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English National Ballet School - Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director

Employer: English National Ballet School

Who we are looking for:

English National Ballet School, official school of English National Ballet is a specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. We transform talented young dancers into world-class performers over a three-year programme validated by Trinity College, London. In 2019 the school, along with English National Ballet, will move to a new purpose-built home on London City Island and will finally have the physical space it needs to achieve its vision to be the the first choice for the next generation of international ballet dancers.

After a very successful year of change which saw Carlos Valcárcel appointed as Director of Dance, the board of English National Ballet School is now seeking an Executive Director. This four days per week role will oversee the school operations as well as manage the move to City Island and the design of the new operating model for when we are co-located with the company.

Place of work: English National Ballet School, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS.  ENBS will move to a new purpose-built home at London City Island in 2019.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 23 February

Selection Process: Interview will take place week commencing 5 March.

How to apply Candidates are invited to send a curriculum vitae and covering letter demonstrating how their experience and knowledge fits each area listed within the Person Specification and email along with a completed Equal Opportunities form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.




      Job Title:  Executive Director
      Contract: This is a 4 day a week transitional role. The two-year contract has a salary of £57,600. This is pro–rata of a full time salary of £72,000
      Responsible to:  Chair of ENBS Board             
      Responsible For:  All staff, with the exception of Director of Dance who reports to the Board & the Artistic staff who report to the Director of Dance.
      Key Working Relationships:   Director of Dance, the Board, English National Ballet, Artistic & Education Committee, Staff Team, Head of Studies, Head of Finance and Operations, Marketing & Juniors Programme Manager.


The Executive Director’s key roles and responsibilities will be to:

  • Work closely with the Director of Dance in this transitional role to lead us through an exciting period of change. To plan the relocation and shape of the school within a new building in Canning Town, setting up  the new operating model, consistent with financial and legal requirements
  • Work with the board of ENBS to negotiate the best deal for the school both in moving out of the old building in Chelsea and into the new building with ENB in Canning Town
  • Lead the organization on governance issues, ensuring that all board and Finance Sub-Committee meetings are kept fully appraised, at an appropriate level, about the school
  • Be accountable to the board and funding bodies and Charity Commission for the expenditure of public money. 
  • Attend board meetings and board sub-committees as required and provide written and verbal reports for board meetings.  Be an active member of the Artistic and Education Committee
  • Lead on financial planning, the schools auditing process and management
  • To lead on strategic planning, budgeting, line management and appraisals
  • Work closely with the Director of Dance and Head of Studies to ensure a programme that supports the broader education of the students and fits in with required regulatory, funding and educational requirements
  • Keep the pastoral needs of students at the center of any planning and lead on any sensitive issues which may arise
  • Create and develop a strong positive and open working environment and cultural ethos which supports best practice and communication
  • Lead the administration staff and through the Head of Finance and Operations, ensure that all relevant employment legislation is met.
  • Support and monitor the developing Juniors Programme with the Marketing & Juniors Programme Manager
  • Comply with all company policies
  • Take overall responsibility for all aspects of day to day operations of the school.
  • Develop and actively promote the ENBS brand to funders, local communities, arts agencies, the future home borough, International dance organisations & the dance press
  • With the Director of Dance, be the public face of the ENBS and represent the ENBS in public arenas, at conferences and events


The successful candidate will have the following experience and competencies


  • Experience of leading an arts or education organization through change and restructuring
  • Evidence of an ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Successful experience of taking lead responsibility for finance
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills
  • Track record of successfully managing staff
  • Knowledge of the UK dance world
  • Experience of working with and reporting to a board
  • Have a strong collaborative approach to working relationships


  • Experience of negotiation about property issues
  • Knowledge of professional dance training in the UK

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required of this position.  It is neither wholly comprehensive nor restrictive