Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time



Head of Learning and Inclusion

Head of Learning and Inclusion
Learning and National Partnerships
£49,962 per annum
Application Deadline: 12pm on 17 December 2021

The British Museum is seeking a Head of Learning and Inclusion to join the Learning and National Partnerships department. The main purpose of this role is to lead the British Museum’s physical and digital learning programmes, projects and resources for schools and young audiences, communities and adults in London, across the UK and beyond in order to increase engagement with and public awareness of the Museum’s collection, the places, people and cultures it represents, and the big issues and debates of our time, ensuring our public programmes are impactful, inclusive, inspiring, representative and diverse.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

• To lead and manage the Learning Programmes teams (specifically Adult Programmes, Schools and Young Audiences, Community Partnerships), and any other staff relevant to Learning and Inclusion, and have overarching responsibility for the management, training and appraisals of a team of zero hours facilitators who deliver learning programmes and projects
• With the Head of Learning and National Partnerships and the Head of Interpretation and Volunteers, to develop and oversee an inspiring new strategy for Learning and Interpretation to cover the next 5 years.
• To inspire and motivate the Learning Team encouraging collaboration and creativity to deliver world-class Museum learning and public events programmes that delight, inspire, include, represent and captivate audiences.
• To develop and deliver an inclusive, diverse and inspiring learning programme, that meets audience needs, is fully integrated with the Museum’s collection and wider public programme (Exhibitions) and that fits strategically with the Museum’s principles, strategies, policies and purpose and delivers against the Museum’s Key Performance Indicators including DCMS and other funders
• To ensure the effective engagement of and communication with curatorial departments and other departments such as Scientific Research in the development of the Learning Programme and its content
• Working with the Head of Department and Marketing and Press teams, ensure an effective Marketing and Communications plan is in place each year for the effective promotion and brand awareness of all our Learning Programmes, major learning projects, events, digital content and other initiatives
• To ensure that the Museum plays the strongest role possible in both the development and delivery of the English National Curriculum in History, and other relevant subject areas, and in supporting all UK teachers and pupils with a schools offer that is relevant to all of the UK nations
• To develop strong links with the relevant contacts in DfE and Awarding Bodies (e.g AKA, Edexcel, OCR)
• To develop a robust evaluation methodology to ensure that the learning programme is constantly improved year on year and that we have comparative data
• To work with the Head of National Programmes and regional partners to develop and deliver educational support to National Partners through new and existing ways of working including digital experiences and major projects
• To work with the Head of Department and other stakeholders and to engage effectively with assessing the potential of opportunities for digital learning for all audiences, and in leading on digital learning projects
• To work with the Head of Learning and National Partnerships and the Development Department to secure funds for learning projects and programmes and to project manage and report to funders and internal stakeholders
• To have overarching responsibility for the creative direction and risk assessment of any very large-scale events, such as Lates or large-scale cultural festival events, working with colleagues in the Learning Team

Person Specification:

• Education: degree in a relevant subject.
• Specific technical/professional skills & experience: well-rounded knowledge of museums, education, events management, community engagement and outreach; experience of developing and managing programmes for diverse audiences; well-developed communication and organisational skills; managed a section or department in a museum or similar institution; experience of managing digital projects; experience of working with designers and developing briefs.
• Work experience: substantial experience of education work in museums or other cultural organisations and/or outside the cultural sector.
• Specific managerial skills: visionary and inspirational leader, with highly effective motivational and team building skills; experience of managing relevant programmes, staff and budgets; demonstrable experience of leading a team in setting and delivering strategies.
• Specific interpersonal skills: team-builder, planning and developing skills of staff; diplomatic and experience in dealing with influential stakeholders; highly skilled influencer and negotiator; lead and motivator, creative and innovative; proven track record of building relationships internally across teams and departments, and externally with other organisations.
• Other: a clear sense of the potential links between the Museum’s collection and Learning programmes

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