Gallery Deputy Director, Permanent
Focal Point Gallery (FPG) is a small, locally focused art organisation with a large international reach and ambition. Since 1990, the gallery has developed from a corner of the old library building to a front facing, accredited and nationally regarded visual arts institution, situated in a purpose-built space since 2013.
Their mission is to serve artists, by commissioning and presenting new and recent contemporary work that is relevant and thought-provoking, and through their role in championing cultural regeneration and investment to support the creative industries in our region. In parallel they are here to serve local residents & communities by providing them access to quality, exciting art, and creating opportunities for them to develop their own creative skills and thinking. They aim to do this through developing meaningful partnerships and networks, including Big Screen Southend and Twenty-One.
Your new role
Focal Point Gallery is looking to recruit a permanent full time Deputy Director.
They are looking for a committed and entrepreneurial individual ready for a new challenge to play a leadership role in sustaining and growing Focal Point Gallery’s work to support artists, local residents and visiting audiences to produce, present and engage with high quality contemporary art.
The Deputy Director works closely with the Director and key stakeholders on the overall strategic direction and business planning of the Focal Point Gallery. Working with a small and friendly team, they are responsible for the effective internal operation of the organisation, leading on its organisational development, financial, income generation, personnel and operational functions.
The Deputy Director is responsible for financial management and works closely with the Director on financial planning and income generation for the gallery. The post holder takes the lead role in planning and implementing improvements in all areas they oversee, as well as anticipating and solving problems, managing staff, deputising for the Director and delegating work on a day-to-day basis. As one of the public faces of the gallery, they should have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of people.
What you’ll need to succeed
To be successful in this position, you must have a degree within a relevant discipline, as well as previous experience in museum education or engagement.
You will need to have proven experience within the arts, galleries or museums. Essentially, experience of managing staff and managing finance as well as project evaluation, reporting and understanding issues relating to access, equalities and diversity in relation to the visual arts.
What you’ll get in return
When joining the council, you can enjoy a range of benefits including: 24 days annual leave, flexible working, salary car sacrifice scheme and excellent training and development opportunities. They are committed to ensuring that you are supported in this varied and challenging role with the appropriate level of training.
What you need to do now
If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
If this job isn’t quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.
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