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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £40,000 per annum
Company:Chisenhale Gallery
Open to all
Apply by:24/09/2021 - 10:00

Deputy Director

A fantastic opportunity at the Chisenhale Gallery! Do you have senior management experience, ideally in a museum, gallery or cultural organisation? 

Chisenhale Gallery was founded by artists. The same experimental vision and spirit of possibility that changed an empty veneer factory and brewery warehouse into an art gallery guides their work today. They commission and produce contemporary art, supporting international and UK-based artists to make their most ambitious work to date by pursuing new directions in their practices. They are committed to their audiences having access to the energy and ideas of an ever-expanding artist community.

The Deputy Director works closely with the Director and Board of Trustees on the strategic direction and business planning of Chisenhale Gallery, ensuring that the Gallery achieves its goals and that of its core funders and stakeholders. The Deputy Director leads on operational, financial and administrative aspects of the organisation. The Deputy Director deputises for the Director when required.

The role has responsibility for human resources, finance, business planning and evaluation, as well overseeing day-to-day office and building management, supported by the Operations Co-Ordinator, and visitor services through the Front of House team. The Deputy Director also oversees major fundraising bids and contributes to strategic fundraising initiatives and programmes.


  • Writes the gallery’s Business Plan and updates it on a yearly basis for submission to Arts Council England, devised with the Director and in close dialogue with the Board of Trustees
  • Convenes and attends regular staff meetings, including those to discuss and plan current and future artistic programmes, evaluation and organisational strategy
  • Devises future strategies for Chisenhale Gallery responding to opportunities from local audiences and funders, as well as liaising with neighbouring organisations (Chisenhale Studios and Chisenhale Dance Space) and Tower Hamlets Council
  • Has oversight of audience evaluation across departments and programmes. Supports the Operations Coordinator with recording audience figures, feedback from artists, audiences, participants and stakeholders, analysing audience data and drafting reports. Suggests ways to apply this knowledge to the organisation and programme
  • Manages the gallery’s finances: setting the overall organisational budget with the Director, as well as monitoring and control of operational and project budgets
  • Liaises with the Board of Trustees, particularly the Treasurer, in relation to preparation of accounts and finance reports to the board
  • Oversees the Finance Manager to implement payment of purchase invoices and expenses, issuing of sales invoices, HMRC payments, salaries, credit control, banking and relationship with the bank
  • With the Finance Manager, produces quarterly management accounts and cashflow forecasts
  • Liaises with the accountant on the production of the yearly financial statements, the Trustees’ Annual Report and submission of Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief claims
  • Ensures all financial reporting requirements are submitted to Arts Council England and other funders

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • Prior senior management experience, ideally in a museum, gallery or cultural organisation
  • Significant experience of financial management, including experience of setting, monitoring and controlling an annual budget and project budgets, producing management accounts and cashflow forecasts, liaising with an accountant on year-end accounts
  • Significant experience of business planning and strategy implementation at a senior level
  • A proven ability to manage staff effectively and fairly, with the ability to delegate to ensure delivery of objectives and team cohesion
  • Knowledge of arts funding and experience of drafting, reporting and monitoring funding applications
  • Understanding of the legal requirements for charities and companies, including company secretarial work, the requirements of the Charities Commission and Companies House
  • Experience of devising and implementing policies and procedures, including in relation to Health & Safety, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Staff Training & Development, and Safeguarding
  • Highly organised with experience of implementing operational systems and the ability to plan, organise, schedule and budget effectively
  • The ability to work collaboratively, form and sustain good working relationships internally and externally
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and work calmly under pressure and to deadline
  • Highly accurate and precise in carrying out any task, excellent attention to detail
  • An understanding of and affinity with the mission, vision and work of Chisenhale Gallery


  • Prior experience of writing successful Arts Council England National Portfolio applications
  • Experience of capital project management

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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