Calderdale Industrial Museum Association

Title                  Museum Manager

Status               Staff 

Hours               Flexible    Average 20hours per week 

Duration            Two years 

Salary               £13,000 per year  

This is a challenging, potentially rewarding, opportunity for the right candidate to be involved in the rebirth of what was a national award-wining museum in the 1980s. Our long-term objective is to recover that status. 

Whilst suitable qualifications and experience will be important, the attribute most needed will be the ability to manage, motivate, organise and work alongside a large (and growing) body of enthusiastic volunteers, most of whom have no previous experience of working in a museum. Our work up to now has been largely to redevelop and restore the fabric of the building, to make it more attractive and accessible for today’s visitor. Our focus is now shifting to Calderdale’s amazing industrial collection, as we bring more machines back to working order and develop new displays and interpretation. 

CIMA has been operating Calderdale Industrial Museum since August 2016. The museum, owned by Calderdale MBC, was re-opened for regular public visits seven months ago, in an operation run entirely by volunteers. As more of the museum is brought back into working order, and visitor numbers increase, the Directors/Trustees need day-to-day, dedicated staff support in managing what is becoming a complex operation. The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is funding the two-year appointment of the Museum Manager.  

The successful candidate will need to be flexible about working hours, willing to work some Saturdays or Sundays as required. Increasing visitor numbers and income will provide opportunities for the hours and remuneration to be enhanced. Owning a car would be an advantage, but not essential. 

It is hoped that, at the end of this temporary appointment, the museum operation will have advanced to the extent that a permanent post can be supported and grown into the future, without the need for further external funding. 

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Closing date for applications 20th July 2018