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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:

As Senior Producer, you will bring the Young V&A’s new vision to life, in fresh ways that are playful, curious, experimental and energetic. You will create nourishing and sustained relationships with audiences and creative and community partners locally, nationally and internationally, with a focus on children, young people, their families and adult carers. As a catalyst and facilitator you will generate new kinds of work and programming. To achieve this you will bring your ideas, experience, and draw on external networks. 

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

  • Engage audiences to create and deliver projects and programmes that motivate and encourage people to be creative, across a wide variety of formats and locales with an integrated approach to digital.  This should embrace current audiences and new visitors and align to audience development priorities.
  • Identify, lead and manage partners and artists to respond to the Young V&A’s new vision, and also to extend reach and embrace new technologies and trends. 
  • Create a programme of live events that activate the V&A mission, raise the profile and impact of the museum both locally and nationally. 
  • Generate income that supports the financial sustainability of the museum.
  • Work collaboratively to identify and build relationships with partners in under-provided areas, demonstrating bold thinking and experience working from local to national contexts with ambition to extend to international. 
  • Connect across the V&A family of sites to promote young audience centered creative programming and interpretation.
  • Source, manage and lead internal and external freelancers, artists, designers and/or creatives.
  • 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

  • Experience in developing and delivering national and large-scale programmes in the cultural sector or in a creative industries context, including festivals and large-scale live events. Proven record of developing and delivering commercially successful events.
  • Experience of delivering programmes that catalyse change and new ways of thinking about the value of culture and creativity working in ways that join up activity across internal and external contexts. 
  • Experience with managing a budget and invoicing systems.

Core Skills

  • Good standard of written English (GCSE Grade C equivalent) and numerical ability to perform a range of calculations
  • Significant interpersonal and consultative skills, including the ability to communicate, present, negotiate, influence and build credibility with colleagues and external parties
  • The ability to use MS Office and other relevant IT systems as appropriate for the role.
  • Proven ability to manage a high workload and multiple priorities whilst meeting deadlines

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

  • Digital production experience.

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Closing date: 20 January 2022