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Hong Kong Baptist University. Hong Kong, 24.03.2017

  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • NA Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is committed to excellence in research, teaching, innovation and community engagement and aspires to be the region’s premier research-intensive liberal arts university. Through a holistic approach to education, complemented by a comprehensive international learning programme designed to broaden students’ horizons and global outlook, HKBU strives to unlock students’ creative potential and equip them with knowledge and skills required for today’s globalised world. The University has a student population of around 11,000 with a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (leading up to PhD level) offered in its Faculty of Arts, School of Business, School of Chinese Medicine, School of Communication, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and Academy of Visual Arts.


Established in 2005, the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) is the first creative tertiary institution of its kind in Hong Kong, offering a comprehensive range of subject specialisms in Studio & Media Arts, Craft & Design and Visual Arts Studies. The Academy offers programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is located on two sites – the Communication and Visual Arts Building in Kowloon Tong and the nearby Kai Tak campus in Kwun Tong which also houses AVA’s Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, the research and social engagement arm of the Academy.


The Director of the Academy of Visual Arts will provide creative and effective academic leadership to the Academy and promote excellence in all aspects of the Academy’s academic activities including teaching, practice and theoretical research, and innovative projects. The Director will lead the development of the Academy, ensure alignment with international practices and standards of the field, current trends and emerging issues, and further enhance the international reputation of the Academy through shaping it into an internationally competitive institution. He/She will also be responsible for planning and monitoring both financial and human resources in the Academy. The appointee will work closely with senior management and other Deans of Faculties/Schools in planning the strategic development and setting the overall direction of the University. While the Directorship will demand significant time commitment to administrative duties, it is expected that the appointee will hold a concurrent academic appointment in the Academy and contribute to teaching, research, and other scholarly activities.


The successful candidate should be an experienced practitioner with in-depth knowledge of contemporary visual arts and their contexts and international recognised scholarship. His/Her leadership experience may include teaching, managing an academic department, engaging with staff, faculty members and students, external bodies, government, related industries and the public. Experience in fund-raising will be considered an additional asset.

Appointment Terms

The appointment will normally be made on a three-year term, and renewable subject to review and mutual agreement. Remuneration package includes basic salary on the Professorial range, retirement/gratuity benefits currently at 15% of basic salary, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, and, as appropriate, housing assistance and relocation allowance.


The University has appointed Heidrick & Struggles as the executive search firm to search for the right candidate. Applicants and nominees are invited to send a cover letter and a detailed curriculum vitae with the names and contact addresses of three referees by email to

Review of applications/nominations will begin in April 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The University reserves the right not to fill the position or to make an appointment by invitation; and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer. Enquiries can be directed to the above email or Heidrick & Struggles, Suite 1408, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong.

More information about the University and the Academy of Visual Arts is available at Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer

Hong Kong Baptist University
NA Hong Kong