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Job Opportunity: Museum Development Officer

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Job Title: Museum Development Officer
Contract: Fixed term to 31st March 2026
Salary: £32,076 – £36,648 (Pro Rata)
Hours: 14.8 hours per week
Location: South East of England
Closing date: 25th April 2024 (5pm)

We are looking to recruit an experienced professional to act as a Museum Development Officer for the new Museum Development South East team.

As a member of the Museum Development South East (MDSE) Area team, you will be responsible for the planning, delivering and evaluating the Area Museum Development programmes with the aim of supporting the improvement, resilience and sustainability of museums and heritage organisations in the South East Area. You will be working with over 300 museums in the south east area.

The role of Museum Development Officer will support and provide professional advice to museums in an assigned locality which will be Kent.

This role will be the primary MDSE team contact for museums, local authorities and other partners and stakeholders in the sub region.

About you

You will have substantial experience of the museum sector, with a firm understanding of the Accreditation standards, workforce development and understanding of museum governance.

A knowledge of business planning, financial reporting, audience development and collections management is essential.

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, with good attention to detail and the ability to juggle different priorities and deadlines.

About the job

Museum Development South East is the Museum Development Programme for the South East of England. It is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) as part of its national Museum Development Programme for 2024-27. MDSE is managed jointly by Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) and Brighton & Hove Museums (B&HM), and is delivered in liaison with local authorities, museums and other stakeholders in the Area. This post will be employed by Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, but will deliver their service remotely (via virtual meetings, email and phone) as well as occasional site visits and live training events.

The south east area includes; Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Kent, Medway, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and West Sussex.

This is a part-time role (14.8 hours per week), fixed term until 31 March 2026, with the possibility of extension to March 2027 (pending funding agreements).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.

How to apply

Please email the following documents to

  • Submit a written statement detailing your relevant skills and experience (max 2 sides of A4)
  • A copy of your CV
  • A completed application pack
  • A completed equalities form

Closing date: Thursday 25th April 2024 (5pm)

1st Interviews: w/c 6th May 2024

If you have questions about the role, please contact the Deputy Programme Manager at

Find out more about Working for BHM.

Museum Development Officer job description

B&HM Equalities Form

B&HM Application Pack

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