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Designer in Residence

Role Introduction

We are looking to appoint a Designer in Residence to share the breadth of their experience combining up-to-date subject knowledge with significant experience and enthusiasm in a range of design related activities. They will be expected to contribute broadly to the life of the Design Schools. This role may suit someone seeking to develop their teaching skills in a superbly resourced department. The successful candidate will work alongside existing staff in maintaining excellent standards in the department. The ability to inspire pupils and to engage with them in a constructive and supportive manner is essential.

Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Main Duties


  • Support the work of the Design schools. This may include: administrative support, resource management, team-teaching, individual or group support sessions, covering staff absence, assisting in our partner institutions;
  • Participate in society meetings and departmental trips;
  • Develop opportunities to extend student engagement with your subject.


  • Be committed to the safeguarding of all young people and have a clear understanding of the school's safeguarding policies and procedures;
  • Provide logistical support on the school's major Open Days, at parent-teacher meetings and by supervising of bus travel from and back to the school on 'leave' weekends;
  • Treat pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect and observing boundaries appropriate to your professional position;
  • Under the direction of the House Master, perform weekly House Assistant duties within one of the school's boarding houses.
  • Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
  • Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.

The Ideal Candidate

Key skills and experience:

  • be a designer who is a passionate advocate for their subject;
  • be able to communicate with, enthuse and motivate young people;
  • be excited to join a high-achieving and reflective academic culture;
  • have an outstanding record of academic engagement and achievement;
  • be a positive, forward-looking and collaborative colleague;
  • be committed to your own professional development;
  • value and embrace life in a full-boarding community and contribute whole-heartedly to all aspects of school life
  • a strong academic profile and passion for your specialist field(s) and a willingness to share your expertise;
  • the ability to model appropriate behaviours to young people and to liaise with school staff and parents;
  • experience of and enthusiasm for a range of co-curricular areas;
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people;
  • a desire to be fully involved with the life of a busy boarding-school;
  • flexibility, combined with the ability to juggle a variety of tasks;
  • high levels of personal organisation and initiative, combined with the ability to make things happen;
  • strong ICT competence and willingness to use new technologies;
  • demonstrable interest in the welfare and pastoral well-being of young people;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • a positive attitude, an optimistic approach to change and development, a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour


Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme, free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discounts at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on so we can make adjustments accordingly. 


Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including, but not limited to, reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (including Barred List information), an online search and, where applicable, Prohibition checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

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