We are looking for a Director for our Arts Programme

We are looking for a Director for our Arts Programme

The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland enables progressive personal and societal change through art and culture. By carrying out ambitious, interdisciplinary projects with a positive impact we enrich and diversify connections and collaborations between cultural professionals in Finland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Our work is based on equality, accessibility and transparency. We promote an anti-racist work-culture.

We are looking for a Director for our Arts Programme

The new Arts Programme Director will join a tight-knit team with a cross-disciplinary approach. The chosen person will work closely with the Society Programme Director and the Institute’s Director, as well as the Institute’s networks in the UK, Ireland and Finland, planning and managing the Institute’s programme. In the coming years, our programme will have a strong focus on performing arts, contemporary arts and progressive societal matters within arts, culture and design.

In order to succeed in this job you have:

Insight: You understand and take a creative interest in arts and culture in Finland, the United Kingdom and/or the Republic of Ireland. You are good at identifying emerging and relevant movements, as well as potential partner organisations and independent collaborators in arts and culture.

Networks: You are skilled in building and maintaining cross-border and cross-disciplinary professional networks. You have a proven record of developing sustainable, long-term impact in your networks and communities. You have close connections to Finland and Finnish culture. Knowledge of Finnish cultural actors and professional organisations in the fields of performing arts and/or contemporary arts is required. Professionally relevant networks in Scotland and/or Ireland are considered a plus.

Initiative: You have proven ability to think and work both on strategic and practical levels; you are impact-driven and not afraid to take initiative.

Interpersonal skills: You are committed to equality, accessibility and transparency. You adhere to inclusive and anti-racist principles. You are a team-oriented individual, who understands the dynamics of a small and agile work unit.

Communications skills: You will manage the Institute’s day-to-day communications. Experience in communication and stakeholder management is considered essential.

Qualifications: You have a relevant Master’s Degree or higher. You are fluent in written and spoken Finnish and have an excellent command of English. The Arts Programme Director is recruited on a three-year contract with an option to extend the contract, subject to agreement.

The new Programme Director will start their work in London as soon as the visa procedures permit, ideally in the summer. Our office is in Somerset House in central London.

More information:

Director Jaakko Nousiainen, by email (jaakko.nousiainen@fininst.uk) and by phone on Thursdays 14, 21 and 28 March, 10am-3pm UK/Irish time, 12.00-17.00 Finnish time, +44(0)7711004801.

Please send your application with a motivation letter and your CV as a PDF file by the end of Sunday 31 March, 9.59pm UK time, 23:59 Finnish time via this link.

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