These roles will suit people who are organised and can prioritise effectively, like breadth and variety and are happy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and flexible way. It would be ideal for anyone with an interest or experience of work in museums, heritage and/or culture.
DCMS is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting departments in Whitehall. We are responsible for fascinating policies which drive growth and enrich lives. The Museums team has responsibility for overseeing the 15 DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries (including the Tate, British Museum and the Science Museum), as well as wider support for and development of the museums sector. National museums and galleries have a key role to play in delivering priorities from the Culture White Paper (2016), specifically around the transformative role arts can play in people’s lives, ensuring inclusivity and access for all.
This is a particularly exciting time to join the team as we published two wide-ranging reviews, the Mendoza Review of Museums in England and a Strategic Review of the DCMS-sponsored museums in late 2017 and are currently taking forward implementation. We are also in the early stages of preparing for the next Spending Review, these roles will be critical in supporting the team in their preparations.
For all roles, you will be expected to be adaptable to changing priorities, working flexibly on a variety of issues and priorities across the team.
Key responsibilities for all roles include:
- Working closely with colleagues in museums, representative bodies, across DCMS and the Museums Team to deliver on a range of policies, projects and priorities
- Lead on coordinating correspondence, Parliamentary Question responses, FOI and briefings for visits and meetings with museums and maintaining lines to take on recurring subjects
- Providing project management to agreed projects
- Provide administrative and secretariat support to the team, booking meetings, arranging travel, accommodation and events, notetaking, and updating of core documents
Role 1 - Sponsorship Adviser:
This unique role will give you the chance to work directly with high profile Arm’s-Length Bodies (ALBs) such as the British Museum, Tate and National Gallery, supporting their relationship with government, the sector and wider society. The role offers the opportunity to help shape the agenda on museums and galleries whilst developing key skills around policy implementation and relationship-building, supporting a small but highly-effective team.
For the Sponsorship Adviser role you will:
- Work closely with the Head of Museums Sponsorship and Senior Policy Advisers to provide organisational, administrative sponsorship and engagement support for an agreed number of DCMS-sponsored museums, umbrella bodies and other stakeholders
- Lead on the day-to-day engagement with an agreed number of sponsored museums
- Coordinate the team’s input into annual reports, risk reporting and publication of monthly and annual data publications
- Coordinate the honours nominations ‘pipeline’ for staff, trustees and volunteers at museums
- Overall responsibility for the coordination and processing of requests for use of commercial insurance
- Lead on commissioning articles for the monthly DCMS Connects newsletter
Role 2 - Policy Adviser:
This role will support the delivery of a number of key policy issues, including the implementation of the Mendoza Review and a range of cross-cutting themes. The role will involve building relationships with high-profile stakeholders, including other government departments and the wider museum sector. You will be supporting a small but committed team to deliver on a variety of projects that ensure that the sector and government are working as collaboratively and strategically as possible.
For the Policy Adviser role you will:
- Own the governance, reporting and communications processes of the Mendoza Review implementation
- Lead the museums team engagement in a number of cross-cutting policy areas, working closely with other DCMS teams and government departments
- Work with the senior policy adviser on a number of key recommendations from the Mendoza Review, as well as taking a lead on policy areas and discrete projects as they emerge
- Support the delivery of the first annual report on the national museums’ partnership activity, including collating survey data and organising workshops.
Role 3 - Policy and Business Manager:
This role will act as the business and finance manager for a dynamic 20 person team, as well as supporting a number of key policy areas and projects, including the EU Exit. You will work closely with the sponsorship team, supporting their work with high profile Arm’s-Length Bodies (ALBs) such as the British Museum, Tate and National Gallery. You will be adaptable and able to work flexibly over a variety of priorities and tasks.
For the Policy and Business manager role you will:
- Lead on knowledge and information management, including managing the team mailbox and central commissions and reporting
- Act as finance manager for the team, processing invoices, expenses, and other payments
- Support the sponsorship team in engagement with Arm’s-Length Bodies, including arranging meetings, organising travel and leading on information management
- Own the project management of the Strategic Review of DCMS-sponsored museums and supporting delivery of agreed projects
- Support on museums policy and correspondence on the EU Exit and international issues
- Acting as the team representative on departmental projects, such as accommodation moves
- Handle the induction and training of new staff
For all roles
- good organisational and prioritisation skills, being able to handle multiple deadlines simultaneously and keep senior colleagues up-to-date on progress, and the ability to manage one’s own time
- good interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues at various levels
- willingness to work collaboratively and flexibly as part of a team
- proactive in driving work forward, identifying potential issues, and communicating constructive challenge to colleagues when needed
- ability to communicate credibly both orally and in writing, including with senior stakeholders and ministers
- strong IT skills, including experience and confidence in the use of spreadsheets (Excel/Google sheets)
- a self-starter who can get up to speed quickly
- An interest in museums, heritage, arts and/or culture
- Project management experience
- For the Sponsorship Adviser and Policy and Business Manager role - a level of comfort with numerical and financial information would be an advantage.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Collaborating and partnering
- Delivering at pace
- Seeing the big picture