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New Vacancy: Festival Manager – Abu Dhabi Science Festival, UAE

James Liley
Please forward your current CV / Resume to jliley@hcigulf.com in Microsoft Word Format should you be interested in applying for this opportunity.

Regional Director
Human Capital International

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival opened its doors for the first time in November 2011 expecting approximately 80,000 visitors; over the nine day event over 120,000 visitors were welcomed to the 8,500sqm exhibition at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre and the open event at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience over 150 science and technology events. The main objectives of the ADSF are to engage the youth in informal STI learning and promote the importance of STI to Abu Dhabi’s population. The core target audience are Abu Dhabi’s youth between 5 to 15 years (school grades 1 to 9), with particular focus on nationals. Secondary targets are key enablers and influencers to the primary target namely their teachers, parents and siblings.

To build on the success of the inaugural event ADSF is looking to identify an Informal Science Educator with the experience and passion to lead the festival and drive its growth and development.

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival is a strategic government initiative designed to develop a sustainable knowledge based economy as part of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan.

  • The role holder will act as the festival’s Informal Science Education expert and is required to create the strategic and operational direction of the ADSF and drive optimal development and delivery by effectively and efficiently directing various work streams, namely programming & content, integrated marketing & communications, schools/universities, logistics/operations, process/budget, etc) against key strategic and tactical parameters (community impact, funding, etc).
  • Interested applicants must have circa 10 years experience in Informal Science Education and at least 5 years running significant science events, outreach programs or public engagement initiatives.
  • This is a full-time permanent position which will require the successful candidate to relocate to Abu Dhabi.

A CNN video introducing the festival can be viewed at: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2012/01/05/exp-inside-middle-east-abu-dhabi-science-festival.cnn