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 Adult Learning
We are seeking a dynamic, creative Head of Adult Learning to develop a programme that will animate the RA, attract new audiences, retain our loyal users and establish the RA as the centre for debate and adult learning in London. You will lead a team that will expand upon the current programme of events, lectures, tours, trips and excursions, courses and classes, taking inspiration from our historic collections, the RA’s world-renowned programme of exhibitions, the practice of artists, the history of art and visual culture and the latest developments in the art world.
You will have a successful track record of building and managing a successful learning programme, designing events and courses that raise money and will be highly motivated to design and deliver innovative courses. Confident, persuasive and assertive, you will navigate the Academy to ensure the success of the adult learning initiative.
Closing date for applications: 21 November 2014
Interviews to be held w/c: 4 & 5 December 2014
Payroll & Pensions Manager
The Finance team is looking for a new Payroll and Pensions Manager. Responsible for managing up to 500 permanent and casual staff, the successful candidate will have at least 5 years’ hands on experience of managing a complex payroll function of a similar size. They will also have experience of managing pension schemes (final salary, auto-enrolment and stake holder).
Ideally CIPP certified, they will be a strong communicator, able to build rapport and apply a customer service approach to the role. Approachable and friendly, they will provide clear and accurate information in response to any payroll or pension queries. Diplomatic and discreet, they will be fully familiar with data protection requirements.
Interviews are on-going, anticipated start date no later than 1 December 2014.
Administrator, Chief Executive Office
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to provide comprehensive administrative support to the Chief Executive’s office.
To ensure a high level of support, you will be incredibly well organised and efficient; you will also need to possess a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. It is essential that you have first class written skills and that you enjoy writing – to draft various board minutes and letters, assist with blogs and social media updates. The role will also include complex diary management and travel arrangements, meeting logistics, formal minute taking, drafting papers and responses along with routine filing, record keeping, and dealing with ad hoc demands to support the team.
Closing date for applications: 7 November 2014 Interviews to be held: 13 &14 November 2014
Junior Lighting and AV Technician
We are currently seeking a temporary Junior Lighting & Audio Visual Technician, ideally with specific experience of Ableton Live and strong Mac skills to deliver a consistently high quality lighting and AV service throughout the Royal Academy of Arts.
You will possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to calmly solve problems quickly. Computer literate, you will also demonstrate a sound understanding of and a commitment to Health and Safety regulations. You will be confident, enthusiastic and work well within a team of Engineers.
Candidates who meet our criteria will be interviewed immediately.
An exciting opportunity as Curatorial Assistant has arisen in the Curatorial team, part of the wider Exhibitions Department. In this role, you’ll support both internal and guest Curators throughout the process of information gathering, organisation, presentation and delivery of temporary loan exhibitions.
This role will require you to be adaptable and willing to take on a range of tasks, as well as flexible with out of hours working, for example, to attend events or supervise exhibition installations.
Closing date for applications: 2 November 2014 Interviews to be held: w/c 10 November 2014
Temporary Collections Relocation Assistant
We need a hard-working, organised and enthusiastic Collections Relocation Assistant to assist with the co-ordination of our move into offsite storage in 2015.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, to build strong relationships both internally and with external contacts. We are looking for someone organised and systematic, who can work at pace and meet deadlines. An MA in Museum Studies or equivalent is preferred. Existing, hands-on experience working with historic museum collections is essential.This temporary role is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in collections management and museum administration.
Closing date for applications: 7 November 2014 Interviews to be held: 13 & 14 November 2014
Visitor Experience Host (casual contract)
We have an exciting opportunity to join our Front of House Team as a Visitor Experience Host.
You will have first-class customer-facing skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of people. You should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the visual arts and a sound understanding and knowledge of the Royal Academy of Arts.
This is a casual position, with working hours varying from zero to 28 hours per week, depending upon the demands of the exhibition programme and the resourcing requirements of the Visitor and Friends Experience Team.
Ideally candidates should be available to start immediately.
Closing date for applications: 2 November 2014 Candidates who meet our criteria will be interviewed immediately.
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.