With over 2800 students, Zurich University of the Arts is one of Europe's largest arts and design universities. ZHdK offers degree and research programmes in design, film, fine arts, music, dance, theatre, transdisciplinary studies and art education.
We now invite applications for the following vacancy:
Director Department of Performing Arts and Film
The Department of Performing Arts and Film is home to the fields of dance, theatre and film. Its programmes enjoy broad international acclaim and are learned and taught in a wide variety of production- and research-oriented formats. Its Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are currently preparing over 300 students for distinguished and challenging careers in field of the performing arts and in film. A research institute affiliated to the department stands for the growing importance of artistic research and for the further development of the arts. Its good integration into international networks and cooperations ensures the “state of the art” at the department and provides students with access to global themes and issues.
Together with his or her management team, the successful candidate will be responsible for defining the strategic orientation of the areas of film, dance and theatre at ZHdK and for raising their profile within and beyond the University. A pronounced international outlook is essential. The future director will expand the department’s resources for teaching and re-search through promoting cooperations within and outside the University. He or she will represent the interests of the department within ZHdK as well as in national and international networks and organisations. He or she will cultivate constructive partnerships with exponents from the arts, politics, society and business. The successful candidate will have a genuine interest in interdisciplinary issues and in the broadening of horizons associated therewith. As a member of the University Board, he or she will make a significant contribution to further developing the University.
The ideal candidate will have a professional background in the fields of film, dance or theatre, a university degree, international experience and an excellent track record in leading complex organisations, ideally in higher education. His or her past achievements will include the successful management of change processes. He or she will know the current and future requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate training in the disciplines represented at the department and will know how to implement this knowledge in teaching and research. His or her broad and relevant network will enable the future director to achieve this objective. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of the Swiss education system or will be prepared to familiarise himself or herself with it quickly. He or she will be curious about digital change and keen to shape its future at ZHdK.
The future director will be an inspiring and integrative leader with good implementation skills and able to bring the various interests and perspectives of the department together produc-tively. He or she will be open to unconventional solutions without losing sight of feasibility. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to use these commensurately with his or her role. He or she will be willing to acquire a good knowledge of German within a useful period of time.