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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) [Dresden State Art Collections] is seeking to fill the position of

Director (m/f/d - 100%)

of the Green Vault and the Armoury

with effect from 1 September 2021. The duration of this position is initially limited to five years, with a subsequent extension of the contract possible by mutual agreement. If the requisite personal qualifications are provided, professional classification is possible up to TV-L 15 (collective wage agreement of the federal states, level 15). 

The SKD is museum network of international renown and unites a total of 15 museums. In 2019, the SKD registered 2.6 million visitors. The Green Vault and Armoury collections are located in Dresden’s Royal Palace and, along with the Old Masters Picture Gallery, constitute the main international tourist attractions. It is anticipated that the full restoration of the Royal Palace will be completed in 2024. Between 1723 and 1730, Augustus II the Strong tested his vision of the baroque synthesis of the arts as an expression of wealth and absolutist power, establishing the treasury in the Historic Green Vault. The first part of this famous treasury, the New Green Vault, was returned to the restored Royal Palace in 2004. Located on the first floor of the west wing, it presents more than 1,000 valuable and fascinating exhibits spanning three centuries. The development of rooms offering more opportunities for special exhibitions is planned for subsequent years, as well as an intensification of multi-perspective and digital educational formats and the inclusion of artistic processes. After the museums’ long period of closure, this fresh start requires a bold approach aimed at reviving both international exchange and tourism.

The management of the collections of the Green Vault and the Armoury is integrated within the structure of the SKD museum network, forming a strong team with its roots in diversity in unity and unity in diversity. As a result, the strong profiling of the directly relevant collections, comprehensive thinking and a passionate commitment to fulfilling our mission as a “global player” in the overall network and to achieving major strategic goals are required.

We are looking for an individual with specialist academic training and a strong personal academic research profile, with a deep knowledge of contemporary museum studies and current discourses, who displays great openness to the future development of collection concepts and boasts an international network of contacts, leadership experience and a strong team spirit, not least in light of the central role of the collections of the Green Vault and the Armoury within the SKD’s overall network.

Your tasks:

• Profiling and positioning of both collections in a regional, national and international context

• Conceptual orientation and programme development

• Active participation in the fulfilment of the goals, tasks and processes of the SKD as an overall organisation, in close cooperation with the General Directorate and the cross-divisional departments

• Responsible care of the collections in terms of security, risk management and sustainability

• Development of exhibition concepts with links to contemporary trends

• Collection-related research and responsibility for publication activities

• Development of educational concepts, taking into account a contemporary visitor approach

• Representation of the SKD in the (professional) public sphere as well as cultivation of regional and international networks

• Management of a dedicated team of 25 staff members

• Supporting the “Friends of the SKD” association

• Acquisition of third-party funds

• Training and promotion of young academics

Your profile:

You have the ability to lead a future-oriented institution shaped by structural advancements and offer several years of professional experience as well as discernment in the development, design and communication of complex content. Your expertise also draws on relevant contexts and international networks in which you operate and maintain a professional exchange. Specifically, you should have the following skills:

• Analytical capability, strategic competence, experienced decision-maker

• Ability to think and shape organisations not only from a past perspective, but from that of a future already in the making

• Creative drive, negotiating skills and assertiveness coupled with social and intercultural competence

• Knowledge of and experience in research, museum and cultural management 

• Business expertise, budget management skills

• Organisational skills, administrative and political understanding

• Representation skills, expressiveness

• Above-average personal commitment, personal and time-related flexibility, ability to work under pressure

The position offers you an interesting and varied job in a superior, multifaceted cultural environment with extensive creative possibilities.

We welcome all applications, regardless of gender identity, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Please submit your application electronically in German or English (combined as a single PDF file) by 15 April 2021 to the Director General of the SKD: jobs@skd.museum. Please include comprehensive documentation, such as a curriculum vitae and a description of your academic work (list of publications, links to digitally available written documents authored by you) as well as your guiding principles and personal vision regarding the fulfilment of the position of Director of the Green Vault and Armoury museums.

