Photo: first floor gallery at the Stradling Collection

First floor, 48 Park Row

The Stradling Collection is seeking a Director to oversee and lead its three-year growth plan and establish the Collection as a leading voice in our creative, education and academic communities.

This is an amazing opportunity for you, or someone you know, to head up our small but ambitious Bristol-based charity specialising in 20th and 21st century design and holding a unique Collection of decorative arts and household design.

We are ideally looking for someone who has worked operationally and strategically at a leadership or senior management level within an arts or heritage, publicly funded or not-for-profit cultural organisation with a proven ability to generate income from a wide range of sources.

Closing date for applications is 17:00hrs, 17 May 2024

Photo: top floor of the Stradling Collection, newly opened to visitors for 2024

Second floor, 48 Park Row

Job specifics:

  • The remuneration for this role is £40k (FTE) annually
  • Fixed-term, two-year contract with option to extend
  • The Board of Trustees envisage a two- or three-day week (0.4 – 0.6 FTE) but are open to consider variable working arrangements. There is some requirement for occasional out-of-office hours for which time off in lieu is given
  • Reasonable work-related expenses
  • Development opportunities

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Working operationally and strategically at a leadership or senior management level within an arts or heritage publicly funded or not-for-profit cultural organisation.
  • Experienced in writing strategic plans and grant applications.
  • Proven ability to generate income from a wide range of sources.
  • Working knowledge of PR and marketing and profile raising.
  • Track record of brokering new partnerships and developing networks.
  • Project experience of successfully working with creative individuals, curators and organisations.
  • Experience of business planning, financial and risk management and control.
  • Proven ability to build diverse new and established audiences including educational outreach.
  • Some experience of small-scale retail and commerce operations.
  • An inclusive and collaborative leadership style with an ability to support, nurture, develop, motivate and inspire small, paid and voluntary, teams and individuals.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities, having an eye for detail and the ability to work under pressure and delegate effectively.
  • Self-motivated, independent worker able to showcase their commitment to EDI.

We value the positive impact greater representation will have on our charity. It’s our goal to become an inclusive place to work and for our staff and volunteers to reflect our city.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all lived experiences and particularly those that are not well represented in our sector.

Applications will be in the form of a cover letter and CV with two referees. Please email them to

If you would like to discuss the role in advance of applying, please send an initial email to