Working at Serpentine
Working at the Serpentine is a unique experience, with a diverse and exciting range of jobs from curatorial roles to fundraising, marketing, visitor experience, building operations, finance and HR.
Located in the heart of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, we offer the opportunity to work in a creative environment surrounded by art and nature.
We present a contemporary programme of exhibitions and events across two galleries in the park and multiple online projects, as well as the annual Pavilion commission which transforms the Serpentine site each summer. Our committed team welcomes a million visitors each year to the galleries, and a career at the Serpentine will give you the opportunity to get involved and champion our shared vision of free art for all.
At this time, we do not run internship programmes or work experience placements.
- Director of Development
From £70,000 pa plus benefits
The Serpentine Galleries is one of the most influential and innovative organisations championing the possibilities of art, architecture and design.
Founded in 1970, we are celebrating our “50+1” Anniversary in 2021 with a fundraising campaign to galvanise support for three areas of programming which we have identified as the most vital matters shaping the future: ecology, technology and community. These key themes are relevant to Serpentine’s legacy and we are now seeking a Director of Development to implement our goals of broadening our network for supporters through this time of change across the arts philanthropy landscape, to help us achieve our ambitions.
Reporting to the Chief Executive and working closely with the Artistic Director, you will be at the forefront of driving the campaign and ensuring its success. You will lead and motivate a professional and high-performing team, and manage our fundraising efforts, ensuring that our targets are reached.
You will bring experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies and campaigns, and galvanising teams to get the best out of them. Your dynamic and innovative approach will be grounded in strong organisational and project management skills, and your business acumen will ensure that the team stays focussed on results. You may not have personally secured philanthropic gifts, however you have assisted senior leaders, volunteers and fundraisers to engage with prospective and existing donors, and understand what it takes to secure their support.
We are working in partnership with Richmond Associates on this position. If you believe you have the skills, aptitude and enterprising spirit to identify and maximise opportunities for the Serpentine, please contact Richmond Associates, on +44 (0)20 3617 9240, email [email protected], or visit https://richmond-associates.com/jobs/director-of-development-21 to download further details.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10AM ON TUESDAY, 6 JULY 2021
Find out more
- Applying for a role
We consider applications on an individual basis, assessing the requirements of the role against the experience and skills demonstrated by each applicant. In your application, please ensure that you outline how you meet the criteria detailed in the Person Specification contained within the Candidate Pack. This will help us get a good understanding of your skills and experience, and how you meet the requirements of the role.
To apply for a role follow the link and submit your:
- Covering letter
If you are shortlisted, you’ll hear from us within a couple of weeks of the closing date. You will be given full details as to the date, time, location and structure of the interview, and who you’ll be meeting on the day, so you know what to expect.
Due to the volume of applicants we are unable to provide feedback at application stage.
Since 2020 we have been working with diversity and inclusion consultants who are leading a programme of change that involves staff and leadership at all levels of the organisation and will be sustained for the foreseeable future. We are committed to equity and inclusion because these values are right and just. We look forward to receiving applications from all and particularly those from under-represented groups as we embark on the next chapter of Serpentine’s history.
If you require a candidate pack in large font or require any adjustment to the recruitment procedure, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.
All candidate data will be treated in line with the Serpentine Data Policy.
Working at the Serpentine comes with a range of benefits to help you plan for the future, save money and enjoy life. This includes:
- 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
- Pension Scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Flexible working
- Career breaks
- Staff discount on Gallery merchandise and with onsite cafes and bookshop
- Discounted at entry at some museums
- Equality and diversity
The Serpentine has been a pioneering force in contemporary art since 1970. It offers artists space to share politically, socially and culturally relevant ideas. This extends to our working family, and we value the diversity of all our staff and the enrichment this brings to our work. We are committed to an inclusive and supportive environment for all who come to work with us. See our Equal Opportunities statement for more detail.
- Working here
The Serpentine is one of the world’s leading art galleries set across two sites in Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine North Gallery. We welcome a million visitors each year.
Each site hosts three exhibitions per year covering a range of disciplines including art, design, architecture, performance, events and community projects, as well as undertaking new experiments in art and technology. Every summer since 2000, we commission an international architect to design a temporary pavilion on the lawn of the Serpentine. It then functions as a café, meeting place and venue for summer entertainment.
We aim for a positive impact with all that we do, engaging our visitors with creative ideas and actively championing free access to art for everyone. Overall, we are proud that the Serpentine has been a free public art institution since it opened in 1970.