Job title: Gallery Director
Reports to: Chair, Bethlem Gallery Trustees
Direct reports: 3 plus volunteers
Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week, including some evening and weekend work)
Salary: up to £45k
Overall role purpose
Working closely with the Board of Trustees and a small group of staff, the Bethlem Gallery Director will lead the organisation and is involved in all areas of the Gallery’s work. They will work to promote the work and vision of the Gallery within the wider arts and health world. The Director will develop opportunities for artists who have been recipients of the services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation, build national and international partnerships and support which will ensure the Gallery is sustainable and can grow its impact.
Strategy & Programmes
- Working with the Board of Trustees, staff team, volunteers and artists, develop the strategic direction of the organisation, set strategic goals and objectives and a delivery plan/ overall work programme.
- To manage a programme that involves, empowers, mentors and supports service users in SLaM through increased access and opportunities in the arts, thereby promoting well- being, recovery and inclusion.
- To develop with the team a programme of exhibitions and events for service users of SLaM in the Bethlem Gallery and through off-site collaborations with local and national organisations.
- To develop the careers, experience and expertise of the gallery artists by creating opportunities for professional development.
- Develop and implement a fundraising strategy to ensure new income; commercial and grants, also support in kind.
- To provide opportunities for funders to engage with the Gallery and to ensure that the Gallery delivers on its agreements with funders.
Partnerships & Communications
- To build and maintain strategic partnerships within SLaM, Maudsley Charity, Bethlem Museum of the Mind and external partners to support the work of the Gallery
- To create a strong presence in the arts and health sectors.
- To campaign for access to the arts in healthcare environments and engage audiences in learning and debate on the subject of mental health, through presentations, seminars, publications and research.
- To manage communications – dealing with media enquiries and general promotion of the organisation, through the website, partners etc.
- To manage a team of staff, volunteers and artists.
- To ensure effective team management (HR) policies, procedures and practices are in place.
- To ensure that appropriate monthly financial management and controls are maintained and that the financial health of the charity including expenditure and income is clearly reported to the Trustees. To take mitigating action as required.
- To manage the relationship with the external audit team to ensure effective end of year and other audit processes.
- To oversee good governance and timely and full reporting to the Maudsley Charity, other grant funders, Charity Commission, Companies House.
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- To ensure the safe running of the organisation for staff, volunteers, artists and visitors.
- To manage other operations including IT, data, disaster recovery etc.
Generic responsibilities as part of the Bethlem Gallery team
- To build, manage and maintain strong team relationships and maximise communication within the team.
- To represent the Gallery in a professional and positive manner with both internal and external stakeholders and in doing so reflect the values of the organisation.
- To provide outstanding customer service.
- To maintain a good working knowledge of the Gallery’s strategic goals, objectives, funders etc and sector developments.
- To share ideas and make suggestions to improve the organisation.
- To follow all Bethlem Gallery policies and procedures, especially those regarding equal opportunities, health and safety, safeguarding and confidentiality/ data protection (GDPR).
- To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required in furtherance of the objectives of the Gallery.
- Formal Art qualification to degree level or equivalent.
- Understanding of mental health issues.
- Understanding of health and social care sectors (desirable).
- Knowledge of examples of best practice in the field of arts and culture for health and wellbeing (desirable).
- Understanding of different research methodologies and practice (desirable).
- Experience of preparing, curating and mounting exhibitions in a gallery setting.
- Management experience in the arts or culture sector.
- Experience of building, developing and maintaining effective relationships with partner organisations and individuals.
- Experience of raising funds from diverse income sources such as earned income; public sector grants and contracts; trusts and foundations; sponsorship; individual giving.
- Experience of managing a diverse team; staff, volunteers and artists.
- Experience of working directly with the general public.
- Experience of financial management including planning, budgeting, forecasting and cost management.
- Experience of managing other operations; HR, IT, Health and Safety.
- Experience of managing projects, ideally events.
- Experience of working in the charity or not-for-profit sector (desirable).
- Experience of managing communications, press and PR (desirable).
- Board level experience (desirable).
Skills & Competencies – all essential
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
- Excellent planning and time management skills – ability to work on own initiative and under pressure.
- Excellent IT skills (MS Office)
- Commitment to equality and diversity.
To apply please send your CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements of the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Friday 13th March 2020.
Closing date: Friday 13th March
Interview date: Wednesday 22nd April
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