Head of Partnerships and Business Development

Closing date

29 May 2018




Academic Development Office

Required hours

Full Time




£45,002 - £50,306 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2017/18 the College has some 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

The Academic Development Office helps to realise the College’s strategic vision of advancing art and design education by:

  • Leading an ambitious expansion, diversification and internationalisation of the academic offer
  • Overseeing the assurance of academic quality and standards
  • Enhancing the student learning experience by leading curriculum review, innovation and exchange
  • Enabling staff to gain recognition and reward for developing excellence in teaching and supporting learning
  • Supporting aspiring artists, designers and curators to realise their ambitions for studying and working in the creative sector.

The College is seeking to appoint a Head of Partnerships and Business Development, on a full-time and permanent basis. The post-holder will manage the development and approval of new academic partnerships in support of the College’s international strategy. They will make a significant and proactive contribution to the successful planning management support of several projects including:

  • delivery of RCA awards in international locations
  • transfer of the College’s new Graduate Diploma (launching in London in July 2018) to other international locations
  • development of articulation or progression agreements with key strategic international partners.

In addition, the Head of Partnerships and Business Development will help to lead the expansion and diversification of the College’s existing offer by providing expert guidance on the development of new academic awards or modes of study. This will include supporting academic leads throughout the process from expression of interest to launch.

It is essential that candidates have an undergraduate qualification or appropriate professional qualification in a relevant subject. The successful candidate will have knowledge, understanding and experience of partnership development, as well as experience of working within regulatory frameworks. They will also have experience supporting new academic developments and the ability to advise on and apply complex policies and procedures.

Candidates must have excellent project management skills, including the ability to develop, monitor and communicate complex project plans. The post-holder must have proven analytical and problem solving capability. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as negotiation and influencing skills, are essential to the role. In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven ability to effectively manage own workload, maintaining a strategic overview while juggling conflicting priorities and tight deadlines.

Closing date: 29 May 2018

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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