Vacancy: Head of BA Fine Arts (0,8 fte)

Due to the retirement of the current head of the Fine Art Department we have as from 1 September a vacancy for the post of:

Head of BA Fine Arts (0,8 FTE)

About the KABK Fine Arts department

The Fine Arts department is part of the Royal Academy of Art. Fine Arts has a population of around 200 students and 30 tutors spread over Full Time, Part Time and Double Degree learning trajectories. The Head of Fine Arts leads the department with the assistance of two coordinators and four team leaders, who supervise the tutors’ teams for the first year and main phase students.

At the KABK, we welcome a multifaceted international population. With respect for difference and diversity, we nurture a community that offers ample room for individuality, but, equally importantly, creates an atmosphere that encourages mutual support, cooperation and respect. We want our students' art practices to arise from the discourses within their own communities and experience, in close dialogue with a wide range of other social groups.

At the BA Fine Arts we work towards an aesthetic of curious inquiry and experimentation, to enable students to prepare for a contemporary practice that is consciously responding to contemporary contexts. We want our students to gain an understanding of the unique possibilities of art within a wider society, open to all possible sources that inform artmaking.

In our study program, we distinguish five complementary elements that we deem crucial to contemporary artmaking: studio practice, artistic research practice, critical practice, professional practice and learning practice. The notion of 'practice' refers to artmaking as a profession, as well as to the continuous training of the skills needed to make art. We teach our students to embark on this profession as part of an ongoing, cyclical process of creation, reflection, exploration, discussion and dissemination.

Tasks and responsibilities

As the Head of the BA Fine Arts, you lead the department in developing a clear, inspirational educational vision relevant to the future of the next generation of artists. You are also in charge of the day-to-day management of the department. You mobilize all available expertise in the appropriate direction through constant communication with tutors and students. You collaborate closely with and within the academic organization as well as with external parties, like Leiden University for the double degree trajectory. You are charged with a range of tasks, such as yearly planning and scheduling, the chairing of meetings, monitoring teachers’ annual workload, supervising exams and guiding events like the Open Day and the Graduation Festival. You are responsible for periodic educational evaluations, accreditation processes, managing the department’s finances and staff performance appraisals. You will be teaching yourself, part of the time.

You will also be leading the process of implementing a number of important intended changes in the department. With an eye for both constructive continuity and the need for renewal, you are to develop the educational vision, organizational structure and curriculum, especially with regard to enforcing safety, inclusion and diversity within the department in order to realise a healthy working and learning environment for both students and staff. Paramount is your undivided commitment to transparency, care for mutual trust and a desire for shared decision making.

Your professional profile


  • You are caring, open-minded, stress-resistant and decisive.
  • You have authority without being authoritarian.
  • You have excellent communication and listening skills.
  • You are a connector: you are able to listen carefully, communicate clearly and efficiently, and you are easily approachable. You are a diplomat.
  • You are dedicated as much to the arts in general as to the educational culture within the department. You support the main principles of the Royal Academy’s vision.
  • You enjoy engaging with students and are committed to the development of the next generation of artists.


  • You have a clear and well-argued vision on art and art education that aligns well with the ideas and needs within the department. Your vision is indicated through publications, lectures and other public appearances and engagements. You are ready to develop, discuss and defend the Fine Arts department’s vision and policies both within and outside the academy.
  • You see the opportunity to implement a number of important intended changes -mentioned above- as an exciting and welcome opportunity in art education.


  • You have a relevant track record as an artist and art educator, or as an artist, curator and art educator.
  • You are well-acquainted with the Dutch and European systems for higher professional education and contemporary didactics in (art) teaching.
  • You have acquired ample management skills in comparable organizations.
  • You have an excellent national and international network in the art world that you are ready to deploy for the benefit of the department and the KABK.
  • For this function a MA-level is required.
    You master the English and Dutch language or are prepared to do a Dutch language course upon appointment; you live in The Netherlands or are willing to move to the Netherlands

What we offer

At first we offer a contract for one year. The position is classified as pay scale 13 under the Collective Agreement for Higher Professional Education (CAO HBO). Furthermore, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and a fixed end-of-year bonus of 8.3%; generous holiday leave, part of which is to be taken during school holidays; and good study and development opportunities.

As KABK highly values inclusion and diversity and since KABK has a multi-international population, we invite all who show interest in this function to apply.

How to apply


If you would like to learn more about the position first, Klaus Jung (, Head of Fine Arts or Fenna Hup (, Deputy Director of Education, will be pleased to provide you with further information.


Please email your CV and a cover letter, including three references (all in English) by 28 May 2021 to

This job description was created in a joint effort with students and teachers from the Fine Arts department

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