2002 - Project Lead (International Slavery Museum)

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Posted: 10/01/2020 11:59
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £39,063
Location: International Slavery Museum
Level: Specialist
Deadline: 28/05/2020 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan Scheme, Employee Discount Benefits
Job Type: Fixed Term [F]

This post is fixed term for 18 months from appointment.

We may remove this advert prior to the closing date, if we have received high volume of applications. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment

Are you searching for a job that makes a difference?

In this role you will lead on the development of the International Slavery Museum.

Our project has at its heart International Slavery Museum’s slogan: WE REMEMBER. WE ACT. Our vision is to ignite a change in ideas and actions around slavery by transforming the International Slavery Museum’s space, content and engagement. We will use the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building to create a new entrance, and strong physical presence, for the International Slavery Museum (ISM). A community-led model of working with Black communities and survivors of modern slavery will develop the project and co-produce the content, learning and engagement programme around themes of slavery, human rights, social justice, racism and discrimination. ISM will speak with the voices of those who are most deeply affected by historic and contemporary slavery. Its impact will reach from Liverpool to have resonance and build audiences nationally and internationally.

National Museums Liverpool is a group of very different and wide-ranging museums and galleries; established more than 150 years ago as a complement and counterbalance to the museums in London, and brought together in 1986 as a nationally-funded group as a symbol of hope and regeneration and because of the global importance of our collections.

We are eight exceptional museums and galleries, sharing important stories from ancient times to today through more than four million objects and attracting more than three million visitors a year. An organisation with a strong educational purpose, we also strive to be the most inclusive museums service in the country, offering memorable experiences that are for everyone.

If you are a team player with purpose, integrity and energy who wants to make a difference then this could be the role for you. You will take the lead and project management responsibility for the transformation of the International Slavery Museum. For this role you will need to be a collaborator with effective interpersonal skills. You will be a strong project manager who has the skills to develop and deliver all aspects of a major capital project with many stakeholders.

Purpose and Objectives

To lead and project manage the development and delivery of the International Slavery Museum’s major expansion project which is key to NML’s Waterfront Masterplan.

To lead the internal project team and work closely with the Head of the International Slavery Museum and other colleagues/departments to deliver the transformation of the International Slavery Museum (ISM).

To lead on including communities in all aspects of the project by ensuring that ISM is a place for voices to be heard, stories to be told and new ways of participation created.

To work strategically to develop connections and partnerships that will enhance the project, ISM and NML.

To provide all information for external and internal support and approvals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Develop the project vision, design briefs, participative working methodology, content/research, learning and engagement programmes throughout the lifetime of the project.

Project manage an agile team to deliver the ISM project.

Manage all aspects of project management within the NML project management framework including providing the content for gateway sign-offs across stakeholders within the organisation.

Work with colleagues to manage stakeholder engagement including funders, community organisations, NGOs and across Government Departments by preparing project information (for example for the five-case model and other gateway processes).

Make participation and inclusion the core of the project by developing partnerships and plans to ensure that ISM has the widest participation, engagement and impact possible.

Ensure community and stakeholder input into all design processes for the building, its facilities, exhibitions and learning programmes by developing all content and programme through the model of co-production.

Link to national and international initiatives to encourage participation and audience development.

Use the ISM project as a catalyst to transform how we engage with the history (of transatlantic slavery, Liverpool’s Black presence and BAME representation in our staff and audiences) throughout NML and Liverpool

Support the development of research with partners such as the University of Liverpool and our joint Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS).

Ensure that we make the most of NML’s collections, other national collections/archives, and dispersed community collections by linking collection development projects that include engagement with our major archives.

Develop linked partnership projects to include volunteering, training, paid community internships and apprenticeships.

Within NML, work closely with

Head of International Slavery Museum (who leads on content, research and collections)

Head of Learning & Participation (who leads on learning programme development and community engagement)

Head of Merseyside Maritime Museum (the development of the International Slavery Museum is co-located with Maritime Museum Liverpool and inextricably linked to our overall Waterfront Masterplan project)

Head of Capital Programme and major projects team to ensure that the development of the International Slavery Museum is coordinated within NML’s masterplan and estates strategy

Capital Campaigns Manager and other colleagues in the development office team (fundraising and stakeholder management)

Colleagues from across NML departments

Finance, reconciling all funding and spending applied to the project

Uphold NML’s values day to day by demonstrating commitment to the organisation’s Behaviours Framework

Exhibit the values of Trust, Respect and Inclusion in all interactions, evidenced by being:


Innovative and ethical


Building capability and agility amongst colleagues

Practicing accountability

Achieving results.

Adhere to the standards expected of all public services as defined by the HM Treasury publication “Managing Public Money”. Those standards are honesty, impartiality, accountability, openness, accuracy, reliability, transparency, objectivity, integrity and fairness. These standards should be carried out in the spirit of, as well as the letter of, the law; in the public interest; to high ethical standards and achieving value for money.

Contribute to the management, discussion and communication of risk as appropriate to your role.  Ensure you follow, adhere to and implement (where appropriate) effective controls for policies, processes and systems within your department, directorate and for the organisation. 

Assist with the supervision of volunteers and work placement students, undertaking periodic appraisal and facilitating their training in association with IS staff and NML’s HR team.

Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.

Manage National Museum Liverpool’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, National Museums Liverpool’s access and Safeguarding policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines.

Take responsibility for personally participating in the Performance Development & Review process (PDR).

Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.

Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.

Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change. National Museums Liverpool will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.


Role Specification: Project Lead - International Slavery Museum

Payband 7

    Essential Desirable
Qualifications Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience E  
  Project Management Qualification   D
  Membership of relevant professional body   D
Experience A successful track record of delivering museum or similar projects (capital, exhibition, engagement) E  
  A successful track record in community engagement and participation E  
  Involvement in leading a programme, consisting of multiple projects E  
  Budget and contract management at a senior level E  
  Managing and motivating diverse teams E  
Knowledge, skills and abilities Leadership – able to direct and manage a team E  
  Good judgement – able to consider options and assess the best way to approach a complex situation E  
  Clear communicator – able to convey important information concisely and in a manner that will maintain good, cooperative relations E  
  Skilled negotiator – able to understand another’s point of view and offer solutions that will enable all parties to achieve their aims safely E  
  Confidence and authority – able to develop support and not easily undermined E  


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