Royal Academy of Arts seeks Access & Community Assistant (job share, 2 days per week)

Closing Date: 26 July 2017

Royal Academy of Arts

Location: Based in Blackfriars until Autumn 2017 and Piccadilly thereafter

Remuneration: £8,600 per annum pro rata, plus progression pay and annual staff incentive scheme and generous pension scheme


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About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our programme of world-class exhibitions including Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse and Ai Weiwei, as well as our annual Summer Exhibition. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA is underway, redeveloping our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair in time for our 250th anniversary in 2018. The works will unite our two buildings, providing refurbished galleries, a state-of-the-art auditorium and a dedicated Collections gallery in Burlington Gardens.

We are an innovative and forward-looking organisation, yet we’re also immensely proud and respectful of our 2 and a half centuries of heritage. Our mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists and we are leaders in the exhibition, creation and debate of the visual arts.

About this role

An exciting opportunity for an Access & Community Assistant has arisen in our Learning team, which offers an outstanding array of workshops, talks, events and resources to reach a diverse audience.

Through events and other resources, our Access & Community Programme engages with a diverse audience, including blind and partially sighted visitors, deaf and hard of hearing audiences, people experiencing mental health issues and dementia, and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
You will job share with our current Access and Community Assistant and will work 2 days per week. You will support the Access & Community Programme Manager in researching, developing, communicating and delivering our programme of events, as well as promoting awareness of disability issues across the RA.

About you

  • You will have good knowledge of arts learning programmes and how they may relate to audiences facing barriers accessing the art world, and of access issues including legislative requirements and practical issues of physical, emotional and attitudinal access.
  • You will be supremely well organised, a strong administrator and able to manage your time effectively. You will be fully IT literate and have experience using social media platforms.
  • You will have a flexible and energetic approach, plus an ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and access professionals. You will possess excellent verbal and written communications skills,
  • To be successful in this role, it’s important you have a genuine interest and knowledge of the visual arts and a sound understanding and knowledge of the Royal Academy of Arts.

The benefits we offer

  • A very generous pension, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme
  • In addition to 25 days’ holiday and 8 days’ bank holiday each year, we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid leave
  • Staff are encouraged to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site
  • We also have a staff choir, running and craft clubs
  • Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that enable you to enter for free with your staff pass.

How to apply

You will find further details about this position in the Current Vacancies and How to Apply section of the Careers page on our website.

Closing date for applications: 26th July 2017
Interviews to be held week commencing: 7th August 2017