Collections & Learning Assistant
Full time, 35 hours per week. Flexible working at weekends and evenings will be required.
12 month fixed term contract
This is a varied and exciting new role for the organisation, designed to offer support to our Curator and Learning & Public Programme Manager. The post holder will take on some of the key day to day tasks from these roles, freeing them up to focus on more strategic development work to build the organisation.
The post would suit an early career professional with a dynamic approach to collections and learning, who is keen to learn but able to take on tasks and work independently as well. We are a small team who work closely together to support each other in our roles and will provide a welcoming atmosphere.
The role will split the hours approximately 21 hours collections and 14 learning per week.
Office & Finance Assistant
Part-time: 3 days per week, 18 month contract
This role is essential to support the day-to-day running of the Museum, working alongside the General Manager to make sure it runs smoothly.
The post would suit someone with strong attention to detail, who is good with figures and enjoys an organised approach to their work. Key tasks will be to support financial processing and be a first point of call for enquiries to the Museum, both by telephone and email. We are looking for someone who is able to take on tasks and work independently but ask for help when needed. We are a small team who work closely together to support each other in our roles and will provide a welcoming atmosphere.
An exciting opportunity to be part of a new phase of development for this ambitious, internationally known specialist museum.
What difference will you make?
Following the redevelopment of its building and collection the museum re-opened as Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in September 2013 after a major re-build. Since that time the business model has evolved from presentation of static displays to a lively exhibition programme of contemporary and historic work. With no regular revenue funders the museum has worked hard to establish a stable business model whilst realising its ambitions. Commercial income generation is strong, now representing approximately half of annual turnover, although this is dependent on visitor numbers.
The current Director Stephanie Fuller took up post in January 2018 and is developing the business model working collaboratively with Trustees and staff. Priorities for the next three years include:
- Maintain and grow our national and international reputation as a knowledgeable and highly skilled organisation with a dynamic and inspiring programme.
- Grow visitor numbers with particular focus on local visitors and tourism visits.
- Diversify audiences by establishing a bespoke targeted outreach offer and developing the social purpose of the museum.
- Increase the percentage of unrestricted income and establish an operating reserve.
- Develop and grow the collection, providing greater access for the public and research including digitisation.
- Fully integrate all aspects of the business – collection, exhibitions, outreach, learning and commercial – around the same business objectives in order to maximise impact.
Trustees will play a vital role in challenging and supporting the Director and staff team in developing and implementing strategy and helping this small but ambitious organisation punch above its weight.