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We believe in the value of identifying and unlocking potential, and we look forward to meeting people driven by curiosity, integrity, and an interesting perspective on life. If the work we do inspires you, submit your CV and cover letter to talent@alserkal.online. We look forward to learning more about you, and to exploring a potential future at Alserkal Initiatives.

Marketing Manager | Alserkal Advisory
The responsibilities of the Marketing Manager cover communications and marketing activities, including briefing in paid social and digital marketing and website SEO organic grow briefing to the digital manager, brief the content executive on content creation across all channels, and overall campaign management for the B2B and B2C Advisory outreach and promotion.

About Alserkal

Alserkal is a socially responsible and forward-thinking cultural enterprise dedicated to developing sustainable models for homegrown initiatives with a commitment to nurturing alternative ideas and impactful research with regional relevance. Founded in 2007 by Emirati businessman and patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal is renowned for its ground-breaking artistic productions, experimental approach and for the creation of culturally meaningful spaces that inspire and shape communities. Alserkal has three primary areas of activity: cultivating a creative economy in Dubai and building a collaborative network of civic-cultural institutions through its renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue; providing advisory services to public and private sector entities; and, supporting public artist commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes through its non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation.

Alserkal has transformed the cultural landscape of Dubai and the UAE through the creation of a thriving, region-specific community of over 70 contemporary art galleries, visual and performing arts organisations, designers and entrepreneur-led businesses at Alserkal Avenue, providing an essential platform for the development of creative industries in the region.

Alserkal utilises its collective expertise in arts initiatives and cultural production, heritage creation, community building and engagement, as well as urbanism and planning for creative industries, to guide public and private sector entities in developing sustainable and responsive business models.

About Alserkal Advisory

We are a multidisciplinary practice comprised of Alserkal’s founding team in addition to thinkers, researchers, and specialists in diverse fields from multiple geographies. Our advisory practice helps develop cultural production and establish spaces for polyphonic voices. We challenge conventional business practices, embracing a conscious approach to reimagining cultural destinations and crafting audience-specific public programmes that resonate with our communities, while also assessing our impact on society, the environment, and local economies.

Our work is collaborative and process-based, enabling a shared authority for cultural ideation through critical thinking and social agency. Our intellectual labour is grounded in an ethos of care and long-term cooperation with our artists, writers, practitioners, partners, and clients. While we seek to innovate and re-imagine artistic interventions, we are also mindful of the importance of developing strategies that ensure their longevity and sustenance.

As an independent and privately owned practice, proudly born in Dubai, we work unhindered by agendas. While working to achieve our partners’ cultural ambitions, we remain culturally sensitive to the traditions and histories of our region and beyond. This lived understanding of regional and local dynamics constitutes a cornerstone of our research-driven, context-sensitive approach to any project we pursue. We select projects diligently, ensuring our expertise and clients’ expectations align to produce meaningful, history-making outcomes that reflect our thinking, values and ethos.

The Marketing Manager is an important role in Alserkal Advisory team, creating effective campaigns to promote the activities at Alserkal Advisory. The Marketing Manager is responsible for conceiving of and implementing the marketing and comms plan to support business objectives, alongside overall campaign management, working across social media, the website, and in coordination with the Director of Marketing, digital and design managers. The role is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, as well as spearheading new ideas to ensure overarching objectives for each of the business units are delivered.

The position reports into the Director of Marketing

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Marketing Manager cover communications and marketing activities, including briefing in paid social and digital marketing and website SEO organic grow briefing to the digital manager, brief the content executive on content creation across all channels, and overall campaign management for the B2B and B2C Advisory outreach and promotion.

