[artinfo] De Appel arts centre Seeking Director

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De Appel arts centre Seeking Director

De Appel arts centre, established in 1975, is an internationally 
acclaimed art institution, occupying a key position in the contemporary 
art scene and in the field of curatorial studies. Over the past decades 
de Appel has built up an ambitious public programme, primarily 
consisting of exhibitions and including performances, lectures and 
conferences and discussions. A unique hybrid, de Appel also realizes an 
Expertise Programme, which includes two professional development 
programmes. The Curatorial Programme, begun in 1994, and the Gallerist 
Programma (since 2012, in cooperation with the Fair Gallery) enable 
cultural producers to expand and enhance their professional knowledge. 
The institution is housed in a unique and recently renovated historical 
building, opened in May, 2012, and receives structural financial support 
from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the City 
of Amsterdam.

Since 2006, the institution has been headed by director Ann Demeester. 
As Demeester will be assuming the leadership of the Frans Hals Museum 
and de Hallen arts centre in Haarlem from 1 February 2014, de Appel arts 
centre is now seeking a Director (for 36 hours per week).

Job description
The Director is both the artistic and the administrative head of the 
institution. He or she has the final responsibility for policy, 
programme, budget, administration and general operation of de Appel arts 
centre, while working in close cooperation with the business manager. 
Among the director's primary tasks are the development and realization 
of the public programme, with about five exhibition periods per year, 
and a supplementary discursive and educational programme. The Director 
is in charge of the development and implementation of the Curatorial 
Programme and the Gallerist Programme. Furthermore, the director is 
responsible for enlarging de Appel's appeal to potential new audience 
groups, and should seek to acquaint a broad and interested audience with 
the latest developments in contemporary art. He or she must have an 
understanding of both financial and human resource administration, and 
will contribute to developing new strategies for fund raising and 
alternative financing. The director maintains close relationships with 
artists and partner institutions, private and public funders and patrons 
in The Netherlands and abroad, and with representatives of both national 
and local government. The Director is accountable to the Board of the 
foundation and leads a knowledgeable staff of eight full-time employees, 
supplemented by freelancers, interns and volunteers.

De Appel arts centre is looking for a Director with great expertise and 
independence, who has a clear and unique vision with regard to de 
Appel's profile and position and a strategic vision of the arts sector. 
He or she must have institutional and management experience within the 
field of contemporary art, and a broad national and international 
network. The job requires outstanding social skills, and the ability to 
think and work at an academic level. The Director should be able to 
strengthen the institution's front-rank position in the field, 
nationally and internationally, and be able to enter into partnerships 
that can expand the institution's social and financial base. The 
Director of de Appel arts centre must live in Amsterdam, and connect to 
both city and region. Applicants with a different native language must 
be willing and able to learn Dutch.

The appointment is initially for a period of one year, and upon possible 
extension for an unlimited time. Salary is set at a maximum of 55,000 
EUR annually, with other conditions by mutual agreement.

You can send your letter of application with a CV by e-mail to the 
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Alexandra van Huffelen, at 
vacature at deappel.nl. The closing date for applications is 24 November 2013.

The first round of interviews will be held on 6 January 2014, the second 
round on 20 January 2014. Prior to this you will receive supplementary 
information about de Appel arts centre. A psychological test may be part 
of the procedure. If you do not meet the above profile, you are kindly 
requested not to apply.

De Appel arts centre
Prins Hendrikkade 142
1011 AT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 62 55 651

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