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Instructor, Digital Publishing, Publication Station (0.4 fte)

Willem de Kooning Academie

The Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master 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 in an interdisciplinary ethos through the Autonomous, Social and Commercial Practices. The Majors are the entry point of study for all Bachelor students; the Practices 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

The stations are centers 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 Publication Station

Willem de Kooning Academy state-of-the-art Publication Station focuses on reproducing (printing), presenting and publishing both print and digital media. The Station features new digital 2D reproduction methods such as electronic and online publishing and as well as traditional analogue reproduction methods such as printmaking, silkscreen printing and typesetting. The application of new publishing technologies; the act of making things public, is under constant scrutiny, we aim to teach our students to be critical and aware of current technologies and how to make well-founded decisions on how to apply these technologies.

Due to extending our research & development of digital and hybrid forms of publishing we are looking for strengthening the team.

Position

The Publication Station is hiring an Instructor Digital Publishing for a 2 day/week position. You are a maker (graduated in higher art education) who is, or has currently been, working in the field of digital (web and online) publishing. Although you are trained as a designer you are interested and experienced in the technical side of digital publishing; creative coding, web and app-development. As a designer of digital media you are trained (through practice) in user experience design.

Your digital publishing focus is broad; you are interested in experimentation and follow the latest innovations (critically) and are excited about enthusing art and design students about digital publishing. You want to educate yourself and want to grow in educating others. You are communicative and like to collaborate. You are looking forward to work collaboratively within our team- and project-based education.

Duties will include

  • Giving (technical) instructions, support and guidance in designing and building (Wiki's, Wordpress) websites, (web-based) (social media) apps and e-publications;
  • Developing, publishing and communicating about your educational program (mainly; skill-based instructions);
  • Participating and contributing to the development of the digital publishing lab, which is focused on digital publishing facilities and support within the Publication Station;
  • Maintaining and sustaining facilities within the digital publishing lab;
  • Collaborating with Publication Station team and academic staff to prepare courses and support students within project-based education.

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in (graphic) design or a relevant program within higher art education;
  • A broad set of technical skills:
    • Building with code: HTML, CSS, JS, Python, PHP...
    • Building with tools: Wordpress, Wikimedia, etc.
    • Design software; Adobe Packages and beyond.
  • An interest in art and design education and a willingness to grow in teaching;
  • EU/ECC work authorization;
  • Masters English language both orally and in writing.

Advantages

  • Experience with hybrid and experimental forms of publishing;
  • Familiarity and an ability to engage with design communities in Rotterdam;
  • Relevant work experience as a designer in the field of digital media.

To sum up: We encourage applications from makers who are truly interested in art education and have relevant work experience in digital publishing. We are looking for a go-getter who takes initiative and sees opportunities in getting students and colleagues enthusiastic about digital publishing. A flexible, collaborative and open person who can respond to a wide range of questions regarding making digital publications and wants to work in an experimental, creative environment with students and staff of the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Conditions

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021, with the possibility for extension into a permanent contract.

The salary ranges from €2.845,48 to €3.920,50 gross per month (salary scale 9) for a fulltime 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.

Additional information

Please upload your CV and motivation letter on our website. Separate e-mails will not be taken into consideration.

For all your enquiries about the position or the selection procedure we organised one moment on Wednesday the 1st of July between 09:00 - 12:00. Within this timeframe, you can ask your questions to the vacancy holder by calling 010-794 4485.

If this time is not appropriate, you can email your questions to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl.

Deadline for applications: July 12th, 2020

Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.

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