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Job - Assistant Curator: turbinegeneration, Tate, deadline Apr 18

Posted by April Steele • Monday, April 11. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Post: Assistant Curator: turbinegeneration

Reference: 11008

Band: Specialist

Department: Learning

Contract: Fixed Term until 31 March 2013

Hours: 28.8 hours per week over 4 days

Reporting to: Curator turbinegeneration and International Schools Projects

Location: Bankside, London

Background: The aim of Tate is to increase public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 16th century to the present day, and of international modern and contemporary art. Tate’s mission statement is core to the Learning Department and its purpose, we offer a range of experiences that develop deeper understanding, knowledge and engagement with art and that have enjoyment at their heart.

The Unilever Series: turbinegeneration: Turbinegeneration is a unique programme managed by Tate and sponsored by Unilever. It is the learning project associated with the Unilever Series and connects schools, galleries, cultural institutions and artists from across the world through a social media platform. Schools and colleges register to collaborate with an international partner and explore their cultures and exchange their artwork online, whilst galleries, cultural institutions and artists use it to promote their work and make international connections.

You can find further information about Tate at

Purpose of the Job: To provide logistical, administrative and web support to members of the turbinegeneration community and to ensure that the programme is delivered on time, to budget and to a high standard.

Main Activities/Responsibilities:
· Be the first point of contact for all external and internal enquiries for the turbinegeneration programme, including advice on using the Drupal based website.
· Approve website content in consultation with the turbinegeneration Curator, including: registrations, comments and providing support to maintain active partnerships on the site.
· Provide general administrative support to the turbinegeneration team including travel arrangements, diary co-ordination, translation of learning resources and clearing copyright on images.
· Liaise with other departments to ensure the smooth running of internal services (including room bookings and technical set-up).
· Support the Curator to monitor the programme budget.
· Assist in the delivery of the project and co-ordination of artists workshops in the UK and internationally.
· Organise and make arrangements for international and UK projects in support of the turbinegeneration Curator.
· Contribute to and support the development of the turbinegeneration project alongside the turbinegeneration Curator, including: providing information and statistics for the sponsor and external evaluation agency as required, developing ideas for activities and resources.

Person Specification:
· A degree or equivalent in art, education or related subject.
· Proven experience of having worked in an education setting, art gallery or museum.
· Demonstrable experience of having worked on International online learning projects involving schools, teachers, artists and galleries.
· Proven experience using social media as a tool for learning and developing audiences.
· Demonstrable interest in international modern and contemporary art.
· Highly developed administration skills, experience of reviewing and setting up efficient administrative systems
· Proven experience of project co-ordination, including the ability to co-ordinate people and monitor budgets.
· Articulate and be able to communicate clearly and confidently both in one-to-one and group situations.
· Able to communicate clearly in writing, eg e-mails, e-bulletins, able to tailor written style and language appropriately.
· High degree of computer literacy – knowledge of Windows based applications and Drupal based content management systems: able to use word-processing, database, spreadsheet, simple html for updating text on the web, online evaluation, Internet and email applications.
· Excellent organisational skills, able to prioritise a wide range and high volume of activities and use available resources to ensure tasks are completed accurately and to deadline.
· Able to work on own initiative, anticipate issues and find effective solutions.
· A mutually supportive and collaborative team working style.
· An understanding of the principles of equality and diversity in relation to learning and the ability to apply these in practice at work.
· An interest in and commitment to the work of Tate.

Pay and Benefits: This appointment is offered on a part-time fixed-term contract until 31 March 2013.

Working Hours: Normal working hours for this post are 28.8 hours per week.

Salary:The starting salary for this post will be £22,900 per annum (ie pro rata to £18,320 per annum). A review of pay is undertaken annually at Tate through negotiation with the recognised trade unions. Any increases to individual salaries, will be subject to the terms of Tate’s annual pay settlement and
will be applied from 1 April.

For further information please visit

Completed application forms should be returned via one of the following methods:

Email: jobs (at)

Human Resources Department
London SW1P 4RG

Fax: 0871 5941785

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is Monday, 18 April 2011 by 5pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 18 May 2011.
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