RECRUITMENT: Project Manager, Koon Man Space
Last year, with the support of the Lands Department, Home Affairs Bureau, Development Bureau, the village members and various parties, the Hong Kong International Photo Festival successfully obtained a short-term lease (approx. five years, renewable) of the site of the former Koon Man School at Chuen Lung and subsidy for refurbishing the 60-year-old site. Deemed to be open to the public in Q1 2022, we aspire to build a space for learning, exchanges, and experimentations on contemporary photography, not least a communal space to strengthen relationships, generate conversations and vitality from within the scenic village.
The Space’s programme plan will consist of both practical and theoretical explorations into:
1. Communally and socially engaged image making practice leveraging on the expertise of various collaborators and partners and engaging the community members as co-creators, to create a more cohesive foundation on which to develop the repurposed Koon Man Space for social interaction and real dialogue, expanding social and civic engagement opportunities for all community members.
2. Sustainability in generating continuous creative opportunities in the community to promote ongoing interactions and generate more opportunities for creative practices, discourse and public involvement to evolve and diversify in the long run.
3. Art Education in providing a multi-faceted form of artistic inquiry into a culture and environment in which one can learn multi-sensorially and experientially.
4. Social Archive through extensive research in the community to help create and develop content for a dedicated social archive that could serve as ample resources for offering alternative art and learning experiences to the general public.
The Festival is currently carrying out works to convert the site to what we envision to be a communal centre for photography. We are looking for a candidate who is interested in taking charge of this exciting initiative, which means work from community engagement, fund seeking, programme development, to site renovation management. All this is taking place and needs to be followed through.
1. Tailor programme and budget plans to actualise the Space’s missions and values and suit the space’s contexts; research and devise suitable financing models and secure fundings to support its establishment, staffing, programming and daily operations;
2. Supervise and monitor all the site renovation works, including liaison with various government bureaux and departments, architectural consultants, contractors, village representatives, and relevant stakeholders;
3. Coordinate with all parties, including but not limited to, government agencies, funders, designers, surveyors, art practitioners, village representatives, and relevant community stakeholders, ensuring smooth running of the space’s different projects;
4. Form and manage the working team of the space; and
5. Make timely reviews and approvals.
You should be passionate about public engagement through arts with the desire to drive positive change in the community.
You should possess superior project management skills, including budget administration, time management, coordination, and communication.
1. Graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree or equivalent;
2. Arts / design / cultural management background preferred;
3. 3-5 years relevant experience in a professional environment;
4. Passionate about arts, culture, photography, and community engagement;
5. Proactive, organised, detailed-minded, and able to work independently;
6. Friendly, helpful, flexible, an effective team player with strong communication skills;
7. Excellent command of spoken and written English and Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin);
8. Immediate availability preferred.
If you are interested, please send your application with a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org to the attention of Ms. Lo, on or before 12nn, 14 June 2021, stating the position you are applying on the email subject. All collected data will be used for recruitment purposes only and kept in strict confidence for 6 months.
HKIPF is an equal opportunity employer. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organisation need. If you are a member of any under-represented communities, you are encouraged to self-identify, on either your cover letter or CV.