Director of Education & Enterprise (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to:
Executive Director

Contract: Maternity Cover (Fixed Term Contract) - Part Time / 3 Days per week

Located: 19- 22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG and other venues as required

This is a senior role at the Royal Drawing School. Working closely with the Artistic and Executive Directors, and serving as a member of the School's senior leadership team to oversee the School’s adult education programmes and commercial activity. Responsibilities of the Director of Education & Enterprise will include oversight of The Drawing Year, Public and Alumni programmes, and the development of revenue generating projects.

Job Purpose

  • To develop The Drawing Year’s reputation for excellence and ensure it remains relevant to high quality artists; to oversee the effective delivery of the programme, ensuring high quality tuition from a diverse faculty, student support and course administration
  • To deliver a rich programme of public courses that is accessible to the widest possible constituency in accordance with the School's charitable mission and within agreed financial parameters
  • To recruit high calibre students from a wide range of backgrounds and target institutions for The Drawing Year and the Public Programme
  • To contribute to the content, curriculum and delivery of all of the School’s educational programmes
  • Foster and promote, productive relationships between the School and its faculty of self-employed tutors.
  • To generate income in support of the School’s financial model
  • To raise awareness of the School and its mission
  • To raise the profile of the School as a specialist educational resource

Key Outcomes

  • A high level of student satisfaction
  • Alumni success
  • The number of students attending public courses and the occupancy of individual classes
  • The net financial contribution (fee income less direct costs) of public courses
  • The number and quality of students applying to the School's Drawing Year and Foundation Year programmes
  • The School's reputation as a specialist teaching resource within the landscape of UK art education
  • The School’s engagement with external (including overseas) partners to help raise awareness and profile of the School’s work
  • The maintenance and development of excellent working relations with key external stakeholders and opinion formers in the art world, education and media

Principal Responsibilities

Public Courses

  • Work with the Artistic Director to curate a rich curriculum of public courses across the School’s venues.
  • Oversee and engage the School’s faculty of c.85 self-employed tutors in respect of the organisation, delivery and management of its public courses, acting as the School's principal point of contact with its faculty of self-employed tutors.
  • Oversee the implementation of all aspects of the School's termly programme of public courses, to be characterized by consistently excellent customer service for its 600 plus students and effective  operational support, across all aspects of the programme.
  • Deliver agreed targets for fee income and expenditure budgets.

The Drawing Year, Postgraduate Programme

  • Work with the Artistic Director and The Drawing Year Manager in contributing to the content and curriculum of The Drawing Year to ensure its continuing excellence and relevance to the needs of students
  • Oversee the effective delivery and administration of the course, with a high level of student satisfaction (30 apporx students)
  • Maintain a high level of awareness of the place of drawing in UK art education, and an up to date understanding of the accreditation framework relating to higher education
  • Ensure that the School’s External Assessment Board responsible for evaluating the School’s programmes of study and/or students’ work, are supported in the delivery of their terms of reference.
  • Responsible for the annual recruitment strategy to ensure a good number of high quality students from target institutions, backgrounds and disciplines
  • Promote excellent relationships with the HE institutions from which Drawing Year students are drawn


  • Foster a supportive, inclusive community for alumni. Oversee the Alumni programme, implementing exhibitions, awards, commissions and opportunities. Invest in and support teaching opportunities for alumni, building the next generation of artists who can teach drawing. 
  • Ensure the success of the alumni is shared to help build the School’s reputation

Planning and Strategy

  • Feed in commercial and creative input to the Senior Leadership Team, developing new strategies in support of the School’s mission
  • Work with the Head of Development and appointed consultants on implementing strategies for budget relieving commercial sponsorship, partnerships and events
  • Maintain an entrepreneurial outlook in developing and implementing activity for the School to extend its work to new audiences and/or generate income

Finance and Reporting

  • Prepare reports for the School's trustees and academic board; attend such meetings as required.
  • Act as budget-holder for the areas of activity falling within the remit of the post.
  • Support the implementation of the School's fundraising strategy by facilitating successful donor engagement with alumni, students and their work.


  • Work in a collegiate and supportive manner with colleagues, and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, to promote the wider interests of the School.
  • Promote the consistent application of the School's policies and procedures relating to health and safety, equal opportunities, child protection and data protection.
  • Ensure the Artistic Director is kept fully informed of all matters affecting the quality and reputation of the School
  • Act as line manager to staff falling under the remit of this post.

Person Spec

Work and Education

  • 10 years plus experience in similar field (art school, university, school, gallery or museum education programme management, ideally with Senior Leadership experience or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of managing teachers/artists
  • Excellent experience of managing several teams/departments and driving projects forward
  • Experience of managing multiple venues/sights
  • Proven track record of budget management
  • Experience of pastoral care/student support
  • Good understanding of Safeguarding Adults, Health & Safety and GDPR

Background/ Knowledge

  • In-depth knowledge of the UK art education landscape
  • Good knowledge of art history and contemporary artists


  • Ability to manage a large team
  • Strong management and leadership skills - Excellent project manager
  • Excellent budget management
  • Contract management


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Adaptable, flexible approach
  • Experienced negotiator 
  • Unflappable, patient, supportive
  • Self-driven and motivational team leader
  • Diplomacy
  • Creative and imaginative thinker
  • Meticulous thinker – attention to detail

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced education/art organisation manager/department head/director looking for a temporary role at the UK’s leading small art school. Competitive salary depending on experience. 

Maternity Cover (Fixed Term Contract) (6 - 10 months). 
Start date flexible, Sept/ Oct 2019 ideal but could start later depending on candidate. Contract to end July 2020.

To apply: Submit CV & covering letter of no more than 250 words to:
Deadline: 1st September (midnight)

Due to the high volume of applications received, if you haven’t heard from us within 2-3 weeks of the closing date, please assume on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful. Thank you for your interest in the Royal Drawing School.