Director, AKO Storytelling Institute

Vacancy ID: 8502
Main Location: UAL - High Holborn, London UK
Hours: 37
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £90k per annum depending on experience
Closing date: August 30, 2022 7:00 am

The role

How can a story change the world for the better? 

The newly formed AKO Storytelling Institute is looking for a leader to shape the future. Following a successful pilot we are now looking for a Director to take the Institute to the next level. Can you help us deliver practical, creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems like climate change and economic, social and racial justice? 

The AKO Storytelling Institute is an ongoing experiment that blends policy and programming. The Institute works with artists, academics, students and all kinds of creatives from wide range of disciplines. We engage with difficult, challenging and complex issues. Between our practice and our analysis, we want to develop a world leading understanding of how narrative and storytelling influence public discourse and bring about change.  

Our outputs will include useable, scaleable practices and clear policies designed to improve people’s lives in our changing world. We want to become the world’s foremost centre of excellence on how narrative and storytelling influence public discourse and bring about change. And we need you to get us there. 

You are a leader with a background from any of the below areas: 

  • Creative practitioner or curator 
  • Campaigns or Advocacy 
  • Academic leader in social, political or creative fields 
  • Policy maker or think tank 

We welcome applicants from unusual disciplines and diverse backgrounds. The key elements we want you to bring to the role are: expertise in leading world-class interdisciplinary projects for positive social change; and a talent for finding the right balance of people, partnerships and networks to make a difference. 

The Director will work with the Chief Social Purpose Officer to develop the operational plans for the Institute, overseeing a rich mix of interconnected policy development and creative project programming. You will also work alongside the University’s advocacy, campaigning and impact work to deliver our ambitious Social Purpose objectives. 

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality.  

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.  

Your Profile

The final design of the Institute will be shaped in collaboration with the Director and will lean into their particular skills and expertise.
We expect the skills and experience listed below will be of particular use and will be looking for a candidate with some – though probably not all – of the credentials below.

  • Senior management in UK higher education
  • Senior management in a campaigning or advocacy organisation
  • Experience in public programming and events
  • Experience as a creative practitioner or researcher in the
    discipline of storytelling
  • Senior-level experience in research, policy making and/or
    academic course development
  • A track record in fundraising, either for research, campaigning,
    arts or social impact

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

If you have any queries, you may contact Jaspreet Kaur via email Socialpurposestaffrecruitment@arts.ac.uk or telephone: 020 7514 9627.

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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