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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) [Dresden State Art Collections] is seeking to fill the position of

Director (m/f/d; 100 %)

of the Museum of Saxon Folk Art and the Puppet Theatre Collection

with effect from 1 January 2022. The duration of this position is initially limited to five years, with a subsequent extension of the contract possible by mutual agreement. If the requisite personal qualifications are provided, professional classification is possible up to TV-L 15 (collective wage agreement of the federal states, level 15). 

The SKD is museum network of international renown and unites a total of 15 museums. In 2019, the SKD registered 2.6 million national and international visitors. The Museum of Saxon Folk Art, on the other hand, has a strongly regional audience with a high level of identification. Within the museum network, it is the institution with the clearest thematic links to the local and regional communities. The large number of dedicated artisans who spend many weeks a year at the museum, where they present their materials, techniques and products to the public, makes the establishment particularly unique. The museum was founded in 1913 by Oskar Seyffert, at a time when modernism was devoting more attention to folk art. It is located in the Jägerhof in Dresden.

With its significant holdings, one of the largest of its kind in the world, the Puppet Theatre Collection has so far been housed provisionally in the Garrison Church, but is, in 2023, due to make the transition to its own museum quarters in the Lichtwerk, on the site of Dresden’s “Kraftwerk Mitte”, a former power plant-turned artistic space directly opposite the Theater Junge Generation (tjg) theatre, where it will finally gain public visibility. The plan is to create a lively, ground-breaking exhibition, also curated by artists, tailored to an international, mixed-generation audience. Narratives will focus consistently on the puppet’s perspective. A close connection to the theatre is also planned.

The management of the collections of the Museum of Saxon Folk Art and the Puppet Theatre Collection is integrated within the structure of the SKD museum network, forming a strong team with its roots in diversity in unity and unity in diversity. As a result, the strong profiling of the directly relevant collections, comprehensive thinking and a passionate commitment to fulfilling our mission as a “global player” in the overall network and to achieving major strategic goals are required.

We are looking for a person with the ability to bring people together and engage in the local communities with great dedication, who can also develop appropriate offers appealing to multiple generations. Specialist academic training and a strong personal academic research profile (folklore, applied arts, puppet theatre, European cultural anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies) is conceivable, but other approaches, for example from the field of theatre, are also possible in principle. In any event, a deep knowledge of contemporary museum studies and current discourses, a great openness to the future development of collection concepts and an international and at least European network of contacts, leadership experience and a strong team spirit are expected.

Your tasks:

• Profiling and positioning of both collections in a regional, national and international context

• Conceptual orientation and programme development

• Active participation in the fulfilment of the goals, tasks and processes of the SKD as an overall organisation, in close cooperation with the General Directorate and the cross-divisional departments

• Responsible care of the collections in terms of security, risk management and sustainability

• Development of exhibition concepts with links to contemporary trends

• Collection-related research and responsibility for publication activities

• Development of educational concepts, taking into account a contemporary visitor approach

• Representation of the SKD in the (professional) public sphere as well as cultivation of regional and international networks

• Management of a dedicated team of 12 staff members

• Supporting the “Friends of the SKD” association

• Acquisition of third-party funds

• Training and promotion of young academics

Your profile:

You have the ability to lead a future-oriented institution shaped by structural advancements and offer several years of professional experience as well as discernment in the development, design and communication of complex content. Your expertise also draws on relevant contexts and international networks in which you operate and maintain a professional exchange. Specifically, you should have the following skills:

• Analytical capability, strategic competence, experienced decision-maker

• Ability to think and shape organisations not only from a past perspective, but from that of a future already in the making

• Creative drive, negotiating skills and assertiveness coupled with social and intercultural competence

• Knowledge of and experience in research, museum and cultural management

• Business expertise, budget management skills

• Organisational skills, administrative and political understanding

• Representation skills, expressiveness

• Above-average personal commitment, personal and time-related flexibility, ability to work under pressure

The position offers you an interesting and varied job in a superior, multifaceted cultural environment with extensive creative possibilities. We welcome all applications, regardless of gender identity, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Please submit your application electronically in German or English (combined as a single PDF file) by 30 April 2021 to the Director General of the SKD: jobs@skd.museum. Please include comprehensive documentation, such as a curriculum vitae and a description of your academic work (list of publications, links to digitally available written documents authored by you) as well as your guiding principles and personal vision regarding the fulfilment of the position of Director of the Museum of Saxon Folk Art and the Puppet Theatre Collection.

