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Job Title:     Collections Development Officer
Organisation:     Lincolnshire County Council Heritage Service
Salary:     £24,657 - 27,358 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Lincoln, England
Closing Date:     Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Job Ref No:     8082
Job Description:

Lincolnshire County Council Heritage Service is seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Collections Development Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to join the team responsible for the management and care of Lincolnshire County Council's museum collections. Public access to and engagement with the collections is also major focus.

The successful candidate will have a relevant degree in Museum Studies, or equivalent, and hold substantial previous experience within a museum collections focused role. You will assist the Collections Development Manager in making effective use of the organisation's historical assets with particular reference to collections care, management and assisting in the development of engagement and interpretative strategies for the collections, in order to promote the objectives of the Heritage Service as a whole.

Part of the role includes a focus on archaeological collections, whilst prior archaeological expertise is not essential, applicants should have an interest in developing their knowledge and experience within this area of collections work. You will lead on implementing the care and management of collections, and work creatively to deliver collections interpretation via display and exhibitions.

The appointed candidate will support the development of an integrated collections development policy and strategy, and will contribute to the ongoing maintenance of relevant aspects of the Service's Accreditation Standards, using recognised sectoral toolkits such as Benchmarks in Collections Care.

The post holder will hold line management and supervision responsibility for Collections Development Assistants and volunteers. This work will be delivered across the whole of the Heritage Service, and its business locations (currently The Collection: Art & Archaeology in Lincoln, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Gainsborough Old Hall, BBMF Visitor Centre, Lincoln Castle, Discover Stamford and Lincolnshire Archives) and will support the overall strategy and objectives of the organisation.




Contribute to the delivery of services for area of responsibility. Assist, as appropriate, with:

o Providing an integrated approach to performance management, quality standards and service delivery

o Embedding new ways of thinking and working

o Developing and maintaining strong, positive working relationships with commissioners, their teams/partners and across service areas as appropriate

As part of the Collections Development Team, the post holder will support the development, promotion and daily operation of the Heritage Service to ensure the provision of an effective resource and information service, both for the Service and its various sites and teams, but also for a wide range of external users and partners. This includes helping to make accessible the various collections to the public, dealing with enquiries, and where required participating in specific projects.

In particular, the post holder will undertake museum or archival collections work across the service including carrying out all agreed museums/archives collections benchmark tasks, Collections Development [e.g. acquisition and disposal of material] and Access [e.g. engagement programme, developing ways to access information via digital resources, catalogue developments and research] in order to ensure access to and the preservation and development of collections. This will include interacting and engaging with new and existing user groups and working with other colleagues to engage them in a positive cultural experience through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions.

To be responsible for providing day to day management of Collections
Development Assistants and volunteers, offering advice and guidance and
contributing to the development of the heritage service through matrix working.

Continuously look for synergies and efficiency savings across area of responsibility.


1) To work within Health and Safety guidelines and advice the Collections Development Manager of any areas of concern in accordance with established procedures.

2) Provide advice and guidance and deliver all agreed Museums/Archives Benchmark tasks identified in the Collections Management Plan at all relevant core business locations. Operate frameworks for Quality Assurance, using agreed appropriate performance standards and review processes with relevant officers, and monitor delivery against identified requirements.

3) Lead on the cataloguing of the collections, as part of an on-going project. Support with projects, exhibitions and events. For example, developing and delivering talks, lectures, displays and outreach activities. Lead on specific digitisation projects in order to provide greater access to the collections.

4) Develop a working knowledge of the collections and their context. Undertake structured research on collections to ensure comprehensive understanding of the Heritage Service collections, and provide managed physical access in accordance with established service procedure.

5) Lead in changing museum/archive displays as required, including selecting material, writing labels, repackaging and storing. Contribute to the promotion of the service by highlighting its sites and contents, and providing useful reference summaries of key themes in the collection. This may include newsletters, blogs, or social media.

6) Contribute, with relevant colleagues, and in accordance with agreed schedule and procedures, to the management of loans in and out of collections.

7) Contribute to the Service's ongoing collections acquisition and disposal procedures and make recommendations as required. Develop service collections in accordance with the current Collections Development Strategy, and any recognised national schemes/regulatory frameworks (for example Treasure Trove, Portable Antiquities Scheme).

8) Contribute to the training of staff (including Front of House staff and other relevant staff, and/or external stakeholders (e.g. hosted student visits/placement/internships or to other third party organisations as part of the income generation programme for the service.

9) Contribute to the development of individuals across the Heritage Service coaching, mentoring and motivating staff to achieve performance excellence.

10)As an employee, create a positive image of the County Council. Deliver excellent customer service, incorporating the Council’s equality and diversity objectives and supporting the council to achieve best practice in all it delivers.

11) Contribute to the Council's statutory obligations and where appropriate any national and local performance indicators. Remain up to date and compliant with all relevant legislation, organisational procedures, policies and professional codes of conduct in order to uphold standards of best practice.

12) Ensure the way in which resources within the Heritage Service are managed reflects the agreed culture and style and standing orders of the County Council.

13) Line manage and coordinate the work of Collections Development Assistants/Repository Assistants and volunteers at a heritage site(s)

14) Providing day to day leadership as appropriate to deliver the agreed priorities, working collaboratively with commissioning teams.

15) Coach/mentor teams/colleagues as appropriate to embed new ways of thinking and working

16) Maximising the impact of resources and value for money to achieve improved outcomes for the Council and Heritage Service

17) Support effective performance management to deliver outcomes in line with service delivery contracts

18) Provide expert advice and guidance as appropriate for own area of expertise.

19) Deliver a personal portfolio of projects and/or specific work

20) Demonstration of the Council's Core Abilities (at the relevant level)
o Personal Leadership
o Being Future Focused
o Political and Commercial Astuteness
o Supporting a High Performing and Flexible Workforce
o Drive for Results

21) Occasional weekend or evening work may be required. Act as key holder.
Required Skills:
Significant experience in an archival/curatorial/collections/exhibitions role

The specific knowledge, skills and abilities required with vary depending on the needs of the role. Specific posts may necessitate advanced specialist knowledge and skills.

Relevant degree or equivalent in museum or archival studies, or other discipline relevant to the role

Post holders should be comfortable working with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Demonstrate experience in the care and management of collections.

Demonstrate skills to work creatively to deliver collections engagement and interpretation via displays and exhibitions.

Excellent understanding in Sector Service Accreditation Standards,and in the use of recognised Sectoral toolkits such as Benchmarks in Collections Care
Application Instructions:
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Contact Name:     Recruitment
Contact Tel:     01522 555441
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Contact Email:
Address:     Lincolnshire Archives, Rumbold Street, Lincoln, .  
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