Head of Learning and Civic Partnerships

Organisation: V&A Dundee

Salary: £42,468 - £53,812

Location: Dundee

V&A Dundee is looking for an exceptional candidate to lead its Learning and Civic Partnerships programme. This role has a strong focus on the positive impact that V&A Dundee and design can have by developing strong relationships with residents and communities, including those who currently visit the museum and those who don’t. The ideal candidate will be a creative, collaborative and experienced individual with deep knowledge of design, education, learning, equalities, community liaison, civic engagement and museums, with outstanding people and partnership skills. This is a very exciting opportunity to join the team at V&A Dundee – Scotland’s design museum – with our mission to inspire and empower through design. 

Learning is at the heart of V&A Dundee, from the dynamic pre-opening engagement programme, to the nationwide schools programme and in-museum events, with over 2000 events and projects delivered and over 270,000 engagements in our first few years, creating impactful design experiences, changing lives and contributing to local and national outcomes.

This appointment comes as we look to develop a new civic and learning strategy, as well as reimagining the Scottish Design Galleries as we head toward the museum’s first decade in 2028. We are looking for someone with a passion for people and community, who can develop and deliver an inspiring, innovative and strategic programme that generates joy, curiosity, positive social impact and champions design and designers. 

The Head of Learning and Civic Partnerships has a central position in the organisation which seeks to deepen its role and reach in Dundee and across Scotland, and across the world, as part of the V&A family of museums.

V&A Dundee is a young, remarkable and unique organisation, full of possibilities to develop further. This is a very exciting opportunity to join us here at Scotland’s design museum and with people across the city of Dundee, firing imaginations and sparking curiosity in design.

Role Profile:

This role is responsible overall for the development, delivery and evaluation of the Learning and Civic Partnerships programme, including leading a team to fulfil V&A Dundee’s vision and to achieve its strategic priorities. The role will have the opportunity to develop long-term strategic plans, driving the Learning and Civic Partnerships programme across the building, plaza, city and beyond. The post holder will work collaboratively across teams to consider holistic visitor and audience experience to support V&A Dundee’s ambition to reach the broadest audience possible. This role will contribute directly to the strategic development of the wider programme which fulfils and builds upon the vision and mission for V&A Dundee. The post holder will form part of the Programme management team which comprises the Programme Director, Head of Design Research, Head of Exhibitions, Head of Learning and Civic Partnerships and Head of Production who collectively ensure the coherent running of all Programme deliverables and resources.

The post holder will be creative, dynamic, collaborative and experienced with a deep passion and knowledge of education, co-production, design and museums. They will understand the pivotal role that learning programmes and museums play in terms of their cultural, civic, social and economic influence, and their unique role in leading positive social change. The successful candidate will have significant experience of delivering participatory learning programme, of extending reach and relevance a track record of collaborative practise and exceptional stakeholder relationships. With a clear understanding of the barriers for many in accessing museums, the post holder will bring their experience and innovative expertise to address these in their work.

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Application Deadline: Friday 12/07/2024