Marketing and campaign management :

  • Responsible for development of marketing campaigns from concept to execution for commercial outreach, b2b positioning and client’ project requirements
  • Oversee paid digital and paid and organic social media campaigns - from concept and brief to setting budgets and objectives, reviewing results delivered by the digital manager and the Advisory marketing executives and tweaking as necessary, and full reporting.
  • Create and manage marketing campaigns for specific events that are part of the Advisory client’s portfolio
  • Project management along with Digital Manager for digital and offline campaigns, with responsibility for ensuring internal and external team members are on target for both deadlines and goals
  • Liaise with Communications Executive or Copywriters to ensure social media posts are on-message and effective for campaigns
  • Develop and oversee the execution of the social media strategy for Alserkal Advisory, and their existing channels and new channels, reflecting current business objectives and using this to support digital marketing strategies
  • Liaise with Head of Brand to ensure all digital assets reflect the Alserkal brands

Direct Marketing, CRM, Newsletters

  • Oversee and support the creation and implementation of a data strategy, including acquisition campaign, audience profiling, and streamlining data collection processes
  • Oversee and support the Marketing Executive on newsletter strategy, considering frequency, audiences, content and automation

Lead generation and business

  • Responsible for business leads strategy in collaboration with the Director of Marketing
  • Responsible for continuous update of the Advisory portfolio
  • Responsible for market and background/competitive research for the Advisory positioning as well as for clients’ projects
  • Supervise content and design of Portfolio, client reports, monthly reports (marketing, social media, and more)
  • Oversight of branding and brand execution – examples: kickoff meetings, setting a template, provide feedback and reports on results - in collaboration with the design team
  • Client facing on specific project to understand briefs and create actionable plans within deadline

Website

  • Oversee the marketing executive/copywriter to deliver changes to the website content in order to make the proposition clear as well as appeal to audiences using compelling copy, UX and case studies
  • Responsible for planning all content for the website including regular inclusion of new case studies.


Required skills + experience

  • A degree or equivalent in Marketing, Communications, Business Studies or equivalent subject
  • 5-7 years’ experience working in a marketing environment with experience creating and implementing content and digital strategies for a brand
  • Strong grasp of working with numerical data for monitoring and reporting purposes
  • Strong project management experience, with experience managing projects from beginning to end
  • Budget and expenses management
  • An interest in arts and culture

Position type and expected hours of work

This is a full-time, project-based position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Weekend hours and overtime might be required during intense periods and/or during special projects and events.

Senior Graphic Designer
We are looking for a talented and creative Senior Graphic Designer to work closely with our Head of Brand and Design to ideate and execute campaigns, bring our brand and sub-brands to life and create striking designs across both digital and physical assets.

Job description

We are looking for a talented and creative Senior Graphic Designer to work closely with our Head of Brand and Design to ideate and execute campaigns, bring our brand and sub-brands to life and create striking designs across both digital and physical assets. This is a busy and demanding position that involves the execution of creative, high-quality branding, visual presence and attention to detail. Independent judgement and organisational thoroughness are necessary to prioritise and complete tasks, alongside a creative flair that is continually looking to create unique and unconventional designs. The ability to work collaboratively to tight deadlines in a cross-functional environment is necessary, along with resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit.

This position reports directly to the Head of Brand and Design.

Responsibilities

  • Development of online and print projects
  • Brand campaign concept delivery and rollout
  • Event campaign concept delivery and rollout
  • Collateral for events, including invitations, programmes, signage, wayfinding and digital/social media asset
  • GIF animation for digital assets
  • Creating design templates for digital and social media
  • Working closely with our Social Media agency to ensure design consistency
  • Designing presentation decks with a quick turnaround
  • Ensuring alserkal.online visually reflects the brands and continues to push boundaries
  • Ensuring all touch points are on brand
  • Briefing photographers and videographers for specific projects, i.e. event coverage
  • Ensure sustainability is at the heart of all design concepts and execution.

Knowledge & Education

  • A Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, branding, illustration
  • 5 years of experience in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Excellent design skills and typography.
  • A demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to arts and culture
  • A background is the events industry is a plus

Skills

  • High levels of proficiency with the Adobe creative suite programmes
  • Strong portfolio in art direction, branding and print, digital design campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work within an environment subject to change
  • The ability to multitask while ensuring the highest quality execution possible within
    set deadlines
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism
  • Energy and drive with a focus on successful delivery
  • Good time management
  • Keen sense of attention to detail with a view to implementing and maintaining brand identity
  • Good communication skills and ability to take guidance and implement
  • High level of proficiency in Keynote
  • Animation or video editing skills are a plus
  • Very organised and able to deliver on time and under pressure with little guidance

Interests

  • Contemporary art & culture
  • Graphics and typography, as well as new developments in design software
  • Staying up-to-date with current trends and techniques within graphic design industry

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position based in the Alserkal office. Working hours are Monday– Friday from 10AM to 6PM with overtime and weekend work needed in busy periods.

