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Assistant Manager / Manager (Education)

Agency: National Arts Council
Job no.: 539010
Work type: Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Arts/Cultural/Heritage, Education

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. As a statutory board in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives.

At NAC, we have a team of creative and dynamic staff who share this common vision.

If you have a strong passion for the arts, we welcome you to join us for a challenging and fulfilling career.

The Education & Development Department’s purview covers a wide scope. From growing an appreciation for the arts from pre-school and onwards, to increasing engagement with the arts in pre-tertiary education, right up to ensuring a pipeline of arts professionals equipped with the right skills sets and opportunities for continuous professional development to support lifelong learning.

For this role, you will be involved in the implementation and review of policies, strategies, partnerships and initiatives which seek to enhance the quality of school-based arts education programmes, and increase student appreciation of and engagement with the arts (with a focus on local content and artists) across various school levels and student profiles.

Principal Accountabilities:

Support the team in the implementation of programmes, management of partnerships and periodic policy reviews in support of arts education in schools.

Key areas of responsibility include:

· Develop policies and frameworks for the professionalization of the arts sector, as well as programmes that develop the capabilities of Arts Instructors, Teaching Artists and Educators

· Support research initiatives across the department, including designing and planning for the collection and management of robust data and impact measurement of schemes/programmes using technology.

· Design and implementation of schemes/programmes which complement the formal arts education curriculum in schools. Some examples include increasing exposure to Singapore artists through the art and music curricula, engaging in/at-risk youth and children with special needs through the arts, and facilitating cross-cultural understanding through the infusion of the arts in National Education/Character and Citizenship Education.

· Work in close collaboration with key partners and stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, arts and culture institutions (e.g. The Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore) and artists to execute the above.

· Manage timelines, budgets and deliverables for above-mentioned schemes/programmes.


- At least 3 years of relevant working experience in the education and/or adult learning sectors.

- Experience in teaching students at secondary, post-secondary levels and above.

- Experience in curriculum planning, design and implementation at pre-tertiary and/or higher education levels.

- Leadership experience will be an asset.

- Experience in research and data management would be an advantage

- A good understanding of and interest in the local arts scene. Some experience in an art form (e.g. dance, theatre, visual art, literary arts) is preferred.

- An excellent command of the English language. Candidates who are proficient in a Mother Tongue language will be considered favourably.

- Strong analytical skills as an independent thinker who is able to adapt to changing contexts

- Strong administrative and project management skills. IT skills would be an asset.

- Team player with excellent interpersonal, partnership management and negotiation skills

- Applicants who require work passes need not apply

Interested applicants are to submit resume and one-page write-up on your interest and involvement in the arts.

If you do not hear from us within 2 months from your date of submission, you may assume that you have not been shortlisted. In the meantime, please track the status of your application on Careers@Gov.

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