1932 - Head of Collections Care

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Posted: 16/08/2019 15:49
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £39,063
Location: Various
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 10/10/2019 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan Scheme
Job Type: Permanent [A]

We are looking to recruit a colleague who will champion the care of National Museums Liverpool’s outstanding collection.  You will be forward thinking, innovative, inspiring and experienced in delivering change while building a collaborative and high-performing team. You’ll maintain and develop NML’s role in the sector and direct the great work of our Collections Care team, representing them internally and externally.

This is an exciting time to join NML and to take the lead in caring for our national collection. Attracting more than 3 million visitors a year, we are eight exceptional museums and galleries, sharing important stories from ancient times to today through our four million objects. 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, challenging expectations.
We have ambitious plans for our museums and galleries, our displays, our exhibitions and for a new collections store.  We need someone to contribute to and help develop these exciting initiatives, someone who’ll provide great leadership and foster a strong team culture for our collections care colleagues.

You’ll play a key role in making our collection more accessible as well as safeguarding it for the future. Prioritising and aligning activities to support our Strategic Plan, you’ll provide direction for conservation, registration, collections storage, documentation standards and technical support.


Purpose and objectives

  • Ensure the best possible care and management of NML’s national collections
  • Ensure best practice and standards across all NML’s Collections Care activity
  • Provide inspiring leadership for the Collections Care team
  • Provide clear strategic direction, planning, resource and risk management for the Collections Care area
  • Build a strong team culture while driving forward positive change

Main duties

  • Lead on the development and implementation of all collections care/ management policies, strategies, plans and processes
  • Lead on the development and implementation on organisation-wide awareness training on all aspects of collections care
  • Ensure access to the collections by collaborating on plans for exhibitions, displays, major projects, public programmes, commercial events, digitisation.
  • Work with H&S colleagues to ensure that all Collections Care staff and practices adhere to current Health and Safety requirements
  • Work with Security colleagues to ensure best practice in terms of collections security.
  • Communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders and collaborate with NML’s Leadership and Senior

Management Teams

  • Contribute to fundraising and other income generating initiatives
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of organisation wide initiatives, policies and plans
  • Represent NML across the museum sector
  • Contribute to the development of collections related partnership working with national and local museums, universities and other partners
  • Provide development opportunities for apprentices, volunteers, students and professionals through placements, internships and programmes

General duties

  • A commitment to 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.
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Adhere to National Museums Liverpool’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, National Museums Liverpool’s access and Safeguarding policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines.
  • 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 Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
  • Take responsibility for personally participating in the Performance Development & Review process.
  • 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.  Consequently NML may revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.


Personal Specification

 

 

Desirable

Essential

Qualifications

Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience

 

E

 

Post-graduate qualification in a relevant subject

D

 

 

Membership of a relevant professional body

D

 

Experience

Proven leadership and people management skills with excellent time management

 

E

 

Significant experience of developing a high performing, integrated, and multi-disciplinary team in a major museum or cultural organisation

 

E

 

A strong track record of senior level collections and/or conservation management in a major museum

 

E

 

Experience of implementing change in a major museum or cultural organisation

 

E

 

Experience of understanding and managing the broad range of collections care services and statutory requirements. Knowledge of contemporary principles and practice in conservation and collections management

 

E

 

Proven experience in the successful delivery of significant collections projects

 

E

 

Experience in emergency planning

 

E

 

Knowledge of environmental and health & safety considerations in museum collections

 

E

 

A good understanding of the need to increase commercial funding and entrepreneurship within the museum sector and an ability to facilitate this

 

E

 

Staff management with a diverse range of team members

 

E

 

Experience in resource, risk and budget management

 

E

 

Ability to set strategic goals and manage a range of activities

 

E

 

Highly developed written and spoken communication skills with the ability to engage a variety of audiences at all levels

 

E

 

Exceptional representational and diplomacy skills, ability to influence at all levels through persuasion and negotiation

 

E

Knowledge and skills

Drive and determination to achieve results

 

E

 

Excellent analytical and decision making skills

 

E

 

Creative, forward thinking, agile and proactive in problem-solving.

 

E

 

The ability to adapt to a changing environment

 

E

 

Knowledge and understanding of current developments and issues in the museum/collections care sector, both nationally and internationally

 



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