Content Manager and Copywriter | Alserkal
We are looking for an experienced Content Manager to join a dynamic and fast-paced team to take on editorial responsibility for alserkal.online, alongside the creation of all content for Alserkal and its initiatives.

We are looking for an experienced Content Manager to join a dynamic and fast-paced team to take on editorial responsibility for alserkal.online, alongside the creation of all content for Alserkal and its initiatives. The role demands someone who thrives in a high-intensity position environment and who has a strong track record of delivering editorial projects from concept to publishing. The ideal candidate will have experience in commissioning multimedia pieces, be passionate about storytelling and a fresh perspective on how to deliver key messages.

This full-time position reports directly to the Director of Marketing at Alserkal.

Responsibilities include:

Editorial management

  • Develop and deliver a content strategy for alserkal.online, outlining a clear content journey from website to social media, newsletter and offline touchpoints
  • Editorial management of alserkal.online, including planning the editorial calendar, commissioning work to freelancers, writing articles and managing video and podcast production
  • Ensure content calendar is followed, with deadlines being met consistently
  • Review visitor analytics to alserkal.online, making suggested changes and improvements based on statistics
  • Management of the freelancer roster to ensure diverse forms of expression and a variety of perspectives are delivered
  • Work with the marketing director to ensure that strategic objectives for the marketing team and the organisation are being met through alserkal.online

Corporate Communications Content

  • Work with Marketing Director to develop key messages and message houses for Alserkal and its initiatives as well as key messages for spokespeople as required in collaboration with the Director of Strategy
  • Responsible for corporate communications, including drafting and editing letters, speeches, corporate profiles, case studies and any other writing that may be required from the organisation
  • Work alongside the Director of Marketing and the Head of Brand to storyboard brand videos, documentation and social media content for corporate communications, creating narratives and working with a team to bring the concept to life
  • Maintain boilerplates and biographies, updating content as needed
  • Handle all copywriting of press materials, including but not limited to press releases, interviews, statements and speeches
  • Ensure style guide is regularly reviewed and maintained, and being followed in all communications
  • Assist marketing director in ensuring tone of voice is implemented across our brands and subsidiaries, training new team members and auditing across the team

Digital Content Creation

  • Developing engaging content to build the Alserkal brand and all its initiatives across a variety of communication channels, from social media to newsletters, websites, and any other owned or earned media.
  • Support the Head of Brand & Design in the development of event and brand campaigns.
  • Copy editing and proofreading for all brochures and events programmes.
  • Support the Head of the Brand on the development of signage, wayfinding and visitor experience in terms of copy where required.
  • Creating engaging content to build the brand across digital including text and video content for social media, content for newsletters, and any new channels.
  • Develop copy for presentations or copyediting and proof reading against required, often tight, deadlines.

Team Management

  • Work with third-party freelancers and agencies as required, writing briefs, reviewing proposals and ensuring work delivered is as per contract.

Knowledge & Education

  • Educated to a Bachelor’s degree level or equivalent and holding relevant professional qualifications in Writing/Marketing/Communications/Public Relations/ or similar
  • Strong editorial, copywriting and content creation experience in the arts and culture field
  • Experience of developing and managing multimedia content
  • A demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to arts and culture within the MEASA region
  • 7+ years’ experience in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Arabic is a plus.

