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Learning and Engagement Manager

University of Birmingham - Barber Institute of Fine Art

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £27,025 to £29,515
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 27th September 2019
Job Ref: 59922

Grade 6 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,025 to £29,515. With potential progression once in post to £33,199 a year. 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts are seeking an exceptional individual to join the team in the role of Learning and Engagement Manager. 

The Learning and Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the delivery of a dynamic and critically-engaged Learning and Engagement programme that will enable the Barber to achieve its mission and both retain and extend its reputation for excellence and innovation in this area. The role of Learning and Engagement Manager sits within the Barber’s newly-formed Public Engagement team which delivers the Barber’s renewed strategic vision for visitor experience, learning and public engagement. The post-holder will play a significant role in this new team.

You may have seen the role advertised previously within the last year- no appointment was made during this process as we are seeking a candidate with the right mix of skills, knowledge and approach that we require at this point in the Barber’s journey. Since then, we have revised the job description and the person specification. The previous specification required arts qualifications and considerable previous experience in a gallery or museum. This time round we are open to hearing from candidates with relevant past experience from a wider range of settings who possess demonstrable and transferable skills and enthusiasm for working in arts engagement. 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1932. The founding mission states that the Barber was established for ‘the study and encouragement of art and music’.  It is recognised internationally as one of the finest small art galleries in the world and houses one of the most outstanding and internationally significant art collections assembled during the 20th century. Housed in an architecturally important listed Art Deco building, the collection comprises Old Master and modern paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and coins which are displayed alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions, high-profile loans and displays which are curated to compliment the collection. The collection is displayed in the purpose-built 1930s galleries which to this day, still offer a unique, atmospheric and very special visitor experience. The Barber also has a remarkable concert hall and a vibrant public music programme which is managed by the University’s Department of Music. This an exciting time to join the Barber- see the job description to find out why.

Through our programmes the Barber aims to enhance learning, facilitate the big conversations and change lives- are you the right person to make this happen?

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Closing date: 27/9/2019                     

Reference: 59922

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