Expressions of Interest: ACICIS 2017 Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP) Program Officer 

Program Description

In January 2017, ACICIS will launch its pilot iteration of the Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP), with support from the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Modelled on the consortium’s highly-successful Journalism, Business, and Development Studies Professional Practica, the Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP) will consist of  a two-week intensive block of Indonesian language study and contextual studies at an ACICIS Indonesian partner university, followed by a four-week industry placement at a participating Australian, international or Indonesian host organisation.

The program consists of a two-week academic program hosted by Atma Jaya Catholic University Jakarta, followed by a four-week industry placement. The academic program is a mixture of Indonesian language tuition (40 hours) and seminars on contemporary and creative arts and design-relevant themes (20 hours).  Following the language study and seminar series at the ACICIS Indonesian partner university, students will undertake a four-week industry placement under the supervision of a workplace mentor.

The professional practicum placement will involve Australian students collaborating with Indonesian peers and creative practitioners to produce work including, but not limited to: short films, animations, sound and video art, websites, online installations, blogs and social media apps. Practicum host organisations will include both local and international companies and organisations operating in Indonesia’s creative economy. Opportunities will exist for placements in sectors as diverse as advertising, new media, fashion design, and film and television production.

As an accredited university program, the CADPP is designed to meet requirements for work-integrated learning modules and other practicum-based course components. In addition to their language study, seminar series and work placements, students are required to complete a 2,000-word report on a contemporary issue in the Indonesian creative arts and design sector as well as to create a digital portfolio/poster/artwork contextualising the student’s creative discipline within the Indonesian context, analysing their experience on the CADPP and the work of their Host Organisation. The CADPP is a competitive entry program with a limit on the total number of participants (25-30 participants per program).

Key Dates

5 – 26 October, 2016 Participant selection
4 – 6 January, 2017: Orientation
9 January –20 January, 2017: Language Training and Seminar Series
23 January –17 February, 2017: Four-week internship
18 – 28 February, 2017 Program Evaluation

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CADPP Program Officer Position Description

In order to establish and deliver the pilot CADPP program in 2017, ACICIS is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from interested parties willing to be engaged in the role of CADPP Program Officer (PO). The role involves approximately 60 days of work consisting of 20 days of pre-program preparation to be conducted between 1 September – 31 December, 2016, and 40 days of program delivery to be conducted between 1 January – 1 March, 2017. Prior to the program’s implementation, the PO will play a major role in necessary program establishment duties, including: academic liaison with ACICIS’ member universities in Australia and the host university, Atma Jaya in Jakarta, identifying suitable and willing Host Organisations to participate in the professional placement phase of the program, and selecting and vetting student applications for the program.

The PO reports directly to the ACICIS Resident Director (RD), Ms Elena Williams. The PO is responsible for advising students on academic and industry-specific matters, offering pastoral care and emergency assistance (out of regular working hours, as required), and representing ACICIS at participating Host Organisations and related events.

Key Deliverables of the CADPP PO:

Prior to Program Commencement (1 September – 31 December, 2016)

  • Liaise with the CADPP Development Officer (DO) and ACICIS RD to gain program understanding, all CADPP program materials and documents and complete all required program briefing and readings;
  • Together with the RD, advise on the selection and placement of participating students following the CADPP application cut-off date of October 1, 2016;
  • Send out all pre-departure correspondence to prospective participants and finalise all industry placements by (latest) end of November 2016.

During the CADPP program (1 January – 1 March 2017)

  • The PO will be available at Atma Jaya University on a daily basis for the two-week academic program to liaise with students and moderate seminar presentations from invited speakers/ lead field visits;
  • The PO, in cooperation with the DO,  will complete all routine program administration duties that are a part of ACICIS’ pastoral care responsibilities (maintaining databases, counselling students, liaising with home universities as required);
  • During the program, the PO will liaise with students’ workplace supervisors and others to facilitate the students’ successful placement and completion of the CADPP program;
  • The PO will actively mentor all students on matters pertaining to their work and their general understanding of Indonesia and the development industry, and advise on appropriate workplace conduct in Indonesia;
  • The PO will supervise and assess each student’s 2,000-word thematic paper and project, providing guidance on the selection and structure of topics, and offering industry-specific mentoring on the paper and project throughout the program, and its assessment following the program;
  • The PO will conduct two workplace visits for each student over the course of the four-week internship period. Exit interviews are to be conducted during the latter visit with both student and workplace mentor;
  • Following the completion of the CADPP program (Friday, 17 February 2017) the PO will complete assessment documents for each student, and forward these to the ACICIS RD within two weeks of the end of the program (by Wednesday 1 March, 2017).

CADPP PO Attributes:

  • Masters or PhD in one of the following disciplines: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Arts Management, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Architecture or a related field (preferably from an Australian university);
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in the creative arts and design sector, preferably in Indonesia;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in program management and/ or managing cross-cultural teams;
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary creative arts and design industries and practices in Indonesia, and of Indonesia’s creative economy more broadly;
  • Advanced proficiency in both English and Indonesian;
  • Excellent networking skills and an ability to represent ACICIS at media, Australian embassy and other related program events;
  • Teaching or tutoring experience in creative arts and design, or a related discipline, at an Australian institution (desirable).

Remuneration, Conditions and Period of Engagement:

The ACICIS CADPP PO is engaged on a short-term basis and is thus engaged as a short-term consultant. The consultancy involves approximately 60 days of work consisting of 20 days of pre-program preparation to be conducted between 1 September – 31 December, 2016, and 40 days of program delivery to be conducted between 1 January – 1 March, 2017.   A daily rate commensurate with the applicant’s skills and experience will be offered.

This role is open to both Indonesian and international citizens. However, international applicants may be required to hold or obtain appropriate work visas and tax registration permits to conduct work in Indonesia.

Interested applicants should forward a current CV and an EOI statement addressing the selection criteria (no more than two pages) to the ACICIS Resident Director, Ms Elena Williams, via email at: with the subject heading ‘Expression of Interest: 2017 CADPP PO Program Officer’, no later than Friday 3 June, 2016.

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