Call for expressions of interest in the post of RCO Chief Examiner

Call for expressions of interest in the post of RCO Chief Examiner


The RCO’s accreditation programme comprises a suite of diploma examinations and an early-level certificate scheme (newly established) in organ playing. Aside from organ playing, the College also accredits the related disciplines of organ teaching and choral directing. The diploma and early-level awards programmes are overseen by the institution’s Academic Board, which is chaired by the RCO’s Director and comprises the College’s management team (ex officio) and a number of co-opted members representing a broad range of professional and educational interests.

Following the decision of Patrick Russill, the current incumbent, to stand down after twelve years, the College is seeking to recruit as Chief Examiner an organist of the highest calibre, who possesses excellent academic credentials and broad vision. A professional knowledge of, and empathy for, choral training and choral direction would also be welcome. The position is a part-time appointment with an element of seasonality (the RCO’s two main examining periods are January and July), amounting to around 14–16 days per annum. Details of remuneration are available on request. The post is currently scheduled to commence on 1 October 2017.

The duties will encompass:

1. Scrutiny of all accreditation procedures and delivery in line with Academic Board policies
2. Scrutiny of, and where necessary editorial contribution to, practical and theoretical material commissioned for use in diploma examinations
3. Advising on the appointment of examiners for both practical and theoretical assessments
4. Contributing to the design and delivery of examiner training as appropriate
5. Selective visiting of examination panels to observe and to guarantee standards across the accreditation programme
6. Sampling of selected practical and theoretical diploma reports and worked papers for the purposes of moderation in order to guarantee standards across the accreditation programme
7. Handling of complaints and appeals, and related correspondence
8. Contributing to, and leading where appropriate, developmental/review work – including, but not limited to, regulations, syllabus content, and assessment criteria – in line with Academic Board policies and initiatives

The post holder will be viewed as part of the College’s management team, and will have an ex officio place on the Academic Board. The Chief Examiner will work with, and be responsible to, the RCO’s Deputy Director & Director of Studies. Agreeing to the College’s Safeguarding procedures will be a requirement. Women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in the College’s management and governance, and applications from suitably qualified members of these groups are encouraged.

All enquiries and/or expressions of interest (along with a cv and the contact details of two referees) should be sent by Friday 30 June 2017 to Andrew McCrea, Deputy Director & Director of Studies, Royal College of Organists: andrew.mccrea@rco.org.uk

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