The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for a:

Headteacher Graphic Design (m/f/x) for 16 hours per week (0.4 fte) 

The organisation

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) is a small-scale, independent internationally oriented university of applied sciences for visual arts and design. The GRA consists of the Rietveld Academy (Bachelor's education, divided into 14 departments, the Sandberg Institute (Master's education, divided into 7 departments), the Lectorate Art & Spatial Praxis (LASP) and 23 workshops. The academy has around 850 students and 130 course participants. The students come from 55 different countries, making the academy a diverse community. 

The academy is characterised by research-based and experimental art education, where (head) teachers, workshop staff, students and staff shape and substantiate teaching and research together. Diversity and inclusion, ecology and sustainability are important priorities of the GRA and thus guide the actions of the members of the academy community. 

Day-to-day management is in the hands of the Executive Board (BoG), which is accountable to the Supervisory Board (BoS). Education is supported by a large number of workplaces and staff departments, such as Financial Administration, Student Affairs, IT, Facilities, Public Rietveld and the P&O department. The academy has about 280 employees

The Graphic Design Department

Graphic design plays a major role in the organisation and transformation of messages. Within the Graphic Design Department, we examine and experiment with ways to communicate with visual languages.

The basis of the department is formed by the core subjects that we believe are valuable for a graphic design practice: (Editorial) Design, Drawing, Image, Typography, Method, Writing, Web and Theory. We approach this teaching in a conceptual and playful way, using both analogue and digital techniques. We encourage students to explore the boundaries of graphic design.

All the teachers in the department are actively working as designers, artists, curators or theorists, making them close to modern-day practice.

Teaching is carried out in small groups and with a variety of teachers, which offers students context and exposure to diverse perspectives. Twice per year the students follow a week-long workshop with guest teachers. The third-year students start their graduation year with a six-week residency abroad, which is meant to broaden their view of graphic design practice prior to finishing their studies. 

What will you do? 

You combine your own vision of the constantly changing developments within art and within art education, and the related discourse. You are able to clearly communicate the core values of the department both within the department, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and outside. You are familiar with the process of 'making' or have close knowledge of how these processes take place. You have organisational insight, overview and skill and dare to experiment, both pedagogically and project-wise. You are able to deliver lessons, meetings and lectures in fluent English. 

It is a significant desire from within the department to also teach or carry out other teaching activities within the appointment as head teacher (which is 0.4 fte). We see this as an essential part of this central role to be in touch with the entire student population. Organising excursions and 'art events' is part of this.

The nature of our training requires a willingness to be present at the academy a lot and to work flexible hours (attendance at open days, exams, assessments, etc.). You are the visible hub of the department and know how to deal with what comes up daily/weekly while improvising. Graphic Design is mostly a horizontally managed department, not top-down. 

As a headteacher, in consultation with the management, students, with the support of a departmental assistant, you lead the process of educational development of the department in a way that connects with the professional field and fits within the multi-year vision of the academy. 

Together with the management, you are responsible for further developing and propagating the academy's identity. You also work with fellow heads on the mutual alignment of the GRA's study programmes. 

The headteacher at the GRA is also a manager, someone who takes care of and contributes to the development of a team of teachers. So people skills are important. As a headteacher, you are also responsible for monitoring your budget and working and acting within the given financial frameworks. You guard against both human and budgetary exhaustion. 

You have the competences required for this position, such as: analytical thinking skills, stress-resistance, ability to put things into perspective and decision-making skills. You have demonstrated the ability to deal with conflicting interests and have experience in leading professionals and managing budgets. You will be responsible for the quality of training, care of students, staff/departmental formation and management of the departmental budget.

What profile do you have?

• Management skills; financial/ formation management, conversation skills, sensitivity skills and situational leadership. 

• Leadership of enthusiastic professionals and working as part of a team;

• Specialised knowledge and understanding of developments in the field of graphic design and based on personal experience in your own professional practice;

• Social, connecting and communicative;

• You can effortlessly link 'making and thinking'; 

• Brings along your own network and knows how to deploy it qualitatively within education;

• Knowledge of and insight into developments within higher education;

• Skills in developing, propagating and defending educational policy, viewpoints, new ideas, educational programming; 

• Skills in designing and organising educational implementation in accordance with policy, schedule study year and programming;

• Experience with and knowledge of diversity and inclusiveness in relation to the target group;

• Teaching skills, so that you can enthuse, challenge, surprise, give confidence and activate students;

• Command of the Dutch language in comprehension and English in word and writing;

• Preferably a relevant academic education;

• Represents the department in the media, or at external locations.

Employment conditions

• According to the collective labour agreement for higher professional education, the position is graded in scale 13, which has a maximum of € 6,579.22 gross per month based on a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). The scale salary offered is determined on the basis of knowledge and experience; 

• Good fringe benefits including holiday allowance (8%), a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a very generous number of holidays, a pension scheme (employer pays 70% of the premium) and development opportunities such as obtaining a master's or didactic degree;

• A one-year contract for 16 hours per week (0.4 fte). This position has a maximum temporary duration of 4 years, with the prospect of a contract for an indefinite period of time in case of proven suitability and in case of a positive board formation.



This vacancy is a salaried position. For this, it is important that you have a valid residence permit if you are a non-EU national. This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In case of equal suitability, internal candidates have priority over external candidates.

For more information, please contact Marjan Meijlink, HR advisor at .

Applications accompanied by a motivation letter of maximum 2 pages and a curriculum vitae should be addressed to Ben Zegers, Director Bachelor of Education, at  

The response deadline closes on 14 May.

The first round of interviews, the second round (case interview) and the third round of interviews will take place in June. 


The Gerrit Rietveld Academy strives for a broader representation of staff, students, partners and programmes that reflects the diversity of the city and the field. Anyone wishing to contribute to this is expressly invited to respond. 

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.