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Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

Berlin - Germany
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Programme Coordinator & Tutor


Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology is a creative production learning community, housed in the legendary Funkhaus, delivering Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes. Organised into a Music School and Film School, our diverse and ever-growing programmes are based on the values and concepts of progressive, project-based education whilst complying with the rigorous requirements of a UK university qualification.

Aiming to become the international creative production and performance learning institution of choice, we encourage students to push their creative boundaries way beyond what they thought possible, at the same time engaging with their personal growth as a human being. With students from over 75 different countries, our creative community is a working environment that is international and multicultural.

/// What are we looking for?
—A team member
Moving beyond outmoded ways of working together, striving toward a conscious people-centred culture, we operate in a distributed leadership model, which we can describe in more detail in-person. We are excited to invite team members who have the courage to bring more of their own interests, insights, and backgrounds to the mix.

Whilst the aims of the school are what bring us together, what keeps us together in our dynamic community is the idea that people can bring more of their authentic selves and not just their “professional” selves to the workplace.

—A VFX programme coordinator
You are an enthusiastic and experienced professional looking to refine and run our Visual Effects, Digital Arts and Animation B.A programme. As the programme coordinator, you will be tasked with refining, developing and running a cutting edge B.A (Hons) programme according to your own practical experience in the industry, whilst aligning with our teaching and learning philosophy.

You will have the support of multiple roles within the organisation. This is both to ensure cohesion between all of our courses and to get inspiration from what we’ve done before. Otherwise, your hands will be free to develop the course that you feel will excite, motivate, and create the best possible space to learn in.

Below you’ll find a list of responsibilities that the programme coordinator role carries, along with more details. This position is part-time and can be structured around other professional work. The actual hours offered will depend on the subject areas that you can teach and the amount of teaching that is available. We encourage applications from adaptable and flexible individuals who are looking for new opportunities to grow!

/// Key accountabilities
• Setting out objectives, vision, and strategy.
• Designing programme content, course structure, schedules, outlines, and delivery methods.
• Managing, and providing educational support and planning for tutors.
• Helping to design appropriate spaces and equipment.
• Supporting the marketing team with your subject specialism.
• Communicating with potential students about the course.
• Advertising for, interviewing, hiring and onboarding new tutors.
• Developing projects and module handbooks with tutors in line with module descriptors.
• Running weekly team meetings.

• Creating and sustaining a positive and challenging learning environment.
• Preparing and delivering workshops, including, but not limited to -
• Developing scheme of work and workshop overviews.
• Developing workshop content.
• Weekly delivery of workshop sessions.
• Managing and publishing workshop resources.
• Providing and encouraging formative and summative feedback in a healthy environment.
• Assessing/grading student submissions and resits in line with education policy.

/// About you
You may have many or all of these qualities/experiences:
• Strong pedagogical background, with a relevant B.A/M.A.
• Relevant industry experience with a strong creative portfolio.
• Strong communicator, with a high level of written and spoken English.
• An interest in progressive education methodologies (PBL a bonus).
• Efficiency in designing and carrying out administration processes.
• Ability to critique and guide the teaching and assessment of others.
• Experience in conceiving, developing and enacting planning strategies.
• Achieving great results with ideas rather than large budgets.
• Happy to get your hands dirty and be a team player

You should be able to demonstrate that you are exceptionally capable, with evidence of earlier real-world roles/ projects to prove your abilities.

We will be testing your capabilities and role fit as part of our interview process.

/// What you can expect from us.
We offer a working environment where learning and exchange are invited and encouraged. Within our vibrant creative community, we share a lively and flexible work environment. By design, the working environment invites fuller expression of yourself, taking initiative in shaping your own role(s), and opening up possibilities to develop yourself as an educator as well as a creative professional (if applicable).

Part of what animates our work together is trying to find ways of delivering a progressive and rigorous education to our students, whilst centring community and belonging. We therefore strongly encourage applications from those who would traditionally be excluded from an educational institution. For Catalyst that means we envision a constellation of team members that is diverse in its gender, race, class, ability, age and sexual orientation backgrounds.

/// Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on a progressive creative education and how you feel you would contribute to this endeavour (in PDF format). Please also include your most recent CV (in PDF format) with links to some examples of your work/portfolio (if available).

Email us your application documents, include VFX Programme Coordinator in your subject. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Relevant candidates will be invited for initial online interviews immediately following review of the application materials.

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