Like any leading organisation, we know how important it is to value the people who do the hard work day in, day out.
It is the dedicated and talented people behind the scenes who help make what we do possible. You might be surprised by the variety and scope of the opportunities here at the RA. From art handlers to fundraisers, event managers to accountants, we are a diverse group of people committed to delivering the highest standards to our visitors.
We offer a number of unique benefits including free entry to exhibitions across London, discounts in our shops and cafés, exclusive after hours family and friends events in the galleries, free life drawing classes, a staff gallery and much more.
Working here is to be part of a very special community and we pride ourselves on making sure our staff feel valued.
We host some of the world's most celebrated exhibitions, are home to Britain's first art school, and have big plans for the future. Come and be a part of our story.
PA to the Keeper of the Royal Academy and Curator & Head of Schools
The Royal Academy Schools is the oldest independent art school in the UK and has up to 55 students enrolled in Europe’s only 3-year postgraduate course in Fine Art. The RA Schools’ postgraduate programme is studio-based including all contemporary art media. The programme includes a breadth of lectures, artist talks, group critiques and tutorials given by leading contemporary artists, Royal Academicians, critics, writers and theorists.
We are currently looking for an accomplished individual to provide comprehensive PA and administrative support principally to Curator & Head of Schools, as well as the Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools.
Closing date for applications: 29 August 2014
Interviews will be held week commencing: 8 September 2014
Director of IT
The Royal Academy is in the early stages of delivering a new technology strategy, aiming both to transform digital experience for our audiences and ensure that we are able to integrate our customer and business data to most effectively serve them, by implementing a sophisticated CRM system and improve our core business systems. To do this, we are looking for an experienced Director of IT, who ideally has at least 10 years’ experience and a mixture of IT technical and business systems expertise together with strong analytical and business-focussed skills and the ability to take a holistic, architectural view.
To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter, detailing your current remuneration and outlining how you meet the criteria to email@example.com. Candidates meeting our criteria will be invited in for interview.
Morning Cleaner (part-time; 15 hours per week)
We are seeking an experienced Cleaner to join our in-house team providing a range of cleaning and portering services in 6, Burlington Gardens and Burlington House.
The duties cover our offices predominantly, but may also include public and gallery spaces. You will need relevant experience, particularly with industrial cleaning equipment and, preferably, gained in a listed building open to the public.
Candidates who meet our criteria will be interviewed immediately.
Head of Marketing (maternity cover)
An exciting and rare opportunity for an exceptional individual has arisen to join the team as Head of Marketing (maternity cover). Commercially savvy and entrepreneurial, you will build on the solid evidence-based approach to marketing that we have developed, as an independent self-funding institution that does not receive revenue funding from government, and help us achieve even greater success. Your understanding of the latest developments in marketing will ideally include direct experience of working with CRM and digital marketing.
Ideally candidates must be able to start mid-November.
Closing date for applications: 19 September 2014 Interviews to be held: 26 & 30 September 2014
Heritage Learning & Interpretation Manager
We are looking for a talented, committed and creative person with experience in both interpretation, and gallery or museum education. You will have worked with families, teachers and students, young people and adults, and community partners to shape learning programmes and interpret collections, both on site and online. You will have managed volunteer guides and worked with trainees. You will have collaborated with curators, archivists, learning and digital teams to make art, architecture, history and heritage come to life. And you will have a passion for British art, working with artists, delving into history, and engaging with contemporary issues in art, history and culture.
Closing date for applications: 14 September 2014
Interviews will be held week commencing: 22 September 2014
Sculpture & Workshop Manager
The Royal Academy Schools is the oldest independent art school in the UK and has up to 60 students enrolled in Europe’s only 3-year postgraduate course in Fine Art. The Schools’ postgraduate programme includes painting, sculpture, installation, print, time-based and digital media.
The Sculpture and Workshop Manager will play a critical role in supporting students and artists in the making of sculptural works of art.
