Head Curator

Head Curator
Employer: London Transport Museum
Salary: Circa salary £40,000 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
Location: London

Purpose
To manage the Curatorial Department, to plan and implement the strategic development, care and interpretation of the Museum’s Collections and Knowledge to recognised professional standards which meet the Museum’s aims and objectives, and Transport for London’s corporate and service requirements.
The role involves work at all Museum sites including Covent Garden, Acton Depot and the Museum website as well as working at off-site locations including TfL premises, heritage vehicle operations, touring exhibition and partner institutions

1. Manage the Museum’s Collections, Images and Knowledge resources in accordance with best professional practice as defined by Arts Council England (ACE) and Museums Association (MA) to ensure compliance with recognised national sector standards such as the Accreditation and Designation schemes.
2. Plan and implement a collections development strategy in accordance with the Museum’s Collecting Policy to ensure best practice in the sustainable expansion, care and use of the Collections, including acquisition, documentation, storage, conservation, research, display, loans, operation and (occasionally) disposal.
3. Plan, develop and manage projects to improve access, interpretation and engagement with the Museum’s Collections, Images and Knowledge for the widest possible audience in accordance with the Museum’s aims and objectives.
4. Lead the Curatorial Department, preparing and implementing the annual departmental plan and represent the department to the Senior Management Team (SMT) with the Assistant Director Collections and Engagement and on cross-departmental project groups within the Museum and TfL.
5. Plan, research, write and produce authoritative content for exhibition, publication and collections development projects in conjunction with internal and external partners.
6. Develop and maintain an expert knowledge of urban transport and its significance in London’s history and development past, present and future, using this to interpret and communicate the Museum’s collections and themes through a variety of media.
7. Represent the Museum and develop productive relationships with professional groups, stakeholders and external bodies within the culture, heritage and transport sectors such as the London Museums Hub, MLA, MA, Subject Specialist Networks, Universities and Further/Higher Education Institutions, and the Transport and Design industries.
8. Train, develop and share knowledge with colleagues as part of a learning culture which values continuous improvement and staff development across the museum. This will include working front of house at least once a month


Knowledge
• Education to degree level or equivalent experience
• Recognised museum qualification or commitment to undertake appropriate CPD/study training towards AMA or equivalent
• Up to date knowledge and awareness of developments and issues in the museum sector
• Personal membership of the Museums Association (MA) is encouraged and staff are expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics drawn up by the MA in 2002.
• Highly computer literate
• The post holder would be required to have obtained the APM Introductory Project Management Certificate or commitment to undertake training.
• Good understanding of Budgetary control and management


Skills
• Able to work on own initiative without supervision
• Enthusiastic, confident, and self-motivated team worker with good interpersonal skills, attention to detail and ability to lead teams and individuals
• Flexible and able to demonstrate a commitment to the broader objectives of the Curatorial Department and the Museum
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships, influence behavioural change and engage with stakeholders at all levels up to and including senior executives.
• Can work under pressure, manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines

Experience
• Extensive experience of working in a museum or related cultural/heritage sector environment.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in delivering projects which meet current Museum sector standards in collections management, care and presentation.
• Experience of computerised databases and museum information management systems.
• Experience of staff and project management.
• Experience in planning, researching, commissioning, writing and producing exhibitions and publications.

Benefits
• Final salary pension scheme
• Free travel pass (oyster card)
• A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan
• 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
• Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional)
• Tax-efficient childcare payments
• Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
• Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
• Discounted Eurostar travel

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