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Head About the Society

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is a registered educational charity and membership association. Our mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms: to promote knowledge of dance; provide up-to-date techniques for members and maintain and improve teaching standards.

With approximately 6,000 members in over 55 countries worldwide, the Society conducts over 120,000 examinations each year. We were recently listed by Ofqual as one of the top 20 largest awarding organisations in England and in the top 5 for delivery of performing arts examinations.

The Society aspires to be a world leader in dance education, setting the benchmark for best practice through our extensive syllabi and teacher training. We are committed to becoming a dynamic, future-focused organisation that promotes the social, cultural, physical and educational benefits of dance for all.

Summary of the Role

We are looking to recruit a Head of Membership who will be responsible for creating and implementing the membership growth strategy, covering recruitment, retention and engagement activities in order to deliver volume and income growth against ambitious targets.

The Head of Membership will be the champion and will seek to improve the membership experience at every touchpoint. This role will report directly to the Director of Membership and Communications.

How to apply

To apply, please send a letter of application and CV to

The letter of application should summarise what you are able to bring to the role and how you meet the person specification. The successful candidates will also be required to provide details for two recent references that can evidence skills and suitability to carry out this role, (whether in an employed or voluntary capacity).

Start date: From Monday 3 October 2022 (earliest – flexible depending on notice period)

Please download the full job specification and our recruitment pack below