ACAVA: Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art

Office Manager

Term of contract: Permanent
Hours: Full-time (av. 37.5 hrs. p/w) worked within core office hours Mon-Fri, plus early evening board meetings. Some working times flexibility is possible
Starting salary: £26-28k p/a, contributory pension, 22 days holiday p/a plus bank holidays
Location: ACAVA’s offices at Blechynden Street, London W10 with occasional travel
Reports to: CEO

The organisation

ACAVA is a leading artists’ studio provider, arts organisation and educational charity that operates a portfolio of 20 buildings, providing studios for almost 500 artists, mostly in London, but also in Essex and Stoke-on-Trent.

We regularly work with external partners, including: arts organisations; schools; HEIs; the NHS; clinical commissioning groups; local authorities; trusts and foundations and statutory funders such as Arts Council England.

Our charitable purpose is fulfilled through our socially engaged public programmes that engage and empower diverse communities by enabling them to create visual arts and culture.

ACAVA operates from its purpose-built accessible offices, studios and community workshop in North Kensington. We have established strong relationships with the diverse communities in the area over the past twenty years. Located close to Grenfell Tower, we support local people, community groups, third sector and voluntary organisations to provide artistic opportunities to memorialise and recover from the Grenfell Tower fire.

We also deliver a range of arts related services and programmes, including: professional development; exhibitions; talks; residencies; commissioning and consultancy.

We are seeking a highly organised, composed and confident Office Manager to join the friendly team based at our head office. You will be joining the organisation during an exciting period of change and this role is critical to the implementation of new office and management processes that will help streamline the busy workloads of colleagues and support them in the delivery of an ambitious new vision. As the organisation evolves, it will nurture a culture of support and collaboration and you will be encouraged to bring energy and ideas to this process.

The Office Manager has wide ranging responsibilities and is an essential connection between our teams and the different aspects of the organisation. Beyond day to day office management, the role offers the opportunity to influence the important internal and external communications needs of ACAVA. The important PA responsibilities mean working closely with, and directly supporting, the CEO as they focus on strategic relationships, organisational development and governance. Therefore, discretion and confidentiality and are essential qualities.

This is an exciting moment to join a dynamic organisation with a strong, committed team working towards the delivery of a new artistically and socially driven mission.

To apply

Download an application pack, read the job profile and follow the instructions in the pack.

Your completed application documents should be sent to

Closing date for applications: midnight on 10 September 2019
Interviews: week commencing 16 September 2019
Start date: asap following appointment