Special Collections Manager, Manchester

JOB: Special Collections Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Grade 8 (£33,943 to £39,324). Permanent, full time. Ref: T2-80325835-02.

Manchester Metropolitan University has developed a new vision for excellence. Its ambition is simple: to be the best modern university in the sector, where students and staff alike are equipped with every resource to excel. Library Services is at the heart of academic life. We have a strong culture of continuous improvement and we are passionate about providing the best customer service.

We care about delivering sector-leading services, developing partnerships, and providing outstanding levels of support to eight Faculties and 37,000 students. We are proud of our highly skilled, collaborative team and of our unique resources, including the award winning North West Film Archive and Special Collections, which enable us to support our customers in their learning, teaching, scholarships and research.

As a University Museum, MMU Special Collections is a primary resource for Manchester Metropolitan University, the North-West region and beyond. Since 2005, MMU Special Collections has had Accredited Museum status in recognition of its unique collections and associated staff and services. The Collections include fine and decorative arts, historic and modern books, Victorian greetings cards and ephemera, posters and artists’ papers. Access to the collections and exhibitions is free and open to all.

We are seeking an experienced, proactive and motivated professional to fill this exciting new post. Reporting to the relevant Library Services Manager, the Special Collections Manager will play a leading role in the management and development of the Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The successful candidate will provide senior support to develop and deliver strategic improvements to the service and to monitor and evaluate the success of those improvements. The role will involve developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies to increase income and support Special Collections activities and future development.
Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be able to communicate a vision for developing collections and activities to both the Special Collections team and the wider University. You will also be able to translate that vision into action. With extensive experience in special collections, art galleries or museums, you will ensure that the collections make a significant contribution to teaching, research, and engagement with the wider community. You will have demonstrated the ability to manage significant projects, develop relationships with donors and secure external funding. The candidate must be educated to degree level.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to creating a diverse environment where everybody is treated with dignity, fairness and respect. We welcome applications from all potential candidates.

Advert closing date: 9 June 2017.

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