Pearson Head of VFX Programmes, Escape Studios in London, United Kingdom
Escape Studios has been at the forefront of creative education since 2002, supplying the industry with studio-ready talent. We are ranked 1st in the UK by the Rookies, and 3rd in the UK and 9th in Europe in the Animation School Ranking. We're also a Rookies Certified School, a Houdini Certified School, and the only Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK. Our courses are designed, developed and delivered in collaboration with leading studios to make sure that they stay relevant. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do – it’s the reason we do things differently and it’s what sets us apart.
Part of Pearson College London (FTSE 100), more than 20,000 global employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We are delighted to be awarded Gold against the Investors in People standard in the UK; we are confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 LGBTQ+ UK employers; we are a Disability Confident committed employer, and committed to the Race Charter; we were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards; we were featured on The Forbes List of Best D&I Employers; we are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is a truly global family, and listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges. We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!
Your Career Opportunity
Head of VFX Programmes, Escape Studios
Based in Central London office with flexible options for work from home days
Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week
Reporting to Director, Escape Studios
The skills and knowledge within VFX are changing, and Escape Studios intends to retain its position as one of the top schools imparting contemporary skills to give the industry the new talent it needs, both through our UG and PG programmes, but also through a variety of short courses and outreach activities. As new pipelines and markets emerge, we will need to evolve our definitions of VFX and the services we offer. The Head of VFX will be an essential part of our future success.
The Head of VFX is responsible for the leadership and development of the VFX discipline at Escape Studios, working closely with the Dean and Deputy Dean to ensure all courses and programmes are of high quality. You’ll manage the organisation of the department and ensure that teaching staff are enabled to perform their duties and encourage their academic and skills development. In this exciting position you’ll commit to a range of regular teaching appointments as needed, but also work on documentation, planning and the reporting expected of an academic post. It’s a great opportunity to also work closely with the academic team, Student Services and Student Experience so the College’s objectives and targets are met.
The Head of VFX will remain connected to industry in order to gain buy-in for all our programmes and any new initiatives, ensuring the students’ learning experience is of the highest quality. It is expected the role holder will be full-time, and primarily based in our Central London office, with remote working as appropriate. The Head of VFX should have a presence at the college, inspiring students and staff to work towards continual high standards.
Your Key Responsibilities
Work with the Dean/Deputy Dean and other members of staff to develop and deliver the premier UG/PG courses and other priority programmes.
Lead and manage the strategic development of the discipline and associated programmes; preparing relevant documentation for internal and external approval, delivery and review.
Line-manage specific discipline tutors; setting goals, directing tutors and communicating a clear vision of what is to be achieved to build a fully aligned, high performance team capable of exceeding expectations. This may include mentoring and appraisal systems.
Deliver courses to students face to face in the Escape Studios environment and when appropriate through Escape recognized online learning systems. This may include providing one-to-one or group feedback, coaching and support for students with a range of backgrounds and abilities.
Respond in a timely manner to the Marketing, Sales and Recruitment teams to promote Escape Studios provision, and take part in recruitment and outreach activities as requested by the Dean/Deputy Dean.
Develop/Maintain your Research and Scholarship profile including technical and/or artistic excellence within a specific area of expertise or software.
Take responsibility for the direction of the ongoing research and development of new course content and utilization of industry tools and techniques to ensure the highest quality and industry relevance of any training.
Encourage the course team in their own scholarship, personal development and training needs, monitoring performance, giving feedback and guidance, especially in respect to extending courseware and new products that Escape might seek to develop.
Take a lead role in addressing issues identified by internal and external review and student feedback. Ensure that the team are focused on delivering high levels of student satisfaction at all times.
Ensure that external relationships with industry and partners such as professional bodies are fostered and that appropriate input is sought on curriculum content and promotion.
Our Successful Candidate
We welcome applicants with industry experience aligned to VFX, along with experience of teaching or training. You’ll have an understanding of the elements that contribute to a high-quality learning experience and involvement with education quality control systems. This is an ideal opportunity to transform your leadership career, and bring your expertise in strategic planning, industry partnerships and inspiring teams.
Transform your expertise to a new level - we have many exciting and dynamic international projects to look forward to in 2022, therefore now is the ideal time to join our global Pearson family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!
Your Benefits & Reward
We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business! Along with learning, development and mentoring opportunities, our range of benefits can support the different needs of our diverse colleagues, and their families too. Joining our Pearson family can provide you with unlimited and truly global career progression options, and you can also look forward to exploring our impressive benefits, such as:
Flexible options for work from home days.
A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays, and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.
Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.
Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.
Shares and stock purchase options.
Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family and personal life.
Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.
Our Recruitment Process
Please complete and submit your application before 25 January 2022 and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.
We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Wishing you success with your application!
Job: LEARNING DELIVERY
Organization: Workforce Skills
Req ID: 2290