Scenic Art Tutor
Central Production Unit
Fixed-Term (12 months)
Part Time (0.9FTE)
Salary Scale: £25,297 – £31,078
We are: looking to appoint an experienced Scenic Art Tutor to work as part of the team within the Conservatoire’s Central Production Unit.
You will: Hold an appropriate professional or craft qualification and possess significant relevant industry experience with previous experience of mentoring or tutoring within the craft specialism. You will have excellent communication skills and have knowledge of the professional production process. Knowledge of contemporary professional practice is also essential to this role.
You should: hold an appropriate professional qualification and/ or possess significant relevant industry experience.
If you would like to apply for the Scenic Art Tutor role, please complete our online application form which can be found here; RCS Online Application Form
Closing date for applications: Monday 26th July 2021 by 12pm
Job Title Scenic Art Tutor
School/Department Central Production Unit (CPU)
Job Holder VACANT
Responsible to Head of Technical Production
Date July 2021
1. Job Purpose
You will be responsible to the Head of Technical Production, under the direction
of the CPU production managers for ensuring the delivery of Conservatoire
productions to a professional standard and in accordance with the programme
requirements of the BA Production and Design degree programme.
The Central Production Unit provides a professional workplace environment to
enable students to experience work in a production context. You will be providing
tutoring and mentoring to students in production roles during their learning
journey. You will liaise closely with the subject lecturer to ensure that the student
learning experience is cohesive.
2. Duties and Responsibilities
As a member of the Central Production Unit, you will be required to:
• Utilise specialist craft skills and expertise (Scenic Art) to deliver the
requirements of Conservatoire productions. During specific times of the
production schedule, there may be no student involvement.
• Achieve effective production outcomes within the resources and timescales
• To provide, as required, Technical Production Support for productions, as
determined by the central production throughput, in line with identified hours
of availability as determined by the Head of Technical Production
• Be responsible for the management of the production budget within your
area, as delegated by the Head of Technical Production
• Be responsible for the communication and implementation of safe working
environment and methods, within Health and Safety guidelines.
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• Ensure high standards of housekeeping in all areas of the Central Production
• Participate in relevant Conservatoire-wide and external committees
• Act as a professional representative of the Conservatoire externally and to
retain an active profile in the profession, as appropriate
• Participate in the annual goal setting and career review scheme
• Undertake such additional appropriate duties as may be required by the
Head of Technical Production
During Mentored Production placements, you will be required to:
• Facilitate students in the achievement of effective production learning
outcomes within the resources and timescales available.
• Tutor students in skills and techniques appropriate to their role within a
• Deliver practice-based tutorial supervision of students who are working on
the production process, ensuring that learning outcomes as defined by the
Subject Lecturer, are achieved.
• Liaise closely with the Subject Lecturer in regard to student progress and
development, to assist the Subject Lecturer in the provision of an effective
Feedback and Development process
• Contribute actively, and as appropriate, to student assessment, as directed
by the subject lecturer and in accordance with the course curriculum.
3. Scope of the Job
Where there is a devolved budget, the post-holder will manage that budget
effectively under the direction of their line manager and will contribute to regular
review of research/commercial income generation targets and value for money
The post-holder will be required to identify and recruit suitable external
professionals as required and to liaise with their line manager in contracting and
briefing such staff. In addition, the post-holder will facilitate their working with
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You will work within a practical production environment within a professional
Conservatoire setting. From time to time, this will include venues and locations
outside of Conservatoire premises.
Framework and Boundaries:
As a member of the Central Production Unit, you will be required to work within
the Conservatoire Strategic Plan, the Conservatoire Regulations, Health and
Safety Regulations, Policies and procedures and Quality Assurance processes
required by the Conservatoire as well as the appropriate departmental policies.
You will be expected to actively engage in health and safety and to be
responsible for your own health and safety in the course of your work.
Line Manager: Head of Technical Production
You will work closely with the Head of Technical Production to meet the needs of
the Conservatoire production calendar.
You will also liaise with the Scenic Art Lecturer to realise the agreed learning
outcomes for students, including the completion of assessments.
Collaboration with the rest of the department to discuss workload and allocation
of tasks, any queries that have arisen etc.
a) Within the Conservatoire:
• Close liaison with the Subject Lecturer to ensure delivery of student
learning outcomes and student progress,
• Close collaboration with other members of the Central Production Unit.
• Membership as appropriate of School Committees
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b) Outside the Conservatoire:
• As appropriate, on a national and international basis, liaison with
professional artists, researchers, companies, funding bodies, other
conservatoires and HE and FE sector schools.
6. Knowledge and Experience
Although the under-mentioned qualifications are desirable, equivalent skills and
experience may be deemed equally acceptable.
• A degree, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate and relevant subject.
