Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum Executive Director

0345 634 9164

Deadline Friday 21 July 2017

The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum is seeking an exceptional individual to develop and deliver the strategic initiatives as set out in the strategic plan.

Working in partnership with the Board of Trustees of the Charity and the Directors of its Trading Company, this will include directing The Burton at Bideford through a period of change and driving and enhancing its reputation as a cultural centre, gallery and museum.

As the only purpose built venue in the area on the North Coast between Bristol and St Ives, the Burton hosts exhibitions of national and international standing and works with the local community of all ages, families and schools.

The Burton at Bideford first opened in 1951. Since then the collection has grown and the Burton now has curatorial responsibility for some 3,000 heritage artefacts and paintings in its collection.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering the strategic initiatives as set out in the strategic plan in partnership with Burton at Bideford Board of Trustees and Burton Enterprises Trading Board Directors. This will include directing The Burton at Bideford through a period of change and driving The Burton at Bideford’s local, regional, national and international reputation as a cultural centre, gallery and museum.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic, artistic, operational and commercial leadership for the whole  organisation.

  • Develops and delivers inspirational, cutting edge, high quality programmes that meet the aims of the strategic plan and objectives of The Burton and result in increasing visitor volumes and broaden outreach.

  • Ensures visitors are at the heart of the Burton’s operation and that the Trust, Trading Company, staff and volunteers deliver a world class service.

  • Is an advocate for the visual arts and heritage. Leads on developing key partnerships regionally, across the UK and abroad. Actively promotes the Burton through networking, enhancing its public profile.

  • Develops and implements a fundraising strategy to meet budget. Identifies and delivers a portfolio of successful fundraising initiatives. Ensures that the Burton is fully optimising multiple income streams at any given time to meet budget.

  • Responsible for the overall curatorial direction of exhibitions, collections and events programmes.

  • Acts as custodian of the Burton brand.  Ensures marketing and promotional initiatives are aligned across the organisation and that these prove to encourage new and repeat visitors.

  • Ensures that operational excellence best practice is defined, implemented and embedded in all aspects of the day to day running of the Burton.

  • Establishes effective, proactive working relationships with Chair, Board of Trustees and fellow directors of Burton Enterprises.

  • Makes Trustees and directors aware of relevant governmental arts, funding, regional and social agendas that may impact on the Burton.

  • Prepares and presents budget and performance reporting as required to Trustees, the Trading Board and other internal or external stakeholders.

  • Establishes and maintains a work culture which engages and develops individuals, inspires individual commitment and enthusiasm ensuring effective teamwork and maximum productivity.

  • Ensures that the appropriate financial controls, targets and other internal performance measures and indicators are in place to deliver plans and budgets.

  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure that the organisation is managed effectively within all current legal frameworks and sector standards. Ensures that equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the organisation.

  • Ensures that museum accreditation and other relevant and required sector standards are maintained in all areas and by all of those who work or volunteer at the Burton.



Person Specification




  • Arts or heritage Degree level qualification.

  • Arts or Museums Management Masters qualification or similar experience.



  • 3 years’ experience of working at senior level in an arts or heritage organisation with significant visitor numbers.

  • Curatorial and / or arts education experience.

  • Strong leadership skills. Demonstrated success of effectively leading change and organisational growth through strategic planning.

  • High level project management experience.

  • Excellent relationship management techniques with highly developed interpersonal, communication, influencing and negotiating skills.

  • Knowledge of retail and marketing.

  • Analytical skills and a creative approach to problem solving.

  • Proven track record of fundraising and income generation.

  • Experience of working with major stakeholders such as local authorities or Arts Council England.

  • Experience of managing third party contracts, commercial and sponsorship agreements.

  • Proven experience of budgeting, budget management and financial reporting.

  • Track record of managing exhibitions, including touring



  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the arts, heritage funding environment.

  • An understanding and experience of diversity and equality policies at an operational level.

  • Good understanding of museum accreditation requirements.

  • A good understanding of commercial/retail within arts/heritage sector.



  • Excellent networking and stakeholder management skills with a collaborative and partnership style of working.

  • Ability to prioritise managing a varied workload to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to develop strategic thinking into operational delivery.

  • Ability to produce clear, concise reports/presentations and recommendations.

  • Ability to motivate and build a strong team.

  • Ambition and drive with a passion for the work of the Burton.

  • Ability to assess and make clear judgments, managing and mitigating risks in a pressurised environment.



  • An understanding and awareness of arts marketing and PR.

  • Knowledge of company and Charity Commission law and / or company law.

  • Experience of working with a Board of Trustees or a similar governance structure.

  • Good understanding of information technology and digital marketing.

  • Experience of capital developments.

  • Experience of entrepreneurial activities.


Hours of Work: 37 hours a week over 5 days to include weekends.

Salary:  £32k - £37k dependent upon experience.

Application Process:  To apply for the position please submit your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for the role, why you would like to work at the Burton Art Gallery and any specific experience of working within Arts organisations or Charitable Trusts.

Lisa Bailey E: lisa.bailey@hrdept.co.uk T: 0345 634 9164

Cranmer House, 38 Priory Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1YA

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 10th July 2017 and initial interviews will be held week commencing the 24th July 2017.

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