Programme Manager, Young Artists

Reports to:    ​Director of Education 

Salary:           £34,000 - £36,000 per annum

Contract:       Permanent

Hours​:            Full-time, 37.5 hours per week including occasional Saturdays.

Location:      ​ Charlotte Road and other venues as required

Purpose of the Post

To manage and deliver the Royal Drawing School’s excellent Young Artists Programme and pre-18 educational provisions across the school. The Young Artists Programme Manager will support the Director of Education in providing effective leadership of the Programme and will also identify opportunities to build on the outstanding reputation of the School as a successful learning community and a specialist teaching resource with a focus on drawing.  The role will be pivotal in building on the success of the programme and delivering the transformation from a fee-paying programme to full scholarship and outreach model over the next two years.  The Young Artists Programme Manager will be vital in helping the School realise its charitable mission to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching, training and practice.

Principal Responsibilities

Education and programme development

·       Oversee the delivery of 10-18 years studio-based and online education at the Royal Drawing School, including building relationships with schools and FE colleges, and maintain close relationships with the Royal Drawing School’s other educational programmes.

·       Work with the Director of Education on outreach and building relationships with targeted communities and institutions in line with the School’s mission, transforming the Young Artists programme into a full scholarship outreach programme.

·       Work with the Senior Leadership of the School on the development, launch and running of a new programme for School Leavers.

·       Work with the Director of Education to deliver programmes that promote the  practice of observational drawing in schools, including life drawing. 

Self-employed tutors and artist models and trainees

·       Make recommendations to the Director of Education on the appointment of Drawing Year Alumni tutors to the programme

·       Oversee the engagement and payment of tutors and artist models in accordance with the School's policies and procedures

·       Organise the faculty of tutors to meet the needs of the programme, including training, teaching, tutorials and the provision of cover at short notice

Teaching, learning and admissions

·       Oversee recruitment and allocation of scholarships

·       Ensure the provision of consistently effective administrative structures (including student registers and systems of communication with students and their parents and carers) to provide an environment within which excellent teaching and learning can flourish

·       Through regular dialogue with tutors, maintain a high degree of awareness of teaching and learning across the programme, including concerns around student attendance and behaviour, as well as the identification of students of exceptional talent

·       Implement a consistent and appropriate system for the selection of students and the award of scholarships

·       Maintain a high level of engagement with the School's Public Programme, School Leavers Programme and Drawing Year to further the School's aim that the Young Artists programme should offer talented and committed students a progression route into higher education

·       Implement the School’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion into the Young Artists Programme

Child Safeguarding and Health and Safety

·       Serve as the School's Designated Senior Person for Child Safeguarding.  Maintain a high level of best practice advice on all matters falling within the scope of the School's Child Safeguarding Policy, including online.

·       Oversee the School-wide implementation of the School's Child Safeguarding Policy, including the requirements for training

·       Play a leading role on the School's Health & Safety Committee, ensuring the implementation of effective systems of control appropriate for the safe and orderly running of the programme and the welfare of students and staff

Finance and HR

·       Oversee and design the annual budget for the programme and be responsible for meeting revenue targets

·       Ensure that the School's financial policies and procedures (including the collection of fees) are discharged in a timely and accurate manner in the administration of the programme

·       Line manage Young Artists Administrator / Coordinator and liaise with the Finance and HR departments.

Data control

·       Serve as the Departmental Data Controller for GDPR, ensuring all data is kept according to the School’s Data Protection Policy

Marketing and communications

·       Work with the School's marketing team to promote the programme to talented and committed students and to raise awareness of its contribution to art education

·       Work with the School's development team to promote the programme to prospective funders and in reporting to existing funders, both of which involve the structured evaluation of the programme's impact, using data.

·       Oversee the organisation of exhibitions of student work, including private views and the display and sale of work.  Organise the selection of work for exhibitions.

·       Report on the programme as required to the School's Directors, Trustees, and Academic Board

 Person specification


·       A minimum of 4 years’ experience in school or further education or within a gallery or museum context in the management of educational programmes in the visual and creative arts for students aged 10-18

·       Relevant experience in an administration-focused role

·       Line management experience

·       An informed understanding of the UK's FE to HE educational landscape in the visual arts

·       A good understanding of the importance of safeguarding children and capable of dealing with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy

·       Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and sympathetically with people at all levels, including parents, staff, tutors and external contacts

  • Highly organised with the ability to multitask and manage a heavy and varied workload

·       Proficiency in the use of standard PC software (Word, Excel and Outlook)

·       An entrepreneurial spirit with experience managing a budget

·       Approachable and helpful at all times

·       Mature, confident, self-starter, capable of independent working and a team player

·       Enthusiastic and hardworking with a flexible and proactive attitude

  • Patience in abundance

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·       An advocate for the importance of observational Drawing to artistic practice

·       Demonstrate an ability to deliver excellent customer service

  • An understanding of the importance of the Young Artists Programme in delivering the School's mission to promote drawing from observation.


·       Art teaching experience for students aged 10-18

·       Personal artistic practice

·      Existing network of contacts within state and free schools

·      A degree level, PGCE or equivalent qualification or higher.

Application deadline: Thursday 5th August (12 midnight)

To apply, please complete this online application form

We would be grateful if you could also complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form

Candidates will be contacted directly and invited for interview. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to respond to candidates who have not reached the interview stage.