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The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) [Dresden State Art Collections] is seeking to fill the position of 

Head of the Research Department (m/f/d)

for an indefinite period with effect from 1 June 2021. If the requisite personal qualifications are fulfilled, remuneration up to pay grade 15 TV-L (collective wage agreement of the federal states, level 15) is possible. 

The SKD is a world-leading consortium of 15 research museums and further collections, archives and libraries of international renown. The Head of the Research Department is centrally integrated within this structure and reports directly to the Directorate General. The dynamic research culture at the SKD has close links to a wide range of national and international partners through various collaborative research projects and curatorial exchanges. The provenance research project “Daphne” is a particularly prominent example of the SKD’s efforts in this field. The SKD is a preeminent institution in the field of provenance research in Germany, with a special focus on the history of the institution as a whole and its individual museums and collections. Traditionally, the SKD has a strong record in object-based art history, archive and technical research into the collected works as material objects. This work is proactively delivered by the SKD’s curatorial and conservation staff. Other key areas for the SKD and Dresden as a location include materials research, scientific research, and exploration of ethical issues, institutional history and historical topics, especially those relating to the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the GDR period. In future, the institution’s work will focus increasingly on artistic research, New Museum Studies and decolonization processes. The SKD is interested in all issues relating to the colonial past of the works in the collections. The visibility of global studies and transcultural issues in the SKD’s research profile is to be increased. The SKD also intends to develop artistic research as a future focus, as the institution not only fosters scholarly exchange with museums and academic institutions but also engages closely with contemporary artists and designers. Questions of display – past, present and future – are considered a field with great potential for interdisciplinary research.

The Head of the Research Department is an important leadership position at the SKD. The postholder will define and drive the strategic direction of the SKD’s research and its funding. They will be responsible for developing the SKD’s research strategy and profile, delivering its program and fully integrating it in the work of the SKD as a whole by working collaboratively with the curatorial and conservation staff of the SKD’s collections as well as with the Heads of Programs and Education. We are looking for an individual displaying not only an affinity and passion for research in a museum context, but who also identifies with the goals, duties and processes of the SKD as a whole. They will have an excellent research record, and intend to actively pursue research in a field relevant to the SKD’s research strategy, furthering the subject as well as maintaining and enhancing museum network’s research culture and academic reputation. Candidates will demonstrate relevant research leadership experience, as well as the profile and ability to shape longer term strategies that will enhance the SKD’s international reputation and network of relationships to the wider academic community. They will have a strong collaborative approach to research and an appreciation of interdisciplinarity. They are to help actively break down Eurocentric perspectives within the museum network and have the courage to devise new models for collaborations, restitutions and shared heritage and to monitor their implementation. We are looking for an individual with specialist academic education and a strong personal academic research record, with in-depth knowledge of contemporary museum studies and current discourses, as well as extensive expertise in global studies and transcultural methods. PhD and academic teaching experiences are desirable. Good written and spoken German is expected, as well as fluency in English. Further language skills are desirable.

The leadership of the SKD’s Research Department also includes heading up a dedicated core team of three and research teams that vary in composition depending on the project status (e.g. Daphne project 2021: 35 staff members) as well as motivating and inspiring the entire academic staff. 

Your responsibilities:

· Strategic orientation, profiling and positioning of the SKD’s research work in a regional, national and international context 

· Representing the SKD vis-à-vis a professional public and cultivating regional and international networks 

· Developing forward-looking research approaches and corresponding methods, with a particular focus on breaking down Eurocentric perspectives

· Actively contributing to fulfilling the goals, duties and processes of the SKD as a whole, in close cooperation with the Directorate General and the cross-cutting departments 

· Sourcing third-party funds

The position offers you an interesting and varied job in a prestigious, multifaceted cultural environment with extensive creative possibilities. 

We welcome all applications, regardless of gender identity, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Please submit your application electronically in German or English (combined to a single PDF file) by 15 April 2021 to the Director General of the SKD: jobs@skd.museum. Please include comprehensive documentation, such as a curriculum vitae and a description of your academic work (list of publications, links to digitally available written documents authored by you) as well as your guiding principles and personal vision for the position of Head of the Research Department. 

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