Head of Conservation

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The British Museum
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Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 12:00

Head of Conservation
Collection Care
Full time
£47,787- £53,800 per annum
Application deadline:  02 October 2019

The British Museum is recruiting for a dynamic and forward-looking Head of Conservation to develop and deliver Conservation’s contribution to the Collection Care strategy for the preservation, conservation and study of the collections and the annual plan for the British Museum. The new Head of Conservation will join the British Museum at a time of opportunity and change, with the planning and implementation of new storage facilities, major gallery refurbishment and the development of increasingly diverse national and international exhibitions programmes which are attracting new audiences.  

Key areas of responsibility:

The post-holder will deliver Conservation’s contribution to the Collection Care and Operational Plan. They will develop overarching strategies for preventive and interventive conservation. Working with various stakeholders across the Museum and beyond they will ensure efficiency and effectiveness of object focused activities and processes. They will lead, manage, motivate and develop a staff team with a wide range of specialisms, maintaining and developing the skills and behaviours held by staff to meet current and future requirements. They will ensure that the quality and standards of conservation work conducted is maintained and that high-quality outputs are produced.

Person specification:

You will have a recognised qualification in conservation to degree level or equivalent, post-graduate experience in conservation leading to specialism in a field relevant to the Museum’s collections, together with professional management/leadership training. You will be a nationally and internationally, recognised expert in the field of conservation, with accredited memberships, and/or a Fellow of relevant professional organisations  You will have substantial relevant, research and managerial experience and will have evidence of strategic leadership delivery. You will be an existing manager of conservation with experience of working in a large and complex organisation in the heritage sector.