Vacancy: Director At The Shropshire Regimental Museum

Salary: £C30,000 per annum

Tenure: Initial Contract of 3 years with possibility to extend

Probation: 6 months

Hours: 40 hours per week with one hour allowed for lunch, and occasional weekend and evening work.

Place of Work: The Shropshire Regimental Museum, The Castle, Shrewsbury.

Holidays: 25 days annual leave plus Bank holidays.

Pension:  The Stakeholder Pension Scheme will be available.

Start Date: January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

The accredited museum is in the castle in Shrewsbury. It consists of three independent museums: The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Museum, The Shropshire Yeomanry Museum and The Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery Museum. It also contains the Lord-Lieutenants’ Collection and a modern Army display.

The Staff

The Director is responsible for the management of the museum. There is a full time salaried Castle Custodian who is a Shropshire Council employee and a number of hourly paid warders and museum shop assistants.

The Castle

The Castle, grounds and their maintenance are the responsibility of Shropshire Council. There is an Agreement between the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust and Shropshire Council for the Museum to be in the Castle until May 2027 and negotiations are in progress for an extension to this.

The Director   

 The Director is responsible to the Chairman and Trustees of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust for the management of the museum. The Director is responsible for:

  • The Director is expected to drive change and improvement based on the strategic vision of the Trustees and Shropshire museums.
  • Managing the transition of the museum into Soldiers of Shropshire Museum, whilst ensuring that business as usual is maintained during the transition process. In partnership with Shropshire Museums and Shropshire Council.
  • The management and running of the museum and the management of all the museum staff.
  • Along with the Chair of the F&GP Committee, analyse the present and forecast financial health of the museum.
  • With the Chair of the Fundraising Committee, identify and enact future sources of fundraising.
  • Formal links with Shropshire Council and arranging regular meetings with the Council museum officers and jointly develop the Museum with the Council.
  • Formal links with the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT), The Rifles Heritage Committee and with the newly formed Regiments whose antecedent regimental histories and artefacts are held in the museum.
  • Research on behalf of the museum and individual requests from the public.
  • Developing and maintaining links with schools and colleges in Shropshire.
  • Working closely with The Friends of The Shropshire Regimental Museum and producing the Friends’ Newsletter twice a year.
  • Maintaining and updating the Shropshire Regimental Museum site on the web and all forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc).
  • Monitoring and advising the Trustees on the availability of purchases for the museum, collection development and management of acquisitions.
  • Managing museum related events and talks in the museum and castle grounds.
  • Arranging relevant exhibitions and displays in the museum.
  • Updating the shop stock and increasing the annual profitability from shop sales.
  • Updating the shop information on the website.
  • Overseeing loans of museum artefacts in accordance with established policy.
  • Overseeing the annual insurance review regarding the museum’s collections.
  • Managing the annual period of cleaning, updating and renewing of the display cabinets and their contents. The quality and accuracy of the displays are the responsibility of the Director.
  • Maintaining accession registers and databases of the museum’s possessions, their donors and current location of each item.
  • Maintaining data bases.
  • Ensuring all items in storage are recorded, maintained and appropriately conserved.
  • Maintain awareness of items recorded on the museum database but held elsewhere.
  • Maintain the Museum’s accredited status.
  • Update the Trustees at the biennial Trustees meetings.

Requirements of the Applicant

  •  The application form is to include a statement why the applicant has the appropriate qualifications for the post
  • It is desirable the applicant is a graduate or holds equivalent qualifications in museum work, and has knowledge of the accreditation process.
  • There must be evidence of proven administration and organisational skills.
  • It is desirable the candidate has museum experience.
  • There should be evidence of an interest in military history and militaria.
  • It would be advantageous to have had experience of the MODES. system, military and genealogical research sources.
  • The applicant must have strong oral and written communication skills. and to be able to speak to and lecture groups of all ages.
  • The candidate should be computer literate.
  • Past experience of staff management is essential.
  • A willingness to undertake certain limited out-of-hours activities is expected.

Applications

Applications in the form of a CV and a cover letter are to be emailed to the Secretary of the Shropshire Regimental Museum (Guy Chambers) at guy.chambers616@mod.gov.uk by 14 November 2018.

Your application will be acknowledged. Those selected for interview will be informed by email on 19 November 2018 and detailed instructions sent.

 Interview

The interview date will be 3 December 2018 at the Castle in Shrewsbury and you will be allocated a 1-hour interview.  We can facilitate timings where possible to suit travel times.

Shropshire Regimental Museum Website

 

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