• Significant relevant industry experience
• Previous experience of mentoring / tutoring within the craft specialism
• A current or developing profile as a practitioner in the performance
• Experience of working within the TV and film industry.
• Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
• Knowledge of contemporary professional practice
• Demonstrable knowledge of the professional production process
• Knowledge of the specialist subject area
The post-holder will be required to contribute to the team during a time of
significant change in line with Conservatoire policy. The requirement assist the
department in relation to curriculum review and redesign, whilst being involved in
a period of transition especially with regard to students will be essential to the
effectiveness of the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen as a whole.
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The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the constant improvement of the
Conservatoire’s management systems.
8. General Responsibilities (all staff)
a) Health and Safety
• To take care of your own health and safety at work and that of other
persons who may be affected by your work activities.
• To apply at all times best practice in health and safety. You must
safeguard the health and safety of all persons affected by the work
activities you supervise at any premises you have control over.
• To work in the safe manner in which you have been trained and instructed
and to advise your line manager of any health and safety issues you
become aware of.
b) Policies and Procedures
• To familiarise yourself with the detail of the Conservatoire’s Policies and
Procedures and to actively ensure adherence.
c) Use of equipment and other appliances
• To take fullest care in handling, operation and safeguarding of any
equipment, vehicles or appliance, used or issued by the Conservatoire or
provided or issued by a third party for individual or collective use in the
performance of your duties.
d) Dignity at Work and Study
• To uphold the Conservatoire’s Dignity at Work and Study Statement and
practices and to treat all colleagues, students and contacts fairly and with
mutual respect and in accordance with the values of the Conservatoire.
• To provide a work and study environment where all students and staff are
free from discrimination and intimidation.
• To promote and deliver excellence in services that value all staff and
• To recognise and acknowledge the potential multiple barriers to
participation and success that exist for applicants, students and staff with
care experienced backgrounds; those with caring responsibilities; and
those with protected characteristics, and to work with colleagues across
the Conservatoire to collectively identify ways in which the barriers can be
reduced and eliminated.
e) Personal Development
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• To continuously enhance best practice in your area, undertaking training
and Continuous Professional Development as appropriate.
f) Information Technology
• To implement security measures to protect against unauthorised access
to, alteration or disclosure of information held on computer and to ensure
adherence to the principles of the Data Protection Act and appropriate IT
policies and procedures.
• To undertake any training in the operation of new technologies and
associated systems as required.
• To promote and adhere to the Conservatoire Vision. (as detailed below)
9. Additional Information
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has a policy on widening access, and has
instigated a number of initiatives aimed at increasing participation from students
from under-represented groups.
10. Our Vision
To be Scotland’s globally-recognised and inspirational leader in learning for the
performing arts, attracting and nurturing the best Scottish and international
As a Board of Governors, staff and student team, we embrace and are motivated
— Inclusivity, diversity and individuality.
— Disciplinary excellence and innovative cross-disciplinary collaboration.
— Breaking down barriers and challenging boundaries.
— The advancement of creative citizenship and leadership across the
performing arts for our nation and for the world.
As a member of staff you will be expected to actively embrace these principles
and demonstrate them in the course of your work.
Our Strategic Plan is based on the following four pillars:
1. Driving focused excellence.
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— Create a culture of continuous professional development, to enhance and
enrich the experience of our students and staff.
— Ensure that we deliver choice and flexibility to our students and embed
pedagogical skills throughout our curriculum.
— Attract outstanding teachers and artists of international repute, who will act
as a magnet for outstanding students.
— Apply technology to enhance our students’ learning experience and to
make us more efficient and effective.
— Deliver advancement and scholarship campaigns to support the
development of a world-class creative campus and to attract and retain the
best artists, teachers and researchers.
— Further enhance the quality, reach and impact of our research.
— Develop a sector-leading approach to improvisation through our
2. Promoting diversity.
— Diversify art forms and disciplines, enrich the pool of talent, and connect
more widely and deeply with diverse communities.
— Develop ground-breaking RCS Community Centres of Excellence through
— Nurture the talent of more of Scotland’s young people, so as to increase
their choices and opportunities.
3. Advancing lifelong learning.
— Nurture talent, creativity and active citizenship in all of our students.
— Develop excellence in the Junior Conservatoire, connecting us with more
talented young people through focused and active partnerships with
schools and key stakeholders
— Innovate our open access programme to contribute to the well-being and
fulfilment of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
4. Embracing our role as a national and international performing arts
— Inspire and engage young people through creating a Teach Arts for
Scotland programme, promoting excellent performing arts teaching in
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— Recognise and celebrate excellent arts teaching in Scotland’s schools.
— Create an International Advisory Board to help realise our vision and
advance our values on the world stage.
— Build partnerships and new relationships nationally and internationally.
— Be a national and international advocate for education in the performing