Project Manager, Slough MuseumLocation:SEGRO TRADING ESTATE, SLOUGH Salary:Freelance £20,000 annually Benefits:Car parking, casual dress, flexible working, working from home Main duties:
Museum Action Plan Delivery
- Review, update and agree delivery of own objectives based on the Business and Action Plan.
- Ensure the provision of information is timely and in accordance with organisational procedures and guidelines.
- Work collaboratively with board of trustees and other stakeholders to deliver the Museum’s priorities.
- Provide advice and guidance to the board of trustees, stakeholders and members of the
- Build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Network and engage with organisations to gather ideas and good practice examples that can be used to deliver the Museum’s action plan for the benefit of Slough Museum and Slough residents and visitors of the Museum.
- Manage the planning and delivery of the programmes of work / workloads for yourself, freelancers and volunteers.
Management of Volunteers and contractors
- Recruit, support and motivate volunteers
- Manage delivery of any contracted work required including freelancers.
- Ensure all appropriate documentation, induction, referencing and training has been carried out for new volunteers and contractors.
Finance and Management
- Work with the board of trustees to ensure compliance with all Museum’s statutory and financial obligations.
- Monitor project budgets for which you may have direct responsibility
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting to the board of trustees and stakeholders on any externally funded programmes
- Manage any resources carefully to achieve the best value
- Handle and process computerised data and information with care, accuracy, confidentiality and security.
Equality & Diversity
- Uphold the museum’s values of equality, working with diverse stakeholders and communities.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
- Develop policies and procedures to help maintain a safe and secure working environment for employees, volunteers and visitors to premises used by Slough Museum.
- Work alongside trustees and any building management in the maintenance of a safe working environment reporting incidents, accidents and taking appropriate action as
- Have regard to, and comply with, safeguarding policy and procedure as appropriate
Skills and knowledge
- Knowledge of applying to funders such as ACE, HLF and other local funders.
- Working with stakeholders and funders to ensure the museum is accessible to all communities
- Developing ways to enhance access to the collection and increasing community engagement
- Engage and develop relationships with local community groups and networks
- Lead, manage and deliver museum specific projects as required
- Recruit, train, manage and co-ordinating volunteers
- Assess, maintain and carry out activities to preserve the museum collection
- Update social media activities of the museum and add content to the website
- Work towards meeting and achieving Accreditation standards
- Manage day-to-day budgets and finances for project costs
- Attend trustee meetings and possible other sub-committee groups submitting regular reports
- Schedule events which contribute to community engagement and if possible fundraising
- Be willing to undertake any training as necessary
Interview date:27/04/2021 Closing date:25/04/2021 Job Description:
Role: Slough Museum Project Manager
Contract: One year fixed term, part-time freelance contract. The board would be keen to see an extension if funds could be raised.
Hours: 20 hours, flexible across the week
Location: Must be willing to be based at Slough Museum Collection storage or another Slough Museum site at least one regular day per week. Must be willing to increase hours on site if workload requires.
Report to: Chair of Trustees/appointed trustee
Rate: 20,000 including all expenses, travel and VAT.
An additional resources fund will be available plus the management of funded projects.
Closing Date: Sunday 25 April 3pm
Applicant informed of interview: By Monday 26 April 9am
Interviews: 27 April between 8-1pm
Starting Date: Soon as possible after interview
How to Apply: Applicant will need to outline their proposal stating relevant experience and how they would intend to fulfil the role. Please send proposal and CV to Hannahatsloughmuseum@gmail.com
Do you have experience of working with museum collections and bringing their stories to life?
Slough Museum has recently secured a new storage space for the Museum collection at SEGRO (Slough Trading Estate) – the largest industrial estate in Western Europe, enabling our collection to be curated and be made more accessible. The role of Project Manager will be responsible for working with trustees to explore with local partners such as Slough Borough Council and SEGRO; ways to use the existing collection and, as importantly, update the collection to reflect Slough’s changing communities over more recent years to deliver a sustainable and relevant museum as we explore the exciting opportunities for the museum moving into the next phase of its development.
With funding from Arts Council England and Slough Borough Council a new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term Project Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the museum.
- Good understanding of project management especially in regards to creating museum exhibitions and displays
- Experience of writing and supporting fundraising bids
- Good networking skills
- Experience of curatorial, visitor experience and community engagement approaches within museums and in community settings
- Excellent organisation skills, able to prioritise and work to tight deadlines
- A positive, motivated, hands-on, practical approach and good sense of humour
- Able to work on own or with others
- You must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of Accreditation including if possible some practical knowledge of collection preservation
- Ability to manage budgets effectively
- Have experience of recruiting, leading and motivating volunteers
- Experience of working with trustee boards
- Strong written and verbal skills – confident to deliver presentations
- Health and safety management experience
- A responsible attitude to available resources and using them efficiently and effectively
Slough is a 140,000 population town in Berkshire, England (2011 Census). It has a strategic location 20 miles (32km) west of London and approximate 15 miles (24km) from Heathrow Airport. It has key transport links that provide access to Paddington Station (15min) to the east and Reading and beyond to the west. There is also a train connection to Windsor to the south. Furthermore, the M4 motorway runs parallel along the south edge of the Borough and the M25 along the eastern boundary.
