Visitor Assistant

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Job Ref.: 
MY / TG1319
Job Location: 
London SE1
Recruiting For: 
full and part time job positions
Job Duration: 
Exact Salary: 
£18,940 per annum
Salary and Benefits: 

This post is graded on Band 6L of the gallery’s pay scales.

An appointment to the full-time post will be made at the minimum of the band at £18,940 per annum.

Type of Contract

This appointment is offered on a permanent contract.

Working Hours

This post is offered on a full-time contract working 36 hours per week – Monday to Sunday in accordance with the Visitor Experience department 7-day Rota.  

Requests for part-time working will also be considered and can be discussed at interview stage.

Annual Leave and Public Holidays

Annual leave is 25 working days per annum rising to 27 working days per annum after three years’ service.  In addition, we offer paid time off for the 8 public holidays and 1 gallery day (on 24 December when the galleries are closed).

Pension Benefits

An important part of the pay and reward package we offer employees, is the option to join the Civil Service Pension arrangements.  These arrangements currently offer a choice of two types of pension.


Other Discretionary Benefits

  • Interest-free Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to Work scheme – enabling you to buy a bike in a tax efficient way, for travelling to and from work.
  • Rental deposit scheme – an interest free advance to help towards the cost of a deposit for privately rented accommodation
  • Subsidised staff catering arrangements and discounts in the gallery’s Restaurants and Cafes. 
  • Childcare Vouchers Scheme – offering savings on tax and national insurance.
  • Access to the gallery’s Benefits which offers access to discounts in high street stores.
  • Access to a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme to support you with any work, personal or family issues.  This includes telephone-based support, as well as comprehensive online resources.
  • Free entry to paying exhibitions at our Galleries. Opportunities for family and friends to visit the major exhibitions out–of-hours.
  • Discounts on items purchased in the our shops.
  • Free access to a number of other galleries and museums throughout the UK on production of a valid staff pass.
Number of vacancies: 
Job starts now: 
I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

Are you passionate about people?

This is your chance to make the experience for our visitors truly amazing. People come from all around the globe to see our world-famous galleries and high-profile exhibitions. You’ll make sure their visit is memorable for all the right reasons.

As a Visitor Assistant, you’ll work in a range of spaces every day at one of our two galleries in London.  You’ll be there to answer questions, provide information and advice. But that’s not all. We’ll expect you to take the initiative and spot appropriate opportunities to engage visitors in conversation, so they have every chance to make the most of their visit. Ultimately, you’ll make sure a trip to our gallery is a delight from start to finish. You’ll provide the kind of positive experience people love to talk about.

To thrive in this challenging role, you’ll need to be a real people person. Friendly, helpful, outgoing and enthusiastic, you love talking to people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. You want to provide amazing, informative experiences for all. You strive to make a difference.


Purpose of the Job:

To welcome visitors to the galleries and help them to enjoy their experience of our galleries and make the most of their visit.


Main Activities/Responsibilities:

Greet visitors in an approachable, professional and welcoming manner.

  • Be approachable in the galleries as the public face of our gallery and look for opportunities to engage visitors, and enable them to get the most out of their visit.
  • Provide general information to visitors about our  exhibitions and displays and promote the daily events, ticketing, catering and retail operations as appropriate.
  • Be aware of display items that need special care (ie vulnerable exhibits, exhibits with restricted access) and communicate and share this with visitors.
  • Support, implement and explain gallery rules and regulations as and when required.
  • Assist in the actions taken during major incidents and emergencies.
  • Assist in the clearing of the galleries at closing times and during any evacuation procedure.
  • Keep up to date with current exhibitions, collections information, daily events in the galleries and general tourist information.
  • Raise any incidents relating to art work security and building presentation as they arise using radios for communication as necessary and following agreed procedures for their resolution.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be directed from time to time by the Head of Visitor Experience, Senior Visitor Experience Manager, Duty Manager or Visitor Experience Manager.


Person Specification:


  • Passionate about offering outstanding customer care in a busy gallery environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrating the ability to talk to a wide range of people, engaging with them about Tate’s exhibitions and activities.
  • Able to work independently using own initiative showing a proactive, positive and flexible approach to work. Also, comfortable working as part of a team with the ability to build good working relationships with other departments to ensure the best possible customer care is delivered.
  • Ability to work under pressure. Using own initiative to identify problems and find solutions.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of the  collection, exhibitions and activities. Demonstrate a commitment to the work that we do.
  • An understanding of the principles of equality and diversity in relation to visitors’ needs.


  • Knowledge of another language, including British Sign Language.
  • Interest in galleries, museums, cultural and tourist activities.
  • Interest in art.


All positions are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • Receipt of satisfactory references covering the last 3 years of your employment or education.
  • Health clearance
  • A satisfactory Disclosure Check.
  • Proof that you are legally entitled to work in the UK

Diversity and Inclusion:

We want our workforce to be more representative of all sections of society at all levels in the organisation. The range of perspectives and experience diversity brings is an asset to our organisation and we want to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for visitors, artists and all those who work in our organsisation.. We expect all employees to contribute to this aim as part of their role.



Please forward your up to date CV to in the first instance and request an application form. 

The Closing Date for the completed application is the 1st July 2018

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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