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American School Foundation in Mexico The vacancy includes teaching of IB Theatre, Drama and Drama Production. School website: http://www.asf.edu.mx/ Contact the school head – Paul Williams on firstname.lastname@example.orgTheatre Technician Position – TASIS
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The 29 festivals for the 2015-2016 ISTA year have been successfully launched!!!
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Could you make Drama the heart of The International School of Penang? Details of a drama teacher vacancy here: http://t.co/p4P2AfvmCl
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ISTA are excited to announce the full time appointment of Ian Pike as event coordinator for TaPS and IB workshops http://t.co/uJ7BJYcOcc
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Discovery College Hong Kong are advertising for a Head of Drama to lead a high-functioning Drama department http://t.co/p4P2AfvmCl
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RT @Lisa_o_leary: Get a glimpse of ISB MS drama Students at ISTA, Shanghai, in this latest video https://t.co/7ef4kcn9Ob @ISB_MS @share_IST…
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As well as Emmy’s Behind the Scenes I have my own area of work that falls into this description. At the trustee meeting in June I presented a series of challenges facing the organization in the coming few years. Nothing scary, nothing necessarily to worry about but issues that we do have to put right this year to protect ISTA. And steps that I know the membership will welcome.
I have been working with a couple of consultants here in Perth and one of them summed it up beautifully. This next phase is about taking ISTA from a cottage to a manor. So I returned to Perth after my summer trip determined to crack on.
The list of issues falls into several broad areas:
1. Financial: building in greater % margins for ISTA as we are so dependent on surplus’s from events; creating clear, transparent and long term policies for increases in membership and event registration fees with a very clear rationale for holding fees or increasing them at any given time; same for artist fees; creating a long term salary structure for all staff.
2. Managing risk: creating a full organizational risk policy that includes risk assessments for events as well as the organization as a whole.
3. Succession planning: getting ISTA out of my head and into systems and processes that will protect the organization in the future.
4. Artistic audit: setting out a plan (much like the course review for IB subjects) where we ‘audit’ the artistic models we use at festivals, TaPS and for our PD events and create a system for regularly reviewing, consulting, changing and implementing what we do at events.
5. PD for staff and artists: Explore the needs of our staff with regard to PD; implement regular PD opportunities first and foremost for ADs and Reps; moving on to SELs at festivals and TaPS.
Having been back for a couple of months now I’m delighted to report great strides have been taken. I have recently begun working with Chris Bowman (ex director at International School Luxembourg). I worked with Chris over the summer at the PTC in Miami and Chris will be helping me, the trustees and ISTA to create and implement a robust strategic plan that will help address all the above aspects of our work.
I am also working with Exeter based legal firm, Michelmores on contracts, staff handbooks and other areas where we need very clear legal support. And I’m about to begin working with Chris Woodford of Capita in the UK who’s going to help Tom and I finalize policies and the whole management of risk.
Another case of getting those right people on the bus. This phase/work felt quite daunting at the trustee meeting but now I have support and am getting started it is hugely exciting. It’s also so very valuable as it’ll mean ISTA’s longevity is guaranteed.