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.
What's it like working at the RA?
Watch our video to find out more.
Current vacancies and how to apply
If you are interested in working with us, you can view our current vacancies and apply through our online application process via the link below. Please note we are no longer able to accept any other form of application including speculative applications.
When you register you can opt to receive email alerts when new vacancies come up.
Please note: we do not accept any speculative applications for placements.
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 when we do they’ll be advertised here and on our Twitter account. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.
Funded PhD in Art Interpretation and Visitor Interaction
The RA is collaborating with King’s Business School, King’s College London to offer a fully funded PhD that will examine how visitors use information provided by museums and galleries, for example labels and electronic devices, to explore, discuss and interpret works of art.
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 additional leave over the Christmas period.
Our pension scheme includes generous employer contributions: if you contribute 3%, we’ll contribute 5%; if you contribute 6%, we’ll contribute 10%.
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, History of Art evening classes at the Sotheby’s Institute and public speaking, we help staff to acquire and hone the skills they need to reach their potential.
Lunch & Learn lecture, Why should anyone be led by you? with London Business School’s Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Rob Goffee