Required skills

  • Proven editorial skills, with experience of creating an editorial calendar, and responsibility for the process from start to end
  • Affinity for strategy
  • Budget management skills
  • Strong reporting and analysis
  • Strong writing skills, and able to adapt tone of voice to different subjects
  • Multimedia management, e.g. development of concepts for videos and podcasts
  • Ability to develop and balance key messaging
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team
  • High levels of self-motivation, with the ability to work within an environment subject to change
  • Resilient and comfortable working under pressure
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to multitask, simultaneously manage multiple projects at once, while ensuring highest quality execution possible within the initial deadlines set
  • Confident and outgoing, used to networking and substantial experience in outward facing roles
  • Well spoken, with great presentation and communication skills
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach, always looking for ways to improve our offering
  • Enthusiastic and engaged, actively seeking feedback on his/her performance and behaviour in order to continually improve the performance, and seeking out opportunities to learn, grow and develop.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm, with Saturdays/Sundays and/or overtime required during busy times or leading up to projects.

Foundation Manager, Alserkal Arts Foundation
The Foundation Manager is a key role within the Foundation, dedicated to driving the Alserkal family’s vision, leading to long-term legacy-building, rigorous programming, a research grants scheme, colloquia, a dynamic art commissions programme that enhances the public realm, and a successful residency programme

About Alserkal

Alserkal is a socially responsible and forward-thinking cultural enterprise dedicated to developing sustainable models for homegrown initiatives with a commitment to nurturing alternative ideas and impactful research with regional relevance. Founded in 2007 by Emirati businessman and patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal is renowned for its ground-breaking artistic productions, experimental approach and for the creation of culturally meaningful spaces that inspire and shape communities. Alserkal has three primary areas of activity: cultivating a creative economy in Dubai and building a collaborative network of civic- cultural institutions through its renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue; providing advisory services to public and private sector entities; and, supporting public artist commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes through its non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation.

Alserkal has transformed the cultural landscape of Dubai and the UAE through the creation of a thriving, region-specific community of over 70 contemporary art galleries, visual and performing arts organisations, designers and entrepreneur-led businesses at Alserkal Avenue, providing an essential platform for the development of creative industries in the region.

Alserkal utilises its collective expertise in arts initiatives and cultural production, heritage creation, community building and engagement, as well as urbanism and planning for creative industries, to guide public and private sector entities in developing sustainable and responsive business models.

About Alserkal Arts Foundation

The Alserkal Arts Foundation supports socially engaged, multi- disciplinary practices and facilitates cross-cultural exchange through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes.

Since our inception, Alserkal’s non-profit initiatives have grown at an organic pace, catering to homegrown audiences from the region and beyond. Over the past five years, we have set up a public art commissions programme, working with 20 artists to date, supporting practitioners whose projects are collaborative, participatory, and ephemeral. In 2017, Alserkal Residency was established for artistic experimentation and discursive exchange. By design, the Residency supports cultural practitioners in the process of experimentation and research, while also giving them the opportunity to engage with our context and networks. A research-driven platform that supports cultural practice, we help establish Dubai as a centre for cultural production in the region. To date, we have welcomed more than 23 residents across various disciplines, each carefully chosen by our Selection Committee.

Alserkal Arts Foundation was formally announced in March 2019, adding two additional pillars to its existing commitments: alternative learning programmes and research grants. We offer cultural practitioners–either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region's artistic community– opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production. From the very beginning, partnerships have been an important dimension of Alserkal’s non-profit activities, forming collaborations with the Samdani Art Foundation, Victoria & Albert Museum, Hayward Gallery and others. Partnerships, co-commissions and collaborative projects will continue to play a vital role within the Foundation’s mission.

Essential Functions & Objectives

This role is central to the management and smooth functioning of the Alserkal Arts Foundation (AAF) and all its activities. The Foundation Manager is a key role within the Foundation, dedicated to driving the Alserkal family’s vision, leading to long-term legacy-building, rigorous programming, a research grants scheme, colloquia, a dynamic art commissions programme that enhances the public realm, and a successful residency programme. All of which establish AAF as a centre for multi-disciplinary research and artistic experimentation in the region and beyond.

Working closely alongside the Director and Alserkal Management team, the Foundation Manager is expected to be a major contributor to the development and programme management of the Foundation.

