Visual Arts Development Officer

University of Reading - Planning & Strategy Office

We are seeking an experienced and innovative arts development officer to drive the further development of our new visual arts strategy and to define and manage a programme of activity to deliver it. Making connections and driving collaboration between internal and external stakeholders, you will create and capitalise on opportunities to support the University’s ambition to be an activist institution and regional leader in the visual arts.

You will have:

  • Good understanding of the UK arts sector and of the challenges and opportunities within it.
  • Excellent skills of consultation, influence and collaboration.
  • Proven ability to manage successfully a complex portfolio of projects and development activity.
  • Proven ability to develop feasible and robust business cases for major initiatives.
  • Strong understanding of the funding of the arts in the UK.
  • Creativity and pragmatism, with openness to different perspectives and approaches.

Informal contact details.
Contact role: Director, Planning &Strategy Office
Contact name: Dr Rachel Stewart
Contact phone: 0118 378 5459
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Head of School, Arts and Communication Design
Contact name: Professor John Gibbs
Contact phone: 0118 378 4081
Contact email:

Fixed Term until November 2019

Interview Date: 16th November 2017

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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