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About the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our programme of world-class exhibitions including Ai Weiwei, Abstract Expressionism and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA has recently been completed, redeveloping our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair in time for our 250th anniversary this year. The works have united our two buildings, created new galleries for more exhibitions, a 260-seat lecture theatre, learning studio and new spaces dedicated to free displays of our Collection, works by RA Schools students, Royal Academicians and as architecture projects. We are an innovative, forward-looking and commercially astute organisation that receives no government operating subsidy.
About the role
Digital is core to our aims of helping deepen our user’s engagement with the organisation and to clearly outline our offering. The main technologies we use are Ruby on Rails and React deployed on AWS. You will have the opportunity to work across the whole stack, however we are mainly looking for someone with Ruby and/or infrastructure skills. Ability and potential are as important as knowledge of those specific technologies: we will help you to grow and learn.
The benefits we offer
How to apply
Please upload your CV and a covering letter to be considered for this position. You will find details in the How to Apply section of the Careers page on our website: www.royalacademy.org.uk/careers
Closing date for applications: 9 June 2019 (midnight)
Interviews to be held week commencing: 17 June 2019
Job: Developer (Ruby)
Reports to: Technical Lead
BACKGROUND TO THE ROLE
This role sits within the broader digital team which covers a range of areas from content and product managers through to more technical aspects such as data management and developers. We are in a unique position as we get to engage with every aspect of the RA.
Our internal tech team is responsible for a range of products. The main website is a custom CMS built on rails. We work with our content editors to develop new features. Recent examples of projects we’ve worked on include partnering with an external agency to make our collection available online.
The main project the team (and the rest of the RA) have been working on the past couple of years is implementing Tessitura, a SAAS solution for ticketing, membership and CRM. Our team have built integrations with the API into our current CMS as well as adding extra features to the white label checkout process.
Every year we release a new version on the Summer Exhibition Explorer, a rails-based app that allows users to view and purchase artworks in that year’s exhibition. There’s been a huge growth in online purchases and we look to maximise that growth as well as adding new features each year.
There are a number of other projects ranging from a tool to manage artworks lent to the RA for exhibitions through to how information is shown in digital screens around the building.
The team uses modern tech tools and processes and has some of the feel of a small start-up, with the benefit of working in an established and respected institution.
Technical skills and experience
Art. World. Jobs.