Key Responsibilities:

Residency and Intercycle Programmes

AAF hosts two residency cycles per year, each with up to four residents. This role has key responsibility for being the host and manager for the residents, working closely with them on a day-to- day basis. From May to September, the Foundation’s study spaces are available to local researchers, who also co-develop relevant public programmes to support their projects.

- Managing the calls and selection process for the residencies, whether via nomination or open call, making sure we reach the necessary audiences

- Liaising with the Selection Committee and applicants during application and selection cycles, organising deliberation sessions with the Selection Committee, whether online or in-person

- Working closely with Foundation Director and residents to devise, produce and execute public programmingEngaging and working closely with the residents/researchers and their practices to ensure that they have a generative experience and feel supported

- Researching and arranging appropriate studio visits for each resident with local practitioners

- Making sure that the studios and villa are fit for purpose and well maintained

- Managing budgets and weekly and monthly reports as necessary, ensuring that the funds for research and programming are available and accounted for

- Organising travel and logistics as needed, including research and ideation for local excursions and fieldwork

- Maintain regular communications with residents, alumni, selection committee members and research award grantees, making sure that we stay connected with our key audiences and partners

- Content management and liaison on marketing and communications as required by the Director and the Programme Executive


Public Art Commissions and non-profit Exhibitions

The Foundation team delivers annual artist commissions across the Avenue or offsite in collaboration with partners. Exhibitions are generally held in Concrete in March and November of each year, but could also take place in other spaces.

- Research and planning, identifying curators, artists, and projects of interest as part of the curatorial team, playing an important role in developing the Foundation’s exhibitions and commissioning strategy and planning

- Forecasting and management of budgets, payments and weekly / monthly reports as required for all exhibitions and commissions that the Foundation is engaged in

- Leading on planning and delivery of installation and deinstallation, working closely with freelancers, external contractors and personnel as needed

- Procuring and liaising with shipping companies and art handlers to arrange for the shipping and logistics for all exhibitions, including customs paperwork

- Liaison and coordination of loan contract and logistics with lenders, partners, external curators or artists, condition reporting and ensuring that display meets necessary conservation standards, bringing in specialists if needed

- Supervision and management of staff and facilities during exhibition (recruiting and training volunteers, guides/docents, etc.)

- Organise tours and outreach as necessary, making sure that protocol is followed when required


Research Grants

The research grants programme provides research funding to interdisciplinary scholars, artists, writers and creative practitioners.

- Work in partnership with Director to develop, plan and implement the grants programme.

- Assisting with logistics of the grants programme, including travel and hospitality

- Forecasting and managing budgets and payments in relation to the grants

- Creating and managing a reporting structure for grant activities

- Maintaining regular contact with grant awardees to ensure that their projects remain on track

- Working with Foundation Director to ensure that the grantees remain engaged with the Foundation and that their research is shared with our audiences as appropriate

- Develop relevant programming with the grant awardees – this could include texts, talks, online programmes or more ambitious seminars and symposia

- Maintaining regular contact with the Selection committee members and organise online sessions with them and the grantees to present research progress reports.


Events and educational programming


A combination of shorter accessible events and workshops and ambitious and research-led colloquia, to bring engaged and diverse audiences to the foundation around the year

- Research, ideate and execute events alongside the Foundation team and external partners

- Management of speakers, contracts and any travel or accessibility requirements

- Planning, briefing and regular liaison with Marketing, Operations, Finance, Events, Facilities and Community relations teams to ensure the smooth delivery of all programmes

- Hosting and management on the day of the event, making sure that all housekeeping requirements, refreshments, catering are well executed

- Offline and online programming for the foundation, making sure that all events are streamed or recorded as appropriate

- Making sure that communications for the event – posters, emails, social media – are on brand and reach target audiences


Networking and Outreach

As a key representative of the Foundation, your role will include continual research and activity to grow our audiences and our partners and alliances.

- Under close supervision of the Director, you will be expected to proactively research, network and attend key events to represent the organization

- Strive to build connections with key partners, and you will support the Foundation Director in cultivating and building these relationships.

