Head of Collections – Powell-Cotton Museum

Job Title: Head of Collections
Salary: £36,000
Hours: Full time
Term: Permanent
Location: Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH
Closing date: 12:00 pm 22 November 2023

We are looking for a new senior team member, Head of Collections, to lead our collections team, whose work covers curatorial, collections management, conservation, and exhibitions.

The Head of Collections is responsible for all aspects of managing and delivering these activities and driving forward work to deliver the strategic vision of the museum – ‘people matter’ – meeting the three strategic objectives of ‘Financial Sustainability’, ‘Collections Sustainability’ and ‘Impact, Inclusion and Diversity’.

You will be a team player who can work with the other members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) to improve and expand cross-departmental work on projects and manage day-to-day activities.   You will have a flexible, pragmatic approach to work, be a keen problem solver, and be proactive and confident working with colleagues across the museum, and a wide variety of external stakeholders including origin and diaspora communities.

You will have excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines, develop the specialist team, manage creative and practical projects and departmental resources, and prioritize correctly and in line with the wider goals of the Museum. You will need a commitment to driving forward change as we deliver the activities of our new strategic plan over the next five years.

Training: A Professional Development Plan will be agreed with the Director. This will include training, mentoring and new professional opportunities.

Start/end date: This post is permanent. A six-month probationary review period applies for all new staff.

Closing Date for Application: 12noon Wednesday 22 November

Interview Date: Wednesday 6 December

Interview type: Interviews will be in person where possible. We offer reasonable adjustments as required.

The interview will include a traditional question style, a presentation by you, and a walk and talk where you will meet other colleagues.

Reasonable interview expenses will be paid.

If you are selected for interview the questions, and your presentation theme will be sent out in advance.

Sponsorship: The Powell-Cotton Trust does not have a sponsorship licence.  Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the right to work in the UK.

How to Apply: Download a job pack from https://powell-cottonmuseum.org/support-us/work-with-us/ CV’s will not be accepted.

Please return the completed application form to enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org or post to Director, Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, CT7 0BH

For an informal discussion concerning this post contact Catriona West, Director.  Email: catriona.west@powell-cottonmuseum.org or tel 01843 842168. Ext 833 or Nigel Lewis, CEO.  Email: nigel.lewis@powell-cottontrust.org