Vancouver, Canada
Full Time
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Work at VFS

There is no such thing as an ordinary day when you work at Vancouver Film School. It’s a creative and fast-paced environment where you’re part of recruiting and educating the next generation of actors, filmmakers, video game developers and creative thinkers. Our unique culture is all about celebrating the pure passion and unwavering perseverance of our students as they go through their own amazing personal journeys towards a career in the entertainment arts. Constantly evolving and updating to meet industry demands, VFS believes results matter, and that extends from our classrooms and experienced faculty to our hard-working marketing, admissions, and support departments — and well beyond. If you’d like to join our team, simply browse the open positions below. If none of them seem to fit your particular skillsets, but you think you belong at VFS, apply here. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Job Scope

We are looking for a full-time Senior Instructor working 40 hours a week for our signature Acting Essentials (ACE) & Online programs at Vancouver Film School.

The Senior Instructor is responsible for leading and ensuring the smooth running of the Essentials & Online programs, including the curriculum & course materials and resources management. This role reports directly to the Head of Acting for Film & Television. The Senior Instructor will also deliver scheduled curriculum effectively, teach with learning centered approaches, and provide meaningful feedback, guidance, and support to students on a regular basis. The core responsibilities of this role centers on the leadership of the Essentials & Online Program student experience and support of the ACE team of Instructors. The Senior Instructor will work closely with all staff members to help create a culture of diversity & inclusion, respect, exploration, imagination, discovery, critical thinking and development of the actor’s instrument that supports the overall vision of the Acting program.

The successful candidate has excellent communication and organizational skills, an exacting eye for detail and solid interpersonal skills. They are a team player and possess a strong sense of commitment and responsibility to the organization as a whole - administration, students, instructors, and staff of all VFS programs with the ability to work across the organization as necessary of events, marketing, and collaborations with other departments. This is a great opportunity for you to directly lead and educate the next generation of actors in a supportive and fast-paced environment.

Senior Instructors will maintain an instructional load of approximately 50% depending on the term schedule.

Salary Range: In accordance with VFS Full-Time Instructor standards and based on the candidate’s teaching, educational, and industry experience.

Core Responsibilities

  • Instruct courses primarily for the ACE & Online programs (and Acting as necessary) -- workload is assigned each term as per schedule.
  • Provide guidance to students in a respectful and professional manner with an awareness on diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide set office hours for administration and student duties.
  • Senior contact person with the Head of Department on all relevant Essentials issues for staff and students. 
  • Provide mentorship to new Instructors as necessary.
  • Guide and innovate the Essentials & Online programs as per the mission and desired outcomes reflecting the actor's craft and the foundational level.
  • Coordinate with the Head of Department and Administration by ensuring all resources for ACE are in place for the student experience. 
  • Collaborate with Educational Administration, Events and Marketing. 
  • Super user of Moodle, a learning management system (grading, attendance, assignments, lesson support materials).
  • Engagement in other event and marketing workshop or initiatives and opportunities to support VFS as available.
  • Other duties as required by the Head of Department. 

Job Qualifications

  • Relevant post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree and 3+ year's industry experience; or, 10+ years of industry experience.
  • Prior post-secondary teaching or administrative experience is preferred (or demonstrated ability to lead workshops, lectures, and seminars).
  • Resume demonstrating a high caliber of professional work.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to lead workshops, lectures, and seminars.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of current industry trends and development.
  • Diversity of experience in various modalities, styles and genres in acting for film, TV, web, and/or theatre an asset.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Zoom.
  • Knowledge of current industry/actor education trends and evolution.