Museum Development Officer
Fixed Term Contract: April 2022 –April 2023
3 days per week
This role is suitable as a freelance or employed post
Salary: £ 20,000 per annum or fixed fee.
IF EMPLOYED plus pension, annual leave of 20 days pro rata
Location: C&N Museum and remote working. The post requires travelling to meetings so the applicant must have transport and a clean driver’s licence
Amazing Grace 250 – Celebrating a Diverse Legacy
This project will:
- Have increased skills for Trustees and volunteers securing the sustainability of the Museum
- Bring new and diverse audiences to the museum and provide links to Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout Milton Keynes and to the world through links with Caribbean and African partners.
- Install a new improved museum display telling Newton’s story, his early time as a sailor and his participation in the slave trade. The display will be curated with assistance from Museumand (the social history museum which celebrates the contribution of Caribbean life to the UK), the African and Caribbean Arts and Heritage Union and the African Diaspora.
- Create a travelling exhibition which will be made available to a network of partners to spread the Amazing Grace story and establish partnerships for the future.
- Create an online exhibition will be produced which will allow the story to be accessed nationally and internationally, particularly to Africa and the Caribbean.
- Create a learning programme made available online, aimed at secondary schools focussing on the history of the slave trade, the British role in that trade and the contribution of Caribbean culture to the UK.
- Deliver an activity programme which will appeal to local, regional and national audiences with partners from the Open University, the Friends of the Caribbean-MK, the African Diaspora Foundation-MK, the African & Caribbean Arts & Heritage Union-MK, the Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet, Olney Town Council, The Stables music venue.
- Employ a Heritage Engagement Officer and a Development Officer and a heritage programmer to manage activities and embed good practice and skills in the museum for the future.
- Recruit and train new and more diverse volunteers to shape the activities and make the museum more sustainable in the future.
The key objective of the role is to action the fundraising strategy to support the Museum in its future growth.
The postholder will be responsible for:
- Managing and developing applications to Trusts and Foundations,
- Developing an individual giving programme and form relationships with key supporters.
- Seeking corporate support and sponsorship from local business.
- Supporting volunteers in growing skills
- Working with Trustees to ensure the skills are embedded in the organisation and that the strategy can be continued after the end of the project.
Accountability: The Development Officer reports to the Trustees in accordance with the Museum policies, procedures and best practice in transparency and accountability.
Relationships: Works and liaises with the Cowper & Newton Museum Trustees to assist, manage and evaluate progress. These responsibilities call for relevant experience, together with strong communication skills.
- Carry out research and make applications to Trusts and Foundations
- Train volunteers and Trustees in good practice in writing bids
- Devise and put in place an individual giving scheme
- Develop relationships with local business for regular giving and sponsorship in cash or kind to grow specific improvements and/or events/audience engagement
- Assisting with evaluation
- Contributing to the development of a robust and exciting Museum Forward Plan
Knowledge, skills and experience
Experience of working in the arts or heritage sector
Experience of fundraising and development in a heritage or arts setting
A good communicator with ability to bring people together, to influence and engage
Able to take responsibility for organising fundraising and supporter events
A belief in the power of heritage and community engagement to impact on people’s lives for good
A graduate qualification in the arts or heritage
- To apply please provide the following:
- Fully completed application form (Download here)
- A letter including your personal statement
- At least two referees
You must have the right to live and work in the UK
The post is subject to 3 months probation
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: 17.00 on Monday 28th March
INTERVIEW DATE: 6th April
You are able to download the details for this post here
For any queries and questions please contact Amanda Molcher, Trustee – AG250 Planning at email@example.com
Applications should be sent to Mrs A Molcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications can be sent by post to Amazing Grace 250, Cowper & Newton Museum, Market Place, Olney, Milton Keynes, MK46 4AJ