Senior Patrons Manager
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 David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture, Ai Weiwei and the recent blockbuster, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is a particularly exciting time in our history as we are mid-way through a transformation project. 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 over two 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.
Patrons at the Royal Academy of Arts
Our history is a distinctive one and it was the support of a Patron nearly 250 years ago which enabled the RA to be founded. To this day Patrons continue their support contributing over GBP1,000,000 annually. In exchange Patrons are provided with an exclusive programme of events organised by the Patrons team. Inspired by the exhibitions in the galleries and including interaction with the Academy's artists, Royal Academicians and RA Schools students, Patrons' events also include visits to the best private collections London has to offer, artist's studios and galleries.
The Keeper's House and Academicians' Room
Tucked in the corner of our courtyard, the Keeper's House offers delightful space for artists and art-lovers in the heart of Mayfair. The Academicians' Room is our private members club within the Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Arts where members can enjoy wonderful food, drink and conversation away from the crowds. Unless Patrons opt out of this separate membership, access to this space is included in their membership.
About this role
You will work across the different areas of development to cultivate and expand individual Patrons' engagement with the RA with the aim of maintaining current numbers while encouraging new individuals to join the scheme. You will find the work and interaction rewarding, whilst being a member of a friendly and stimulating team responsible for one of the most sought after Patrons programmes in London.
You must have extensive experience of identifying, recruiting and delivering benefits to Patrons (within an arts setting/environment) with excellent knowledge of the London and international contemporary art scene. You will be able to quickly forge strong relationships with the Academy's supporters. Socially confident, articulate and persuasive, you will have excellent presentation and organisational skills with a thorough knowledge of budget management. You will be comfortable working to targets. Well-honed IT skills together with database knowledge (preferably Raiser's Edge) are essential.
What benefits do we offer?
We offer a very generous pension scheme, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme. On top of 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 and running and craft clubs. Best of all, we have a reciprocal agreement with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that allow 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: 19 July (midnight)
Interviews to be held: w/c 24 July 2017