Heritage Manager, Association of Anaesthetists

Location:London, UK Salary:£41,281 - £52,292 per annum Benefits:The Association offers competitive salaries and a good range of staff benefits. The details will be confirmed upon appointment. Below is a guide: • Group personal pension scheme, with generous employer contributions (5% of salary, increasing to a maximum of 10% after three years’ service) and a salary sacrifice arrangement. Most employees will be automatically enrolled into this scheme from the first day of employment. A salary exchange/sacrifice scheme is available for employee contributions, saving you national insurance costs. • 25 days annual leave increasing to 26 days on 1 April after you have 3 years’ service and to 27 days on 1 April after you have 5 years’ service. We also provide an additional 3.5 days to be taken over the Christmas/New Year period. • Group life insurance policy (4x salary) for the protection of employees’ families and dependents in the event of death in service. • Group income protection scheme to safeguard employees’ income in the event of long-term illness or disability. Coverage continues until return to work or age 65. • Private medical insurance after completion of 6 months’ employment and probation. • Season ticket loan after completion of 6 months’ employment and probation. • Cycle to work scheme. • Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay above statutory levels. • Employee assistance programme. • Continuous Professional Development is supported at the Association, you will have the chance to increase your skills and experience through training courses and other means. Main duties:

Person Specification

• An awareness of and interest in science and heritage
• Substantial experience of working in a museum/library/ archive environment at senior level
• Knowledge of current professional standards and best practice in relation to heritage management
• Excellent leadership skills with experience of:
o line management
o working with volunteers
o managing stakeholders
o reporting to a board/ committee
• Experience of events and public programmes in a heritage setting
• Experience of planning and managing budgets
• Strong IT skills and practical experience of using collections software

• Professional qualification in museum studies, records management or equivalent
• Membership of a recognised professional body
• Experience of developing marketing activities
• An understanding of the strategic landscape within which heritage operates
• Fundraising/bid writing experience

Core competencies:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• A good team player with excellent interpersonal skills
• Well organised and self-motivated
• Adapts well to changing demands and seeks solutions to challenges
• Problem solving and negotiating skills
• Proven organisational and administrative skills
• Flexible and enthusiastic approach to work

The post holder will be required to undertake a DBS check.

Terms and staff benefits
• You’ll normally work 35 hours per week, with some flexibility to work occasional evenings or weekends as the project demands;
• On occasion you may be required to travel, normally in the UK.

Closing date:20/06/2019 Job Description:

Background: The Association of Anaesthetists is a well-established membership organisation for anaesthetists with over 11,000 members and 35 permanent staff running its day-to-day operations. Our vision is to be ‘an effective voice for the specialty, a leading contributor to health policy affecting anaesthesia and a leader in raising public awareness and understanding of the anaesthetist’s role.’

The Heritage Centre at the Association includes an accredited museum, rare book collection and archive. It has an increasing number of visitors and it runs an active programme of events with the support of a team of highly committed heritage volunteers. The Association is currently implementing a new long term strategy. Part of this strategy is our heritage vision that we will ‘link the past with the present and keep alive the history of the specialty through education and information and preserving our heritage’. Our ambitions for the Heritage Centre over the next five years are to:

• Develop outreach to schools and young people;
• Further engage medical professionals;
• Provide further public education about historical and recent developments in anaesthesia;
• Develop funding streams to support development;
• Involve trainees as volunteers in outreach programmes and communication;
• Nurture links with other organisations (e.g. universities and schools, industry, the History of Anaesthesia Society, London Museums of Health and Medicine);
• Explore other spaces for hosting visiting exhibitions – both permanent and temporary (e.g. other medical or non-medical institutions and museums);
• Consider media collaboration for public education, e.g. documentaries;
• Review how the limited space available can be used to maximum effect or enhanced through the use of technology.

In order to realise this ambition, we have made a commitment to

• Improve our facilities;
• Enhance profile by marketing and communications;
• Reach out to press/media and programme makers/broadcasters;
• Use advanced technology (e.g. digitising the collections) and build our online presence;
• Find innovative ways to promote access to the collections/archives
• Recruit a more diverse and larger group of volunteers;
• Increase opening hours, with more staff, or develop in-house staff capacity as experts in heritage/museum work.
A full outline of our ambitions for the heritage centre can be found on page 11 of our Long Term Strategy on our website.

Job Purpose
Following nineteen years in post the Heritage and Records Manager of the Association retired in May 2019. In light of this change the Association are reviewing the remit of this post and are seeking an interim Heritage Manager for one year to oversee the Heritage Centre. While this is an interim post there is the possibility of extension beyond the 12- month period.
The Association are seeking a Heritage Manager who can build on the reputation of the Centre and the collections to attract a more diverse audience base.
The purpose of this role is to ensure the success of the Heritage Centre. As Heritage Manager you will manage the care, access and interpretation of the museum, rare book collection and archive. A key part of this role will involve developing a plan for digitisation within the Centre, including an upgrade to the Adlib collections management software and preparing to make the collections online via the Association’s new website.

Responsible to: Head of Support Services & Information Management
Key Relationships:
Internal: Heritage Officer, Executive Director, Senior Management Team, Managers, Council/Board members, Heritage Committee, Volunteers

External: History of Anaesthesia Society, London Museums of Health and Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists Heritage Committee, schools, universities, industry

Tasks will be wide ranging, but you can expect they will include:

Core Responsibilities

  • Implementing the long-term strategy for the heritage centre which aligns with the Association’s priorities.
  • Overseeing and where necessary updating plans and policies for:
  • The care of collections
  • Audience engagement and impact assessment
  • Marketing and communications
  • Research and development (exhibitions and events)
  • Operational sustainability
  • Line management of a Heritage Officer
  • Budget setting and reporting on key performance indicators
  • Ensuring the Heritage Centre is open and accessible and that an enquiry service is managed.

Preparing reports and presenting to the Association Heritage Committee

  • Representing the Association’s heritage internally and externally at meetings and events
  • Managing, coordinating and developing an active volunteer group and interns
  • Maintaining the Centre’s accreditation status
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with staff, council, external contacts and other heritage professionals


• Developing a plan for digitisation within the Centre, including an upgrade to the Adlib collections management software and preparing to make the collections online via the Association’s new website, ensuring the integrity of the transferred data
• Delegating collections management tasks to the Heritage Officers as required
• Ensuring the care and conservation of collections (archives, rare book collection and museum)
• Managing the display, interpretation and promotion of the collections, exhibitions and associated activities
• Leading a collections review (inventory)

Events and outreach
• Reviewing the programme of events to establish if targets are being met of engaging new audiences. Events currently include:

o Heritage Lates (approximately 2 per year)
o Exhibitions (temporary and travelling)
o Open House
o School and group visits
o Walking tours
o MED Fest
o London Museum of Health and Medicine Up Close and Medical

• Identifying ways to attract new audiences and developing impact measurement tools
• Overseeing the implementation of a programme of pubic exhibitions, talks and events
• Attending events and speaking on behalf of the heritage centre externally
• Maintaining and developing links with associated medical and heritage organisations and professional bodies (both national and international)

General Responsibilities:
This job description is intended to reflect the main duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list of duties. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties which are commensurate with the role. The job description may be subject to change, subject to the needs of the Association after discussion with the post holder.

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