- Strong relationships with and knowledge of local and regional institutions is a plus.

- Supervision of the team to ensure that we are connecting with students, graduate, undergraduate and higher secondary


Management

This role requires the management of junior team members, on a day-to-day basis as well as from a development and mentorship perspective.

- Conducting reviews of direct reports in a timely manner

- Resource allocations and development of workflows, processes and management reporting that is clear, concise and reflective of successes and learnings

- Work closely with the management team to build outstrategy and develop action plans based on agreed strategies and tactics


Required skills + experience

- Strong leadership skills to be able to manage a team

- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team

- Ability to develop positive, cooperative relationships across functional boundaries

- Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively convey complex ideas

- Self-motivated and versatile with the ability to work within a constantly changing environment

- Sound project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at once while ensuring the highest quality execution possible within deadlines

- Confident and outgoing, used to networking and substantial experience in outward-facing roles

- Innovative and proactive in approach, always looking to improve Alserkal’s offering

- Well informed about the art world and willing to travel abroad

- Degree in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences with a strong interest in arts and cultural production

- Excellent organisational and administrative skills

- Excellent budget-keeping and reporting skills

- Excellent writing and communication skills

- Work experience in the GCC or wider region desirable

- English necessary, Arabic/Hindi/Urdu desirable


Position type and expected hours of work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Weekend hours and/or overtime might be required during intense periods and/or during special projects and events. A Time in Lieu policy is in place to recover the additional hours required.

This job description summarises the main key responsibilities of your role but there may be other reasonable requests made and other responsibilities included from time to time.

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Those interested can write to talent@alserkal.online with the following subject line:
Foundation Manager - <Name>

Commissions Manager, Alserkal Arts Foundation
The Foundation Manager is a key role within the Foundation, dedicated to driving the Alserkal family’s vision, leading to long-term legacy-building, rigorous programming, a research grants scheme, colloquia, a dynamic art commissions programme that enhances the public realm, and a successful residency programme

About Alserkal

Alserkal is a socially responsible and forward-thinking cultural enterprise dedicated to developing sustainable models for homegrown initiatives with a commitment to nurturing alternative ideas and impactful research with regional relevance. Founded in 2007 by Emirati businessman and patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal is renowned for its ground-breaking artistic productions, experimental approach and for the creation of culturally meaningful spaces that inspire and shape communities. Alserkal has three primary areas of activity: cultivating a creative economy in Dubai and building a collaborative network of civic- cultural institutions through its renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue; providing advisory services to public and private sector entities; and, supporting public artist commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes through its non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation.

Alserkal has transformed the cultural landscape of Dubai and the UAE through the creation of a thriving, region-specific community of over 70 contemporary art galleries, visual and performing arts organisations, designers and entrepreneur-led businesses at Alserkal Avenue, providing an essential platform for the development of creative industries in the region.

Alserkal utilises its collective expertise in arts initiatives and cultural production, heritage creation, community building and engagement, as well as urbanism and planning for creative industries, to guide public and private sector entities in developing sustainable and responsive business models.

About Alserkal Arts Foundation

The Alserkal Arts Foundation supports socially engaged, multi- disciplinary practices and facilitates cross-cultural exchange through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes.

Since our inception, Alserkal’s non-profit initiatives have grown at an organic pace, catering to homegrown audiences from the region and beyond. Over the past five years, we have set up a public art commissions programme, working with 20 artists to date, supporting practitioners whose projects are collaborative, participatory, and ephemeral. In 2017, Alserkal Residency was established for artistic experimentation and discursive exchange. By design, the Residency supports cultural practitioners in the process of experimentation and research, while also giving them the opportunity to engage with our context and networks. A research-driven platform that supports cultural practice, we help establish Dubai as a centre for cultural production in the region. To date, we have welcomed more than 23 residents across various disciplines, each carefully chosen by our Selection Committee.

