About the Willem de Kooning Academy
The Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master’s programmes in the field of visual culture, art, design, education in arts, and leisure management. The curriculum of the Willem de Kooning Academy is founded on an interdisciplinary ethos.
The Majors are the entry point of study for all Bachelor students; the Practices of the interdisciplinary research contexts in the second half of the Bachelor programs; and the highly unique Stations (advanced workshops focused on Research through Making) complete the three pillars of the institute.
The stations are centres of knowledge and expertise. They are both physical and non-physical locations that cover both traditional as well as innovative technologies. The stations are at the vanguard of the developments within the professional field and the processes of production that are relevant for the art and design practice. Stations are not only a space of execution and production, but also a space in which tutors, instructors and students question why we make, how we make and for whom we make. Stations are part of a collaborative effort (an educational instrument) to develop a student-driven curriculum that supports self-directed learning.
About the Interaction Station
In the Interaction Station we focus on a broad array of creative (digital) technologies; from programming, machine learning, and AI, to augmented and virtual reality, electronics, and real-time 3D.
We take an open and experimental approach to technology, acknowledging that the definition of interaction is constantly shifting. We like to experiment with new tools, technologies and hardware, and take a critical eye to developing technologies and how they can be appropriated for creative uses. We’re equally interested in how older technologies can be re-evaluated in contemporary contexts.
The instructors and teachers in the Interaction Station come from a variety of backgrounds, with diverse sets of expertise. We’re here to help students develop their ideas into working projects providing individual consultation, station skills and lessons.
We are looking for a communicative ‘organiser’ and a ‘people person’ who has relevant experience as a creative technologist and can relate to our critical and experimental approach towards educating (new) digital tools. This person is enthusiastic and excited to help us build and develop outstanding and cutting-edge educational programs that help students use (interactive) digital tools in their art/design practice.
The coordinator is the first point of contact in relation to the station and is responsible for the overall coordination of the Interaction Station. Coordination in a station means:
- Leading and guiding a team of student assistants, instructors and teachers who are responsible for support and education regarding technical skills and creative research in the field of interactive media.
- Assuring the development of qualitative educational programs, in close coherence and consultation with your team and other educational program leaders of the Willem de Kooning Academy.
- Organisation in the broadest sense of the word. Seeing possibilities, finding solutions, and making connections between management, administration, your team, and available resources. Overseeing, planning and bring structure to the organization of your station and facilitate your team so they can do their work in the best way possible.
- Expanding a network of relevant external partners interesting suppliers and innovative companies and techniques.
- Coordinating operations, logistics and facilities within the interaction station and involved third parties like facility services, ICT department and management.
What you will be doing?
As a coordinator you are responsible for the quality of the educational program within your station and you therefore have close contact with your team, other coordinators of the stations, course leaders and management. Coaches’ colleagues in student counselling, group dynamics, conflict management and where possible refers to other education experts within and outside the institute.
Ensures that developments, research, innovation, and new technologies are given space within the station and motivates employees to devote themselves to this. You work closely with your team to convert the ambitions from vision into facilities on the floor.
You are responsible for planning, which includes making schedules and ensuring a good distribution of teaching and instruction hours, free workplaces, and individual support in relation to the opening of the station. You are leading the organization of the learning environment, different workspaces and maintaining facilities.
Draws up an activity plan in consultation with the management of the stations.
Responsible for managing inventory, maintenance, within the budget of the station. Ensures the timely delivery of the wishes that fall under management costs and depreciation costs.
Coordinates a specific theme or process and guides colleagues on this. Secures and tests the progress, quality and quantity of the work.
Who are we looking for:
You have demonstrable relevant work experience in relation to in the broad field of interactive media arts/design (education)
- Leadership: a people person who is experienced in leading teams and/or projects
- Organizational skills; analytical & structural thinking, experience with planning (software) and other relevant administration tools
- Attitude; problem solving attitude, a connector, open to collaboration and ideas from others.
- Excellent communicative skills; oral and in writing
- Professional experience, knowledge in the broad field of interactive media art/design
- You have knowledge of the latest developments in interactive media art/design;
- You are experienced or have a strong affinity for (art) education.
- You are proactive, innovative, collaborative, and responsible.
- You have an education of at least HBO level;
- You are fluent in English, both written and spoken.
- EU/ECC work authorization.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract for a year. The salary ranges from €3.018,49 to €4.569,57 gross per month (salary scale 10) for full-time employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include professional training opportunities and an attractive pension scheme.
All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.
Everyone is welcome at Rotterdam University. We see diversity as a strength. An inclusive work environment is a prerequisite for us to create a good learning environment for our students. We believe that recognizable diversity in the composition of our teams is important. We therefore take this into account during the selection procedure.
WdKA likes to invest in motivated and well-trained employees. Working at WdKA means that you can use time and facilities for professionalization.
A good work-life balance (45+ days off per year for full-time employment, possibility of paid parental leave 75%, flexible working hours)
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km for a one-way trip).
- Letter of motivation
You can only upload your CV and letter of motivation when you apply. You can email your portfolio to Liesbeth van der Geest via email@example.com.
The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn based on CV, Letter of motivation and portfolio, followed by interviews.
For more information about this job contact Liesbeth van der Geest (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.