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Kunstverein is a non-profit membership organization, publishing house and curatorial office based in Amsterdam, with sister organizations in Aughrim, Toronto, Milan and soon (again) in New York. Since its founding in 2009, Kunstverein has focused on celebrating practices of avant-garde artists, designers, writers and performers of all ages who have remained underexposed in contemporary art history precisely because they opperate on the margins of diverse disciplines. Kunstverein offers presentations, performances, lectures, dinners, bar evenings, screenings, independent publications and everything in between, by which we reflect on the way cultural practices are traditionally managed and presented. Kunstverein is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and its members. Kunstverein is led by director and chief curator Yana Foqué

Supervisory Board

The Kunstverein Supervisory Board consists of at least three members, including a chair. Within the Supervisory Board, two members form the financial committee. The current Supervisory Board consists of chair Nienke van der Wal and Supervisory Board members Berber Meindertsma, Neringa Černiauskaitė and Sabo Day. Appointment is for a term of four years with the option of one extension for an additional four years. The members of the Supervisory Board do not receive any remuneration, but are entitled to request the reimbursement of costs reasonably incurred by them in the performance of their duties. The working language of the Supervisory Board is English.

The Supervisory Board meets at least four times a year. One of those meetings focuses on self-evaluation. An agenda for the other meetings is drawn up by the chairm in consultation with the director. The Supervisory Board members are also present at openings and other programs if possible.

Each member of this Council has the following qualities:

  • Affinity with contemporary visual arts and the mission and vision of Kunstverein;
  • An appropriate role interpretation: a good balance between involvement and administrative distance;
  • The ability to assist the foundation's director as a sounding board and sparring partner;
  • Social sensitivity, an independent attitude and a sense of responsibility for the whole;
  • An accessible personality with the ability to put things into perspective and humor;
  • A relevant network and the willingness to use it;
  • Able to fulfill a proactive role within the Supervisory Board as a whole.

We are currently looking for two members for the Supervisory Board, with the following profiles:

Supervisory Board member 1: Treasurer
The treasurer, together with the chair and the secretary, oversees the core of the daily management of an organization. In addition to the above mentioned qualities, as Treasurer you also have:

  • good knowledge of the financial ins and outs of a medium-sized arts organization.
  • a creative accounting brain and are willing to use this together with the director-curator and the rest of the Supervisory Board
  • knowledge and insight with regard to financial policy and administration and is able to advise the other directors on this.
  • knowledge of subsidies in the cultural sector, and preferably knowledge of structural forms of financing.
  • the skills to act as a financial sparring partner for the director-curator

Duties of the Treasurer

  • Advises on financial forecasts and the annual budget that the director-curator draws up, and involves the other board members in this.
  • Is involved in consultations with the accountant regarding any audit reports.
  • Twice a year, meet with the director-curator and the chair to discuss the progress of the budget, after which the treasurer will discuss this with the other board members.

Supervisory Board member 2: Secretary
The secretary, together with the chairman and the treasurer, oversees the core of the daily management of an organization. In addition to the above described qualities, as a Secretary you have:

  • Relevant experience and knowledge in the field of secretarial work and guiding a management and decision-making process.
  • Relevant legal knowledge.
  • Talent for and affinity with organization, structure and archiving.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Planning, scheduling and taking minutes during board meetings, but often also the preparation and follow-up of actions
  • Promote and monitor 'Good Governance' and monitor the applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Read the non-financial annual report drawn up annually by the director-curator.

We reserve a place for a young, ambitious cultural professional who wants to gain experience as a supervisor and participate as a junior Supervisory Board member. We therefore expressly invite less experienced supervisors to respond.

Your reaction
Are you interested in this position and do you match one of the requested profiles? Then we invite you to respond before September 1, 2024. Questions or reactions can be sent to Yana Foqué, director, via yana@kunstverein.nl