A world-leading acting conservatory and college, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts trains a diverse community of emerging actors from across the globe to thrive as professional artists and collaborators. The Academy is an accredited, degree-granting institution with campuses in Los Angeles and New York. Founded in 1884, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is the first conservatory for actors in the English-speaking world. With an unmatched history and rich legacy, the Academy honors its past while continually striving to maintain its place at the forefront of training and creativity. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.aada.edu.
The Academy seeks a Director of Instruction, the senior academic administrator on the Los Angeles campus, responsible for leading program management and development, hiring and supervision of faculty, and student advising. Reporting to the Vice President of Academics, the Director of Instruction in LA maintains and raises the educational and artistic standards of the Academy, fosters academic and artistic unity on the campus, and supports institutional initiatives, including inclusive excellence and institutional effectiveness, to advance the Academy’s mission and strategic plan.
I. Program Management, Development, and Evaluation
- Lead faculty meetings regarding educational goals and outcomes, academic assessment, curriculum revision, student reviews, and academic policies and procedures. Ensure completion of academic assessment of student achievement annually for continuous improvement based on assessment results. Manage the campus academic calendar through effective communication with faculty and staff. Schedule all classes and faculty teaching assignments. Supervise student sectioning for all classes. Manage and approve the selection and casting of all plays in the two- year program and Company program in collaboration with Core faculty, department heads, academic coordinator(s), the Director of Company, and the LA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Advise on the creation of the annual LA academic budget, manage the approved academic budget, and provide reports regularly. Observe classes and rehearsals to ensure that program goals are being achieved. Observe student projects and productions to monitor growth of students. Supervise the daily collaboration between LA academic and production staff to ensure quality productions that meet academic goals, resources, and policies. Coordinate with the Director of Admissions to review LA student applications for acceptance. Communicate regularly with the Vice President of Academics on academic matters and raise issues involving students, faculty, and staff in a timely manner.
II. Hiring, Training, and Supervision of Faculty
- Manage the recruitment, hiring, development, and evaluation of LA faculty with the assistance of department heads. Recommend faculty candidates for hiring to the Vice President of Academics. Evaluate faculty performance through direct observation of teaching in classes, rehearsals, and performances; reviews of student evaluations of teaching; faculty self-assessment; and annual conferences with faculty according to policy.
- Review instructors’ biweekly timesheets for accuracy and approval. Arrange for teaching substitutes, or fill in as a substitute instructor for classes or rehearsals, when needed. Mediate faculty, staff, and student conflicts according to policies in the faculty, staff, and student handbooks and in coordination with the Director of Student Services, Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Academics as appropriate. Supervise, assess, and evaluate academic department heads and academic staff in Los Angeles annually according to policy.
III. Student Advising
- Advise students regarding academic difficulties, especially students at risk for not being invited to second year. Lead meetings regarding attendance and academic probation and dismissal. Conduct meetings for academic disciplinary matters and for academic appeals. Attend Student Council meetings monthly, or as requested. Oversee or conduct individual advising meetings with all LA students. Collaborate with the Director of Student Services and Vice President of Operations regarding student issues. Be available on campus for unscheduled appointments and emergency situations.
IV. Additional Duties and Responsibilities
- Participate in the maintenance and renewal of the Academy’s accreditation reviews and required reporting. Communicate and coordinate as needed with non-academic departments including Admissions, Alumni Services, Facilities, Finance, Financial Aid, Marketing, and Student Services. Attend executive cabinet meetings with the President, Vice Presidents, and CFO to provide campus updates on institutional initiatives. Present academic updates for the LA campus at regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. Serve on the campus Library Committee and institutional Library Committee. Serve on the graduation ceremony committee and participate as assigned. Participate in orientation meetings and workshops, open houses, and faculty professional development. Other duties as assigned.
● A minimum of 2-4 years in leadership of collegiate-level arts program.
● An MFA in Acting or Directing or commensurate industry experience.
● Significant achievement as a professional actor or director highly desired.
● Demonstrated ability to lead faculty, develop curriculum and execute on new initiatives.
● Strong leadership skills, good judgment, and highly developed problem-solving skills essential.
● A commitment to artistic excellence, superior service, and inclusive excellence.
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $95,000 to $125,000. Excellent benefits include health, dental, life insurance, 401K plan, and generous vacation time.
How to Apply
Please apply by submitting a cover letter addressing the qualifications and job responsibilities; a current resume; and a one-page statement addressing how one’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will advance the Academy’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Applications may be sent to JobsLA(at)aada.edu with the subject line: DOI, LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled; please, no phone calls.
Review of applications will commence on January 16, 2024. Applications received by January 15 will receive priority consideration.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of the Academy. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.