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£29,135 - £29,901

FTE £29,135 - £29,901 + benefits pro rata to 0.6 FTE

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Executive Officer

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Business area

DCMS - Cultural Diplomacy, Loans and Visitor Economy

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Part-time

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About the job

Job summary

The Government Art Collection is seeking an Assistant Curator: Interpretation, with experience of working ideally in a museum or visual arts context, and an appetite for producing rich interpretation content about works of art in the Collection, for various platforms and a wide range of audiences.

This is an exciting time to join the Government Art Collection, which is about to celebrate its 125th Anniversary. This role will play a key part... in the development of dynamic and engaging content for this anniversary campaign, alongside contributing to the Government Art Collection’s Interpretation Strategy and Representation of the People Project.

See the Candidate Information Pack attached at the bottom of the webpage for further information.

Job description

• Engage wide audiences through producing text on Collection’s artworks for a variety of platforms
• Work as part of the Curatorial team and across the wider organisation to support the planning, development and delivery of interpretative material for Collection displays
• Research, write and upload texts for recent acquisitions and artist biographies to the Collection’s database
• Identify historically sensitive texts and review them in line with the latest museum practice

Contribution to strategy
• Keep up to date with best interpretation practices and ensure adherence across the team to the Collection’s interpretation guidelines
• Support the Curatorial team with maintaining and updating the Interpretation Strategy
• Research as part of the Representation of the People Project

Additional responsibilities
• Provide public tours of the Government Art Collection and respond to public enquiries as requested
• Facilitate library access for researchers and oversee the cataloguing of new publications
• Represent the Collection at external meetings

Person specification

The ideal candidate would have the following key skills and experience:

Essential requirements
• A qualification in a relevant subject and / or equivalent experience in the museum sector or a similar environment
• Awareness of current developments in interpretation and terminology usage in galleries and museums and experience of making complex ideas accessible to a range of audiences
• A high standard of written English, with excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills across different platforms
• An ability to prioritise and to meet competing deadlines
• Be a committed team player, able to work both autonomously and collaboratively

Desirable skills
• Computer literacy skills, with experience using collection management databases
• Maintain a positive approach to problem solving
• An ability to communicate diplomatically with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels
• An understanding of EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) issues and a commitment to inclusivity and sustainability


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
• Working Together
• Delivering at Pace
• Changing and Improving
• Communicating and Influencing


Alongside your salary of £29,135, Department for Culture, Media and Sport contributes £7,866 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here. We’re committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department. To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:
• Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working - DCMS staff work on a flexible basis with time spent in offices, and time spent working from home
• 26.5 days annual leave on entry, increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service
• A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
• Access to the Edenred employee benefits system which offers discounts to popular retailers and access to various useful resources such as financial and savings advice
• 3 days of paid volunteering leave
• Up to 9 months maternity leave on full pay + generous paternity and adoption leave
• Staff reward and recognition bonuses that operate throughout the year
• Occupational sick pay
• Access to the Employee Assistance Programme which offers staff 24/7 confidential support and resources such as counselling, debt guidance and management advice
• Active and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality Networks
• Exceptional learning and development opportunities that you can explore alongside your day to day work
• Season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!

Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack for more information on terms and conditions.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than 23:55 PM Monday 27th May 2024 via the CS Jobs portal:
• A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you provide employment history that relates to the essential and desirable criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. The CV should not exceed more than 3 x A4 pages and you should insert your CV into the "Job History" section on Civil Service Jobs on the Civil Service Jobs application form.
• A Statement of Suitability (max 750 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential requirements highlighted. You may also choose to reference the desirable skills listed.

For the shortlist, we will assess your experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence provided in your application.

In the event of a large number of applicants, an initial sift will be conducted on the statement of suitability. Those who are successful in the initial sift will then be scored on all elements of the application.

For support in writing your application and interviewing, please refer to the ‘Application and Interview Guidance’ document attached to the job advert.

The interview process will assess behaviours, strengths, experience and potentially include scenario-based tasks which will be provided before and/or during interview.

The behaviours to be tested at interview are:
• Working Together
• Delivering at Pace
• Changing and Improving
• Communicating and Influencing

You will not be made aware of the strengths being assessed prior to your interview.

As part of your interview, you may be asked to deliver a short oral presentation. Full details of this, including the topic, and whether or not you will need to use visual aids, will be sent to you prior to your interview.

Your interview will take place in person at the Government Art Collection in London.

For indicative sift and interview dates please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to Department for Culture, Media and Sport from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the ‘Information for Applicants’ document.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Reasonable Adjustment

We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process.

In order to request an adjustment, please:

Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section on the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or a verbal test rather than a written one.

Alternatively, contact the Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


If you are experiencing accessibility difficulties with any of the attachments, please contact us. Contact details can be found in the 'contact point for applicants' section of the job advert.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
• Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

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Government Art Collection

Email :
[email protected]

Recruitment team

Email :
[email protected]

Further information

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact [email protected] in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints
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