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Posted: Tuesday, September 11th 2018
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Job Title:     Programme Manager
Organisation:     Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust
Salary:     £23,865.99 - 25,463.16 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Carlisle, England
Closing Date:     Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Job Ref No:    
Job Description:
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle is a popular, ambitious and successful regional museum with a forward-thinking manifesto and internationally important collections. The museum houses the largest temporary exhibition gallery in the north west between Manchester and Glasgow and has an award-winning exhibitions & engagement programme.
The museum has been an independent charitable Trust since 2011, it leads the NPO funded Cumbria Museum Consortium and has a range of impressive partners including the British Museum and the Universities of Cumbria and Lancaster. Tullie House is also renowned for its impressive international programme which involves working with a number of partners both in the UK and in China.
The museum is currently engaged in a comprehensive Masterplanning process which aims to strengthen organisational resilience over the next 20 years building on the model of excellence and community established during the past three years.
The museum is looking to employ a Programme Manager to help shape the programme by developing exhibitions and events that broadens and diversifies our audiences and delivers a compelling and inspiring creative programme to take our programme to the next level. We are looking for a self-motivated, creative individual who is an excellent communicator and strategic thinker as well as being organised, hard-working and experienced in managing ambitious exhibitions and events.
Our programme is extensive and responds to many audiences, so the work will be challenging but it will also be very rewarding. So, if you are motivated to join a hard-working, focused and ambitious leading cultural institution and think you possess the experience, drive and enthusiasm required we would love to hear from you.


The post holder will work under the strategic guidance of the Head of Programme & Projects to shape the programme by developing exhibitions and events that broadens and diversifies our audiences and delivers a compelling and inspiring creative programme. They will:
• Be responsible for the project management and delivery of the temporary exhibition programme, creative projects and related events.
• Develop opportunities for funding and income generation through the development and management of touring exhibitions, partnership working, creative projects and associated events.
• Ensure objectives of the Tullie House Manifesto, Tullie House Business Plan, Arts Council Activity Plan including the Creative Case for Diversity are met within the programme.


1. Management and delivery of the exhibitions programme, touring programme, associated events and initiatives, responsible for all logistical, technical, design, production, evaluation, legal and contractual obligations associated with delivering the programme.
2. Support the HPP in the development of projects, working closely with partner organisations and key stakeholders, such as touring institutions, lenders, external curators, artists, freelancers and funding partners in the delivery of the programme.

3. Line Management of the Exhibitions & Events Coordinator, including recruitment, training, and professional development.

4. Manage the development of exhibition content, undertaking exhibition design and curation, interpretation development, collections management, brand identity, and working cross-departmentally, in particular with the Collections & Engagement team to develop and deliver creative response or co-curated projects.

5. Manage contractual arrangements and documentation such as loan agreements, facilities reports, condition reports, risk assessments, schedules of work, insurance and where appropriate apply for Government Indemnity or commercial insurance.

6. Manage and Chair exhibition team meetings to include members of Technical, Marketing, Visitor Experience, Collections & Engagement to ensure organisation wide forward planning, communication and support from development through to delivery.

7. Manage the procurement of specialist services, contractors, artists and other expertise as necessary.

8. Ensure funder & partner objectives are met, excellent working relationships and communications are maintained, contractual obligations and deliverables are met, and project branding guidelines are adhered to across the organisation.

9. Manage the content development for digital interpretation across various platforms (multimedia, audio, web, app) and printed material such as the production of exhibition catalogues; liaising with publishers and curators and authors to assemble text, images and proofs to deadline.

10. Work closely with the Curatorial Manager to lead and embed the Digital Strategy via the Digital Team, with particular focus on creative projects and digital outputs within temporary exhibitions and associated events.

11. Manage a programme of events as part of the programme with a focus on income generation. Ensure the programme of activity is coordinated cross-departmentally with all event and engagement delivering departments.

12. Work alongside the Events and Hospitality Manager and the Development Coordinator to arrange exhibition preview events, private openings and special events.

13. Manage programme budgets and procurement. Ensure efficient expenditure and maximise efficient use of materials to help reduce the programme’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.

14. Prepare information, reports, proposals and presentations to support the HPP for the dissemination of information at Trust Board, Leadership Team meetings and for funders such as the Arts Council or to support the submission of funding applications.

15. Support the development of marketing strategies and ensure that the exhibition/event brand is carried through all relevant promotion.

16. To act as an advocate promoting the work of Tullie House regionally, nationally and internationally

17. Undertake any other such duties, commensurate with the scale and nature of the post, as may be required.

18. Undertake the duties of Responsible Officer on a rota basis, to include occasional weekend working.
Required Skills:
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
• Ability to analyse and prioritise areas of work to manage workload
• Effective time management and forward planning
• Excellent accuracy, attention to detail with a highly organised and methodical approach
• Ability to motivate people to ensure objectives are met
• Excellent communication skills, including oral, written, presentation, with the ability to provide clear direction and communicate with multiple stakeholders
• Ability to be reactive to opportunities, problem solve with a positive approach and work efficiently and effectively whilst under pressure
Application Instructions:
To apply for the position, please go to our website:

Please familiarise yourself with the Job Description and return a completed application form to Helen Askew, HR & Volunteer Advisor at
The closing date for this vacancy is 9th October 5pm. Interviews to be held Tuesday 23rd October.
Contact Name:     Helen Askew
Contact Tel:     01228 618779
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:
Address:     Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, .  
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