Art institution promoting visual arts through exhibitions, education, and events.

Events Manager

Job Description

Applications closed: 
May 10, 2023
Posted on: 
May 13, 2023

The RA dates way back to 1768 when a group of artists and architects persuaded King George lll to help them to ‘establish a society for promoting the Art of Design'. The original academy, in Pall Mall, was less than 10 meters long. Since then, there have been many changes, though the RA’s core purpose of bringing art and design to a broad audience and championing art and artists still holds true.  

Today we are a contemporary art organisation hosting internationally acclaimed exhibitions and through investment in employee training and development, with courses such as Unconscious Bias, LGBTQ+ Awareness, Bystander, and Mental Health First Aid training, we are striving to foster a safe space for everyone through positive action. We also have Employee Network Groups, Ways In Groups, and an Employee Council so every employee has a voice and a way to feel heard by colleagues through the CEO.  

The RA is truly a unique place, both as an attraction to our visitors, but also as a workplace. Our people are at the heart of all we do, and we support a broad and inspiring mix of departments; from exhibitions, curators, art handlers, researchers, publishers, and digital to schools and education, visitor welcome, fundraisers, and corporate support.  


The RA Events Team manages numerous events across the Academy including major Fundraisers, Opening Receptions, Private Views, Lectures and Corporate or Private events. It also serves the wider organisation, assisting with the smooth running of the RA’s public and Members’ events. Many of these events are attended by prominent individuals from across the arts world to celebrities, politicians and royalty.

We are looking for a dedicated Events Manager to plan, budget and deliver high-calibre events. You will also develop strong working relationships with colleagues across the Royal Academy to contribute towards the continued success of the RA’s event programme and the wider Development department.

Job Requirements

We are looking for an experienced and extremely well-organised Events Manager, with meticulous attention to detail to join our team. You will have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, co-ordinating specific details, information and requirements to strict deadlines. Flexible, versatile and creative, you will pre-empt and propose solutions to problems and respond to challenges promptly and proactively.

You will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to quickly forge strong relationships with the Academy’s clients, supporters and suppliers, with experience of working in the arts or charitable sectors. Confident, articulate, you will have sound commercial acumen and will be comfortable working in a target-driven environment. We are committed to diversity and inclusion at work and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.               

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