European Dancehouse Network (EDN) is an international network for contemporary dance, formed in 2004 and currently co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union (2017-2021).
EDN is a growing association of 40 members connecting across Europe and beyond, with shared ambitions: strengthening professional practice, developing audiences and public engagement as well as expanding the network. The purpose of EDN is to champion and strengthen the dance house model as providing the optimum conditions and resources necessary for the structural development of dance as a contemporary art form.
Each EDN member actively commits to cooperation, resources sharing, capacity building and knowledge exchange. Our members meet several times a year to exchange on the occasion of EDN Ateliers, General assemblies and other activities (see below).
Our key values are based on connectivity, resilience and empathy building, as we do believe in the vital impact of dance and performing arts in society.
Our main activities are:
- Carte Blanche: enabling the staff and/or artists from our member dancehouses to visit other dancehouses in Europe, to share knowledge and best practice
- Atelier: facilitating a deep exploration and exchange on specific themes and/or skills. Ateliers invite experts, members and the local audiences to participate
- Forum: Exploring new ways of creating dialogue between members, artists, audiences, and external experts
- Encounter: meeting and exchanging knowledge about local dance makers and their working conditions and identifying potential EDN members in specific regions of Europe or beyond
- EDN General Assembly
EDN is currently recruiting a new team to run the network’s management, administration and communication.
The Network Manager is the driving force of the network and acts in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, developing the network’s vision and strategy as well as conducting the activities planned as part of the EU project. The Network Manager will also be in charge of representing EDN internationally and developing the sustainable growth of the network, including future funding strategies.
The network manager is accountable to the EDN Board of Directors only.
- Drive the development of EDN’s vision and strategy in order to achieve EDN’s mission and goals in close collaboration with the Board
- Coordinate and supervise the implementation of the activities as part of the EU funded programme of activities (2017-2021) in partnership with the involved members
- Lead on the annual reporting to the EACEA and on the next EU funding application (2021-2025)
- Develop a sustainable financial strategy for the network
- Coordinate the General Assembly (usually twice a year)
- Advise on and implement the recruitment of the Communication Manager and the Administrative & Financial Officer in close collaboration with the Board
- Coordinate the future EDN team which will include the Communication Manager and the Administrative & Financial Officer
- Manage the employed and freelance staff and supervise them in the implementation of their tasks
- Oversee the financial management of the network in collaboration with the Administrative and Financial Officer
- Provide financial information necessary for decision making
- Maintain a constant and smooth communication with the members and support them in their missions
- Report on any feedback and challenges faced by the members to the Board
- Support members in their advocacy work at local, regional and national levels
- Manage the new memberships’ application process and recommend new members to the Board based on geographical diversity and inclusion
- Widen the international visibility of the network and of contemporary dance as an independent art form
- Foster the collaboration of EDN with other European networks and beyond
- Excellent level of written and spoken English. Any other European language would be a plus
- Experience in network coordination, project management and organising events
- Experience in conceiving and implementing development strategies
- Experience in financial controlling
- Strong interest in international networking and communication
- A good knowledge of the cultural and contemporary dance scene at European level would be appreciated
- Full time position based in Brussel with a 36 month contract. The wage is fixed according to the Scale A if the Flemish salary scales for the performing arts sector.
- Contract extension is subject to funding and performance
- The position is ready to be filled from October 2018 or at the latest early January 2019, depending on the successful candidate’s availability and/or notice period
- The network manager is based in Brussels
- International travels and weekend work will be necessary
How to apply: Please send your CV and a motivation letter (1 page maximum).
Submit your application via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Monday 10th September 2018, midday Brussels time
Interviews will take place in Brussels or on Skype in September (dates TBC)