1944 - Curator of Contemporary Forms of Slavery

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Posted: 21/11/2019 11:13
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £25,034
Location: International Slavery Museum
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 19/12/2019 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan Scheme, Employee Discount Benefits
Job Type: Permanent [A]

WANT TO JOIN A CREATIVE, ETHICAL, AND INCLUSIVE MUSEUM TEAM PROMOTING SOCIAL JUSTICE?

Curator of Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The International Slavery Museum ISM in Liverpool opened in 2007 and has seen over 4.5 million visitors. As part of our ongoing commitment to raising awareness of contemporary forms of slavery and enslavement we are seeking an exceptional person to join us on our journey; a Curator of Contemporary Forms of Slavery, working with the Head of the International Slavery Museum and Curator of Transatlantic Slavery and Legacies.

We are embarking on the next phase of our journey, a transformational project which will redevelop the current display galleries and open the iconic Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. building on the Royal Albert Dock as the Museum’s front door. 

Working closely with NGO’s, government, law enforcement, academics and communities the post holder will be responsible for researching, and developing content for the display galleries, exhibitions and public programming on contemporary forms of slavery including (but not limited to) forced labour, domestic servitude, sexual slavery and human trafficking.

It will be a unique, rewarding and challenging role which allow a great degree of creative thinking, independence and innovation.

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

Main Activities

Reporting to Head of the International Slavery Museum you will:

  • Provide curatorial care for items within the specialist area of responsibility. Principally ISM collections relating to contemporary forms of slavery (e.g. forced labour, debt bondage, child exploitation and slavery, domestic servitude, sexual slavery, human trafficking, and servile forms of marriage).
  • Work with colleagues from across NML and external organisations, academics, groups and individuals to develop and deliver a range of exhibitions, displays, research projects and public programmes which attract and engage audiences.
  • Work closely with diverse audiences and community stakeholders (e.g. survivors groups) to develop new ways of programming and collecting.
  • 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.  Consequently 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.

Employee Specification: Curator of Contemporary Forms of Slavery

    Essential Desirable
Qualifications 5 GCSE’s or equivalent grades A-C   D
  Degree in relevant subject   D
  Post-graduate qualification in museum or heritage related subject.   D
Experience Previous museum experience within curatorial role   D
  Working with communities E  
  Experience in interpreting collections and stories for visitors E  
  Collections management and documentation procedures   D
  Management of staff/volunteers   D
Knowledge, skills and abilities Excellent IT skills, especially use of databases, Microsoft programmes E  
  Knowledge of and interest in contemporary forms of slavery E  
  Interest in diversity, under-represented/hidden histories and the Liverpool Black community   D
  Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team E  
  Self-motivation and organisational skills E  
  Ability to work under pressure and to balance multiple priorities E  
  Excellent communication skills (written and oral) E  

 



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