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Derbyshire Museums Manager

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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Salary details
Grade 12 £41,765 - £45,149 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term - Due to funding 2 years from start date
37 hours per week
Closing Date
26 May 2024

Derbyshire Museums Manager

Buxton, full time (37 hours a week) fixed term for two years

£41,765-£45,149 – Plus market leading package (see below)

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is an award-winning accredited museum service.  The museum is currently closed due to major structural building problems, while plans are developed to safeguard the collections, provide an interim service, and deliver a long-term home for the museum.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced museum professional to take the lead in driving the museum service forward.  This is an exciting opportunity to re-imagine and redevelop the museum service and its wonderful collection to meet the expectations and aspirations of residents and visitors to Buxton and the Peak District.

What you will be doing:

  • Defining and developing the vision, strategy and policy for Buxton Museum
  • Planning and overseeing the move of the collections to safe storage
  • Planning and developing an interim service that continues to provide research access to the collections and engages with people in the community
  • Developing a long-term plan for delivery of the museum service, potentially in new premises
  • Leading a small team to deliver the current, interim and future needs of the service
  • Ensuring Buxton Museum remains an Accredited Museum, driving continuous and consistent improvement and service development
  • Building and sustaining relationships with partners in other County Council departments, external agencies and stakeholders to help deliver the museum’s aims and objectives
  • Identifying internal and external funding opportunities, preparing and submitting applications for funding, and managing funded projects 

What skills and experience you need:

  • A degree in museum studies, archaeology, history of art, or another relevant subject
  • A qualification in museum studies or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Extensive understanding and knowledge of museum services
  • Experience of leading the development of museum services, including working with partners and funders to maximise the impact of the service
  • Experience of leading, developing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Experience of successfully applying for external funding
  • Experience of managing major public-facing projects, ideally including capital and collections elements
  • Being well organised and able to meet deadlines

What we offer you:

  • 27 days of annual leave
  • Generous local government pension scheme
  • Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts at selected county leisure centres
  • and much more!

If you would like to have a chat with someone to see if this post is right for you or visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery to find out more about what we do, please email sarah.chubb@derbyshire.gov.uk or ring 01629 539201.

Interviews will take place on 12 June.  We can pay travel expenses or offer an online interview if you can’t easily get to us.

When writing out your application, remember to show us clearly and with examples how you meet all the essential skills and knowledge we’ve asked for - and where possible the desirable ones as well.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here