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Focal point gallery deputy director

Focal point gallery deputy director

locationSouthend-on-Sea, UK
ExpiresExpires: 22/08/2022
Permanent position
£31,000 to £40,000 per year

Closing date: Sunday 21st August

Salary: £39,571 to £45,648


Do you have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of people? Check out the role below and become one of the public faces for this gallery. 

Focal Point Gallery (FPG) is a small, locally focused art organisation with a large international reach and ambition. Since 1990, the gallery has developed from a corner of the old library building to a front facing, accredited and nationally regarded visual arts institution, situated in a purpose-built space since 2013. Our mission is to serve artists, by commissioning and presenting new and recent contemporary work that is relevant and thought-provoking, and through our role in championing cultural regeneration and investment to support the creative industries in our region. In parallel we are here to serve local residents & communities by providing them access to quality, exciting art, and creating opportunities for them to develop their own creative skills and thinking. We do this through developing meaningful partnerships and networks, including Big Screen Southend and Twenty-One. We aim to work together to co-design projects and initiatives in the belief that there is strength in collaboration. Focal Point Gallery is part of Southend-onSea City Council (SCC) and receives NPO funding from Arts Council England (ACE).

Focal Point Gallery are looking for a committed and entrepreneurial individual ready for a new challenge to play a leadership role in sustaining and growing our work to support artists, local residents and visiting audiences to produce, present and engage with high quality contemporary art. The Deputy Director works closely with the Director and key partners and stakeholders on the overall strategic direction and business planning of Focal Point Gallery.

Working with a small and friendly team, the Deputy Director is responsible for the effective internal operation of the organisation, leading on its organisational development, financial, income generation, personnel, and operational functions. Responsible for financial management the role works closely with the Director on financial planning and income generation.

The post holder takes the lead role in planning and implementing improvements in all areas they oversee, as well as anticipating and solving problems, managing staff, deputising for the Director and delegating work on a day-to-day basis.

Click the apply button to find out more and download a full job pack. 


Knowledge, skills, experience​​​​​


  • Educated to Degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience
  • Experience of working in a similar or equivalent role in the arts
  • Financial management and monitoring experience
  • Experience of managing staff
  • A high level of knowledge and experience in arts administration and marketing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, for a range of audiences
  • Experience of project evaluation and reporting
  • Experience of producing written press and promotional material
  • Understanding of issues relating to access, equalities and diversity in relation to the visual arts and experience in delivering relevant initiatives
  • Public speaking and presentation skills adaptable for different audiences



  • Post graduate qualification in Museum Education, Engagement or equivalent
  • Experience in delivering cultural marketing strategies


We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Fields of study

  • Visual arts / Design

Required degree level

  • Level 4 (e.g. Higher National Certificate)

Years of experience

  • Senior

Salary range

  • £31,000 to £40,000 per year

Required languages

  • English

Required skills

  • economic knowledge
  • MS Excel
  • MS Office
  • MS Outlook