Slough is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country, with 36% of the population deriving from black and minority ethnic communities.
Slough is a town that aspires to be a Cultural City with culture being at the heart and soul of the borough and through culture’s symbiotic relationships with cross cutting agendas, a driver toward inclusive growth outcomes, regeneration and a thriving economy, that is activity-led and provides for skills and for wellbeing of Slough’s diverse communities.
Slough has grown exponentially over recent decades. Its communities – indigenous and settlers, live work and play in a fast-changing environment driven by business and its exemplary transport connectivity.
One of Slough’s greatest strengths is that diversity is celebrated, with a long-standing history of accepting and welcoming different people from across the UK and from around the world. Slough recognises that diversity is more that just race and ethnicity – it is about the things that make our lives different, but also the many common aspirations and values that unite a community or place.
Slough has 96 listed buildings including Slough Railway Station and St. Laurences and St. Marys Churches. Herschel Park is Slough’s oldest with roots going back to the 11th Century. The park was designed in 1842 and is attributed to the celebrated gardener Sir Joseph Paxton. In 2001 it was restored to its Victorian glory with £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery grants. It is a Grade II listed park and nature reserve.
Two of Slough’s most famous residents are William Herschel (1738 -1822) astronomer and his daughter Caroline Hershel (1750 – 1848), a notable female scientist. Working as the first Astronomer Royal, William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781 at the Royal Observatory in Slough – the land on which the current Slough BC HQ (Observatory House) is built. Very little other than a commemorative stone exists of the original house.
CULTIVATE: SLOUGH – an emerging cultural (arts) strategy for Slough identifies the importance of collecting, curating and celebrating Slough’s heritage, including more recent migrant heritage from across the globe into Slough. This has particularly important symbiotic relevance, celebrating heritage alongside the exponential regeneration and infrastructure developments planned for the borough.
About Slough Museum
Slough Museum, like the town that we represent, is forward thinking; has positive energy; embraces change. Increasingly, around the country, Museums are being seen as ‘placemakers’ and as neutral ground, where members of the community feel safe and confident in airing their views and sharing their aspirations. Slough Museum is keen to reach out to representatives from our diverse communities and people of all ages and backgrounds to help inform and influence our future direction. This is an exciting time for Slough, as well as Slough Museum. The town is transforming itself once again through Crossrail, the Urban Renewal project and redevelopment of the shopping centres & High Street. This is a time of development, change and opportunity – of celebrating our past and shaping our future. Slough Museum aims to be brave, adaptable, courageous and move with and shape the times – to be integrated and led by our community.
Slough Museum’s mission is: To foster a sense of pride in Slough. We develop imaginative and inclusive programming and displays, and we encourage people to share their stories and knowledge of Slough. We explore and celebrate Slough’s past, present and future.
The Museum also has 8 interpretation pods in The Curve – Slough’s iconic library and cultural centre. The Museum is in current discussions about opening future ‘meanwhile’ pop-up spaces around the town centre and on the industrial estate.
PERSON SPECIFICATION – LEAD / PROFESSIONAL
|Qualifications||Essential / Desirable|
|Educated to degree level or equivalent with significant experience.
May require additional specialist training.
|Demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development.||E|
|Significant practical experience acquired through a combination of training and working in a relevant Museum area||E|
|Experience of working successfully in collaborative ways with stakeholders and external community partners||E|
|Experience of financial / budgetary management.||E|
|Experience of funding applications||E|
|Proven track record of embracing digital approaches and new ways of working||E|
|Skills and abilities|
|Strong level of digital literacy, including Microsoft, Excel, Powerpoint, Adlib collection database and flexible ways of working (e.g. video conferencing, remote working).||E|
|Ability to interpret and analyse finance information to feed into improvements and to contribute to business planning.||E|
|Excellent written and oral communication, negotiating and influencing skills.||E|
|Experience of leading the delivery of projects and/or programmes, demonstrating project management skills and experience.||E|
|Knowledge and understanding|
|Understanding of the workings of the museum sector including risks and opportunities facing the sector, both at present and in the future.||E|
|Good numeracy and budget monitoring skills||E|
|Demonstrates an awareness of promoting a positive working environment and culture.||E|
|Understanding of Health and Safety legislation and good practice and how it relates to themselves and others in the workplace.||E|