Development Assistant

Development Assistant – Kick Start Programme


For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Gilbert & George, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, restaurant and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round (opening subject to government guidelines), so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is taking part in the government initiative ‘Kick Start’ programme, and has 2 placements available. These are 6 months placements  and open ONLY to applicants coming through the Kick Start programme via DWP & Job Centers.


Development Assistant at the Whitechapel Gallery is an opportunity for the candidate to gain training, skills and experience in a specific aspect of the workings of a public gallery. The Development Assistant will work across all aspects of the Development Team, assisting fundraisers and providing an important administrative function. They will learn the functions and processes of a successful Development Department.

The Development Assistant reports to the Senior Development Manager, Individual Giving & Major Gifts.

 For further information, please download the Role Description.

Conditions of Work

  • Placement: 6 months, commencing 14th February 2022
  • Working pattern: 25 hours per week, across 3.5 days (Monday/ Tuesday/ Friday, with half day either Tuesday or Wednesday, TBC). If possible, occasional work outside these hours would be appreciated, with time off in lieu (TOIL) provided
  • Location: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX (office-based)
  • Wage: £10.85 gross per hour

To apply

Please send your CV and a supporting statement to by midnight 23rd January 2022.

Interviews will be held on 2nd February 2022.

We request no contact from agencies or media sales.

The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, ethnic minority, and/or disabled applicants as these groups are currently underrepresented in the Arts sector.

Charity number: 312162 Company number: 4093862



How to apply

  • Placement is ONLY available to applicants coming through the Kick Start programme via DWP & Job Centers.
  • Send your CV with a supporting statement saying why you are interested in this placement (no more than 250 words), to recruitment
  • Please also send a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form
  • Deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, 23rd January  2022