Website Jerwood Gallery
The award-winning Jerwood Gallery is situated next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. It is an independently funded, not for profit gallery and the permanent home of the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art. The gallery also offers a diverse exhibition programme, showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art designed to appeal to both visiting and local audiences. Past exhibitions have featured: Rose Wylie, Gary Hume, Gillian Ayres, William Scott, Jeffery Camp, Basil Beattie and Marlow Moss.
The Jerwood Gallery is part of a family of organisations, under the banner of Jerwood, committed to supporting and nurturing excellence in the arts in the UK.
The building designed by HAT Projects is a sensitive response to its context, of fishing beach, listed net huts and medieval Old Town. The Gallery has received a number of architectural awards including a RIBA national Award, a Civic Trust Award, and a Sussex Heritage Trust Award, as well as reaching the mid-list for the Sterling Prize ‘Building of the Year’.
Since opening in March 2012, the Jerwood Gallery has welcomed over 80,000 visitors, 60% of whom cited the Gallery as their primary reason for visiting Hastings. The Gallery is focussed developing itself as a cultural and creative hub for the region and establishing itself as a model art business.
The Gallery features:
· Seven galleries which display the Jerwood Collection and temporary contemporary exhibitions
· Foreshore Gallery, a large contemporary space for temporary exhibitions.
· External courtyard
· Webbe’s at Jerwood, our first floor café
· Studio Space
The gallery has an ambition to increase visitor numbers to become a resilient and self-sufficient organisation, through income generated by ticket sales and secondary spend in the shop and cafe. The gallery helps to support the year round visitor economy, much needed for Hastings and the surrounding area.
Gallery Operations Manager
This role offers an opportunity to join the senior management team of the Gallery, bringing your skills and extensive experience in order to fulfil a broad range of responsibilities.
The role is fundamental to the smooth and professional running of the Gallery. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Director and delivering the efficient operational day-to-day management of the Gallery within budget. As part of the senior management team, you will provide leadership and be responsible for a wide-ranging brief – facilities management, people management and financial control. You will be highly organised, have excellent problem solving skills and a calm and confident approach and a proven track record in a public-facing business. You will deputise for the Director on operational Gallery issues and be a core member of the senior management team.
This is a full-time appointment, which will qualify for a contributory pension scheme, life and health insurance after 12 months. The Jerwood Gallery operates variable opening times to meet visitor demands, including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. It is essential that applicants be prepared to work flexibly to meet these operational needs.
Salary: c. £30-40,000 (depending on experience)
Gallery Operations – Job Description
Gallery Operations Manager
Education Assistant; Accounting Assistant (TBC) freelance technicians
All staff and volunteers
Accountants and Bank
Cleaning, maintenance and IT contractors
Purpose of job:
To ensure the smooth and professional day-to-day running of the Jerwood Gallery
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
To form part of the Gallery’s senior management team
To review and deliver the Gallery’s business plans and targets
To arrange and manage day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Gallery
To manage the Gallery’s security systems ensuring all procedures are complied with
To oversee the maintenance contractors
To arrange and monitor cleaning to ensure that the Gallery is presented to a high standard at all times
To ensure that all insurances including business, public liability employer’s liability and exhibitions are in place
To enhance the visitor experience and appreciation of the art offering
To plan and manage the installation and de-installation of the exhibitions in all gallery spaces. This will involve 2D, 3D, AV and other works.
To manage the transportation of works to and from the gallery.
To recruit and manage freelance technicians
To manage routine facilities testing such as PAT tests, alarms and services ensuring that the Gallery complies with its statutory responsibilities
To ensure that the Gallery achieves the required licences and safety standards to comply with national health, fire and safety regulations thus ensuring the safety of the Gallery staff and the public
To maintain all statutory documentation including risk assessments, fixed asset register, Health and Safety policy, accident book and the fire safety log
To be an appointed licensee for the Jerwood Gallery
To ensure all licensing requirements are upheld by staff and contractors and that licences are up-to-date
In collaboration with other staff, be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and development of the Equal Opportunities Policy
To be a named first aider
To own and maintain all Gallery Human Resource policies and procedures
To support the Director and Gallery Development Manager in recruiting, training and developing staff and volunteers; preparing all necessary documentation
To ensure that all mandatory training is undertaken
To maintain Gallery HR records within the current legal guidelines of the Data Protection Act
To ensure IT systems are maintained and licences current
To act as the first point of contact for IT queries from staff, assisting with software questions, troubleshooting basic IT problems
To act as the liaison between the Gallery and the IT support contractor
To work with the Director to develop and maintain appropriate financial systems to ensure effective budgeting and cost control of expenditure across the Gallery
To ensure accurate monthly payment of staff salaries
To liaise with our financial consultant and accountants to ensure the correct coding of invoices and accuracy of financial information and reports produced for the Director and the Gallery Board
To monitor the cash flow and budget
Friends of Jerwood Gallery
To work with the Director and Gallery Development Manager to embed the charitable activities of the gallery
To be the main point of contact with the café franchisee.
Education and Events
To line manage the Education Coordinator, overseeing the START scheme funded by the Prince’s Trust and other educational bookings.
To support the Gallery Development Manager to ensure the smooth running and effective operation of public events.
To represent the Gallery at events
To deputise for the Director on operational issues
Other duties commensurate with the general responsibilities and salary of the post
Essential Skills and Experience
Educated to degree level
Proven operational management experience in a comparable organisation
Strong leadership and people management skills
Outstanding communication skills and experience of negotiating with contractors/suppliers
Experience of financial planning including cash flow and budgeting
Exceptional organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and juggle a wide ranging workload
A keen attention to detail
Strong IT and numerical skills, with good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and experience of using databases
A practical approach to solving problems and making decisions
Enthusiastic with a readiness and flexibility to take on the challenges of the role – a can do approach with a willingness to ‘pitch in’ and motivate others to do likewise
A calm and confident approach
A self-starter, happy to work independently or as part of a team to see things through
A commitment to the overall aims and success of the Gallery
Terms and Conditions
Permanent contract (subject to a 6 month probationary period)
35 hours per week, including some weekend and evening working
Pension scheme, life assurance and healthcare (after 12 months continuous employment)
5.6 weeks holiday p.a. including Bank Holidays
Please send your CV with a supporting letter addressed to Liz Gilmore, Director, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Thursday 27 February.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Friday 7 March.
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