July 8, 2014 - Centre Pompidou-Metz - Seeking Director
July 8, 2014

Seeking Director

Photo: Roland Halbe.

Seeking Director
Application deadline:
Friday, July 18, 2014


Centre Pompidou-Metz opened in 2010. It is the first major cultural decentralisation project in France of a national public museum, the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Centre Pompidou-Metz was founded with the support of the urban community Metz Métropole. Centre Pompidou-Metz legal form is that of an Etablissement Public de Coopération Culturelle, (EPCC: Public Cultural Co-operation Establishement) whose initiating members are the French State, the Centre Pompidou, the Lorraine Region, the City of Metz and the urban community Metz Métropole.

As an EPCC with an industrial and commercial status, Centre Pompidou-Metz is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The institution presents temporary exhibitions, as well as a cultural program, including performing arts, live arts, cinema and lectures. Two halls of Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Studio and the Auditorium Wendel, are entirely devoted to the latter. 

Centre Pompidou-Metz is independent in its scientific and cultural choices and implements its own temporary exhibition program. It is able to draw from the public collections of the Centre Pompidou, which counts over 100,000 artworks. Centre Pompidou-Metz does not make acquisitions nor does it own any permanent collection.

The cultural project respects the values of the Centre Pompidou in its generosity, openness to all publics and to all forms of current-day creation in visual arts. It is structured around three major fields of activities: 
–Temporary exhibitions presenting visual arts, design, architecture, cinema and contemporary creations
–A multidisciplinary cultural program following the exhibitions themes and presenting performing arts, live arts, projections, lectures
–A dedicated and wide range of art educational programs with workshops and performances for children and teenagers

Duties and responsibilities of the Director
The Director manages the establishment and therefore: 
–Defines and implements the artistic, cultural and scientific project presented during the interview and validated by the commission
–Reports on the progress in the delivery of the project to the board of trustees of the establishment
–Provides the overall curatorial guidelines of the cultural program
–Acts as the authorizing officer of the revenues and the expenditure of the establishment according to French public sector accounting rules
–Prepares the yearly budget of the establishment and any potential adjustments, and oversees the execution of the budget
–Manages the staff of the establishment, leads recruitment procedures and is responsible for the final selection of new staff
–Signs all contracts, conventions and procurement documents within the delegation decided by the board of trustees
–Represents the institution in any judiciary process and in the court of law.

The Director of Centre Pompidou-Metz supervises the implementation of the project within the financial and legal boundaries decided by the board of trustees.
–Holder of the Conservateur du patrimoine Degree (French State curatorial exam) or holder of a Master Degree in art history, with extensive knowledge in art history
–Comprehensive managerial experience, organisation skills and ability to initiate new orientations
–High availability
–Extensive understanding of French public sector economic management methods, in particular in the legal, accounting and budgetary areas
–Great ability to liaise and work collaboratively with the Centre Pompidou, with the local governmental institutions and with all cultural and tourism partners of the Grande Région area
–Fluent in French and English; knowledge of a third language would be appreciated
–When appointed, residency in Metz urban area

Application process and deadlines
A commission composed of members of the board of trustees representing the public partner institutions shall be established under the authority of the President of Centre Pompidou-Metz. The commission will examine the received applications and establish a first shortlist of candidates. It will then proceed to interview them.

The members of the board of trustees representing the public partner institutions will prepare a revised shortlist of candidates; such list shall be established unanimously. The revised shortlist will be submitted to the full board of trustees. The full board of trustees shall select the final candidate and present the candidate’s name to the President of Centre Pompidou-Metz. The President will examine the proposal and shall either name the suggested candidate as Director of Centre Pompidou-Metz, or decide to name another candidate from the revised shortlist.

The timeline of the recruitment process is as follows:
Application deadline: Friday, July 18
Selection of a first shortlist of candidates by the commission: second half of July
Interviews of the shortlisted candidates: September

Candidates are invited to send their Curriculum Vitae and their cover letter by post mail to the following address: 
Monsieur le Président du Centre Pompidou-Metz
1 parvis des Droits de l’Homme 
CS 90490
F – 57020 Metz Cedex 1

Or via email to the following address: recrutement.direction [​at​] centrepompidou-metz.fr

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