Call for EOIs: Director of Policy and Engagement

IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies,
26 August 2021, International


We seek a Director of Policy and Engagement with experience in government or international work in the field of cultural policy, ideally, to oversee IFACCA’s policy knowledge and engagement strategies to meet member needs and contribute to its thought leadership mandate. This is a leadership position within the Secretariat and the postholder reports to the Executive Director.

The Director of Policy and Engagement will:

  • work closely with the Executive Director to implement and deliver the Strategy 2021-2026, with particular attention to policy knowledge and exchange content and programmatic outputs
  • oversee, develop and, at times, lead policy knowledge and exchange services and projects for members
  • oversee, develop and manage member and stakeholder engagement agendas and international partnership strategies
  • lead communications and engagement strategy, which includes preparing content, liaising with members, partners and the wider network
  • represent IFACCA internationally, as requested by the Executive Director
  • deputise for the Executive Director, as required
  • be an authorised financial signatory for IAFS (IFACCA’s legal entity in Australia) in accordance with financial delegation guidelines, including banking and financial system transactions.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in a similar role, in government or an international organisation in the field of cultural policy, ideally.
  • Relevant demonstrable knowledge of and experience in public policy design, implementation and/or application, specifically in relation to arts and culture.
  • Proven experience providing high-level policy, strategy and communications direction, advice and planning.
  • Excellent political and cultural judgement and ability to quickly understand impacts, risks and opportunities in policy reform.
  • A solid understanding of international current affairs and government policy.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing people and relationships.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the ability to work in different cultural contexts and according to protocols to ensure quality outcomes.
  • Highly developed communication, negotiation and analytical skills; expert stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills; and ability to influence, negotiate and collaborate with diplomacy in complex settings.
  • Capacity to effectively liaise with international government representatives and other stakeholders involved in cultural policy work, and the creative and cultural sectors.
  • High proficiency in English, written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management and continuous quality improvement.



Please note: Expressions of Interest have closed. 

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The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies is the global network of arts councils, ministries of culture and government agencies that advance arts and culture, with member institutions representing over 70 countries. The IFACCA Secretariat is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and comprises a small team of committed staff who manage programmes and services for the Federation; nurture international relationships with – and between – members; and provide them with trusted advisory services. While we work closely with government institutions, as an organisation, the Secretariat is lean, agile and non-bureaucratic.