We are looking for a new chair of the Executive Board for the independent Gerrit Rietveld Academie: an inspiring, experienced and empathetic figurehead with a global outlook, affinity with art, culture and art education and a vision on 'diversity and inclusion' and 'ecology and sustainability'.

Due to the expiration of the board term of the current chair of the Executive Board, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for a new chair of the Executive Board.

The new Chair of the Executive Board (m/f/x) (32-40 hrs p/wk)

The Chair of the Executive Board is responsible for the further development of the mission, vision and strategy, always in collaboration with the Academie community and reflecting the decentralised management philosophy. A good listener, the Chair will develop the vision with the Academie, at least involving the Participatory Council, Unsettling and a range of student representatives, such as the Student Council and the Unions. The Chair will have the ability to distil a clear way forward from the different perspectives held across the Academie. In this, it is important for the Chair to be able to bring knowledge and vision to the Academie community while also taking inspiration from it. 

The Chair will be an inspirational figure with ample experience in governance. Someone capable of gaining an overview of all parts of the Academie: Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, workshops, research and operations. The actual internal management is mainly carried out by the other members of the management team, who have a clear mandate.

Since the lecturers and students come from across the world, a Chair is sought who has experience of working in an international environment and context. Even more importantly, the new Chair must have experience in the practical application of inclusivity, diversity and sustainability. 

All of this calls for a style of governance in which listening, entrusting people, sharing information, delegating responsibilities and collaboration are paramount. By applying this style, the Chair will inspire and moderate the conversation about the core activities and institutional priorities, which prevails within the Academie community. The new Chair will be capable of reconciling this style of governance with decisiveness and vigour, wherever and whenever necessary. 

The Chair will also respond in a recognisable and visible manner to changes and developments in the professional field, society and politics.

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The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is guided in this procedure by the executive search agency Colourful People. For more information about the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the position or the procedure, you can contact Naima Azough, senior partner at Colourful People, by email: n.azough@colourfulpeople.nl or telephone: +31 (0)6 4344 9717.

You can apply for this position by uploading your letter and CV no later than Sunday January 23, 2022 via the 'Apply' button on the website of Colourful People

Talks with the selection committee are scheduled for weeks 10 and 11/12 in 2022. The Gerrit Rietveld Academie aims to complete this procedure by the end of April 2022.