Director of Museums

The Workhouse Museum

· Are you passionate about the transformative role museums can play in the lives of individuals and communities?

· Can you lead and empower a multi-disciplinary staff and volunteer team, creating a work culture that is creative, focussed and ambitious?

· Are you a skilled communicator, that can engage both internal and external audiences to deliver an exciting and shared vision?

· Have you the financial and business acumen required to ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of our trio of museums?


If so, this job is for you! Ripon Museum Trust has an important mission: ‘to use our heritage assets to inspire people to seek a fairer society’. We are seeking a new Director of Museums to provide inspiring and collaborative leadership that conveys a strong sense of purpose and direction to all those involved in delivering our mission.

We are seeking a transformational leader who can uphold our values and aspirations, with the combination of proven management and leadership experience, that will enable us to realise our potential to become a museum with a national profile.

We are recognised by Arts Council England (ACE) and The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) as worth investing in. As an ACE National Portfolio Organisation we are excited to play our part in delivering the ‘Let’s Create’ strategy through delivering an activity plan and embedding the Investment Principles throughout our organisation and culture. We are also amid a development phase bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for our, ‘Inspiration for a Fairer Future’ Project that will transform our visitor experience and our engagement work with our communities. Both these projects require strategic and collaborative leadership to ensure they deliver for all our audiences.

This is the chance for you as the new Director of Museums to shape the strategic direction and delivery of the museums at a pivotal point in our history. This will be a ‘career-making’ role for the right individual. Are you this person?

This will be challenging for sure, but the job satisfaction and team-work rewards will be high. We offer flexibility and high levels of involvement. Ripon Museum Trust is a close-knit community with strong values of fairness, ambition, community, team-work and learning. Come and lead this brilliant team!


Work base: Ripon Workhouse Museum

Salary: In the region of £42 000 per annum

Other benefits include a contributory pension scheme and 25 days annual leave, plus bank and public holidays.

Contract: Permanent

Hours of work: Full time 37 hours per week. We are open to considering a variety of options, including hours of work, work patterns, secondments and job share for the right individual(s). Tell us what you need! Flexible working arrangements can be agreed including some home working. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Responsible to: The Board of Trustees via the Chair of Trustees

Closing date for applications: Sunday 18 June at midnight.See the role description for further details about the position:

A selection day will be held on Tuesday 27 June in person at the Workhouse Museum, Ripon


If you are interested in this position, please complete the application form below showing how you meet the criteria for the position. Please send the completed application form to our Administrator Sophie Harrison at [email protected] or The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE. Please do not send a CV – it will not be used for shortlisting.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Sophie Harrison at the email address above who will be able to organise this for you promptly.


Director of Museums role description

Ripon Museum Trust Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


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