College policies and procedures, and health and safety requirements

 We are committed to establishing a culture of inclusivity across Screen & Film School, so that we truly represent the diversity of our students and the creative industries, both in what we teach and how we work.

All posts are subject to Right to Work and DBS checks.