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Educational Developer

Location : hybrid Employment type : FULL_TIME Expires : 2024-03-22 Salary range: £47,149 - £53,348

Educational Developer

ACM is a specialist creative arts education provider with approximately 2,200 students on a range of
FE and HE programmes in Games Development, Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production,
Technical Services and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic
excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.

ACM’s Vision:
ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our
students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.
We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a
caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred
approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional
and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers
underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.
Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts
education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional
barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:
To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in
real-time, based on a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and
self-awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.
Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfill their potential and enjoy a sustainable career
within the creative industries.

The Educational Developer will work with academic and professional staff at ACM to ensure that all
teaching staff can deliver an innovative and sector-leading approach to learning, teaching and
assessment which is underpinned by scholarship. The postholder will have responsibility for two

Main Institutional Priorities:

● The development of academic and pedagogic practice across the institution through
the provision of CPD opportunities for staff
● Leading on the enhancement of academic support for students by developing
colleagues in this area, providing direct support for students as appropriate, and,
ensuring that academic skills are embedded within the taught curriculum
The postholder will work within the Core Education Leadership Team and will have additional
responsibilities including (but not limited to) the institution’s knowledge exchange and research
strategy, curriculum development and scholarship.
Reports to The Dean of Academic Practice and Enhancement

Educational and Academic Development
● Provide support for staff in the delivery of education and through the provision of
development opportunities for teaching staff to enhance their learning and teaching practice
● Run an annual programme of learning and teaching related CPD activities as set out in the
institutional Scholarship Strategy
● Ensure that staff are up to date with academic practices and the changing needs of Higher
● With support from the Dean of Academic Practice and Enhancement, lead on a learning and
teaching development programme for new teaching staff at ACM
● Provide support for colleagues working towards professional recognition of their teaching
practice, for example, through their application for Fellowship with AdvanceHE

Academic Practice and the Curriculum
● Review, and make improvements to, the academic support that is provided at ACM, and the
mechanisms through which students can access this
● With support from the Dean of Academic Practice and Enhancement, manage the Academic
music. industry. education.

Support Team at the institution
● Lead on the development of resources that equip students with the core academic skills that
they need to complete their assessments
● Work with the Head of Curriculum and Delivery to ensure that academic skills are embedded
within the taught curriculum and that all students are given the opportunity to develop these
skills in an appropriate way
● Contribute to and, where appropriate, lead on the strategic evidence based development of
approaches to teaching and supporting learning

Scholarship, Research and Enterprise

● Work with the Executive Dean of Education and the Dean of Academic Practice and
Enhancement to achieve the scholarship, research and enterprise goals of the organisation,
as established in the institutional Scholarship Strategy
● Organise regular opportunities for ACM staff to engage with scholarship, research and
enterprise activities
● Build the reputation of the Academy through scholarly and industry related practice output
● Support research based modules as appropriate
● Work as part of the Core Education Leadership Team to support the embedding of
scholarship and academic skills into the curriculum and assessments
● Work with the Core Education Leadership Team to organise the annual ACM Symposium

Other Responsibilities
● Chair and report into relevant committees, to support the development of education at ACM


● A Masters, equivalent, or above, qualification in a related area of the Creative Arts or
● A teaching qualification in Higher Education or, Senior Fellowship of AdvanceHE, or a
commitment to undertake qualification while in post
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
● An eye for detail
● Collaborative team player
● Project management skills
● Strong organisational and reporting skills
● Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
● Comfortable in a fast paced environment
● Ability to work proactively, prioritising and managing time effectively

● Experience of curriculum design, review and development in Higher Education
● Experience supporting learning and teaching within a Creative Industries subject area
● Experience supporting or mentoring staff and colleagues
● Experience working in cross-curricular or cross-departmental teams


● Awareness of the current issues impacting Higher Education
● An ongoing commitment to knowledge of pedagogy and assessment theories and best
● Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in education

● Experience managing teams
● Experience leading committees
● Strategic knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion in education
● Experience as an external examiner, or a willingness to undertake an external examiner role
● Evidence of high-quality research and innovation in a relevant area of the Creative Arts
● Have led on, or contributed to, policy and strategy review processes
● Knowledge of current trends and innovation in the creative arts

All ACM staff work to the same values which are:
To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an
inclusive organisational culture.
Supportive environments
To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic
approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.
Agility and innovation
To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility,
creativity and self-evaluation.
To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies,
and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.
Professional and academically strong standards
To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and
ensure high professional and academic standards
Please be aware all ACM staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to
starting. This will need to be renewed once every three years.
This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the
post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is
responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the

post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work. This could include
undertaking relevant training where necessary. Should significant changes to the job
purpose become necessary,

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