This is a new senior role at Kids in Museums and will play a key part in delivering our support for the museum and heritage sector over the next four years. The post will lead on the delivery of Kids in Museums current offer to the sector - Manifesto, Family Friendly Museum Award, resources and Takeover Day - as well as working with the Executive Director to develop new programmes of work including training and consultancy. We are looking for someone with good knowledge of the museum sector, experience of working with children and young people and a desire to take on a role that will shape the support that Kids in Museums offers museums over the next few years.
About Kids in Museums
Kids in Museums is a national charity dedicated to ensuring that all children, young people and families feel welcomed and involved in museums and other heritage sites. In recognition of its excellent track-record and future ambitions, Kids in Museums was selected by Arts Council England to be a Sector Support Organisation for the museum sector from April 2018, funded as a National Portfolio Organisation. This is an exciting time to be joining Kids in Museums. Following an organisational development project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are implementing new ways of working supported by a new staffing structure. This will enable us to expand and increase the impact of our core programmes - Takeover Day, Family Friendly Museum Award, online information and resources and our Manifesto - as well as develop new programmes. To support our future plans, we are recruiting several new roles of which this is one.
Work with Executive Director to ensure Kids in Museums meets the objectives in its business plan that relate to project delivery.
Work with the Executive Director to develop strategic planning and future objectives for all Kids in Museums programmes.
Manifesto: to work with the Content and Communications Manager to develop the Kids in Museums Manifesto and improve the training and support that we offer to implement the Manifesto.
Takeover Day: to lead on all aspects of the delivery of Takeover Day and Teen Twitter Takeover with administrative support from the Office and Volunteer Coordinator. This will include developing new strands such as careers-focused Takeover Days, enhancing the support offered to museums (including delivering training events) and continuing to grow the project across the UK.
Digital Takeovers: leading on pilots of new digital takeovers and ensuring they are evaluated and rolled out where successful.
Develop partnerships with relevant sector organisations to support the growth of Kids in Museums programmes.
Implement the business plan developed annually for the Welsh government ensuring that all programme objectives for Wales are met and that our initiatives support Welsh government priorities.
Ensure that there are appropriate impact measurement processes in place for all Kids in Museums programmes and that data required for reporting to funders is collected.
Work with the Executive Director and where appropriate consultants to develop new programmes for Kids in Museums that meet the organisation’s mission and vision.
Supporting the development of Kids in Museums programmes in Scotland and Northern Ireland in collaboration with the Executive Director.
Working with the Executive Director to explore opportunities to extend Kids in Museums programmes internationally.
Content and Communications
Work with the Content and Communications Manager to create a strategic approach to content development so that our website and resources support our strategic aims and the needs of museum professionals in working with children and young people.
In conjunction with the Content and Communications Manager ensure that there are appropriate online and print resources to support all Kids in Museums programmes.
Where appropriate create content for distribution online.
Represent Kids in Museums at conferences and sector events, where appropriate accepting invitations to speak.
Be an advocate for Kids in Museums and build positive relationships with key stakeholders.
Training and Consultancy
Implement the recommendations of the HLF Resilient Heritage consultancy report about Kids in Museums training offer and develop a year-round programme of training for museum professionals to support their work with children, young people and families.
Work collaboratively with museum professionals and consultants to design Kids in Museums training courses.
In conjunction with the Office and Volunteer Coordinator ensure that all arrangements are made for the delivery of Kids in Museums training including event booking arrangements, venue arrangements and communication with delegates.
Promote the Kids in Museums training offer, working with the Content and Communications Manager.
Develop the Kids in Museums consultancy offer in conjunction with the Executive Director and where appropriate, Trustees and external consultants.
Where appropriate deliver museum consultancy.
Develop partnerships with appropriate sector organisations to support the development of Kids in Museums training and consultancy.
Work with the Executive Director to plan the future of Kids in Museums training and consultancy offered to ensure it meets the needs of the sector and supports the organisation’s income generation plans.
Finance and Administration
Ensure that all programmes, training and consultancy are delivered to budget and where appropriate are meeting income generation targets.
Support the Executive Director to develop future programme budgets.
Contribute to the organisation’s business planning process.
Line Management Responsibilities
This role has line management responsibilities for the Content and Communications Manager and the North Wales Project Coordinator. The post holder will be expected to ensure that they are provided with appropriate support and supervision in line with Kids in Museums HR processes.
At least five years’ experience of working in the museums, heritage or cultural sector in a role focused on engagement with children and young people and / or families.
A strong understanding of the work of Kids in Museums and a commitment to the organisation’s mission and vision.
Good knowledge of the main issues surrounding children, young people and families’ engagement with museum and heritage.
Excellent project management skills and the ability to run a year-round programme of projects, training and consultancy.
The ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to support programme development and delivery and to build new partnerships.
Line management experience with a proven ability to manage and develop staff.
Strong budget management skills with the ability to contribute to longer term budget planning.
Experience of contributing to long-term strategic planning.
Excellent administration skills and attention to detail.
Good written and spoken communication skills.
Experience of working flexibly in response to the needs of a small team, ability to both consider longerterm planning and short-term delivery needs.
Ability to be a confident and proactive ambassador for Kids in Museums.
Educated to degree level.
Experience of producing print or online resources.
Previous experience of delivering professional training.