As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum acts as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an international reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions, award-winning public programmes and significant collections spanning many cultures and centuries. The Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in conservation and heritage science.
The Head of Collections Management & Documentation is a new senior management role within the Collections & Research Division, who will bring together, lead and manage a team responsible for collections management and documentation of the Fitzwilliam's collection, libraries and archives. This work will support mission aims for audience engagement, care of the collection, and particularly to provide a platform for innovative and impactful research in line with the Museum's Research & Impact Strategy. The role will have overall responsibility for the logistics of collections moves (for research, displays, exhibitions and loans) and access via Study Room service; the documentation of the collection; the photography & image library teams; the registrars' office including inward and outward loans; and the management of libraries and archives.
Working in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, Collections & Research, and colleagues and stakeholders across the museum and University, the role holder will lead on the development of new strategies, plans and processes, bringing together new teams and structures in a period of organisational change, to better support the Fitzwilliam's mission aims around research, impact and public engagement. The role requires the ability to balance strategic development and resource planning with day-to-day business and proactive staff management. The post-holder will form part of the Museum's Senior Management Team and lead a number of projects to improve collections storage, documentation and processes around object and artwork movements, and the future management of library collections and archives.
Cambridge is a beautiful city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back to 1209. The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of eight museums which work in partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the University Library as the University of Cambridge Museums consortium, with internationally 'Designated' collections spanning archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology and fine art.
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check..
Interviews will be held on Friday 19th August 2022
Please quote reference DA32019 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly encourage candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy, as they are currently under-represented at this level within our University.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.