Director of the Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester - Manchester Museum

Closing Date : 05/01/2018
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
Division : Manchester Museum
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : Competitive salary plus benefits
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : L&CI-11110

Develop the future of a world renowned university museum

The Manchester Museum is one of the nation’s leading museums. It is also among the largest university museums, being part of the University of Manchester. Much like the University, where research has led to numerous ‘firsts’ such as splitting the atom and isolating graphene, the Museum’s programmes of exhibitions and public engagement are internationally acclaimed. Its entire 4.5 million-strong collection of natural history and human cultures is designated as being of global importance. As work gathers pace on a £12.7m capital project to build new galleries and facilities, there has never been a more exciting moment to be the Museum’s Director.

Lead the delivery of a contemporary agenda

As Director, you will be accountable for realising the Museum’s vision to use its collection to promote understanding between cultures and work towards a sustainable world. As a very visible champion of the Museum, you will contribute to the agenda of its various funders and partners. Crucially, you will ensure that the Museum enriches the University’s research, teaching and social responsibility agendas, while developing its collections and making them accessible for more diverse communities than ever before.

Inspire a globally significant vision with your knowledge and experience

A well-regarded leader, you will bring the combination of creative flair, people management skills and fundraising expertise necessary to keep the Museum at the forefront of innovations in heritage, conservation and engagement practice. Ambitious, confident and adaptable, you understand the opportunities and challenges ahead, and you know how to sustain an environment in which the Museum and its people can flourish. Your substantial body of senior leadership experience within a similarly complex, multi-stakeholder organisation equips you to forge strong relationships across sectors, and to represent the Museum at the very highest level.

For informal enquiries about the vacancy, please contact,

Name: Professor James Thompson (Vice President for Social Responsibility)



Name: Dr Nick Merriman (Director of Museum)


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter stating your suitability for the role to,

Name: Karen Heaton, Director of Human Resources


Closing date: 5 January 2018.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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