Careers at the RA
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.
Art Sales Co-ordinator
Our visitors love the opportunity to buy art work in the Summer Exhibition and they will now be able to buy art work year round. To make this happen, we need an exceptional individual to join the team as its Art Sales Co-ordinator.
You must be a confident and experienced salesperson with a demonstrable track record of success. Ideally you will have experience of selling artwork both online and physically. The role will include close liaison with artists regarding the display and sale of their work. Tact and diplomacy is essential at all times.
Closing date for applications: 24 September 2014
Interviews to be held: 1 and 2 October 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.
Candidates who meet 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
The Press team creates and implements campaigns to promote the activities of the Academy. An exciting and rare opportunity for an exceptional individual has arisen to join the team as its temporary Press Officer.
You will possess a successful track record of coordinating and implementing press campaigns ideally in the cultural/arts sector, with specific and robust experience of editorial campaigns, budget management, copy writing and project management. You will be highly organised and diligent, be comfortable working at pace and possess a creative flair and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
You must be free to start within 4 weeks of offer of employment or sooner.
We will invite candidates that meet our brief in for interview as we receive CVs. If you have not heard from us within 10 days of your application, please assume you were unsuccessful on this occasion.
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
Our Human Resources team serves more than 270 permanent staff and up to 150 temporary staff during busy exhibition periods. We are looking for an accomplished HR Assistant to provide comprehensive administrative support to the HR team, as well as accurate and high-quality HR advice to our staff.
Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, you will principally co-ordinate the entire recruitment process, from advertising vacancies to arranging interviews and managing all starter (and leaver) administration.
Discreet and diplomatic, you will respect confidentiality in all matters. At the same time, you will be friendly and approachable, with a sense of humour and a genuine interest in people.
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014 Interviews to be held: w/c 6 October 2014
Head of Communications (maternity cover)
The Communications team generates publicity campaigns to support the many activities of the Academy, most notably its high profile exhibitions programme. An exciting opportunity has now arisen to join the team as Head of Communications (maternity cover).
The successful candidate will have extensive experience of leading a press/media relations team, ideally within the cultural/arts sector. With prior experience of publicising major capital projects and of leading public affairs activity, you will ensure that the Academy’s story of transformation and renewal is communicated persuasively to a broad range of stakeholders and audiences.
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014 Interviews to be held: 9 & 10 October 2014
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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.
Events Student Intern
We have an opportunity for a student currently enrolled in a full or part time graduate or taught postgraduate degree in Events Management or similar to gain first-hand experience of the process of planning and putting on events in an arts/not-for-profit environment.
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014
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.