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

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Head of Department (HOD) will be responsible to oversee all aspects of the Acting program, including the One Year and 4-month Essentials and online courses, as well as the students and staff, including; developing the curriculum, administration and staffing, coordinating with the Accounting department to develop and maintain the programs budget, regular meetings to advise Admissions, and working with Marketing to create promotional opportunities and social media content. VFS acting training is focused on the contemporary Film & TV Actor. The HOD may also serve as an instructor on specified classes and workshops. The incumbent will be someone with a broad range of professional Acting experience within the film and television industry and experience with current actor education policy and pedagogy. In addition, they will be highly organized, and energetic person who will be able to create a positive learning and work environment for both students and staff.

The HOD, on occasion, may be asked to represent VFS as an ambassador for the department and the school as a whole at specific outward facing events with educational partners, marketing, recruitment and industry workshops both locally and internationally.

The HOD will lead all staff members to create a culture of diversity & inclusion, respect, exploration, imagination, consent, discovery, critical thinking and foster the development of the actors instrument in a safe and supported environment aligned with the overall vision of VFS and the Acting department. As a school that has a very international student body, VFS strives to be a leader in a learning centered approach and consistently provide meaningful feedback, guidance, and support to all students on a regular basis.

The HOD also focuses on building brand awareness and further cultivating industry & educational relations to ensure program curriculum is aligned with industry needs and current education models. The incumbent is skilled in business development and networking to align VFS as the industry leader for training in the arts, entertainment and creative technology fields.

Core Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of general VFS policies and procedures to ensure quality education within a productive and efficient operation of the school.
  • Formulate curriculum strategy for the program in conjunction with the Educational Administration departments.
  • Ensure curriculum meets current and future needs of industry and students.
  • Ensure curriculum meets the standards of government regulations.
  • Make curricular decisions based upon data-informed and consultative research processes.
  • Leverages shared resources and proximity to other programs to create world-class interdisciplinary educational experiences and collaborations
  • Ensure all course outlines, resources, and assignments are up-to-date in Moodle.
  • Ensure that grading practices in all courses are relevant to the core subject matter.
  • Ensure that grading criteria for all exercises, assignments, and projects are well organized and clearly communicated to students.
  • Ensure that instructors submit and students receive grades and feedback in a timely manner.
  • Be a leader in the development of new courses on campus and online; and with Connect programs at VFS.
  • Contribute to the delivery of new programs as required.
  • Be a leader in the development of annual program budget in conjunction with Leadership Team.
  • Accountable for operating the department(s) within the specified budget(s).
  • Exercise prudence in the administration of budgets aim to create the most value for VFS, students, and industry through efficient/effective budgeting.
  • Work with Accounting to purchase new equipment, hardware, software, supplies and support materials required for delivery of the program(s).
  • Co-ordinate training of new instructional staff.
  • General supervision, evaluation and management of instructional staff (including team building/motivation/direction & professional development and current educational training).
  • Conduct performance reviews for instructional staff and/or train Senior Instructors to conduct reviews.
  • Work directly with Human Resources regarding employee performance issues, and implement a performance improvement plan as required with HR. 
  • Facilitate staff meetings in conjunction with Program Manager.
  • Provide guidance and directions to Program Manager on escalated student issues. As needed, together with Manager, Educational Administration, meet with particular students with escalated issues.
  • Implement, monitor and report on program specific and institution-wide mechanisms which gather student feedback and input.
  • Facilitates the process of working with Educational Administration and Admissions regarding student withdrawals and/or transfer to other programs, with the goal of retaining the student.
  • Work with Facilities Manager on facilities and space planning to ensure appropriate infrastructure for delivery of the program.
  • Development and maintenance of relationships with industry in conjunction with the Educational Administration and Marketing Departments.
  • Innovate outreach & events with our local and international team and educational partners
  • Work with Marketing Department to provide promotional materials (Photos, Videos, Display items).
  • Promote the program(s) to industry to ensure VFS is viewed as a leader in training new skilled workers for the relevant industries. 
  • Attend industry networking events and continuous outreach to industry. 
  • Bring forward industry needs and requests to the Managing Director and/or Educational Administration department to further develop.

Job Qualifications

  • Educational background in Acting, Theatre or Film preferred.
  • Post-secondary-level teaching experience and/or a significant record of professional achievement with associated film credits.
  • 10 plus years of related experience 
  • 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
  • Excellent project management, change management and task coordination skills.
  • Familiar with Dayforce and Moodle systems are an asset