Alserkal Arts Foundation was formally announced in March 2019, adding two additional pillars to its existing commitments: alternative learning programmes and research grants. We offer cultural practitioners–either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region's artistic community– opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production. From the very beginning, partnerships have been an important dimension of Alserkal’s non-profit activities, forming collaborations with the Samdani Art Foundation, Victoria & Albert Museum, Hayward Gallery and others. Partnerships, co-commissions and collaborative projects will continue to play a vital role within the Foundation’s mission.

Essential Functions & Objectives

The Commissions Manager plays a pivotal role in managing the commissioning process for Dubai Public Art, an initiative in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The Commissions Manager will work closely with selected artists, curators, and stakeholders to develop and implement art installations in selected locations across Dubai and deliver public programmes that reflect the rigour and aspirations of our organisation.

Working closely alongside Alserkal Arts Foundation Director, the Commissions Manager is expected to lead the Dubai Public Art’s project, ensuring a smooth coordination between all stakeholders and delivering high quality art installations by the agreed launch dates.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Supervise all aspects of the commissioning process, including project planning, budgeting, scheduling, production and execution.
  • Main point of contact and liaison between curators, artists and all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Create and oversee detailed project timelines that take into account all aspects of design, production and installation,with adequate approval points incorporated, both internal and external.
  • Ensure all approvals are taken on time, particularly for client-based projects, thus ensuring project timeline is managed. This includes internal approvals, client approvals as well as any authority approvals that may be required.
  • Troubleshoot any issues that arise with the commissions.

Production and Install:

  • Work closely with the Projects and Facilities Manager and the Production team to research, secure and oversee all vendors required for the production and installation.
  • Liaise between curators/artists / Alserkal team and client team to ensure all plans and drawings are approved by engineering and meet safety standards.
  • Ensure the projects are produced and installed as per the final approved specifications.
  • Manage vendors to ensure they deliver their work as promised, on time and on budget.
  • Coordinate schedules (and local transportation, if needed) for the artists and curators while they are in Dubai / ensure all schedules are cleared with AA management.

Client Relations:

  • Coordinate directly with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority team members and ensure a smooth communication and liaison.
  • Maintain thorough records of all communication, including contracts, permits, and correspondence.

Compliance:

  • Draft and negotiate contracts with artists, contractors, and vendors, ensuring compliance with Alserkal legal team.
  • Manage all contracts related to the commission, which includes liaising with legal and finance departments.

Budget Management:

  • Manage project budgets, track expenses,
  • Ensure vendors are aware of and comply with financial and procurement terms
  • Oversee the procurement of all quotations for shipping and handling of artworks as required.
  • Keep track of budgets to ensure costs are managed. Budget reporting will be minimum bi-weekly.
  • Ensure all purchase orders are routed through the company ERP (SAGE) and follow the approved authority matrix and company procurement policy and process.
  • Manage workers and, when necessary, coordinate and track their cash payments from petty cash; ensure receipts are retained and work with the curator and Alserkal’s finance team to reconcile petty cash at the end of each project.

Marketing and Public Programme:

  • Planning, development and liaison for inauguration activities and public programmes around each commission with Alserkal Arts Foundation team, to engage the community in the public art process.
  • Liaison between Alserkal marketing team, DCAA team and artists and curators for all marketing related content and approvals

Evaluation:

  • Conduct post-installation debriefs to assess successes and learnings.

Required skills + experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in a fast-paced, high-volume environment in a related field
  • Educated to a Bachelor’s degree level or equivalent and holding relevant professional qualifications.
  • A proven track record in project management and the delivery of projects with budgets exceeding AED 500,000
  • A demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to arts and culture within MENA and Internationally
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Excellent budget-keeping and reporting skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, English necessary, Arabic and Urdu/Hindi desirable
  • Work experience in the GCC or wider region desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to develop positive, cooperative relationships
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work within a constantly changing environment

Position type and expected hours of work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Saturdays and overtime might be required during intense periods and/or during special projects and events.

This job description summarises the main key responsibilities of your role but there may be other reasonable requests made and other responsibilities included from time to time.

Those interested can write to talent@alserkal.online with the following subject line:
Commissions Manager, Alserkal Arts Foundation - <Name>