The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Seeks an Executive Director

Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to: experienced candidates, able to show leadership skills, holding postgraduate degree, preferably in arts/culture, social sciences, and/or management
Remuneration: salary and employment conditions will be established by the Board of Trustees and will be commensurate with the level of skills and experience


On behalf of the Board of Trustees to be constituted, the founders of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) seek a visionary, committed, and global-minded Executive Director to lead the Institute. 

ERIAC is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe, the Open Society Foundations, and the Alliance for the European Roma Institute. ERIAC will be a foundation registered under German law and based in Berlin with the mission of increasing the self-esteem of Roma and decreasing negative prejudice of the majority population towards the Roma by means of arts, culture, history, and media.

Six founding principles will be enshrined in ERIAC and they will define the Institute’s establishment, core functions, governance, structure, and membership:

  • Respect of the dignity of Romani people and Romani identity;
  • Diversity and plurality of Romani identities and cultures;
  • Romani leadership with the support and co-operation of non-Roma, key to breaking stereotypes by representing talent capability, confidence in taking responsibility, co-operation, and inclusiveness;
  • Engagement and contribution of Romani organisations and individuals in the establishment and ongoing activities of the Institute;
  • Political autonomy and non-partisanship, openness for collaboration with public authorities and political institutions as partners;
  • Highest quality standards in the domains of arts and culture, as well in as its own operational performance
    The Executive Director will play a fundamental role in ERIAC.

In the first three years, she/he will lead the institution-building process, especially the formation of working bodies, membership, strategy, procedures for decision-making, optimal budget and public communications. The director will work closely on this with the two major organs of ERIAC: the Academy (Barvalipe) as the agenda-setting and strategic body, and the Board of Trustees (Pakiv) as the statutory and founding body.


  • Postgraduate degree, preferably in arts/culture, social sciences, and/or management;
  • Additional training in organisational development/management or public policy preferred;
  • 5 and more years of employment history in a non-profit, commercial, or arts and culture sector;
  • Demonstrate leadership;
  • Have a proven track record of strategic planning, successful implementation of arts and culture projects, the establishment and management of organisations relevant to the work of ERIAC, as well as the skills to solicit and manage large donations;
  • A wide knowledge and experience in the fields of Roma arts and culture;
  • Excellent networking skills are essential, particularly in contacts with artists and cultural producers;
  • Fluency in English and in at least one other European language (Knowledge of Romani will be an advantage. Non-German-speaking candidates will be expected to acquire basic skills in German.)


  • Salary and employment conditions will be established by the Board of Trustees and will be commensurate with the level of skills and experience expected of the post holder;
  • The starting date will be set by the Board of Trustees;
  • ERIAC is currently expected to be operational by October/November 2016;
  • The successful candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period.

How to apply?

Applications should include:

  1. Up-to-date professional biography;
  2. Letter of motivation of maximum 500 words;
  3. Concept note of 1500 words outlining the applicant’s vision of the Institute’s priorities and key objectives for the first year.

Applications should be written in English and sent to: The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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