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Deputy Director, Masterplan, Exhibitions & Major Display Projects (Fixed Term)


Deputy Director, Masterplan, Exhibitions & Major Display Projects (Fixed Term)

£60,905 - £70,579

The Fitzwilliam Museum is reinventing itself. As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and one of the largest cultural venues in the region, the Fitzwilliam aims to be a crucial bridge between the University, the city and the rest of the world, with an international reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions, sector-leading public engagement and over half a million artefacts and works of art spanning centuries and cultures. The Museum's conservation centre, the Hamilton Kerr Institute is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings.

This is an exciting time at the Fitzwilliam Museum as we enter a period of transformational change and capital development. A crucial priority is now to develop and strengthen the Museum's strategic leadership team. We are therefore recruiting two senior positions to play major roles in making this change happen and helping to take the Museum's activity and standing to a new level, reinforcing and reshaping the Fitzwilliam not as the University's leading visitor attraction in Cambridge, but as an international resource.

These are our primary aims:

to provide a place, physical and virtual, which gives all audiences the space to think and create

to promote open and honest conversations around works of art and material culture

to explore and develop our collections collaboratively and inclusively

to build, preserve and document its outstanding collections

This role will provide strategic and practical leadership for a new Directorate of Gallery Projects, the Museum's distinctive exhibition programme and, ultimately, the delivery of the Museum's ambitious Masterplan. The post-holder will have responsibility for all the Fitzwilliam's collection displays, and the timetable, budgeting and project management of its public-facing works, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment as well as infrastructure to support the highest standard of visitor experience, maximized through the collective and collaborative work of designers, architects and museum experts (internal and external). The Museum now wishes to introduce a robust and effective project management culture, and this post holder will be responsible for leading this programme within this Directorate.

The Fitzwilliam's Masterplan and the projects within it aim to transform the building and displays to ensure it functions as a great new inclusive social space for the region, as an innovative cultural and research asset for the University of Cambridge and its great collections, and an even more extraordinary place to critically interact with art and history. The post holder will set the standard for display design across the Fitzwilliam Museum, balancing the needs of the building, galleries and collections with those of our visitors. They will also play the leading role in the creation of new displays, and enhancement of existing public galleries, creating a dynamic balance between the historical buildings and the new.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Tricia Beer (pb754@cam.ac.uk) to arrange a chat with Luke Syson, Director of the Fitzwilliam.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a security check and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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Closing Date: Sunday 4th October 2020 at 12 Midnight

Interview Date: Friday 23rd October 2020

Please quote reference DA23916 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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