South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Director - Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum aims to become the one of the leading museums in the south west; inspiring the public by describing the history of war and conflict through the experiences of regiments of Devon and Dorset, their families and communities. Key responsibilities
  • Commercial Activity – Oversight of the delivery of commercial income streams, such as visitor services, events and retail, and to explore new income opportunities. To develop and lead on fundraising initiatives, education, talks, events and corporate hire that will secure the museum’s future sustainability.
  • Strategic Development and Planning – Production of an annual business plan and budget, with appropriate input, monitoring reports and providing regular updates to the Board. To compile and maintain relevant policies and to scope and communicate activities.
  • Financial Management – Overall responsibility for the museum budget, to set the budget each year and to develop a monitoring system to manage performance and ensure appropriate spend.
  • Staff management – Responsible for recruitment, selection, retention and appraisal of staff and volunteers, and ensuring compliance with legislation and internal policy as well as budget.
  • Stakeholders and Partners – To act as an ambassador for the museum, enhancing its reputation and profile within the community and representing the museum on local committees. To explore partnership working opportunities with other museums and organisations in the local area. You will develop the museum audience by monitoring the visitor profile and community feedback, and be proactive in responding with appropriate action plans and initiatives.
  • Collections Management and Exhibitions:
    • To manage the overall curation of the museum; including dealing with donations/disposals, ensuring the safety of the collection and overseeing public programming that develops access to the collection to audiences through exhibitions, education, events and research.
    • To draw on resources available to support the management, preservation and display of the collection via grant applications, appointing consultants and co-ordinating volunteers running of this part of the service.
  • Compliance:
    • To ensure compliance with all Ministry of Defence lease arrangements, regulations and policies.
    • To ensure all policies are relevant, up to date and conform to existing guidance and legislation e.g. weapons licensing, emergency plan, health and safety, with the support of the Operations Manager.
  • Support to the Board of Trustees – To provide effective and efficient support and administration including timely provision of agendas, minutes, actions and reports.
  • General Responsibilities – Under-taking general duty officer tasks when required including opening/closing the museum, handling and responding to queries, supporting and managing volunteers.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree level education or equivalent in a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in managing a museum or similar heritage/arts organisation.
  • Experience in submitting grant/fundraising applications and high level bid writing.
  • Experience of delivering culture change within an organisation.
  • Experience of working with and reporting to a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of working towards an NLHF project application and delivery, or similar, is desirable.
  • Experience of managing staff and volunteers and best practice.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • You will be a natural leader, with a passion and drive to improve and develop the museum in the community. You will be an ambassador for the museum and the charity.
  • You will have the ability to motivate and lead a team of staff and volunteers, manage priorities and work to and meet deadlines.
  • You will have excellent communication skills and work and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
  • You will have problem solving skills and work with initiative, and have the ability to constructively challenge where necessary.
  • You will possess strong IT skills.

Please send a CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements of the role to Laura Jayne Gardner Email: Or by post: FAO Laura Jayne Gardner Keep Military Museum Barrack Road Dorchester DT1 1RN Please also contact Laura if you would like a preliminary discussion about the role or if you have any questions.

Organisation name: Keep Military Museum

Contact name: Laura Jayne Gardner

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01305264066

Contact website:

Type: Full-time (permanent)

Salary: £30,000

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

Deadline for completed applications: Saturday 31 October 2020

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