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Victoria and Albert Museum

Young V&A (formerly the V&A Museum of Childhood) is currently closed as we work to transform it into a new world-leading museum of design and creativity for children and young people.

Drawing on our internationally renowned collections of art, design and performance, the V&A Museum of Childhood will become Young V&A – the UK's premier national museum designed by, and for, young people – a place where you can learn, create and debate together, and design for tomorrow.

We aim to inspire young people to be active citizens and creative change-makers in their communities; to empower educators to drive forward creative education in art, design and performance from early years to secondary school; to connect young people with the creative ingenuity of designers, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors, and each other, and to influence the sector through child-centred museum practice.

The museum is due to reopen in 2023, and until then the Learning team is working collaboratively with colleagues and communities to build learning programmes and experiences in response to the developing galleries for Young V&A.

Main purpose:

The Creative Learning Facilitator will contribute to the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of learning activity. The main responsibility will be preparation for and delivery of workshops, events and projects, supporting diverse children and young people aged 0-14 years to access inclusive, compelling and relevant learning experiences, and empowering them to develop creative skills and confidence, inspired by the new museum’s collection and themes.

They will work across formal and informal settings, delivering school workshops and assemblies, holiday activities for children and sessions for families and early years.  Until the museum reopens in 2023, most work will happen in and around Tower Hamlets and neighbouring boroughs in East London, building on strategic partnerships with local authorities and community-based organisations.  Once the museum re-opens, delivery will take place within on-gallery spaces for Learning and in a new Learning Centre with dedicated facilities.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The role may suit someone who does not come from a conventional museum background but who has experience of delivering creative or cultural learning in other settings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver creative learning activity to children from 0 to 14 years, and the adults who support them, in primary, secondary schools, and for children, young people and families in community and public settings.
  • Work collaboratively with the YV&A Senior Learning Producers, to develop new inclusive and creative learning content inspired by YV&A galleries, for diverse learners across informal, community and school settings. 
  • Develop and maintain learning resources, including handling objects and equipment, ensuring safe storage and efficient management of materials across programmes.
  • Support relationships with schools, communities and developing audiences for Young V&A.
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of learning and creative practitioners, including designers, artists, freelance educators and casual staff, to deliver high quality learning to all participants in YV&A programmes.
  • Proactively support evaluation and reflection to ensure YV&A is underpinned by evidence from learners and so that feedback is used to inform delivery and planning. 
  • Contribute to research and development, evaluation and reflective practice to inform and improve the growing Learning offer for Young V&A.
  • Manage administration and communication relevant to your area of work to ensure the smooth running of the team and the programme. 

The above job description is intended to be an outline of the duties and responsibilities for this role. This is not exhaustive, and it is likely to change over time. You may be expected to undertake other duties that are commensurate with this role

Person specification

Job Specific

  • Demonstrable experience of leading hands-on learning sessions for children and young people under the age of 14, in schools and/or in informal community settings.
  • Demonstrable recent experience delivering and developing at least one of the following types of learning for children and young people: design, play, performance, digital and/or STEAM. 

Core Skills

  • Good standard of written English (GCSE Grade C equivalent) and numerical ability to perform a range of calculations  
  • Experience of communicating clearly, with the ability to adapt your communication style for different groups
  • The ability to use MS Office and other relevant IT systems as appropriate for the role.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to manage multiple tasks

Behaviours    

  • Respects others’ expertise, time, perspectives and contribution.  
  • Takes responsibility for delivering on actions, achieving high-standards and learning from mistakes
  • Open to change, new ideas and suggestions; looks for opportunities for improvement and self-development 
  • Works with others outside their own department in a collaborative, understanding, and, engaging way.

Desirable  

  • Experience of inclusive educational practice
  • Experience of similar work in a creative or cultural education setting

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Closing date: 20 January 2022