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Advert Date:   Wednesday, 27th July 2022
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Job Title:   Gallery Technician
Organisation:   Manchester Art Gallery
Salary:   £20,444 - £22,129 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Manchester, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 22nd August 2022
Job Ref No:   MCC464223/NS
  Job Description
Manchester Art Gallery is looking for a skilled, practical and dynamic person to be part of our technical team. We’re looking for a friendly and collaborative team player with proven experience in packing, moving, installing and de-installing museum collections. You will enjoy solving technical problems and have an awareness of the latest materials for exhibition, display, loan out and storage of art.

You’ll have an appropriate craft qualification or equivalent experience, with excellent manual dexterity and attention to detail. You’ll enjoy learning new things every day, thinking about risks, sharing knowledge, and working in a fast-paced environment with a team of passionate people. Effective communication is essential to this role, as are attention to detail, excellent planning, time management and documentation skills.

Our key priority for the next five years is to deliver a capital programme across all three of our sites to re-think, re-organise and re-home our collections alongside the civic role of the gallery in relation to migration, climate emergency, work, identity politics and health and wellbeing. You will bring your technical skills and creativity and provide support to a team carrying out high quality installations, collections moves and storage improvements.

About us:
Manchester Art Gallery is the original useful museum, at the centre of city life for nearly 200 years, created as the Royal Manchester Institution for the Promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts and has been proudly part of Manchester City Council since 1882.

The gallery’s 45,000-strong collection - which belongs to the people of Manchester - spans six centuries of art, craft and design, and fashion and dress, with a particularly rich collection of 19th-century art, including a large number of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The gallery is free and open to all people as a place of civic thinking and public imagination, it promotes art as a means to achieve social change.

Manchester Art Gallery sits within the Libraries, Galleries and Culture Service as part of the Neighbourhoods Directorate of Manchester City Council (MCC). It has two public venues - Manchester Art Gallery and Platt Hall (undergoing redevelopment – and Queens Park Conservation Studios in Harpurhey that serves as the ‘engine room’ of the gallery, providing essential collection housing and conservation studios.

Manchester Art Gallery is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England to work in strategic partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum to deliver the city’s cultural objectives and promote Manchester as a centre of knowledge and creativity. As part of Manchester City Council we deliver the’ Our Manchester’ strategy for the city.

As an employee of Manchester City Council you are entitled to 25 days leave (rising to 30 days after 5 year’s service) plus 8 days public holidays per year. Flexible working policies, include hybrid working, flexitime and job share. Training and development will be embedded in your role, with on the job learning, core training for MCC staff and specialist sector training when required. You will have access to a number of equality employee groups, health and wellbeing provision and support with travel costs such as the Cycle to Work scheme and reduced travel tickets.

This post is a designated Essential Car User. Therefore you must hold a full valid driving licence at all times and provide your own car for use at work. You will receive the Essential Car User Allowance.

As a fixed base worker, you would work from specific locations. This could be because you use specialist equipment or because you work with the public from a fixed location. You may work from more than one fixed location and you would usually have a dedicated workspace or team area. Your hours and times of work may be more flexible depending on the type of role you have.

Manchester City Council is committed to giving fair support to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, whilst recognising and remembering the sacrifices they have made. The aim of The Armed Forces Covenant is to ensure that the Armed Forces and veterans are not disadvantaged, when applying for vacancies with Manchester City Council. Armed Forces and veterans will be guaranteed an interview where they meet the Minimum requirements for the role.

Manchester City Council values equality and works to provide a fair and inclusive environment for a workforce that is as diverse as the communities it serves. We want to further increase the diversity of our workforce, in particular the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and disabled staff at all levels of the Council. This advert is open to all applicants, and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates identifying with one or both of those characteristics.

If you require any adjustments to be able to engage in the recruitment process for this role, please let us know by emailing
  Application Instructions
Please apply via the Manchester City Council jobs vacancies page via this link.

And this reference number: MCC464223/NS
Contact Name:   Claire Grundy
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Address:   Mosley Street, Manchester.