Deputy Director, Museum of Liverpool

Deputy Director
Museum of Liverpool

Payband: 7 £39,584
Hours: 37 hours
Established
Interviews to be held on Friday 18 November 2016

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Just like Liverpool’s celebrated football teams and cathedrals, we want two! We are excited to be recruiting for a second Deputy Director at the Museum of Liverpool. This new role will take an external focus to develop a broad network of contacts in the spheres of sport, music and performance to enhance the Museum of Liverpool’s events, collections, exhibitions and overall programming. The opportunities are immense. Liverpool has UNESCO status as a City of Music and as a World Heritage Site, is about to celebrate 10 years since being European Capital of Culture (2018) and plans to bid for the Commonwealth Games (2026).

So if you’re dancing, we’re asking! If you know your music from Billy Fury to The Beatles, OMD to Circa Waves, we want you to help us to work collaboratively and make sustainable links across the Liverpool City Region with brilliant partners to deliver innovative programming. You’ll be busy… the culture, heritage and community scenes are buzzing with festivals, projects, museums, galleries and ideas. By creating events and content you’ll enable the Museum of Liverpool to become a key focus of activity. You’ll also be responsible for curating the collections relating to sport, music and performance which include the important Liverpool Voices oral histories.

The Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011 and since then our city history museum has become a well-loved addition to National Museums Liverpool (NML), welcoming more than 4.5 million visitors.

Please follow the link to read our latest annual report which details NML’s mission and values as well as recent achievements:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/about/corporate/annual-review/annual-review-2015-16.asp

Purpose of the role:

Reporting to the Director of Museum of Liverpool & Merseyside Maritime Museum, the post holder will:

  • Develop a broad network of contacts in the spheres of sport, music and performance to enhance the Museum of Liverpool’s collections, exhibitions and overall programme. The opportunities are immense. Liverpool has: UNESCO status as a City of Music and as a World Heritage Site and is about to celebrate 10 years of European Capital of Culture (2018) and plans to bid for the Commonwealth Games (2026).
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to deliver innovative programming for the Museum of Liverpool and, on occasions, at other NML venues.
  • Make sustainable links across the Liverpool City Region including to festivals, museums/galleries and other partner organisations to develop content and programmes to enable the Museum of Liverpool to become a key focus of activity.
  • Be responsible for curating the collections relating to the themes of sport, music and performance as well as the important Liverpool Voices oral history collection.
  • Work with the Director and Deputy Director of the Museum of Liverpool and the curatorial teams to make the Urban History and Regional Archaeology collections accessible to the broadest audience and promote excellent service to the public.
  • To provide management support to the Museum of Liverpool liaising with colleagues across NML to ensure that it operates effectively as a public venue while also having the responsibility for making the most of partnership and income-generating opportunities
  • Assist the Director in managing the division and provide, alongside the Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool, senior management to the Museum of Liverpool curatorial team ensuring that collections are appropriately cared for and used in line with professional standards.
  • Deputise for the Director as required.
  • Work with colleagues across the waterfront site to provide robust cover and support to the Director in providing a consistently high quality of visitor experience at the waterfront museums to service the needs of the 3 major waterfront museums (Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool and associated buildings/open space) and about 2 million visitors per year.
  • Manage and develop curatorial research programmes to provide a programme of exhibitions and events at the venue including in partnerships with other academic institutions, businesses, community organisations and individuals.
  • Support income generation at the Museum of Liverpool through assisting with fundraising, trading and commercial opportunities.
  • Contribute to and support the delivery of the strategic plan and policies of NML.
  • Raise the profile of the museums and enhance National Museums Liverpool’s professional standing within the museums community nationally and internationally.

Key tasks:

  • To maintain an external-focus by developing partnerships across the Liverpool City Region including for example with Culture Liverpool, the major festivals, museums/galleries and organisations.
  • To develop, curate and produce an out of hours events programme to include film, performance, theatre, music and talks.
  • To be responsible to the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum for the management of assigned staff in the Museum of Liverpool curatorial team to ensure high levels of performance in line with corporate objectives.
  • To manage and maintain, alongside the Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool, the Urban History and Regional Archaeology collections to ensure that appropriate standards of care are maintained and that the collections are developed in line with collecting plans and audit requirements.
  • To manage the collections, and any loans-in, relating to the themes of sport, music and performance as well as the Liverpool Voices oral history collection.
  • To develop a specialist knowledge of Liverpool’s sport, music, popular music and performance histories and use to create exhibitions, events and other programmes.
  • To develop and encourage oral history collecting and use of first person testimony.
  • To provide advice on loans and acquisitions.
  • To contribute to and support the overall management of the waterfront museums providing advice and support to the Director and acting as a member of the management team for the 3 waterfront venues.
  • To assist in the efficient management of the division and contribute to the divisional plan.
  • To manage curatorial work programmes to ensure the exploitation of the collections for public benefit through exhibitions, public programmes and events, research activity and publications with a broad public appeal with tangible public outputs and that many exhibitions are generated from NML collections.
  • To maintain a close view of the Museum of Liverpool as a public venue and liaise with colleagues in Estates, Visitor Services, Education, IS, Exhibitions and Trading to ensure the highest standards of visitor experience and customer care.
  • To explore and develop partnership opportunities to enhance the work of the division including with universities and other academic institutions, businesses, relevant organisations and community groups.
  • To manage the allocated budget to ensure that Financial Regulations are met and that resources are appropriately deployed in line with corporate priorities and projects and the agreed budget in year.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Relationships

