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Glasgow Life

Location: Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park,2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
Ref: GLA07807

About us

Working across museums, the arts, music, sport, world-class events, festivals, libraries, community facilities, and physical activity, learning and heritage programmes; the scale and reach of our activity makes a real and positive impact on the lives of Glasgow’s residents and creates unforgettable experiences for our visitors.

We are recruiting for a Museum Manager, to join our 3,000 strong dedicated team of staff and volunteers

The service

Glasgow Life Museums

Glasgow holds one of Europe’s finest civic collections. The museum service, managed by Glasgow Life, attracted more than 4 million visitors in 2019/20, across 7 museums, making it the UK’s most visited museums service outside London. The service enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of interpretation and audience engagement it delivers.

The role

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to lead one of the world’s most prestigious museums.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Burrell Collection Refurbishment Project is a Glasgow City Council major project managed by Glasgow Life to redevelop the internationally significant Burrell Collection.

As Keeper of the Burrell, you will bring passion and expertise to support The Burrell Collection as it reopens in Spring 2022 with the aim of attracting a local, national and international profile. You will have proven leadership skills with the ability to motivate a team of museum professionals including curators, front of house staff and technicians to create an unforgettable visitor experience. You will have an excellent understanding and track record in developing and diversifying the audiences for Art Museums and delivering excellent customer care for a wide range of visitors. You’ll lead on a changing programme of special exhibitions, events and activities and the on-going development of the displays and museum offer.  You will work closely with Museums Learning and Access teams and operational staff to coordinate service provision and manage contracted services such as catering and cleaning. 

In this role you will be a member of the museums management team developing and delivering Glasgow’s museum service, responsible for customer service and programme delivery.  This will include the management of an additional smaller museum site.

About you 

  • You will demonstrate a passion for the role museums can play in the life of the city, for locals, visitors and as a tourist destination.
  • You will have significant experience with fine and decorative art collections and demonstrable success in developing potential future contribution to the regeneration of communities.
  • You will have an outstanding knowledge of the management of large visitor attractions as well as cultural and educational programming.
  • You will be an exceptional communicator and team player, able to energise those around you and an experienced manager and mentor to those in your team.
  • You will have first rate organisational skills as well as strong experience of managing a wide range of customer service operations, including health and safety.
  • You will have a degree or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area, and a museum or management postgraduate qualification would be advantageous.

This is a key role that sits within the Museums and Collections team at Glasgow Life, making a significant difference to our ability to reach our audiences and to deliver on performance and financial targets.

If you think you fit this role, we would love to hear from you.

In return, we can offer a generous holiday allowance of 29 days (rising to 34 days after 5 years), plus 6.5 public holidays. You will also be eligible to join the Strathclyde pension fund, one of the largest local authority pension providers in the UK. Additional staff benefits include staff discounts, annual leave purchase scheme, flexible retirement and family friendly policies.

We value diversity and inclusion. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people from the BAME community who are currently under-represented in our organisation.

This position requires a Basic Disclosure. Please note successful candidates for the above position will be required to pay for their Disclosure. 

Apply online

Closing date is 11.59pm on Sunday 12th December 2021.

Information is available in alternative formats, on request.