As of 1 December 2024, we are seeking to appoint a person in the position of

Head of Pro Helvetia New Delhi (100%)

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia employs around 120 staff members in Switzerland and various regions around the world who are dedicated to promoting Swiss arts and culture.

Through our activities we support professional artistic creation in all its diversity. Equal employment opportunities and a diverse workforce are fundamental principles at Pro Helvetia. We promote professional equality for all genders and lifestyles.

Established in 2007, the New Delhi liaison office of Pro Helvetia is committed to cultural exchange and artistic collaboration between Switzerland and South Asia. The office forges ties with event organisers and nurtures long-term collaborations with relevant partners to support the promotion and dissemination of Swiss arts in the region as well as intercultural exchange.


What we offer

  • A dynamic working environment in the field international arts and culture connected to the foundation’s activities in the promotion of Swiss arts and culture
  • Scope for own initiative and responsibility
  • A competitive salary based on age and professional experience
  • 25 days of holidays and the possibility to combine office and remote work
  • Contribution to medical aid costs and Retirement Annuity

Your tasks

  • You will strategically develop the liaison office as a unit facilitating relationships and collaboration between the Swiss arts scene and the arts scene in South Asia.
  • You will manage Pro Helvetia’s activities in the region, elaborate and monitor the office’s annual programme, process applications in all art disciplines (except film) in collaboration with the specialists at our head office in Switzerland as well as ensure accurate reporting on the office’s activities.
  • You will maintain and expand the office’s existing networks within the arts sector in the region and in Switzerland and cultivate relations with other foreign arts councils, Swiss representations (embassies and consulates) and regional arts and cultural bodies.
  • You will promote, stimulate, and support artistic projects in cooperation with cultural actors and partners from the region, including artists from Switzerland and the region. You will be responsible for the financial administration of such projects.
  • In addition, you will oversee the communication strategy of the office in collaboration with the head office in Switzerland. Furthermore, you will contribute your knowledge of the region and your critical insights to the further development of Pro Helvetia’s global activities, in dialogue with your colleagues within the organisation in Switzerland and around the world.
  • You will manage a team of five people.

Your profile

Persons with non-formal education and career changers may also apply for the position. For this multifunctional position, we are looking for a committed personality who meets the following requirements:

  • A university degree or equivalent qualification in an area related to the above tasks, or professional experience in the field
  • Competence in conceptual thinking and willingness to take on responsibility
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in cultural project management and administrative work
  • Proven experience in leading an organisation or a complex programme, including expertise in personnel and financial management
  • Thorough network in and knowledge of the contemporary cultural scenes in South Asia and in-depth expertise n at least one artistic discipline covered by Pro Helvetia’s activities
  • Familiarity with the international (including European) arts environment and strong intercultural sensitivity
  • Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of French or German or Italian is not a requirement, but an advantage
  • Experience with the production of cultural events
  • Very good interpersonal skills, intercultural competence and ability to work hands-on
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours (evenings and weekends) and travel for business

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application in English by 21 July 2024.

It should include:

  • Motivation letter (one page)
  • CV
  • Certificates of education and training (diplomas, etc.) and evidence of any practical experience (work confirmations and references)
  • You may add a video (approx. 90 seconds) in which you outline your interest and your experience

Pro Helvetia is committed to diversity and equal opportunities in its teams. We promote professional equality of all genders and lifestyles. We are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from people that would contribute to this vision both in terms of their own background as well as their strategic outlook.

For more information, please consult our website or contact mlautner@prohelvetia.ch (Head of Human Resources).

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