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Web Developer

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Museums and Institutions, Digital
   Location: London
   Salary: Up to £38,570
Experience: Mid Level
  Organisation: Royal academy of Arts
Deadline: 08/03/2020

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 world-class programme of exhibitions, including David Hockney RA: A Bigger PictureAnselm KieferAi Weiwei, Antony Gormley and our forthcoming Picasso and Paper.

This is a particularly exciting time in our history. Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA’s masterplan for the redevelopment of our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair has now been realised, uniting our two buildings and providing Burlington Gardens with refurbished galleries, a state-of-the-art auditorium, new public spaces and a dedicated collections gallery. The General Assembly of Royal Academicians elected Rebecca Salter as their new President in December 2019, the first woman to hold that office in our 251-year history.

We are an innovative and forward-looking organisation, yet we’re also immensely proud and respectful of our heritage. Our mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists, and we are leaders in exhibiting, creating and debating the visual arts and architecture.


About this position

We are looking for a developer to join our small internal team as we work on updating and consolidating our digital estate. You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of products, from our high-traffic public website and exhibition and ticketing micro-sites, to our internal organisational tools. You will be working in an agile and collaborative environment, alongside two developers and a technical lead, digital product managers, content creators and other members of the IT and digital teams.

Our primary development stack consists of Ruby on Rails hosted on AWS. Our applications use a variety of JavaScript libraries and part of our upgrade work will be to migrate our front-end to React. This is a great opportunity to work with the implementation of new technologies, and be involved in framework and design pattern decisions, on a proven product.

We have big digital ambitions, and as a privately funded, independent charity, we are prepared to invest to make those ambitions a reality. If you think you can help, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please note this is an initial 12-month fixed-term contract.


About you

To be successful in your application you will have the relevant training and/or experience in web development with a strong understanding of Ruby or other similar object-oriented programming language. You will be a whizz with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and have experience using GIT for source control. You don’t have to have experience of the art world but an empathy with the RA’s values and aims, and a good understanding of our users and their interests and needs, will be helpful.


What benefits do we offer?

  • We offer a very generous pension scheme, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme.
  • In addition to 25 days’ holiday and 8 public holidays each year, we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff further paid leave.
  • We encourage staff to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site. We also have a staff choir, staff gallery and running and craft clubs.
  • Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York, enabling you to enter for free with your staff pass.


How to apply
To apply for this position, candidates must complete an application form. For further information about this role, and to find our application form, visit our website at:

Closing date for applications:         8 March 2020 (midnight)

Interviews to be held:                       w/c 9 March 2020






JOB TITLE:                Web Developer

DEPARTMENT:          Digital

REPORTS TO:           Technical Lead



  • To work with the RA’s Digital teams to carry out IT and web development and enhancement for the Royal Academy’s systems.
  • To work in an agile team and deliver work quickly and to a high quality after every sprint period.



  • To design, write and fix code in collaboration with Technical Lead and the rest of the team, always respecting any guidelines and architectural features as may be specified and agreed upon.
  • To work directly with product managers and end users (internal and external) as required to ensure functionality delivered matches user expectations
  • To take an active part in development team discussions; from technical planning through to weekly sprint reviews.
  • Comply with all relevant Health & Safety policies, procedures and regulations and takes appropriate and reasonable care for the safety of colleagues and visitors to the Academy.
  • Undertake any other duty which may be allocated by the Technical Lead, Digital Director or other senior officer.



Essential skills

  • Training, or relevant experience, in web application development.
  • Understanding of Ruby or similar object-oriented programming language.
  • Ability to implement accurate and responsive designs using HTML, CSS & JavaScript
  • Experience using GIT for source control.

Preferred skills

  • Ruby on Rails.
  • MySQL.
  • React.
  • AWS.
  • REST APIs.
  • TDD/BDD testing frameworks.
  • Code refactoring.
  • Security best-practices.
  • Accessible design and current standards.
  • Optimising code for content-rich, high-volume traffic websites.

Personal Qualities

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and well organised.
  • Willingness to learn and commit to continuous professional development.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of an agile team, estimating work accurately and delivering within timelines.
  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly with developers, product managers and non-technical staff.
  • Ability and interest in mentoring and sharing your knowledge with the team.

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