Assistant Manager (Programmes)

  • Location - Singapore, Singapore
  • Job type - Full Time
  • Salary - Unspecified
National Gallery Singapore Published 2 years ago

National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution which oversees the worlds largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore, in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments – City Hall and former Supreme Court – that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting 64,000 square metre venue. Reflecting Singapores unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery aims to be a progressive museum that creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. This is reflected in our collaborative research, education, long-term and special exhibitions, and innovative programming. The Gallery also works with international museums such as Centre Pompidou, Muse d’Orsay, Tate Britain, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a key node in the global visual arts scene.

In 2020, the Gallery was the only museum in Southeast Asia that received a ranking in The Art Newspapers annual global survey of attendance at art museums, taking 20th place. It was the first museum in Asia to receive the Children in Museums Award by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums in 2018. The Gallery also won the awards for Best Theme Attraction at TTG Travel Awards 2017, Best Attraction Experience, Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism and Best Customer Service (Attractions) at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards in 2016 for its role in adding to the vibrancy of Singapores tourism landscape.

We offer job opportunities inour dynamic organisation. Working at the Gallery enhances and cultivates your love for the arts, andoffers you a chance to be part ofthe Gallery’svision.

DESIGNATION : Assistant Manager (Programmes)


In this full-time role, the candidate will be part of a team that realises the production, distribution and exhibition of films at the Gallery within a programming framework, in line with the institutions mission to create dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. The candidate will be responsible for co-creating and implementing film-related programmes in conjunction with the Gallerys exhibitions and festivals, as well as designing outreach programmes for different types of audiences.


  • Engage in local and international field research to co-create film programmes and conceptualise film projects to be commissioned in conjunction with the Gallerys exhibitions for public access. Content to be developed include rigorously curated film selections and related programming like post-screening dialogues, as well as moving image material such as films and artist interviews.
  • Employ film and sound editing skills to make audio-visual content for educational and promotional purposes.
  • Compile and finalise all pre- and post-screening projection content (e.g. slide shows, pre-recorded videos, trailers)
  • Procure and process payments for films and other programme-related goods and services (e.g. travel arrangements for guest speakers, post-production services, equipment rental).
  • Assist in the distribution of Gallery-commissioned films, by carrying out tasks such as the preparation and courier of films and press kits for external exhibitors, receipt of distribution fees, compiling screening history etc.
  • Liaise with Gallery website developers to create channels for film-related content and conduct regular content updates and reviews.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to design outreach programmes for new audiences (e.g. interest groups, schools, corporates) and supply differentiated content adapted for their communities and platforms (e.g. print, website, social media).
  • Cultivate the Gallerys existing film interest group by developing programmes to further engage and involve this community in the Gallerys work.
  • Conduct surveys/focus groups and collate results for analysis.
  • Assume a film producer role, by carrying out tasks such as resolving production issues as they arise, obtaining permits and other clearance documents for shoots, managing format transfers and conversions for screening onsite and online etc.
  • Coordinate film traffic and projection by securing on-time receipt of all films and media, including KDMs for encrypted DCPs, liaising with projection staff to quality check presentation, and arrange for timely shipping of films to their next destination, resolving customs and print issues with film contacts as they arise.
  • Provide detailed projection schedules and ensure the smooth delivery of screening events, liaising with operations staff on logistical requirements and supplying information for preparatory work like venue set-up and rehearsals.
  • Compile and finalise all publicity material by securing on-time receipt of press kit collateral from film contacts, and liaise with designers and copyeditors to produce programme and branding collateral.
  • Liaise with operations staff to prepare the venues for screening, by carrying out tasks such as booking venues, obtaining necessary clearances for the installation and maintenance of screening equipment.
  • Review and implement the procedures for front-of-house duties like ushering, ticket checks, ensuring Safe Management Measures are adhered to based on public health advisories at the time, supervising a team of volunteers and staff involved.
  • Liaise with ticketing staff to create and manage ticketing modules for public screenings.


  • At least five years of relevant work experience in film or arts programming, with proven track record in creating content related to the moving image for the general public.
  • Degree in film studies/production or equivalent arts-related field, with extensive knowledge of film and modern art history, as well as training or experience in making and producing film.
  • Intellectual rigour, as evidenced in past programmes, matched with a conscientious attitude that sees the candidate following all tasks through to completion.
  • Demonstrably detail-oriented, prioritising accuracy guided by a sense of personal integrity.
  • A team player with excellent work ethic who has managed several well-organised projects involving large teams simultaneously.
  • Self-directed learner and problem solver who exhibits maturity and presence of mind in remaining productive under deadline pressures.
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English, as well as excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is essential, as is familiarity with film exhibition formats and knowledge of film production or editing.
  • Cultural sensitivity and empathy for diverse communities.
  • Availability to work on evenings, weekends and public holidays when set-up for and execution of programmes necessitate it.

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