World Press Photo – Exhibitions Manager and Curator (Junior)

Vacature | Organisatie: World Press Photo | Functie: Exhibitions Manager and Curator (Junior) | Plaats: Amsterdam | Omvang: 40 uur per week | Sluitingsdatum: 01/05/2019

The World Press Photo Foundation believes in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories. Our purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter. We create and support the conditions that make possible the stories that matter.

We showcase stories that make people stop, feel, think and act. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning. We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling.

Each year the annual World Press Photo exhibition travels to 110 locations in 45 countries around the world. In addition, we also have a portfolio of special exhibitions highlighting work from the foundation’s new programs, including the African Photojournalism Database and the 6×6 Global Talent Program.

The Exhibitions Team is currently looking for an

Exhibitions Manager and Curator (Junior)

to work with us full time, starting on 1 July 2019.

Exhibitions Manager and Curator (Junior)
The exhibitions program is central to the foundation’s impact and connects the world to the stories that matter by directly reaching a global audience of more than four million people each year. The exhibitions program is also central to the World Press Photo Foundation’s operation as a social enterprise. The foundation is an independent, non-profit organization, and we generate two-thirds of our revenue from our activities, with the exhibition program the primary source.

The exhibitions team currently consists of 9 people who passionately work with one goal in mind: maximising impact through reaching as many people as possible. We do this by showing the different World Press Photo exhibitions and organising related side programs like guided tours, lectures and workshops. We maximise impact by executing and growing the exhibitions portfolio and by innovating and developing new output forms.

We work dynamically and flexible; we deal with last minute exhibition requests, fast production processes and short deadlines. Although you manage your portfolio of exhibitions individually, you work together intensively with the other team members. A normal day for an exhibition team member in the office is hectic, fun, fast-paced and satisfying. Although you and most team members will be travelling 25% of the time, the team relies heavily on, and happily supports each other where needed.

Your tasks

  • Account- and contract management of a portfolio of specific international exhibition partners and maintaining contact with these exhibitions partners throughout the year
  • Project management, monitoring budgets and maintaining the financial administration of exhibitions partners
  • Preparing, curating, installing and promoting exhibitions worldwide
  • Representing the organization in press conferences, exhibition openings and lectures, guided tours, etc
  • Identifying and contacting prospective exhibition partners based on the foundation’s annual plan
  • (Co-)acquiring new exhibition locations and partners
  • Providing an active contribution to cross departmental projects such as the production of new exhibitions, the yearbook, contests and events

Your profile
You will be a creative, positive, and high-energy individual with hands-on mentality. You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging, dynamic environment that requires problem-solving skills and a high attention to detail. You will be a self-starter with a can-do attitude that actively seeks out opportunities, and you will meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate degree in business administration, economics, the humanities or social sciences
  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years’ experience in project- and partner management in an international setting, preferably in the cultural/NGO sector
  • Proven entrepreneurial skills in organizing cultural, journalistic or media events
  • Proven team player with strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills (e.g. humor and tact) in both written and verbal forms
  • Broad general knowledge, with a special knowledge of, or interest in, media, visual journalism and storytelling
  • Excellent spoken and written fluency in English (other languages are a plus)
  • Must be willing to travel long distances regularly (65 days a year)
  • Living in Amsterdam or willing to move to the area

General information
The World Press Photo Foundation wants to enhance the diversity of its workforce. We do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, gender, nationality, race or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. We encourage applications that can make the organization a better reflection of global society. 
People with non-Western migration backgrounds are especially invited to apply.

This position is at the moment only open to EU citizens or individuals with an existing and valid work permit for the EU.

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please contact Erik Jager, Manager HRM (, +31 (0)20 676 6096.

How to apply
Please respond in English before 1 May by filling in the application form. Please submit both your CV and a letter of motivation in English as a .pdf document. You can start your application by clicking here.

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