Art Fund I Policy Manager I circa £40,000 I London (with hybrid working) I Permanent

  •   Permanent
  •   London
  •   £40,000 Yearly
  • Salary: Circa £40,000 (dependent on skills and experience)
  • Location: London (with hybrid working)
  • Contract: Permanent

We are delighted to be partnering with Art Fund to recruit this exciting Policy Manager vacancy.

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.

We care about equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad diversity of talent from all sections of the community.

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Applications Accepted Until

29 June 2022

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