Director of the Creative Institute Trenčín

Creative Institute Trenčín is a newly-formed organisation that is responsible for the implementation of European Capital of Culture Trenčín 2026. In close collaboration with stakeholders in the private, public and third sector, we focus on the development of culture and creative industries in the city and Europe, as well as fulfilling the goals of Trenčín 2026. Our team is looking for an experienced, ambitious, and internationally-connected executive director to manage the growing team and successful implementation of the title, and assure adherence to the values and goals as outlined in the Trenčín 2026 bid book.


  • At least five years’ experience directing an institution/organisation/company, preferably in the cultural sector

  • At least three-years’ experience leading large teams (systematic leadership, handling stress situations, etc.)

  • Second degree education, preferably in culture/art or a related field

  • Experience with and knowledge of ECoC projects

  • Experience  working with large budgets and organisational cash flows

  • Highly-developed ability to work independently, proactively and systematically

  • Excellent communication in both Slovak and English languages

  • Experience in creating successful project proposals, grant applications, and business plans

  • Great personal and communication skill

  • Strategic thinking and the ability to systematically lead teams to meet long-term plans and goals

  • Basic knowledge of contractual and HR legislation

  • Existing network of contacts in culture/ creative industries in Slovakia and Europe

  • Familiarity with the contemporary Slovak cultural/ artistic environment 

  • Integrity

  • Full legal capacity



  • Involvement in the Trenčín 2026 bidding process is an advantage

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • General management of the Creative Institute Trenčín and its team as a statutory representative

  • Manage the organisation's cash flow (together with the financial manager) 

  • Manage the implementation of Trenčín 2026 - the European Capital of Culture

  • Collaborate closely with the fundraising manager and artistic director on gaining new resources and securing long-term sustainability of the organisation and its activities

  • Establish and maintain effective working processes between CIT and the City and Region of Trenčín, the Slovak Ministry of Culture, as well as other key institutions and stakeholders

  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders and networks

  • Collaborate with the board of trustees of CIT

  • Lead the formation of the organisational structure and management hiring

  • Represent the organisation at conferences, events, media and in public



  • Basic salary component: EUR 2,300 gross per month

Applications must include:

  • Professional CV in Slovak and English languages in PDF

  • Cover letter in Slovak and English languages (up to one A4 side)  in PDF

  • Structured implementation proposal for Trenčín 2026 in PDF format (max. 3 A4 pages): the proposal must be based on the Trenčín 2026 winning bid book and should primarily demonstrate an understanding of the European Capital of Culture process and knowledge of the winning project.

  • Completed forms required to request an extract from the criminal record

  • Consent to the processing of personal data if candidates want to be included in the database for the purposes of potential later Slovakia with a job offer

  • Affidavit of legal capacity 

  • Affidavit on the veracity of the data 

  • Affidavit of Integrity

Failure to submit any of the required documents and the annex may be a reason to exclude the candidate from the competition. The application, together with the signed annexes in pdf format, is submitted electronically to the email address

Contact for candidates:

Deadline for sending applications:

2/23/2022 at 3:00 PM CET.

The selection procedure will take place in the form of personal calls. Personal interviews will take place on March 4, 2022 in the morning in Trenčín, and the candidates will meet the conditions of the notification by a more precise time and place. Pursuant to the statute of the Creative Institute Trenčín, n.o. the winning candidate must be subsequently confirmed by the election by the board of trustees.

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