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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £32,516
Company:Arts Council England
Open to all
Apply by:18/10/2021 - 17:00

Relationship Manager, Museums

Bring your passion for and knowledge about the cultural sector to this upcoming role with Arts Council England...

Arts Council England is the national public development and investment agency for art and culture. Its mission is ‘Great art and culture for everyone’. Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports activities across the arts, museums, and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Your main focus will be working as part of the South East Area’s work to achieve the ambitions set out in our current strategy. You will provide advice and information to museums and other cultural partners on our funding programmes and support sector development work.


  • Your role will have a primary focus on museums, but your advice and knowledge will be transferable to other organisations in the culture sector where required
  • You will play an advisory and developmental role, supporting museums and museum professionals to take advantage of National Lottery Project Grants and other relevant funds that become available
  • You will contribute to the grant making process, using your expert judgement to inform our assessment of funding applications
  • You will oversee a portfolio of museums or other organisations either in receipt of funding or aiming to work with the Arts Council to either obtain it or simply grow their offer
  • This will include maintaining an awareness of their performance against their business plan and (if applicable) their funding agreement with the Arts Council, maintaining awareness of their outputs, objectives and identifying their investment needs
  • You will spend an appropriate amount of time involved in our grant management processes, monitoring and maintaining contact with their activity
  • You will contribute to the Arts Council’s goals and priorities by sharing the market intelligence and knowledge gained in your work to inform future investment decisions and priorities within the area and nationally through specialist or project groupings

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • You will need to demonstrate that you can effectively work in developing relationships with organisations at all levels and have the personal credibility, communication, and analytical skill to provide advice and support on the operational challenges and opportunities they face
  • You will also need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of the wider challenges and opportunities facing museums in England
  • Both the skills and knowledge bases above may come from your experience in the museums sector, or they may come from work in other areas which you can demonstrate are clearly transferable to this role
  • In general, you will need to have a good knowledge of business planning, financial reporting and different kinds of business models
  • You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of performance and grant management
  • You will be able to negotiate and hold difficult conversations with external organisations
  • You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Arts Council’s duty as a public body under current equality legislation, the diversity agenda, and the relationship of this to arts and culture

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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