University of Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum

Job Share: 2 days/3 days Monday to Friday based in Grove Lodge, Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 and opened to the public in 1848. Today, it houses over half a million works of art and antiquities spanning a period of four thousand years and representing most major civilisations of the world. The collections are curated within five departments: Antiquities; Coins and Medals; Paintings, Drawings and Prints; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Applied Arts: for an overview see The Museum has an international reputation for excellence in research, exhibitions, education and public engagement. As well as being the principal museum of the University of Cambridge, it is the largest cultural venue in the region, welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. It is also the lead partner of the University of Cambridge Museums, a partnership of eight University Museums and the Botanic Garden.

The Telephonist/Receptionist provides the first point of contact for many visitors and telephone callers to the Museum, providing a full telephone and mail room service for all Museum staff.  There will also be a requirement to order and distribute stationery and provide support for a range of museum functions.

We are looking for the following skills and abilities: excellent telephone manner and clear communication skills, ability to assimilate large amount of frequently changing information, demonstrable knowledge and practical experience of switchboard operation and reception duties, computer literacy, including email, WORD and Excel, reliability and punctuality, flexibility including willingness to provide leave cover and  interest in and commitment to the work of the Fitzwilliam Museum and the cultural sector.

Planned interview date: 31 October 2016             

Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure check via Disclosure Scotland. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries should be directed to or Tel: 01223 764840.

Please quote reference DA10374 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

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