Job opportunities (21.12.2022)


Learning Volunteer Coordinator, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or are currently contributing to British history and culture; the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. With around 2 million visitors each year prior to temporary closure for the Inspiring People project and a strong national and international presence through touring exhibitions and special projects, the Gallery is one of the country's most important and popular galleries.

Learning Volunteer Coordinator
£26,625 per annum
Full-time, 40 hours per week
Fixed term (12 months)
Hybrid until June 2023 / Onsite from June 2023

We are looking for a proactive Volunteer Coordinator to lead on the recruitment, training and day-to-day supervision of a growing Learning Volunteer team. This new role will be integral to enabling the expansion of the volunteering programme ahead of our much anticipated reopening in 2023.

The post holder will support the Volunteer Development Manager and work as part of a small team of Volunteer Coordinators to identify opportunities to engage a diverse volunteer pool. They will work in collaboration with the Learning Centre and Planning Manager to ensure connectivity with the operational needs of the Learning Centre, supporting volunteers to provide an outstanding visitor experience. The successful candidate will be highly organised and have experience of working with volunteers, as well as a good understanding of both volunteering best practice and the needs of schools, teachers, families, young people and adults with access requirements. An excellent communicator, they will be confident at interacting with a variety of stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the Gallery.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to help deliver an ambitious volunteering programme and make a difference as part of a newly formed team.

Senior Officer, Young Patrons' Circle, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM 

The Young Patrons' Circle is one of two successful V&A patrons' schemes, generating vital unrestricted funds for the museum each year. Launched in 2016, the programme has grown to attract 150+ high-profile international donors between the ages of 20-40 who, in return for their support, receive exclusive benefits including access to a busy events programme. Events range from behind-the scenes tours and close-up viewings of objects with curators, to studio trips and visits to private homes and collections. An annual party and international trip are also part of the programme.

Main Purpose of Job

The Senior Officer is responsible for the administration of the Young Patrons' Circle. The position involves the efficient delivery of all aspects of the programme: working with the Senior Manager to create an inspiring programme of events and ensuring their faultless logistical delivery; producing compelling communications, including a monthly newsletter; liaising directly with donors and prospective members, including responding to all enquiries to the YPC inbox; maximising revenue for the Young Patrons' Circle by attracting new patrons and retaining current patrons. The post holder will work closely with, and be line managed by, the Senior Manager.

Closing date for all applications is Thursday 5 January at 23:59.

Conservation Projects Officer, HOUSE OF COMMONS 

The House of Commons is a unique and exciting place to work right at the heart of the UK's thriving democratic system.

Behind the scenes, the House of Commons Service is made up of more than 3,000 employees who support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House. They provide professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community.

Senior Philanthropy Manager, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM 

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.8 million objects, books and archives that span 5,000 years of human creativity. The V&A enriches people's lives by promoting research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world to the widest possible audience. The V&A comprises the main site at South Kensington, Young V&A in Bethnal Green (opening summer 2023), V&A Wedgwood Collection, V&A Dundee and V&A East, a new museum and collections storage facility, due to open in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford by 2025.

The Development Department is critical in enabling the V&A to realise its ambitions through raising funds for FuturePlan, the V&A's extensive programme of capital redevelopment, alongside support for acquisitions, exhibitions, conservation and learning programmes.

Main Purpose of job

Reporting to the Head of Philanthropy, the post-holder will have two line reports and support the strategic priorities within the Development Department by identifying, cultivating and stewarding major gifts towards the V&A's capital, acquisitions, exhibitions, learning and endowment fundraising activities. The ideal candidate will be a highly organised and outstanding interpersonal communicator with excellent written ability, attention to detail and a strong strategic outlook with a proven track record of securing donations from a range of donors.

Closing date for all applications is Wednesday 18 January at 18:00.


Watts Gallery has an exciting opportunity for an exceptional Collections Manager to join our Collections and Exhibitions team. You will lead on the preservation, management and development of Watts Gallery's significant fine and decorative art collections and archive as well as supporting us to improve access and engagement with our collections in line with our Art for All by All mission.

Taking responsibility for collections care and management, the role will involve producing and implementing Museum Accreditation policies, plans and procedures as well as playing a key role in emergency planning and environmental control.

Responsible for the strategic development of the collections care, ensuring ongoing improvements to collection management procedures and practice, this role will oversee collections management to ensure the best professional standards are implemented and enhanced.

You will have substantial relevant experience in key aspects of collections care and management for a variety of materials and historic objects.

You will be passionate about supporting the organisation to improve access and engagement with the collections.

Highly collaborative, you will enjoy working as part of the Collections & Exhibitions team as well as liaising with other teams across the site.

If you are interested, we would love to hear from you.

Social History Curator, The Cheltenham Trust 

The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is a unique and established organisation which forms part of The Cheltenham Trust, a dynamic charitable organisation that manages five of Cheltenham's key culture and leisure venues. The Wilson holds and manages the collections of Cheltenham Borough Council.

The Wilson's Collections are richly diverse from Old Masters to world cultures to the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection, painting and sculpture spanning four centuries, costume and textiles, decorative and applied art.

The social history collection tells the story of Cheltenham and the surrounding Cotswolds area from the Bronze Age, including the development of Cheltenham as a Spa Town, and collections relating to historically important Cheltenham-born scientist and artist Edward Adrian Wilson who was part of Scott's two expeditions to the Antarctic. The Wilson Family Collection also relates to his father Edward Thomas Wilson, the founder of the Museum, and the wider Wilson family. The Wilson also holds an important geology collection and Numismatics including a small but significant collection of local national and international coins and medals.

We are seeking a Social History Curator who will put audiences at the heart of everything they do and lead to a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the collections while providing a high standard of collections care. You will ensure that content and collections are accessible, diverse, relevant and resonant with our audiences. Your love of history and collaborative story-telling through both physical and digital platforms will ignite enthusiasm in others.

The Social History curator is a critical role within the organisation, and through your work on our social history (including the Wilson Family Collection), world cultures and archaeology collections, will help us deliver our mission of making the collections accessible to diverse audiences through creative and participative programming. Our temporary exhibition galleries are led by an Arts Advisory panel to ensure quality bench-marking in developing an internationally important exhibition programme. The post-holder will deliver a major exhibition project focussing on the life and work of Edward Wilson and its impact on our understanding of the natural world. The post-holder will also drive a body of work to reinterpret our collections, though research, consultation and in depth engagement with communities, leading to improved understanding of collections origins, and capturing history through alternative narratives and voices. The redisplay of a number of collections galleries will be informed by this work and will form an important part of this role.

We are looking for someone with the experience, energy and drive to join us at this time of change. You will be capable of developing and managing social history collections, working with a small team to support our community and events programme and learning activities and have a passion for engaging different audiences and exploring new ideas. You'll be enterprising with good communication and networking skills, helping build relationships and partnerships with educators, local history groups, industry and community partners across the cultural sector in Cheltenham and our surrounding area of Gloucestershire.

We believe that diversity and equality within our workplace, programmes and in our outlook is crucial. We know that the Cultural Sector in the UK will be stronger, more exciting and relevant to more people if we embrace diversity. We therefore particularly welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented at the Cheltenham Trust and within the heritage sector, including black and minority ethnic candidates and/or candidates with a disability.