D.R.A.W. Recruitment

Head of Programming, Art Foundation


Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: Berlin, Germany
Job description:

A newly founded non-profit art foundation based in Berlin working at the interface of art, science and new technologies, is looking to fill the position of Head of Programming starting early 2020 to support the strategic direction of the organisation by coordinating and developing exhibitions, programs and audience experiences in accordance with its mission and goals.

The foundation presents exhibitions of contemporary and pioneering historical art works, using the medium of light in a broader sense and closely collaborates with artists, commissions site specific installations and initiates spatial interventions offering synesthetic experiences for all audiences. In creating an interdisciplinary platform, the foundation aims to challenge the perception of the present and wants to stimulate the imagination of the future. Prior to the opening of permanent premises pilot projects are staged at selected locations in Berlin and around the globe.                               Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategy for the overall program together with the Director, including exhibitions, supporting programs, educational programs, etc. to ensure alignment with organisation’s vision, mission and goals.
  • Oversee and plan the program, providing artistic direction with regards to institutions, themes, artists, curators, etc.
  • Plan, develop, and implement artistic commissions and exhibitions using both internal and external resources.
  • Supervise and coordinate staff including adjunct curators and associate curators towards accomplishing institutions’ goals.
  • Develop and maintain collaborations with external curators, experts and institutions.
  • Develop and maintain processes and procedures based on industry best-practices.
  • Develop and manage department and project budgets.
  • Monitor and analyse all projects to ensure that goals and objectives for content development and interpretive design are met.
  • Coordinate, produce and contribute to internal and external publications.
  • Provide information and content regarding exhibitions and programs for website and social media activities.
  • Identify potential exhibition funding opportunities and support efforts to raise funds.
  • Undertake research and artists’ studio visits within Europe and internationally.
  • Be an active and visible member of the national, international, and regional art community, and participate in the overall advancement of the institution and its programs.

Minimum Requirements and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in art history or related field, PhD or equivalent preferred.
  • 7+ years of related experience developing exhibitions in a museum setting and five years in a museum leadership position with a record of increasing professional responsibility and measurable accomplishments.
  • Proven track record of curated exhibitions and publications.
  • Administrative skills in areas such as leadership development, project management and budgeting are required.
  • Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of research tools and methodology.
  • Comprehensive understanding of fundraising.
  • Exceptional research and verbal and written communication skills (English, German preferred).
  • Strong negotiation, resource management, and people skills.
  • Self-directed and motivated, ability to work independently or with other team members to achieve objectives.
  • Flexibility (occasional evening and weekend hours as well as travel required).