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Grants and Fellowships Manager (Parental Leave Cover)

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) is seeking to recruit an experienced Grants and Fellowships Manager to run, oversee and administer the Centre’s busy funding programme while the permanent incumbent is on parental leave.

The PMC’s funding programme currently awards £1,000,000 a year over seventeen different grant and fellowships categories to individuals, organisations and publishers who are undertaking projects on British art or architectural history.

The postholder assumes a high level of responsibility, and the PMC is seeking a professional and extremely capable person to serve as the main representative for the Centre’s funding programme.

Reporting to the Centre’s Head of Grants, Fellowships and Networks, you will work across all areas of the busy funding programme ensuring accuracy, sensitivity and efficiency. Key responsibilities include: managing the administration of all grant and fellowship applications; managing and updating the online grants system; setting budgets and dealing with financial information; archiving, organising and acting as secretary for the PMC’s Advisory Council meetings; attending grant-supported events and activities and visiting fellowship recipients; and publicising the PMC’s grants and fellowships programme.

It is essential that you have experience of managing a grant-giving programme, online systems or databases (e.g. Good Grants) and have strong organisational skills. The role is busy and varied, and you should be able to manage different projects at the same time whilst ensuring accuracy and attention to detail in everything you do. It would be helpful to have an art-historical background or to have knowledge or experience of working in the gallery, library, archive and museum sector.

Salary will be in the range of £38,000 to £40,000 p.a. depending on experience.

This post is fixed term for a maximum of 14 months, full time and the hours of work are 35 per week. We are happy to talk about flexible working arrangements offered by the Centre.

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Competences:

  • Experience of managing a grant-giving programme, ideally in the cultural or heritage sector
  • Consistent, accurate and meticulous attention to detail
  • Experience of managing and using online systems or databases (e.g. Good Grants or similar grant-giving systems)
  • Ability to work independently and to establish priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience of managing budgets and working with sensitive financial information
  • Degree-level education

Desirable Skills and Competences:

  • Experience of producing and analysing data and statistics
  • A keen interest in the gallery, library, archive and museum sectors
  • Experience of preparing copy for publicity purposes and websites
  • Experience of preparing materials for archives

Application Process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midnight BST on Sunday 12 June 2022.


Interviews for the post will be held week commencing Monday 27 June 2022.


Queries about the post should be addressed to Harriet Sweet, Grants and Fellowships Manager at hsweet@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk


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