Salwa Foundation: Director

Salwa Foundation in Amsterdam is looking for a Director for 0,8-1 fte | Vacancy for a Paid position, Freelance/ZZP | Deadline: 08-12-2021

Salwa Foundation is an Amsterdam-based platform that designs programs for artists with a migrant background, offering an entry point for emerging artists into the Dutch cultural scene. As an organization SALWA in the past three years has been a groundbreaking artistic platform for newcomer artists from diverse backgrounds, ensuring inclusion in the Dutch/ European artistic scene. The project they have successfully conducted in the past years in include: public programming for The Eye Filmmuseum, cultural collaboration with Goethe-institut, Future Framing course with the royal academy of the hague among others.

Currently, the organization is in constant growth, successfully transitioning into a well-noted curation team, well-regarded art accelerator program, and space hosting multi-disciplinary inclusive and diverse artistic expression for the cohorts of emerging artists with a migrant background and community in Holland.

Are you an empathetic leader who wants to amplify the voices of artists with a migrant background in the Netherlands? Then you might be the one to fulfill our vacancy for

Director (f/m/x)

0,8-1 fte

SALWA is a small grassroots organization looking for an enthusiastic director that will support us to continue to develop and expand our programs and presence in the Dutch art space in the coming years. We are looking for someone who can carry the vision and mission of the founders: to amplify the multiple voices of emerging artists with a migrant background in the Netherlands.

Having recently received funding for our 2022 program –thank you, Mondriaanfonds – we are currently focusing on building solid programs and growing our community in the Netherlands. We think global and act local.

SALWA is looking for a dynamic, creative, and compassionate character who can work closely with the team to manage the current and growing portfolio of programming through 2022 and beyond. Someone to keep an eye on the future and long-term planning as well as providing guidance and leadership on direction and vision in major decisions we make while moving forward.

We’re a small team, and looking for someone we can align ourselves with. It is important to us that we are on the same page in the ongoing work of decolonizing the artworld. The needs of our community come first, and transforming the Dutch/EU art scene to be more inclusive and equitable can happen in the wake of our taking. We are looking for someone who embodies the ambition to create a welcoming alternative and is willing to work with us to build a long-term support structure.

Tasks and qualities:

  • a kind, clear and compassionate person who is energized and willing to lead our small team.
  • committed to supporting the development of emerging artists through coordination and communicating ongoing programs, budgeting, and timelines.
  • coordinating and initiating fundraising and grant writing.
  • building and maintaining strong connections to the local Dutch art scene, emerging artists and partner institutions.
  • ability to make decisions, delegate tasks, evaluate programs and to collaborate with team members.
  • able and willing to make decisions for hiring and logistics.
  • a friendly team player who interacts with co-workers on the basis of openness and trust, with a listening, empowering and coaching approach to leadership;
    strong communication skills, open to receiving and giving honest feedback, so we can learn and grow together.
  • sincere, reliable, mature, interculturally sensitive person with a sense of humor
  • acts and thinks with an awareness of power structures and intersectional approaches, allowing us to explore and express our many differences.
  • ability to effectively work and report to the advisory board in a clear and transparent manner, including responsibility for financial management data with support from our external accountants.

Our team speaks in English, Arabic and Dutch. Fluency in English is required for this position, as well as at least basic Dutch. We welcome all the other languages you may speak.

Emerging artists, curators and community leaders with a migrant background are highly encouraged to apply.

The position is full-time 4-5 days a week based on a 36 hour work week for fulltime, depending on the individual and their experience/ability. The contract for this project will be freelance/ZZP for a probationary period of 3-months with a renewal based on an agreement from the board for an additional year at a time. The salary offered is in line with the fair practice code for cultural organizations in the Netherlands.


Meer informatie over de organisatie: zie onze website.