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Art Fund is run by passionate professionals who are dedicated to supporting museums and galleries around the UK, and making art accessible to everyone. Help us with our mission – join our team.

Current vacancies

Policy Manager

Location:
King's Cross, London
Contract length:
Full time/Perm
App. deadline:
27 June 2022
Other details:
Salary –c.£40,000

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. We are an independent charity committed to a vibrant museums sector. We believe art can make you see, think and feel differently.

We invest millions of pounds every year to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections, share them with wide audiences, and support the training and development of museum professionals. We are supported by our growing membership of 130,000 through the National Art Pass, as well as the generosity of many trusts, foundations and other individuals.

Pre-lockdown, millions of people visited UK museums every year; they made up seven out of 10 of this country’s most visited free attractions, and were seen by the public as trusted civic spaces for inspiration, education, reflection, and dialogue. Throughout the pandemic they worked tirelessly to remain connected to their audiences in a host of creative ways – on site, online and out in the community.

But now, following years of funding cuts, and 2 years of lockdowns, facing a cost of living crisis, the sector must navigate through unprecedented financial and existential challenges. It is more important than ever that Art Fund, alongside its partners across the museum and cultural sectors, plays its part in supporting and advocating for museums and art galleries, making the case to government, our members and the general public for the vital role they play in our cultural, social and civic communities.

Purpose of the role:

To help us in this work, Art Fund is seeking a Policy Manager. The role is responsible for focussing, driving and delivering Art Fund’s policy agenda in line with the five-year strategy to help effect change, taking a lead and advising the Director, Director of Programmes and Policy, Director of Communications and other senior staff on the organisation’s internal and external engagement with key issues affecting the UK’s museums and galleries, arts and heritage, and not-for-profit sectors, and actively developing relationships with key political figures and other relevant external stakeholders.

A member of the Programme team, reporting to the Director of Programme and Policy, you’ll work with colleagues across Art Fund and the wider sector to ensure our policy and advocacy work is as effective and valuable to the sector as our grant-making, and supports our new five-year strategic plan.

You’ll share the energy and commitment that Art Fund staff bring to their work, as well as a belief the importance of arts and culture.

Experience Required:

  • You will have an excellent track record working with and influencing a wide range of stakeholders.
  • You will have experience of lobbying and advocacy at a national and regional level.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to build relationships with politicians, civil servants and your peers within the sector.
  • You will be energetic and hard-working; a dedicated and imaginative self-starter with great political antennae, an eye for detail as well as the ability to see the big picture.
  • You will have an active interest in the arts and museums.

Key Employee Benefits

  • Generous Annual leave – 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, with additional non-contractual office closure dates at Christmas.
  • Flexible approach to hybrid working
  • Free National Art Pass (NAP) - for yourself + another person of your choice.
  • Free Entry to Exhibitions
  • Life Assurance - cover for up to three times your basic salary.
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Pensions - Eligible employees are enrolled into the scheme with the exception of those who have contracts of three months or less. Art Fund contributes 8% of the basic annual salary during the first six months of employment or until probation is successfully completed, whichever is the later. At that point the contribution is increased to 10%.

We are committed to building our team and trustees from the broad range of backgrounds and experiences across the UK, valuing difference and diversity, and building a workplace based on shared values of equality and mutual respect.

We have ambitious plans for the future and will be holding ourselves to account and putting our principles into action, as we all work together to help bring about positive change and a fairer future for everyone. We therefore want to encourage applications from all races, ages, religions and sexual orientations, as well as parents, veterans, people living with any kind of disabilities and any other groups that could bring diverse perspectives to our organisation.

To assist Art Fund in our commitment to recruiting applicants from a diverse pool, please can you complete the form here as part of your application.

This post is London-based. Non-UK nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

We are currently operating a hybrid working model which requires full time employees to attend the office a minimum of 2 days per week (pro-rata’d for part time employees). This is subject to review in January 2023 and may change.

Download the job description.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to sonya@longmirerecruitment.co.uk

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Finance Coordinator

Location:
King's Cross, London
Contract length:
Full time/Perm
App. deadline:
29 June 2022
Other details:
Salary – £28,000 - £30,000

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. We believe that art can make you see, think and feel differently, and through our work we help make art more accessible to as many visitors as possible, wherever they are. We give grants to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections, share them with wide audiences, and support the training and professional development of curators. We are supported by our growing membership of 130,000 through the National Art Pass, as well as the generosity of many trusts, foundations and other individuals.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Finance and Resources team in the role of Finance Coordinator. The successful candidate will support our day-to-day finance operations, especially around maintaining our general ledger postings, taking ownership of our sales and purchase ledgers and cash handling processes. Full training will be provided although experience of working within a finance department will be essential. We are looking for a pro-active, professional and personable individual who has a flexible and enthusiastic outlook. Outstanding organisational skills and close attention to detail will be crucial.

Key Employee Benefits

  • Generous Annual leave – 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, with additional non-contractual office closure dates at Christmas.
  • Flexible approach to hybrid working
  • Free National Art Pass (NAP) - for yourself + another person of your choice.
  • Free Entry to Exhibitions
  • Life Assurance - cover for up to three times your basic salary.
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Pensions - Eligible employees are enrolled into the scheme with the exception of those who have contracts of three months or less. Art Fund contributes 8% of the basic annual salary during the first six months of employment or until probation is successfully completed, whichever is the later. At that point the contribution is increased to 10%.

We are committed to building our team and trustees from the broad range of backgrounds and experiences across the UK, valuing difference and diversity, and building a workplace based on shared values of equality and mutual respect.

We have ambitious plans for the future and will be holding ourselves to account and putting our principles into action, as we all work together to help bring about positive change and a fairer future for everyone. We therefore want to encourage applications from all races, ages, religions and sexual orientations, as well as parents, veterans, people living with any kind of disabilities and any other groups that could bring diverse perspectives to our organisation.

To assist Art Fund in our commitment to recruiting applicants from a diverse pool, please can you complete the form here as part of your application.

This post is London-based. Non-UK nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

We are currently operating a hybrid working model which requires full time employees to attend the office a minimum of 2 days per week (pro-rata’d for part time employees). This is subject to review in January 2023 and may change.

Download the job description.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@artfund.org

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