Young Design Programme-Maker

Design Museum Den Bosch has set itself the ambition of becoming the number one museum of design in the Netherlands. We’re a bold institution with a cutting-edge programme that connects design with the society of today. Our museum uses design’s familiarity and societal significance to help understand current cultural, social and technological developments. The focus is not only on the intentions of the designer or the context of a design, but also on the user aspect: how does the design make itself felt in society? We manage an important design collection and measure ourselves against international design museums.

To help achieve our ambitions, the museum is keen to widen its appeal to new, young audiences. This involves looking at the existing exhibition offering through young adult eyes and developing new physical and online programmes and presentations geared towards the 18–30-year-old target group. The museum is therefore seeking to supplement its Public Affairs and Education team with a:

Young Design Programme-Maker (18 hours per week)

What will you be doing?

  • Together with two other new colleagues, you will form a ‘Young Design Curators Team’, which will create a programme of exhibitions and activities aimed at young target groups.
  • You will also work closely with our curators and Marketing and Public Affairs colleagues, with whom you will actively share your ideas on how to reach young people.
  • You will develop and implement new concepts for online and offline public programmes and events aimed at young adults. These programmes play an important part in the substantive course the museum wishes to pursue.
  • As part of this, you will actively seek collaboration partners, both regionally and nationally.

You will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Developing and organizing activities and events, both online and offline, specifically aimed at younger target groups.
  • Looking for appealing collaboration partners who offer a good fit with the experience of young adults.
  • Advising the management team on inclusion and accessibility for young adults.

What are we looking for in you?

  • A confident and individual programme-maker who can develop public activities that encourage young people to visit the museum.
  • You have an affinity for design and the various design disciplines.
  • You know what’s going on in contemporary youth culture and ideally have your own solid network of young adults (18–30-year-olds).
  • You know how to turn your ideas into compelling plans that you can sell to the rest of the organization.
  • You have demonstrable experience in developing your own content – videos, podcasts, interviews, and so on, online or otherwise.
  • Experience of editing your own video or audio material would be a plus, although this is not a requirement.
  • You know what’s going on in the world.
  • You’re not afraid to experiment and to innovate.
  • You enjoy developing skills such as presenting, interviewing and hosting an evening.
  • You have experience of developing online and offline communities or are willing to learn more about it.

We offer:

The opportunity to use your ideas to put the Design Museum on the map for young adults.

A good salary: Scale 9 in the Museums Collective Labour Agreement.

We also offer, among other things: an 8% holiday allowance, a year-end bonus, a discount card for the museum shop and certain travel expenses. The position is for one year with the possibility of extension.

What if you don’t meet all of the criteria? It might still be worth applying: you could convince us anyway! Or take a look at the other two vacancies:

Young Design Curator

We’d love for you to tell us why you’re the perfect candidate. You can do so in the form of a letter, a video or in some other way. Be clear about who you are and what you bring to the table. Let us know by contacting Rieke Righolt at no later than 7 December. The first round of interviews will be held in the week beginning 13 December.

For more information, contact Rieke Righolt, Development & Partnerships on +32 (0)6 52307663 /, or Oscar Jansen, Head of Operations,


This position has been made possible by Fonds 21 EXTRA, an initiative of Fonds 21 that enables a number of exemplary cultural organizations to focus on the long term, so they can continue to be relevant to society in five years’ time.