  • Working closely with the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool to advise upon and assist in developing the Museum of Liverpool and its Urban History and Regional Archaeology collections.
  • Working closely with the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool to develop the collections, and inward loans for exhibitions, relating to sport, music, popular music and performance.
  • Developing opportunities for partnerships for exhibitions and programmes relating to the subjects of sport, music and performance.
  • Working with external colleagues in Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Biennial as well as organisations, businesses and museums/galleries across the Liverpool City Region to develop joint projects/programmes/events.
  • Linking the Museum of Liverpool with existing oral history networks and collections.
  • Working with colleagues in collections services, conservation and other curatorial divisions on matters regarding the care and treatment of NML’s collections.
  • Working as part of the waterfront venues management team to maintain a high quality of service and presentation across the three waterfront museums.
  • Working with colleagues in Estates, IS and Visitor Services to ensure that the Museum of Liverpool is well-maintained and a safe and secure venue for visitors and staff.
  • Working with colleagues in Exhibitions and Education to ensure a vibrant and diverse public offer in the Museum of Liverpool and to maximise audience potential as resources allow
  • Working with colleagues in Marketing and Communications to ensure that the venues appeal to the broadest public and that PR opportunities are maximised.
  • Working with colleagues in Fundraising and Development to assist in fundraising.
  • Working with colleagues in NML Trading to support income generation through hiring, tours and activity.
  • Working with Exhibitions to support opportunities for the generation of income from touring exhibitions utilising NML collections
  • Working with colleagues in Finance to manage and monitor the allocated budget.
  • Support and develop partnership opportunities both regionally, nationally and internationally to develop exhibitions and programmes for our audiences.

2. Representation

  • Deputises for the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum internally and externally as required. For example the post holder will take a lead on our relationship with Culture Liverpool and the events team at Liverpool City Council.
  • Develops key regional partnerships through relevant representation.
  • Attends key internal meetings including for example: Senior Management Team, Performance Assessment Group, XForum (exhibition programming), Capital Projects Steering Group, and others as may be required from time to time

3. Problem solving and decision making

  • The Deputy Director is expected to deal with complex problems requiring robust solutions.
  • The Deputy Director is able to make operational decisions and implement solutions in line with the divisional plan, forward job plans and operational requirements
  • The Deputy Director is authorised to make financial transactions, in line with Financial Guidance Notes up to the delegated limit of £10,000.
  • The Deputy Director is expected to seek authority from the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum and follow agreed processes for expenditure and resource commitments.

4. Staff Management

PB5 x 2 (externally-funded projects)

PB3/4 x 1

Externally-funded posts and other curators/staff as required for projects/programmes.

5. Resource management

Working closely with the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum the role requires management and monitoring of staff and budget resources at a hands-on detailed level.

Budget responsibility:

Delegated running budget for the Museum of Liverpool is agreed annually.

Delegated signing authorisation individual transactions up to £10,000

In addition to the financial resource the postholder is also responsible for the following significant assets:

Collections responsibility:

Responsible for the care, research and development of NML’s internationally important collections of:  specifically the themes of sport, music and performance and the Liverpool Voices oral history collection (all aspects of the broader Urban History collection) .

Venue responsibility:

Alongside the Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool: Museum of Liverpool, Pilotage Building (staff offices and base for the team), Piermaster’s House and thus up to 1 million visitors per year

6. Expertise/Specialist Knowledge

  • Degree essential in appropriate academic discipline
  • Museum postgraduate qualification or 5 years+ experience of curating and managing collections, conservation, documentation, programmes
  • Significant experience of programming in a museum or gallery setting (events, exhibitions, late night openings)
  • Subject specialist research experience (sport and music are the main subjects we require and we are also interested in performance and oral history)
  • Sound knowledge of museum ethics
  • Team leadership
  • Staff management and managing change
  • Financial management
  • Proven experience of developing partnerships and delivery of audience-focussed public programmes

7. Strategic Influence

The post holder contributes to the development of the divisional plan in close consultation with the Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum and advises and informs upon the operational impacts of corporate initiatives upon the operations of the division and venue.

As one of the Deputy Directors for Museum of Liverpool the post holder develops programmes to attract audiences to the Museum working together with colleagues from Education, Exhibitions, Marketing and Communications and NML Trading.

8. Freedom to act

Freedom to operate within the delegated revenue budget or specific project budgets.

Individual transaction signing limit of £10,000.

Day to day management of the staff resource and individual staff work programmes are within the post holder’s control.

Actively seeks out new opportunities and makes recommendations to the Director of Museum of Liverpool & Merseyside Maritime Museum as required.

  • 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.

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.

Qualifications

Appropriate university degree. Essential

Postgraduate qualification.  (or see * below) Essential

Associateship of the Museums Association. Desirable

Experience

Substantial experience of curating social history collections – specifically sport and popular music. Music, performance and oral history collections are also relevant. (*)Essential

Substantial experience of interpreting collections and developing exhibitions.Essential

Significant experience of programming in a museum/gallery setting (events, exhibitions, late night openings) Essential

Subject-specialist research and/or programming experience covering sport and popular music. Essential

Managing change effectively. Essential

Financial management, capacity management and income generation. Essential

Leading teams. Substantial experience of  motivating staff and building a sense of team/cohesion across departments Essential

Co-production. Developing museum collections, projects, exhibitions and events by developing partnerships and managing community input. Essential

Knowledge and Skills

Managerial skills including project management. Essential

Effective communication and interpersonal skills. Essential

Collections Management systems, policies and procedures. Desirable

Sound knowledge of museum ethics Essential

Evidence of research skills. Essential

Forward planning skills. Essential

Demonstrable interest in music, sport and performance history and contemporary practice Essential

Other

Strategic thinking: Understanding contexts, seizing the right opportunities and ensuring delivery Essential

Fundraising experience. Essential

Special Requirements

Ability to work under pressure and deliver to deadlines. Essential

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