Head of Operations

The Head of Operations for Art Jameel’s Saudi initiatives will be based at Hayy:Creative Hub, and managing the day-to-day of this major creative complex will be their primary focus. Hayy will be home to multiple entities, run by Art Jameel and like-minded partners, and this role takes on the responsibility of ensuring that all aspects of the complex run smoothly, responsibly, dynamically and that timelines are adhered to, including the opening (scheduled for winter 2020). The role involves building and maintaining a positive, collegiate environment for tenants, partners and visitors as well as smooth day-to-day functioning of all activities taking place at the complex. Art Jameel KSA’s Head of Operations will oversee HR, operations and government liaison for Art Jameel, plus the management of Hayy – both Art Jameel initiatives and the broader complex — including tenant and facilities management (including IT, contract services, security and maintenance).

The ideal candidate would have excellent, proven logistical and operational experience, including managing safety, security, facilities management, gained at a reputable development or company, preferably in the GCC.. Knowledge and experience of liaising with Saudi government entities, commercial partners and suppliers is essential, to ensure timely delivery of events, initiatives and strategies, within the correct legal framework. They should be positive, resourceful and solutions-oriented; ready to embrace new challenges; and be able to inspire and lead a team effectively.

Mandatory: excellent Arabic; Saudi nationality; good written and spoken English; an entrepreneurial, proactive approach.

Desirable: experience of having run a small business or building complex. Experience in the creative sector is preferred.


Operations and HR Coordinator

Reporting into the Head of Operations, this role is an excellent opportunity for an administrator with HR, operations and logistics experience to work in an exciting, fast-paced and creative environment. Recruiting, processing applications, facilitating the correct government licenses and documents will be a major part of the opening of Hayy:Creative Hub, and its ongoing programmes, post-opening. Candidates applying for this position should be team-players with proven experience in liaising with a range of government departments to obtain licenses and legal documents; excellent administrative and basic financial skills. Mandatory: excellent Arabic; Saudi nationality; good written and spoken English; a proactive, positive approach.

Desirable: experience of having worked in a creative company or organisation.


Administrative Assistant

Part of the operations team at Hayy, this role calls for a highly flexible, proactive candidate, willing to get involved with a range of tasks – from liaising with tenants, coordinating events, drafting correspondence and managing a CRM database to supporting the programming team with shipping and exhibition logistics. Candidates should have excellent, proven administrative skills; good spoken/written Arabic and English; and a positive, willing attitude.


Programmes Manager (Hayy:Cinema)

A major component of Hayy:Creative Hub is its central cinema complex, designed to be a leading picture house for Saudi Arabia, with a particular focus on international independent cinema, Arab (including Saudi) filmmaking, documentaries and film events. The role manages the cinema (or audio-visual centre), and includes in-house and guest programming, logistics, overseeing a library and concessions, devising outreach strategies, cinema hire, and more; it would suit those with cinema and festival experience, particularly in Saudi or Arab world context (building community and liaising closely with colleagues in the Saudi cinema scene are of key importance to Art Jameel). This position is being advertised now, in order to allow the candidate to work with Hayy’s senior leadership to devise a distinct strategy, structure and programme for Hayy:Cinema.

Mandatory: excellent Arabic; working use of English; a knowledge of and a passion for cinema; an entrepreneurial, community-oriented approach.

Desirable: experience of working in a cinema and/or festival context.


Programmes Coordinator (Hayy:Arts)

Hayy:Creative Hub includes a central, two-floor arts centre, which will be home to a diverse roster of exhibitions, including commissions, thematic group and solo exhibitions, and international touring shows. While visual arts will be a lead focus, Hayy:Arts will also feature design and architecture initiatives; programming will be developed both in-house and with guest curators. The Programmes Coordinator will work with Art Jameel’s senior curatorial team, based in Dubai and Jeddah, to develop and manage content for the gallery spaces in Hayy:Arts. The role requires an enthusiastic, proactive self-starter, with some experience of producing projects and working with artists and curators; tasks will range from arranging the transportation and loaning of artworks, and liaising with suppliers, fabricators, translators, designers, through to contributing to research, outreach and communications strategies.

Mandatory: excellent Arabic and English; a knowledge of and a passion for visual art, design and architecture; an determined, enthusiastic approach to building exhibitions of the highest quality that draw in diverse audiences

Desirable: experience of working in a gallery, museum or arts organization in Saudi/the Arab world


Community and Events Coordinator

Within Hayy:Creative Hub, Art Jameel manages an arts centre, cinema complex, artists’ studios, events and learning spaces; the remaining half of the complex is given over to like-minded partners – including commercial galleries, architectural studios, fashion and design entities, performance and comedy clubs and cafes. This coordinator role involves co-managing Art Jameel’s own events, third-party rentals and co-produced events, and liaising with partners and tenants, to ensure smooth running and promotion of all events, across the complex, including managing a centralized calendar. The Community and Events Coordinator will also play a key role in planning, devising and running the events for the opening week of Hayy in the winter of 2020. Candidates should have knowledge and experience of project management; of assisting, coordinating and/or producing events, preferably in Saudi; and an awareness and some knowledge of communications strategies. A strong level of both Arabic and English is preferred.


Communications and Social Media Coordinator

The success of Hayy:Creative Hub will in part lies in its capacity to draw in broad audiences for its programmes – including the creative community, but reaching out beyond established enthusiasts, and fulfilling the mandate of “arts for all”. The Communications and Social Media Coordinator will work with the Art Jameel communications team, based in Dubai and Jeddah, to ensure that the Saudi community at large is fully aware of Hayy and its programmes, before, during and after it opens in winter 2020. With a particular focus on local audience development and outreach, particularly through social media, this position is ideal for an upcoming communications professional, looking to take on an exciting new role within the fast-developing Saudi arts scene. Outgoing enthusiasm and networking skills should be combined with a nuanced understanding of language and context.

Mandatory: excellent Arabic and English; a proactive, self-starter approach; an understanding of the creative industries.

Desirable: an established network within the Saudi creative scene, preferably in Jeddah; experience of working in a communications team.


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