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.
Head of Friends
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions, famous for our world-class exhibitions. As we approach our 250th anniversary in 2018, we are embarking upon a series of major investments that will transform our physical and digital infrastructure, our public and private programme, and our engagement with our visitors and supporters.
We are now looking for a Head of Friends. Our 90,000 Friends are special to us; their support ensures the RA’s future. You will be a leader in the membership strategy field; accountable for the development of the Friends membership offering, you will implement a strategy for ambitious growth and high percentage retention of existing members. With an unrivalled track record of translating strategy into action and successfully growing memberships, loyalty schemes or similar; your goal will be to ensure a deep and long lasting relationship with the RA.
Closing date for applications: 13 February 2015
Interviews week commencing: 23 February 2015
Project Manager, Masterplan
Our Masterplan will redevelop our 2.5 acre site in Mayfair, uniting our two buildings, Burlington House and Burlington Gardens. This is one of the most exciting and aspirational projects in the cultural sector, and envisioned by Sir David Chipperfield RA.
The Masterplan project team is responsible for the delivery of this ambitious programme of works and an unrivalled opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to join the team as its internal Project Manager. Assigned to the capital building project, and working with some of the UK’s leading Royal Academician architects and best in class heritage contractors and consultants, you will assist the Project Director in co-ordinating activities leading to the successful implementation of the project. A relevant professional qualification and prior industry experience of delivering large-scale capital projects in a complex, culture-driven environment are essential.
Candidates who meet our criteria will be invited to interview immediately.
Sales Ledger & Credit Controller
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Credit Controller to join the Finance team. In this vital, hands on role you will be solely responsible for the sales ledger of 4 companies including both our charitable and commercial trading arms. You will raise invoices and ensure the collection of a variety of debts, produce reports, reconcile debtor accounts and resolve internal and external queries and issues.
You should have experience of sales ledger processing and credit control along with sound knowledge and understanding of book keeping principles and Microsoft packages, specifically Excel (experience of SUN would be an advantage).
You will be extremely well organised and a strong administrator. Assertive, with a can do attitude, you must be confident in chasing late payments. You will have first class communication skills and be able to build strong and cooperative working relationships.
Suitable candidates will be invited for interview within two weeks.
Deputy Director of Development, Sponsorships & Partnerships
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions, famous for our world class exhibitions. Our purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists.
We are looking for an exceptional Deputy Director of Development who will provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination of all RA exhibition sponsorship and corporate partnership activities.
This position requires an ability to build strong relationships with individual and corporate donors, volunteers, sponsors and colleagues. You will have a proven track record of achieving aggressive fundraising goals through successful donor development programmes to advance the mission of the RA. This will include working to challenging targets, notably to grow the corporate fundraising income year on year. You will have an enviable network of contacts to call upon and a genuine appetite for business development and introducing business development practices to the team.
Closing date for applications: 4th February 2015 Interviews: 11th & 12th February 2015
Freelance Artist - Architectural and Heritage Hoardings Interpretation Project
We are looking to appoint an inspiring individual to work as Freelance Artist to help to deliver the aims of our HLF-funded Architectural and Heritage Hoardings Interpretation Project. You will lead workshops with target audience groups, including families, young creatives and volunteers, exploring with them the architecture of the RA, leading to the development of an interpretative artwork which will be produced on a large scale and displayed on hoardings outside 6 Burlington Gardens during the redevelopment of the site. Ideally, you will have worked on a previous Lottery-funded project in this capacity or similar.
This appointment is for 17 days’ workshop planning and delivery from March to November 2015, with outreach and workshops beginning May/June 2015 and continuing through the autumn.
Closing date for applications: 16 February 2015 Interviews will be held: 26 & 27 February 2015
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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: email@example.com
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We work closely with several London boroughs to provide valuable work experience for students. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept speculative applications.
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.