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The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.4 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now established as a major local, national and international attraction, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017.

We present an acclaimed programme of historical and contemporary art exhibitions alongside displays drawn from Wakefield’s growing collection of 20th-century and contemporary art. Central to our work is our ambitious learning programme that engages a broad and diverse audience. To bring our wider site to life The Hepworth Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, opened in August 2019 and is one of the largest free public gardens in the UK. Later this year the 19th century mill building complex opposite the gallery will be opening as a vibrant creative industries and education hub.

We are committed to improving diversity within our organisation and welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented within the arts sector. Our inclusive recruitment practices include:

  • Ensuring our jobs are widely advertised to reach a diverse range of applicants
  • Using an anonymised application process for shortlisting where possible
  • Applying positive action where legal and appropriate
  • Actively monitoring the diversity of our applicants
  • Ensuring our job descriptions are inclusive
  • Ensuring shortlisting and interview panels are as diverse as possible
  • Staff training

The Hepworth Wakefield is Disability Confident Committed and any applicants who identify as disabled and meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview. If you would like to declare you have a disability in order for this to be taken into consideration or you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please contact Alexa Becker (HR Manager) on alexabecker@hepworthwakefield.org.

If you have any feedback on any of our recruitment practices please contact Alexa Becker.  Please help us to monitor our progress by filling in an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (see below) and returning it with your application form.

Benefits for contracted staff include:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising by a day after each year of service in your first three years up to 28 days
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption entitlements
  • Enhanced sick pay entitlements
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential support services for you and your immediate family
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Free eye tests run by Specsavers
  • Group Pension Plan run by Royal London, including an employer contribution of up to 6%
  • Staff discount in the shop and café
  • Hybrid working, combining office based work with working from home, for appropriate roles

We value all our staff and their commitment to driving our success. If you would like to join our highly motivated team please see our current vacancies below.

Vacancies

Director of Learning & Public Programme

£40,000 to £45,000 per annum dependent upon experience (pro rata if applicable)

Permanent

Full-time (37 hours) although flexible working will be considered including compressed hours, reduced hours (minimum 29.6 hours), and flexible start and finish times

Hybrid working arrangements are available, balancing homeworking with office days

We are seeking a Director of Learning & Public Programme to join our Executive Team and contribute to the strategic leadership of The Hepworth Wakefield. This is a pivotal role as we seek to rebuild audiences on-site, deepen engagement with local communities and expand our digital offer and reach. You will be ambitious and collaborative, with a strong people-focus and a commitment to inspiring and positively influencing colleagues, stakeholders and audiences. You will provide excellent leadership to the Learning Team and Public Programme Manager, devising exceptional public events and captivating learning opportunities that enhance lives.

For more information please see the recruitment pack:

THW Recruitment Pack_DLP

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 13 June 2022

Director of Collection & Exhibitions

£45,000 to £50,000 per annum dependent upon experience (pro rata if applicable)

Permanent

Full-time (37 hours) although flexible working will be considered including compressed hours, reduced hours (minimum 29.6 hours), and flexible start and finish times

Hybrid working arrangements are available, balancing homeworking with office days

We are seeking a Director of Collection & Exhibitions who will join our Executive Team and play a central role in  continuing to develop our reputation as one of the world’s leading art galleries, creating unforgettable art experiences that attract broad audiences while inspiring positive change locally. You will oversee the strategic development of Wakefield’s growing art collection and lead on the research and curation of an integrated programme of contemporary and art historical exhibitions, both on and off site. You will provide outstanding leadership to the Collection and Exhibitions team and work collaboratively across the organisation to achieve our long term strategic ambitions.

For more information please see the recruitment pack:

THW Recruitment Pack_DCE

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 13 June 2022

Curatorial Assistant

£22,000 per annum pro rata

Fixed-term, six-month contract

Part-time, 29.6 hours per week

Hybrid working arrangements are available, balancing homeworking with office days

We are looking for a Curatorial Assistant to work closely with the Senior Curator, Curator and Collection & Exhibitions team to support, contribute to and deliver a world-class programme of exhibitions, publications and public events, with a particular focus on our touring exhibition programme. Since 2018 THW has toured major exhibitions to partner museums both nationally and internationally, and the Curatorial Assistant will support the development and delivery of this programme. The role will provide crucial administrative, research and practical support to assist the team with delivering all aspects of the exhibition organisation and installation, including producing engaging and accessible copy, keeping meticulous records of multiple loans, and liaising with lenders and tour partners.

For more information please see the recruitment pack:

THW Recruitment Pack_Curatorial Assistant

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 27 June 2022

Interviews will be held Tuesday 5 July 2022

How to apply

Our team is bold, open and we embrace innovation. Our mission is to create experiences that inspire, captivate, surprise and enhance everyone’s lives. Read our Vision, Mission and Values.

If you fit this description and would like to apply for one of our  jobs, unless otherwise stated please complete an application form. We promote diversity and equal opportunities, please help us to monitor this by filling in an equal opportunities monitoring form.

Your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form should be sent to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.

Please ensure forms are sent as Word documents only.