Job Description August 2012 Role: Curator Business Function: Collections, Archives and Library Services Reports to: Head of Collections, Archives and Library Pay Band/Starting Salary: Band F, Services £30,494 (pro rata) Location: Central Office, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Type of Contract: Fixed term for 6 Road, Edinburgh EH11 4D months / part-time (24 hours per week) Terms and Conditions: - The post is subject to the standard terms and conditions provided with the application pack. PURPOSE OF THE ROLE This job exists to undertake work that improves the knowledge and application of the Trust’s historic interiors and material culture collections, to ensure high standards of presentation and display, and to promote and facilitate best practice in collection management. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES The Key Purposes of the Job will be met by: Service Delivery o Enabling intellectual access to the Trust’s historic interiors and material culture collections, by acquiring and disseminating authoritative information to NTS staff, members and the general public. o Providing advice and guidance across the Trust on the display of the collections, planning and delivering new displays and rearrangements as required. o Assisting with and initiating temporary exhibitions from the collections, working with staff across other professional disciplines. o Assisting with the management of new acquisitions, liaising with donors and funders as required. o Undertaking projects associated with collections, working alongside other specialist disciplines and in line with NTS conservation priorities. o Assisting with the administration of loans to and from the collections. Conservation o Acquiring and developing knowledge about the historic interiors and collections and their cultural significance, through research and study. o Helping to develop and implement best collections management practice across the Trust, in line with the NTS Conservation Principles. o Assisting with the documentation of the Trust’s collections, according to SPECTRUM standards, undertaking cataloguing tasks to help address the documentation backlog. o Coordinating the Museum Accreditation applications for the existing and new scheme and compiling returns to ensure accreditation status is retained. o Helping to deliver Museum Accreditation standards across all properties with material culture collections. o Contributing to wider management planning processes and the development of operational policies and guidelines aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the built properties and their contents. o Raising the external profile of the collections by delivering public lectures and talks. o Developing good working relationships and networks with other local, national and international heritage bodies. o Contribute to the security of collections within designated properties. Commercial and Marketing Support o Helping to raise funding support for new acquisitions and collections activity, through grants, donations and sponsorship. o Providing support for marketing-led temporary exhibitions, as appropriate. o Assisting with the furnishing and presentation of holiday properties, as appropriate o Helping to deliver an annual reduction in like for like energy consumption. People Management and Change o Communicating, coaching and enthusing NTS staff and volunteers in best collections management practice and policy. o Working effectively across departmental disciplines. o Liaising diplomatically with an extensive range of external stakeholders. The current duties of this job do not require a criminal records (Disclosure Scotland) check to be carried out. SCOPE OF ROLE Technical Knowledge o Broad knowledge of Western European fine and decorative arts and architecture, to the equivalent of at least degree level. o Demonstrable experience of a wide range of curatorial and collections-management responsibilities in a museum/gallery or heritage environment. Postgraduate degree in Museum and Gallery Studies or AMA highly desirable. o Competent object recognition and analytical skills, with proven ability and willingness to curate a wide range of object types. o Sound understanding of SPECTRUM documentation standards and the requirements for Museum Accreditation. People Management o No direct line reports; supervision of volunteers and work placement students as appropriate. Financial Management o Contribute to the cost-effective use of revenue budgets; initiation of forward estimates for core work plans, as required. o Management of budgets for small to medium-sized projects, as appropriate. o Responsible attitude towards personal expenses. SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE Essential Demonstrable experience of collections management and access. Excellent organisational, administrative and time-management skills with the ability to prioritise workload to meet changing demands and deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and highly developed inter-personal skills. Experience of historical research from first sources – track record of publications desirable. Experience of object cataloguing and use of collections management databases. Demonstrable experience of handling original objects and planning exhibition displays. Visual, creative thinker. Ability to function effectively both independently and as part of a team. Competent user of Microsoft Office products. A current driving licence and willingness to travel across Scotland. Demonstrable high levels of interpersonal and communication skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of staff, visitors and other stakeholders. Desirable A museum of Heritage management post-graduate qualification or advanced certificate. The Key Responsibilities, Scope of Job, and Required Qualifications, Skills, Experience & Knowledge reflect the requirements of the job at the time of issue. The Trust reserves the right to amend these with appropriate consultation and/or request the post-holder to undertake any activities that it believes to be reasonable within the broad scope of the job or his/her general abilities. Applications Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to Human Resources Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via email@example.com, by first post (i.e. 10.00am) on Friday, 7 September 2012. Interviews are likely to be held at Central Office, Edinburgh during week commencing 17 September 2012.
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