Job Opportunity: Education Manager

Mon 25 Sep

For our renowned Art Academy we are looking for an educational leader who can combine vision on art education with solid organisation and facilitating leadership.

Leader in Art Education, Willem de Kooning Academy

(Education manager, 0,8 - 1,0 fte, Rotterdam)

Deadline: Apply before October 6, 2023, here

What are you going to do?

The team of education managers at the Willem de Kooning Academy work on innovative, contextualised and meaningful art education. Together they carry the responsibility for all aspects of the programmes, with each of them having specific focus areas within their joint commitment.

Together with the other education managers you will ensure excellent and innovative art education, research, operational excellence, quality assurance and establish a safe, inclusive and nurturing learning- and working environment. You work closely together with the course leaders of each programme, managers of the various departments and support staff.

You co-develop educational and organisational policies and lead their implementation. You report to the WdKA dean on quality assurance and enhancement and have responsibility for the allocated budgets.

Who are you ?

You have demonstrable knowledge of- and extensive experience in contemporary art and design practices in art education. You recognise yourself in the interdisciplinary education of the Willem de Kooning Academy with its Autonomous, Social, Commercial Practices, and transdisciplinary practices through the RASL (Rotterdam Arts & Science Lab) programme.

You practice inclusive leadership and stand for connection, transparency, clear communication and attention to the well-being of students and staff.

Based on your experience in education you recognise the importance of a well-organised educational programme and of strong didactical capabilities of tutors for the development of individual students.  You also understand that art education requires room for creativity and autonomy, but at the same time a solid foundation and clear frameworks. To balance this you are curious, involved and accessible as a person, and you can just as easily focus on results within the agreements and frameworks that have been made.

Further requirements:

  • Extensive experience in leading multiple and diverse teams simultaneously;
  • Good planning, forecasting and organisational skills with a high degree of accuracy and the capacity to prioritise workload and meet tight deadlines;
  • Effective leadership skills and able to choose from different leadership styles, in which intercultural and organisational sensitivity and cooperation is very important;
  • An excellent (inter)national network in professional practices and training relevant to the academy;
  • A master degree in a relevant field;
  • Good team player, good communicative and listening skills;
  • Fluent in English and Dutch, both orally and written;
  • EU-working permit;


The Willem de Kooning Academy is an internationally leading academy for bachelor's and master's programmes in media, art, design, leisure and art education. The academy stands for groundbreaking art education, in which connections with social partners and education partners (RASL) give substance to an academy that constantly questions its own boundaries. In addition to art education, the academy also offers economic education aimed at entrepreneurship in the creative industry. WdKA's mission and vision are aimed at developing new ideas about the relevance of the artist, educator, producer or designer and to help our students become the artistic professionals that will respond to tomorrow’s world with a critical vision, energy and care. Our education is distinguished by the three pillars, majors, stations and practices that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and provides our students with the unique opportunity to become proficient in both their craft and the context in which they come to work. Next to this research is a key pillar. WdKA is a large academy that nevertheless feels small in the way in which teams of teachers and students work together. EDI, security, curiosity and ambition are values ​​that are cherished regardless of the size and associated complexity of the organisation and systems. With approximately 400 colleagues, WdKA educates more than 2500 students.

Terms of employment

We offer you a temporary contract (D4) with the possibility of extension. The salary range is that of education manager: HBO-CAO grade 13 (€ 5.745,15 minimum and € 6.997,66 maximum per month) for full-time employment, exclusive of 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Our fringe benefits include excellent training facilities, an attractive pension scheme, and allow for a proper work/life balance.

An assessment and capacity test is part of the application procedure and the interviews will be conducted in English and Dutch to assess language levels.

The Willem de Kooning Academy warmly welcomes applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities. We see diversity as a strength and an inclusive environment as prerequisite for beneficial learning. Staff and faculty at the Willem de Kooning Academy diversify in terms of practice profiles and terms of culture, gender, ethnicity and age.


After a first selection, there will be two rounds of interviews. A selection assessment will be part of the procedure.

For more information about this position, please contact Elize Nagtegaal, HRM Business Partner, via or 06-28576163)

A Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) is a condition for employment at Rotterdam University of Applied Science. You can only apply online through the website of the university.

Please react before October 6. Apply here.