London (Greater) (GB)
12 May 2022
End of advertisement period
31 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The Courtauld Institute of Art 

The Organisation
The Courtauld Institute of Art is an internationally renowned centre for the teaching and research of art history and a major public gallery. The Courtauld works to increase understanding of the role of art throughout history, in all societies and across all geographies – as well as being a champion for the importance of art to society today and in the future. The Courtauld’s ambition is to transform access to art history education, by extending the horizons of what it means and ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from a better comprehension of the visual world around us.

The recent 10 year strategic relationship announced between the Courtauld and King’s College London will enhance this aim through greater academic and educational collaborations and the development of joint courses across many disciplines. This sits alongside the Courtauld Connects transformation project which has achieved major renovation of the Gallery and now moves its focus to creating world class University facilities.

The role
The Courtauld is seeking to hire a bold, inspirational figurehead of international standing for the role of the Director. There are four significant pillars that the Director will own and lead the Institute. These are Academic, Gallery, fundraising and administration. This person will be expected to lead this world-renowned institution with integrity and imagination in the context of global change, increasing responsibilities and public expectations in the higher education and culture sectors. 

This is a rare opportunity to enhance the Courtauld’s mission and vision for the 21st Century. The new Director will transform The Courtauld into an Institute fit for profound global socio-economic and digital change, while ensuring that its reputation as a world-leading academic institution grows ever stronger.  They will be expected to build strategic partnerships that extend the Institute’s reach and lead by example to create a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, as well as innovation.  

The person
This person will need to have a proven track record as an innovative head of a world-leading, high profile academic or cultural institution with the ability to develop, motivate, and unify teams around a common vision. They will be respected as a leader who can deliver the highest academic standards. They will need to demonstrate significant cultural credibility, alongside strong experience negotiating within and dealing with an international environment, preferably with a strong academic leadership background. This person will also need experience of growing an enterprise which touches many different communities, including significant patrons and partners and, essentially, the public, including students and Gallery visitors. The person will need to personally lead the fundraising and development activities of the Institute that will be so important in delivering the vision.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the standing of the role.

Please reply with full details to Spencer Stuart.  Email quoting reference: 43087-002.   

Closing date for applications:  31st May 2022. 

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