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Senior Collections & House Officer

Employer
National Trust
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
5 Aug 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
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Summary
Are you a proven manager of collections or houses? Can you bring your conservation knowledge to this close knit team? We need someone who can champion fantastic collections care and practise, visitor welcome and the day to day operation of managing volunteers to give great experiences.

Proposed Interview Date: 17 August 2021
What it's like to work here
Visiting the Hardman's House it's quite easy to see the contrasting sides of this special place: the neat, professional, spacious business rooms and the cluttered, cramped living quarters of the renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret Hardman. They lived and worked here for 40 years, keeping everything and changing nothing.

The business focused on professional studio portraits but their real love was for vivid landscape images. Some of their huge collection of photographs is on display in the house, along with the equipment they used to take and develop the iconic images.
What you'll be doing
As the senior lead of the House Team, you'll manage a team of Collections & House Officers, Collections Assistants and volunteers to implement preventive conservation and cleaning programmes in the house to ensure excellent standards of care, delivering strategies to improve conservation. You'll be responsible for the planning and implementation of conservation projects, collections care and daily opening of the house ensuring appropriate resources are in place to provide a consistent and excellent visitor experience.

You'll collect and accurately record information to inform our understanding of the house and the collection and use preventive conservation techniques to improve how we conserve, interpret and present the property. Leading by example you'll ensure a culture of excellent customer care, engaging our visitors with conservation and the values and behaviours of the National Trust.
Who we're looking for
We'd love to hear from you if you have:
  • Knowledge and operational experience of collections management and care in historic properties and some experience of collections management systems
  • Good working knowledge of preventative conservation and an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
  • An impressive eye for even the smallest of details and are comfortable working from height
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety & emergency procedures.
  • Some knowledge and experience of managing budgets and finance.
  • Experience of managing staff & volunteers
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
  • An understanding of how enhance our visitor experience through the presentation of information or interpretative material
The package
Benefits for working at the National Trust:
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Generous annual leave
  • Subsidised health cash plan
  • Free 24-hour support service
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Training & Development tailored to you
  • Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.

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