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Job: Programme Officer, Mostyn

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, June 27. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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MOSTYN, Llandudno

Programme Officer

Full-time, Permanent

There is an exciting opportunity to join the Programme team at Wales' largest contemporary art gallery.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual with an attention to detail to help successfully deliver the objectives of our exhibition, learning and engagement programmes.

This is a full-time, permanent position with the salary in the range £20,112 - £29,435 (actual amount dependent on experience).

To view the full job description for this position please visit our website or to view in Welsh visit

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and a covering letter to brian -at- or mail Brian Jamieson, 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno, Conwy, UK, LL30 1AB

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2013

MOSTYN values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Programme Officer

Reporting to: Director

Responsible for: The management of Gallery Staff

Salary: £20,112 - £29,435


- To manage and assist all logistics involved in the realisation of the Visual Arts Programme.
- To organise, manage and assist the delivery of the Public Programme, including talks, lectures and symposia.
- To supervise and manage gallery Front of House staff.

Main duties:

To assist the Visual Arts Programme Curator and manage the logistics of the Visual Arts & Exhibition programme ensuring all insurance/indemnity, contracts, loan forms, transport & shipping, storage, documentation, handling requirements/condition checking are executed effectively.

Make arrangements that ensure works in the care and responsibility of MOSTYN are secure and maintained to the standards and requirements agreed with lenders.

Establish and maintain an archive of exhibitions/programmes/publications that is accessible to Mostyn staff and to stakeholders on demand.

Manage the logistics relating to the Engagement programme and liaise with the Operations & Facilities Manager, Retail & Visitor Experience, Audience Relations, Learning & Participation and Visual Arts Programme teams for any technical/front of house/security/content support and arrangement for events and activities.

Keep abreast of latest development in contemporary art & culture, engagement and audience reach.

Take responsibility for and actively contribute to the Engagement content of Mostyn website, in collaboration with the Audience Relations Team, and actively contribute to the online social networking activity of Mostyn according to the organisation’s guidelines.

Liaise with the Audience Relations Team, Learning & Participation and Visual Arts Programme Curator on the promotion and highlighting of engagement events and activities. Ensure Engagement events and activities are marketed effectively, working closely with the Audience Relations Manager in this regard.

Obtain, edit, package and distribute information regarding artists, exhibitions and programmes to support mediation, engagement, learning & participation and communication with audiences to aid visitor’s enjoyment and interpretation of exhibitions and other content.

Set and/or supervise the staffing rota and ensure the Gallery is sufficiently resourced.

Ensure up to date information and key messages from Exhibitions, Engagement, Learning & Participation, Audience Relations and Partnerships & Development teams are available for the Visitor Experience team to share with visitors and promote what is on offer at Mostyn. Ensure the Visitor Experience Team Members are fully informed and trained as to the Exhibition, Engagement and Learning & Participation programmes.

Create ways of adding value to visitors that increase their enjoyment and broaden their depth of knowledge of what Mostyn has to offer.

In common with all post holders, the Programme Officer is expected:-
- To take responsibility for their own and their colleagues' health and safety
- To ensure the security of the gallery and other spaces in Mostyn
- To act as an advocate of Mostyn and promote its vision and activities
- To collaborate with all other departments
- To ensure Mostyn systems, policies and processes are adhered to in the execution of the duties.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. It may be necessary to undertake other reasonable duties for the successful execution of this role and to meet the aims of the organisation.

Outline person specification:

- Significant experience of Project Management and evidence of ongoing continuous professional development particularly in contemporary visual arts.
- Current practices in Exhibition planning and execution processes including the steps and elements to deliver a successful exhibition programme.
- Passion for bringing cultural and societal issues in/through the arts to life and engaging as wide an audience as possible to the benefits, challenges and opportunities of contemporary art.

- Able to organise own work and that of others in the execution of this role.
- Able to define requirements, plan and execute projects to agreed expectations.
- Able to anticipate problems/issues/risks and manage these through to successful conclusion.
- Creative flair, entrepreneurial spirit and resourcefulness to deliver innovative, strategic yet pragmatic programmes of activities.
- Articulate and able to discuss and present contemporary art issues to different audiences and stakeholders, using different vocabulary and tools according to target audiences and speakers.

- Successful delivery of projects and programmes in conjunction with external partners, particularly in contemporary visual arts.
- Working in a gallery/visual arts environment and mastering the expectations and factors that contribute to the achievement of its vision, aims and aspirations.
- Planning, organising and delivering activities and events for public attendance.
- Producing effective archival visual resources for use in galleries and online.
- Commissioning artists, producers, speakers or technologists
- Evaluating the success of creative activities.

Welsh-language ability for this post is not essential but would be seen as an asset.

Hours of work:

This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week. There will be an occasional requirement to work unsocial hours in the execution of this role.

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