Executive Assistant to the Director Designate

Discipline: Director's Office
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £48,000 - £50,000
Contact email: recruitment@nationaltheatre.org.uk
Job ref: 007583
Published: 29 days ago
Expiry date: 31 May 2024 12:00

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to the Director Designate to join the National Theatre Directors' Office.


The purpose of the role

The Executive Assistant to the Director Designate (EADD) will provide proactive, discreet, senior-level support within a busy office and theatre environment.


The EADD will support the Director Designate (DD) during their year of leadership transition and handover, prior to becoming Director and Joint CEO in Spring 2025. The EADD will enable the DD in delivering their role efficiently and effectively, focusing on significant and complex diary management to ensure smart and strategic prioritisation. They will source and / or draft research notes and briefings as needed; develop, implement, and maintain systems as necessary; support a collaborative and values-driven working atmosphere within a dynamic environment.


As an engaged and diplomatic communicator, they would act as first point of contact for all matters relating to the DD, working in partnership with colleagues in the Directors’ Office, Senior Leadership Team, and more widely across the organisation, as well as with artists and external parties. The EADD would be trusted to support or lead on projects as required, and act as an effective bridge for all relevant communications to ensure Executive awareness and involvement as necessary.

The successful candidate will have the following: 

  • Experience in an assistant role within an Executive-level environment in the arts sector
  • Exceptional administrative skills, with a focus complex and strategic diary management
  • Excellent communication (in all mediums), interpersonal, and organisational skills, including building and maintaining key relationships in a senior space
  • Understanding of and experience in navigating production schedules, and working with creative / artistic professionals at all levels
  • Skilled multi-tasker - both independently and within a team - with ability to adjust to varied deadlines and manage expectations accordingly

If that sounds like you, this may be the role for you!


N.B. this role is based on-site at the National Theatre (SE1)


Download the Job Description here. 

Working with us will give you…

  • Complimentary staff tickets for shows and NT Talks and Events, subject to availability and policy.

  • Discounts in the NT’s bars, cafes, restaurants, and bookshop, as well as in local businesses (from Wagamama to local childcare providers & gyms on and around the South Bank)

  • Access to interest-free season ticket loan and Cyclescheme partnership

  • Pension schemes with Legal & General and NEST

  • Sabbatical option, subject to agreement and policy

  • Generous sick pay

  • Family-friendly employer with supporting policies

  • Hybrid and flexible working, subject to agreement and policy

  • Training and Development Programme via e-learning platform, and specialist in-person training relating to role.

  • On-site Occupational Health and welfare support

  • Free-to-access Employee Assistance Programme, enabling counselling and mental wellbeing support, financial and legal advice, and advice on caring responsibilities.

  • On-site staff canteen and bar

  • Staff networks including Amplified: The Ethnically Diverse Network; Disability Staff Network; LGBTQ+ Network; Parents and Parents & Carers Network

  • The NT is also a member of Parents and Carers in the Performing Arts (PiPA)

Please note 


The closing date for the receipt of a completed application is Friday 31st May  2024 at 12 noon.


We support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.


If you would like to speak to someone about any adjustments or have any questions you can email recruitment@nationaltheatre.org.uk and we will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements.


People Department 2024