Pompeii Archaeological Park seeks new director. Call for applications kicks off

Call for applications for new director of Pompeii Archaeological Park published in the Economist and on MiBACT website. Applications due by November 3, 2020.

MiBACT Minister Dario Franceschini yesterday kicked off the procedures that will lead to the identification of the next director general of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, now held on an interim basis by Museums Director General Massimo Osanna. The international call for proposals was published in theEconomist and on the MiBACT website.

“Pompeii is loved by archaeologists all over the world,” Franceschini said. “We imagine that a lot of applications will come in, from all over the world they are looking carefully at this call, and whoever is chosen will certainly be the best or the best.” He continued, “Pompeii’s in recent years is a success story, a symbol of redemption and of how the Italian museum system has evolved in just a few years from a situation of great backwardness. Italian museums have changed with international selection, thanks to which the best people were chosen based on curriculum, merit, and skills. Now there is a great work to be done around the archaeological site, concerning services and infrastructure: this is the second part of the challenge.”

“I leave Pompeii in a very different situation from 2014,” said Director General Osanna," and this is thanks to the work of all those who have contributed to the revitalization of the site in recent years. Also important has been the network of collaborations established with various institutions in the area. The next director will be called upon to follow important projects, including the securing of theinsula meridionalis and interventions for the buffer zone, starting with the recovery of the Spolettificio in Torre Annunziata."

Applications to participate in the selection must be received by Nov. 3, following the procedures specified at beniculturali.it/pompeii-selection. Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation committee of five expert members appointed by the minister. From an initial 10 candidates accepted for interview, a trio of names will be selected to be submitted to the minister for final selection. The conclusion of the procedure and subsequent appointment of the director is scheduled for March 31, 2021.

The director will have a fixed-term appointment of four years renewable for an additional four years and will receive a gross annual compensation of 148,837.25 euros plus a possible performance bonus of up to 40,000 euros.

Pompeii Archaeological Park seeks new director. Call for applications kicks off
Pompeii Archaeological Park seeks new director. Call for applications kicks off

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