Closing date for applications: 17 September 2014
Interviews to be held week commencing: 22 September 2014
The Access Programme sits within the Learning Department. Through events and other resources it engages with a diverse audience, including visitors with limited mobility, hearing and visual impairments, mental health issues and dementia, and young people with a physical or learning disability.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Access Assistant, who will support the Access Manager in researching, developing, communicating and delivering the Access Programme, as well as promoting awareness of disability issues across the RA.
Closing date for applications: 14 September 2014 Interviews will be held: w/c 22 September 2014
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Keep up to date with all our latest vacancies, work experience and a look at what it's like to work at the Royal Academy of Arts.
How to apply
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If you are interested in any of our vacancies and feel you meet the criteria, send your completed application form, with the job title clearly stated in the subject line, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t been contacted by us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
If you are offered the position, you will be required to provide official documentation to confirm your right to work in the UK and details of two referees.
We strive to ensure that opportunities at the RA are open to all. We treat all job applications equally - regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.
Unfortunately we cannot accept speculative applications.
We work closely with several London boroughs to provide valuable work experience for students. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept speculative applications.
Internships & apprenticeships
From time to time we offer internships and apprenticeships and when we do, they will be advertised here. If you are interested in a student internship at the RA as a requirement of your course, please get in touch via email@example.com
We really value the team of dedicated volunteers who help us carry out our mission. At the moment, we don't have any volunteer vacancies, but we have plans to develop our volunteering programme in the future – check back here or follow us on Twitter for the latest.
We offer competitive salaries with annual reviews.
We appreciate that regular holiday is essential for you to be at your best. Our staff enjoy 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays, as well as three additional days’ leave over the Christmas period.
Our pension scheme includes generous employer contributions: if you contribute 3%, we’ll contribute 4%; if you contribute 6%, we’ll contribute 8%.
Season ticket loan
After your first three months at the RA, you can apply for an interest-free season ticket loan to cover the cost of a travel season ticket.
We appreciate the importance of life insurance, and you will receive cover at three times your salary.
For each RA exhibition, you will be invited to a preview talk from the curator, and naturally you can visit our exhibitions as many times as you like.
Staff can walk their friends and family into our exhibitions with their staff pass. They are also invited to our popular triannual Friends and Family evenings.
You can visit exhibitions for free at many other arts institutions and museums across London, the UK and New York. We want to maximise your cultural opportunities whilst working at the RA.
We offer the option to purchase Childcare vouchers as a salary sacrifice so that you can take advantage of tax and national insurance incentives.
Employee Assistant Programme
Staff and their family can take advantage of the confidential EAP. This is a free advice line available 24/7 providing both practical advice on legal, financial and every day issues, and emotional support, including up to six face-to-face counselling sessions.
Give as you earn
You can donate to your favourite charity directly from your pre-tax earnings.
Free access to cultural events, organised by the RA and other institutions, and of course an invitation to our legendary, themed staff Christmas party.
Whether you need a greetings card or fancy afternoon tea, you can take advantage of discounts in the various RA restaurants, cafés and RA shops.
Cycle to work scheme
For the benefit of both you and the environment, a loan for the purchase of a bicycle is available through the Cycle to Work scheme. We have staff showers too.
Life drawing classes
On Tuesday evenings staff of all abilities can attend classes guided by the gentle tuition from an experienced artist in the Schools’ beautiful and historic Life Drawing Room.
Our choir, in partnership with Music in Offices, rehearses on Thursday lunchtimes with regular performances throughout the year. 2014 will see us enter the Office Choir of the Year competition.
Weekly fruit delivery
Each Tuesday fresh fruit is delivered to the office to help you towards your 5 a day.
Through the Ambassador scheme, regular Show & Tell sessions and a weekly staff news bulletin, the employee voice is loud and clear.
Reaching your potential
Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about allowing staff to grow and fulfil their potential. Recent initiatives include:
A year-long programme for all managers covering a range of topics from leading a team to managing budgets and projects.
Monthly lunch and learn sessions open to all, featuring guest speakers such as Harvard Business Review award winner and London Business School professor, Rob Goffee.
Training for individuals or teams
From British Sign Language to ACCA financial certification to History of Art evening classes at the Sotheby’s Institute to public speaking, we help staff to acquire and hone the skills they need to reach their potential.