Collections Coordinator

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The Polar Museum is looking for an organised and enthusiastic museum professional to manage its collection of polar artefacts and artworks.

The Museum is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, which was established as a memorial to Captain Scott and his men and still undertakes world leading research in the polar sciences and humanities. As well as caring for collections relating to Captain Scott and other "heroic era" Antarctic explorers, the museum holds material from nineteenth century expeditions to the Arctic, historical and contemporary material culture from a wide range of Arctic communities and scientific objects from Arctic and Antarctic research undertaken by the Institute in recent decades. The Institute also holds significant archive and photographic collections and is home to an extensive polar library.

The Collections Coordinator is responsible for a range of tasks including facilitating collections research, answering external enquiries, undertaking and improving documentation of the Museum's collections, negotiating and administering loans and ensuring that the collections are appropriately stored and displayed. In addition they support the wider activity of the museum as needed.

The Scott Polar Research Institute is an exciting and varied place to work. Our Polar Museum welcomes thousands of visitors a year, and activities include exhibitions, events and teaching. As part of a small team, the role holder will be working supportively side by side with colleagues in a variety of roles. The successful candidate will enjoy working on a range of tasks, and as part of a busy team to solve problems.

In the 'Suitability for the Role' section of the application form, please answer the following three questions: 1. Please tell us why you are applying for this role, and what specifically interests you about it. 2. Describe a time when you have had to use your detailed knowledge of best practice in collections management to undertake a task or project. 3. Describe a project you have worked on where you have had to be very organised and communicate your progress effectively to others.

Answers to these questions will be used for shortlisting candidates for interview. Please number each answer. Please note, there is an overall limit of 11,000 characters (approx. 1,500 words) in the 'Suitability for the role' section.

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The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 September 2022 and interviews will be held on Thursday 22 September 2022 in person at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Informal enquiries may be made to either Charlotte Connelly, the Polar Museum's Museum Curator and the line manager for the role holder, or Alex Partridge, the current role holder.

Charlotte Connelly: or telephone 01223 336557 (please note that Charlotte is on annual leave from Monday 29 August). Alex Partridge: or telephone 01223 336567.

Please quote reference LD32543 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Limited funding: The appointment will be made on an open ended basis, subject to funding. Funding is currently confirmed until July 2024.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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