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Due to the exceptional demand for jobs at the Gallery, we are unable to respond to unsolicited CVs. Please apply for a role below.

Site Manager (Fixed 3 Month Contract starting beginning of January 2015)


£19,000 to £21,000 per annum pro rata, commensurate with experience 

Department: Operations 


The Site Manager will contribute to the smooth running of the Gallery by carrying out caretaking maintenance, organising and managing site contractors and contributing to health and safety and security of the site.

Main Responsibilities

Security and Supervision

Assist in safeguard the gallery building, its exhibitions, collections, staff and visitors by coordinating human and technological resources.

Oversee the operability and maintenance of the alarms and CCTV systems.

Organise and manage the work of contractors on site. This includes building, grounds, plant, cleaning and refuse contractors.

Health and Safety

  • To comply with the requirements of Health and Safety, other relevant legislation and Gallery Policies and carry out weekly fire alarm and emergency lighting tests.
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations to create a safe working environment within the Gallery including identifying and mitigating risks.
  • Be aware of any permanent or temporary hazards to visitors’ and colleagues’ safety and take appropriate action.

Caretaking and maintenance

  • Operate the Gallery’s heating and cooling system so that the required temperature and humidity are maintained in the gallery rooms at all times.
  • Schedule the carrying out of routine procedures or inspections on plant equipment.
  • Identify and prioritise maintenance requirements and prepare and organise work programmes in consultation with the Head of Operations.
  • Carry out first line repairs and maintenance tasks including but not exclusive to; putting up shelving, assembling and moving office furniture, changing light bulbs, unblocking sinks, repairing pipe leaks, basic painting & decorating, gritting paths
  • Assist in the drawing up of specifications for work to be undertaken by contractors.
  • Arrange for works to be undertaken and monitoring the progress of projects involving outside contractors.
  • Ensuring that all areas within the confines of the site are free from litter and that all drains and gullies are free flowing and clean (including periodically working on flat roofs to clear leaves from guttering).
  • Undertake porterage tasks as required including setting up and clearing away furniture for events, manual handling of heavy boxes of retail stock
  • Maintain the workshop, attics and sheds ensuring that storage is managed appropriately. This includes manual handling of heavy boxes of retail stock.
  • Conduct minor gardening work including trimming hedges and trees and repairs to garden buildings (N.B. a gardener is used part time to mow the lawns and tend the flower beds).
  • Conduct basic weekly servicing of the Gallery’s Artmobile.

Other duties

  • Act as a key holder during working hours, Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 and in case of emergencies during these hours assist in the coordination of evacuation and emergency plan.
  • Be available to attend site out of hours and assist in the case of a site issue / emergency.
  • Use the Gallery’s genie lift, tower scaffold and rooftop cable-arrest system to gain access to the upper parts of the Gallery.
  • Comply with the Gallery’s COSHH policy and procedures.
  • In emergencies providing access to relevant parts of the site for emergency services and help in implementing the Gallery’s emergency response plan.
  • Respond to maintenance emergencies on site e.g. flooding of plant room by taking necessary remedial action and/or calling out relevant contractors.
  •  Fill gaps in staffing and when required act as an additional gallery assistant in the Gallery during public opening hours.
  • Be proactive and have a positive approach to staff and visitors
  • Work with the whole Gallery team to ensure the successful development of the Gallery.
  • Take on any other duties as reasonably required by the Head of Operations.

Person specification:

Essential attributes

Highly trustworthy, excellent references are required

Experience of caretaking and/or maintaining building

Good reading and writing skills

Full Driving licence

Ability to count and undertake general mathematical calculations

Good IT skills (including using Microsoft Word and Outlook)

Physically fit

Good knowledge of security, heating plant and building management systems (or the ability to pick up such systems quickly)

Ability to undertake DIY tasks

Ability to establish rapport and respectful and trusting relationships with others.

Ability to make a distinctive contribution to the work of a team

Good organisation skills

Ability to remain calm under pressure

Ability to manage own time effectively.

A commitment to the Gallery’s values

Desirable attributes

Skills in construction, plumbing, electrics, carpentry or decorating

First-aid training

Genie lift training

PASMA training

COSHH training

Previous experience of art handling

Experience in providing security services in a building open to the public

An interest in the Gallery’s permanent collection and building.

Working Hours

Working hours:  9am to 5pm Monday to Friday with one hour break for lunch.  Some evening and early morning attendance will be required, for which time off in lieu will be given. On an exceptional basis and at management’s discretion overtime will be paid at basic rate by prior arrangement.

Annual leave entitlement: pro rata holiday entitlement of 32 working days including Bank Holidays and at the Gallery’s discretion  2 l non contractual days may be awarded at Christmas.

Pension: the Gallery  auto enrols employees into a pension scheme in accordance with Part 1 of the Pensions Act 2008.

Please apply by 10:00 on Thursday 11th December 2014 by sending your CV together with a covering letter. Interviews will be held at the Gallery on the week commencing Monday 15th December.  Please include your e-mail address and telephone contact details in your covering letter so that we can contact you quickly.



Address for Postal Applications

Head of Operations

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Road


SE21 7AD 


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