Full-Time Permanent

Full Time: 32.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Salary range: £51,799 - £61,818 per annum
Contract type: permanent
Job reference: 21/046

The Royal Academy of Music is a creative and vibrant workplace with a diverse mix of students and staff from over 60 countries. Many of the world’s leading musicians and performers have studied with us and we are firmly focused on developing tomorrow’s musical leaders in a number of disciplines, including Classical Performance, Composition, Opera, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Integral to the musical training we offer is the opportunity to perform; in an average year, the Academy runs a vibrant programme of around 500 events.

York Gate Collections was set up in 1997 supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The inclusion of the Museum which was opened in February 2002 was partly in response to the Fund’s requirements of general public access. The Museum hosts fixed and temporary exhibitions and events (seminars, workshops, demonstrations, tours) that offer physical and virtual access to these collections and their research and teaching applications.

The Head of Collections will hold operational curatorial responsibility for the Royal Academy of Music’s museum and collections. Working with the Dean of Students and other key colleagues, the three main elements of the role are: 1) leadership and management of the museum and library, 2) stewardship of the collection, and 3) continuing to develop the engagement of students, staff and members of the public with its holdings. The Head of Collections will require vision with respect to programming possibilities and diligence with respect to administrative detail.

In order to be successful in this role you will have experience of working with collections in an educational context, along with knowledge of collections, archival management and of the UK museum sector. You will have highly developed interpersonal skills along with excellent management and organisational skills, with the ability to work self-sufficiently, resourcefully and on your own initiative. You will also have experience of managing, developing and evaluating plans against performance targets and of working prudently with budgets.

Completed applications must be received by 10am on Thursday 28 October 2021.

Interviews are expected to take place on-site on early November 2021.

Enquiries or applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

The Academy is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of all students.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities because we would like to increase the representation of these groups in these roles. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to greater results for students.