Vacancy: Director, Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Location: Amberley, West Sussex

Job type: Part or full time, 3-5 days per week

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: up to £35,000 (or full time equivalent)

Applications close: 12 November 2018


We have forty years operational experience at Amberley Museum. Over this time, we’ve provided hundreds of thousands of visitors with informative and inspiring experiences. We provide an opportunity to discover the rich industrial heritage of the South East, to learn about past generations and how they lived and worked, and to have fun with friends and family.

Our year-round education activities and programme of events enable people to explore the diverse buildings and exhibits and participate in hands-on interactive activities across the 36-acre site.

The museum has grown and developed into a significant education centre in the region, attracting over 50,000 visitors every year, including over 3,000 school children. Visitor attractions include a narrow-gauge railway, a nostalgic bus service, printing workshop and also the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a traditional craft such as broom-making or blacksmithing, guided by highly-skilled volunteer craftspeople.

In addition to this, we’re looking to bring our local community into everything we do through increasing volunteering opportunities and further developing partner relationships. We also want to make the most of our unique setting within the South Downs National Park and put Amberley Museum firmly on the heritage attractions map.

We’re looking for an outstanding Director to deliver our vision for Amberley Museum. If you have experience in a busy and diverse, visitor focused operation, and are passionate about heritage, this could be the perfect role for you…

What you will deliver

You will lead our team to deliver our 10-year vision for Amberley Museum, and our strategy focused around Place, People, Resources and Experiences.

You will have total responsibility for all the Museum’s activities, with a remit to:

  • direct, lead, inspire and ensure effective coordination and team working of the Museum staff, craftspeople and volunteer resources in line with the policies of the Board of Trustees,
  • oversee the curatorial responsibilities of the Museum and the objectives of the Amberley Museum Trust.
  • develop the necessary processes to ensure the museum maintains its ‘Accredited’ status.
  • monitor and review the Museum Development and Business Plans to such schedules as determined by the Trustee Board.
  • work with the finance officer to prepare and monitor the annual capital and revenue budgets, oversee authorised expenditure and deliver the financial performance within the agreed budgets.
  • lead and deliver capital and fundraising initiatives including the acquisition of grants.
  • ensure the optimisation of the presentation and promotion of the Museum and the activities, displays and events held at the Museum in order to effectively interpret the site and collections to the public and exploit their educational and commercial opportunities to the benefit of the Museum.
  • supervise the operation of the Museum in compliance with relevant legal and legislative requirements, including health and safety.
  • establish and maintain relationships with national and local museums, relevant support and regulatory agencies and the local authorities on behalf of the Museum.
  • be available on occasion to work as Duty Manager as well as some weekends if needed.
  • assist with other duties as may be required by the Trustee Board.

Management lines

Reporting to: The Trustee Board through its Chairman, to support the Board’s financial responsibility.

Direct line management of: Head of Visitor Experience and Operations, Curator, Accounts Manager.

Knowledge, skills and experience required


  • Experience of working at Director or Deputy Director level.
  • A substantial track record of successful leadership in a similar role in a comparable organisation of scale, complexity and customer focus.
  • High-level leadership and people management experience (including the management of staff, volunteers and contractors).
  • Project management experience.
  • A successful track record of leading and improving trading results (including catering, retail, ticketed events and hire) in a comparable commercial environment.
  • Appreciation for the historical authenticity of the Museum, combined with an understanding of and empathy with, the vision and aims of the Museum.
  • Understanding and awareness of legal, health and safety requirements, relevant to the role and the site.
  • Relevant, wide-ranging and well-established professional networks.

Flexible approach to working hours, including the need for occasional unsocial working patterns.


  • Experience working with charities and/or the heritage sector
  • Marketing and communications (internal and external) experience.
  • Experience of managing change.
  • Experience of working with external agencies, contractors and organisations.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification.

Deadline for application: Monday 12 November 2018

Please contact: Richard Vernon, Co-chairman


Postal address:

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
New Barn Road
West Sussex
BN18 9LT


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