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.
Cleaner/Porter (maternity cover)
We are seeking an experienced Cleaner/Porter to join the in-house team which provides a wide range of cleaning and portering services within our Mayfair buildings, Burlington House and 6 Burlington Gardens.
You will need some relevant experience, particularly with industrial cleaning equipment and, preferably, gained in a listed building open to the public. You will need to have high standards of performance, be a good team worker, flexible, adaptable and willing, on occasion, to work additional hours in order to complete tasks.
Candidates who meet our criteria will be invited to interview immediately.
Director of Strategy
The Royal Academy of Arts, located in the heart of London, is a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Building from the RA’s position as a leading Exhibitor of Art, and with one of the most distinctive brands in the art world, the RA is undergoing significant and exciting change.
We are looking to recruit a Director of Strategy to lead the RA’s strategic development, working closely with the Executive.
Please send your CV and covering letter to Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via post to Sophie Clarke, HR Assistant, The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD within 28 days of first placement of this advert.
Closing date for applications: 1 January 2015
Financial Analyst - Development
An exciting opportuity has arisen for an experienced Financial Analyst to join our Finance team.
Reporting to the Head of Decision Support, we are looking for a part qualified or qualified Accountant with practical experience of management accounting and control procedures. You will undertake the day-to-day management of accounts for the Development department.
An energetic self starter, you will have the ability to plan, manage and control complex workloads to tight deadlines. You will also have specialist SUN Accounts systems experience along with excellent spreadsheet skills.
To apply for this job, please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Suitable candidates will be invited for interview within two weeks.
An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen to join the Academy’s Exhibitions team as a Curator.
You will have extensive and varied curatorial experience, gained ideally within a prominent arts institution. Drawing upon established contacts, you will be a skilled networker, experienced with all aspects of the exhibition’s life cycle from idea generation, financial viability, working with external guest curators, and sourcing and negotiating loan arrangements through to its implementation and the provision of lectures and seminars, so realising the ambitions of the Academy’s exhibitions programme.
You will have a solid History of Art background, ideally knowledgeable in the Old Master period, with fluency in an additional European language. Specialists are welcome to apply but will be expected to work on a wide variety of exhibitions.
Closing date for applications: 9 January 2015 Interviews to be held: 28 & 29 January 2015
Head of Capital Campaigns
The Royal Academy of Arts is going through its most radical development in its 246 year history. In 2018 we will open a new campus uniting Burlington House on Piccadilly with Burlington Gardens.
We are looking for a leader who is ambitious and willing to help us reach the biggest fundraising target in our history. You will be an exceptional, innovative and enthusiastic fundraiser, capable of taking on solicitation of gifts from trusts and major donors.
You will be confident working with eminent Trustees, Royal Academicians and senior staff to maximise opportunities for fundraising. Extremely personable, with capacity to quickly build rapport and long lasting relationships with individual donors. You should possess an existing network of contacts that are sympathetic to the arts.
Candidates with a sound knowledge of art history and contemporary art will be preferred.
Closing date for applications: 14 January 2015
Interviews week commencing: 19 January 2015
Visitor Experience Host
We now have opportunities to join our Front of House Team as a Visitor Experience Host in advance of our hotly-anticipated Rubens & His Legacy exhibition.
You will have first-class customer-facing skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of people. You will be adaptable, friendly, helpful and provide a warm welcome, proactive assistance and clear information to all those visiting or working at the Academy.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 1 January 2015 You must be available for group interviews on Friday 9 January 2015 and able to start work immediately
Architecture Programme Administrator
An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a first rate Administrator to join the Architecture Programme team. This role will ensure the smooth running of events for the Architecture Programme and provide administrative support.
You will be a highly efficient administrator with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to prioritise effectively, manage event logistics and provide exceptional customer service.
You will be able to demonstrate a genuine appreciation of architecture, and sound knowledge of the contemporary architecture scene would be an advantage. This role will suit someone with a real passion for architecture and the visual arts.
Closing date for applications: 12 January 2015 (midnight) Interviews to be held week commencing: 19 January 2015
Stay in touch
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
What to do next
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.