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Programme Director

While this post is being advertised as a full-time position, we are also interested in considering candidates on a part-time or consultancy basis with the role progressing to a full-time permanent position at an agreed point.

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please contact Cecily Hennessy, Director of Studies at

Christie's Education was founded in 1978 and is owned by the Christie's International Plc (Christie's). It is the world's leading in-house higher education institution. We have campuses in New York and London. In London our degrees are awarded through the Open University.

We now have an opportunity for a specialist in art history/object-based study/curating/arts management to join our London team.

You will have substantial experience of working in higher education/the art world, preferably with a PhD or equivalent internationally-recognised record of achievement in a relevant discipline. You will take a lead role in collaboration with the Director of Studies and other members of staff in the development and validation of a specialist art studies MA to complement our highly successful MSc in Art, Law and Business. In addition, you will act as an ambassador to the programme in the period prior to its launch and build on our contacts and partnerships to support the programme, including collaboration with specialists in the Auction House (although no prior auction house experience is necessary).

You will have a research specialisation and publishing record in any area of art history or museum/curatorial studies including, but not limited to, Modern and Contemporary art.

Excellent communication skills combined with the ability to work effectively as part of a cooperative team are essential for this position.

Christie’s Education (CE) is validated regionally by the Open University to provide opportunities for Master’s level programmes. It also provides continuing education opportunities on location and online.
The purpose of this role is to develop, manage, teach and co-ordinate all aspects of a Master’s programme of Study.

Key Responsibilities 

Planning and Programme Development 
In collaboration with teaching and managerial colleagues, determine the strategic objectives of the programme and develop and plan course content, teaching methods and materials, and assessment and examination methods.
Take a lead role with support from colleagues in preparing materials for relevant validation and accreditation bodies and participating in the validation process.

Programme Delivery 
Oversee content delivery of classes and seminars by the lecturers (internal and external), ensuring that the content is commensurate with relevant course aims, curricula and intended learning outcomes
Lecture, teach and supervise students 
Monitor and update the course timetable 
Support CE continuing education programmes if requested.

Assessment, Feedback and Support 
Supervise the assessment of student work including giving appropriate feedback for improvement
Provide a structured and timely framework for marking, returning and commenting on student work
Provide support and advice to students on academic, personal and career matters including support on thesis preparation
Collaborate with faculty and administration to provide pastoral care and support to students

Lead the programme team, setting the expectations and managing performance
Conduct annual performance reviews, supporting members of the programme team to develop their full potential, establishing a culture of continuous improvement 
Maintain professional and academic standards of communication, personal presentation and behaviour, in accordance with the relevant quality assurance benchmarks and CE policies and procedures
Manage relationships with external lecturers. 

Developing Relationships 
Support Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing to enhance admissions across all courses
Contribute to alumni and professional development events and initiatives 
Represent CE professionally at conferences and other academic events. 

Effective Reporting 
Maintain files and record marks and attendance to the standards set by CE 
Serve on Committees as required
Ensure that all compliance and oversight standards are met. 

Team work 
Oversee the daily staffing of the programme and fully communicate with support staff
Conduct regular team meetings and maintain a record of actions
Cascade management information with programme team and pass relevant information back to the senior management as appropriate

Key Performance Indicators 
Excellent record of student academic progression and high levels of attainment
Strong employment outcomes for graduates across the art world, both institutional and commercial
Excellent academic reputation of faculty and peer recognition in the academic world
Strong and viable application pipeline 
Leadership in managing a motivated and committed programme team
Production of high quality research and academic publications and maintenance of  a respected academic profile
Ensure accurate and appropriate outcomes are recorded
Professional standards of dress and other behaviours of presentation and communication. 

Skills and Experience 
PhD or equivalent internationally recognised record of achievement in relevant discipline
Extensive course management and teaching experience within an accredited institution
Published research in a relevant field
Established knowledge and reputation in the relevant field
Leadership qualities demonstrated though interaction with the public and with staff and students using exceptional communication skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organisational skills, including course documentation
Developed understanding of social media and how they can be utilised in academia to broaden engagement with students and as a learning tool, and a willingness to engage with new technology
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel & PowerPoint.


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