Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag: Co-Head of BA Photography

The Royal Academy of Art (Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag) in The Hague is looking for a Co-Head of BA Photography0.6 fte | Vacancy for a Paid position, Parttime | Deadline: 08-02-2021



About the KABK
As a source of development and innovation, we train our students to become confident artists and designers whose drive, depth of understanding and experimental approach make a meaningful contribution both to their chosen field and to society.

Research plays a pivotal role in our curriculum and approach to education. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to actively engage with their environment and challenged to reflect on it through their artwork and design.

We seek to be an active part of society and the professional field, which is why we involve representatives from the world of art and design, as well as the general public, in the Academy in a variety of ways. We also build and maintain relationships with partners from outside the cultural sector, as we have found that these types of partnerships help establish vital links between the academy and society. In addition to encouraging students to produce work as part of their training in research and self-expression, we support them in developing their entrepreneurial skills, as being a professional artist today involves more than the practice of art alone.

Having a strong international focus, the KABK prepares its students for international professional careers. With a student body from approximately 70 different countries, all of our students learn to adopt an international and intercultural mentality and approach.

About the BA Photography
Our BA Photography consists of a full-time and a part-time four-year BA programme enrolling a total of 200 students. The department is run by two co-heads, supported by a study coach, a coordinator and a coordinator part-time-education.

Following the departure of one of the co-heads, we are looking for an approachable

Co-Head of BA Photography

with a cool head and a warm personality

0.6 fte

What will you bring to our programme?

  • You feel closely involved in the KABK community, including students, teachers, and the wider world of the arts. You are aware of trends and developments – not only because you work as an imagemaker or have an established professional record in the field, but also because you engage in dialogue with others. This enables you and your fellow co-head to pursue a clear pathway for the programme, while at the same time keeping up with rapid changes so as to keep the programme relevant, contemporary and socially engaged.
  • You and your fellow co-head are responsible for the content, organization and quality of the curriculum. You can be admirably persistent and a clear communicator and make a point of involving students and teachers in your decisions and their implications. In doing so, you manage to guide and nurture a new generation of photographers, inspire them and challenge them to fully develop their talents.
  • You have a clear vision about international trends and developments in the field and can translate it into a progressive and original curriculum, using your wide network of contacts in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • You like working with others, both within the programme and beyond, because you are interested in new ideas and believe in the exchange of talent and expertise. You also enjoy creating the right alliances to bring about concrete improvements for students, teachers and the KABK.
  • Our programme employs around 50 (mostly part-time) teachers, with guest lecturers regularly joining the permanent staff. You and your fellow co-head will be leading this team by being visible, listening, asking questions and providing room for reflection, and in so doing will help further their educational growth and, by extension, the quality of the programme. You will also have part-time teaching responsibilities.

Our requirements
We expect you to use your experience, knowledge and knack for bringing people together to enrich life within the KABK community. As this is a senior role, we expect you to possess the knowledge and skills corresponding with a master level and to have several years of relevant educational experience alongside practical experience as a photographer. Since we have an international focus and ours is an English-language programme, fluency in English is required, as well as knowledge of the Dutch language is important. We encourage you to apply if you are able to read and understand Dutch and are willing to learn to speak the language.

What can you expect from us?
We offer a multifaceted position at an institution which is in touch with society and focused on the future and where professional development and innovation are encouraged. You will be given the freedom to organize your work in a way that allows you to continue working in the field alongside your responsibilities at the academy.

In first instance we offer a fixed-term contract for one year, with the prospect of a permanent contract. The position is classified as pay scale 13 under the Collective Agreement for Higher Professional Education (CAO HBO). Furthermore, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and a fixed end-of-year bonus of 8.3%; generous holiday leave, part of which is to be taken during school holidays; and good study and development opportunities.

How to apply
Please email your CV and a cover letter, including three references (all in English) by 8 February 2021 to Fenna Hup, Deputy Director of Education: werving@kabk.nl.

If you would like to learn more about the position first, Lotte Sprengers (l.sprengers@kabk.nl), Co-Head of the BA in Photography, will be pleased to provide you with further information.

The selection process will include a presentation on your vision for the future of the field and on how the diversity of our international community of students and teachers can drive innovation.

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For more information about the KABK, visit our website, www.kabk.nl.