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SCP 40-45 (£48,484 to £53,977)

People’s History Museum has a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the museum as our next Director.

The museum is seeking a skilled senior leader to take the organisation into the future, bringing creativity and dynamism at a time of organisational change. Working with the staff team and trustees you will bring our ambition and values to life with a key focus on organisational resilience and strategic audience development.

As well as delivering the 2024/25 business plan, the new Director will lead the organisation in developing its medium and long-term strategic plans for the future of the museum, as it looks to make the changes needed to navigate a challenging economic climate and fundraising landscape. You will need to be agile and responsive to lead the organisation against the challenging backdrop of the cost-of-living crisis and high energy prices.

We are seeking an inspiring and motivational leader with a proven track record of advocacy, networking and stakeholder engagement, as we look to build our profile in the city region and also nationally and internationally. You will be confident in managing and developing strategic relationships, working to raise the profile of PHM’s impact for audiences and communities and securing vital resources to safeguard our future.

A passion for our collections that explore the radical stories of people coming together to champion ideas worth fighting for is vital, alongside a strong commitment to social justice.  As we develop plans for a redevelopment of our galleries you will champion content that is bold, brave, challenging and shared with care, compassion and hope for a better future. Your vision will ensure the museum remains and grows as a welcoming organisation, committed to standing in solidarity with people who face persecution and discrimination. You will lead the museum in responding effectively to changing audience expectations, whilst remaining committed to honouring our socially engaged practice and the legacy of recent community engagement, co-curation and partnership working.

The Director is supported by a skilled senior leadership team. You will also work closely with our Chair of Trustees, Bernard Donoghue OBE, the wider Board of Trustees and a committed, talented staff team in an exciting and rewarding leadership role at PHM.

Salary: SCP 40-45 (£48,484 to £53,977)

Hours: Full time (35 hours a week) with flexible working and consideration of part time hours

 Annual leave: 24 days plus bank holidays

 Contract: Permanent

 Responsible to: Chair of Trustees

 Responsible for: Senior Leadership Team

Location: Based at People’s History Museum with the opportunity for agile working in line with PHM’s hybrid working policy

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How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to

Please outline in your cover letter how your experience, skills and knowledge meet the job description. Your CV and cover letter will be assessed and scored against the job description using the information provided above.

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 July 2024


First interviews will be held in person at People’s History Museum on Wednesday 14 August (with an online option available for any candidates who are not available to be onsite due to leave or other commitments).

Second interviews may be held during the week commencing 19 August.

If you have any questions about the role please contact


PHM prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive organisation, profoundly committed to advancing equality and diversity in the broadest sense. We value the benefits that diverse perspectives bring to PHM’s work for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

We recognise we currently under-represent members of the Global Majority and disabled people and those with intersecting identities in our workforce; PHM is actively working to address this and encourages applications from these backgrounds. While the successful candidate will be selected purely on merit, in the event of a tie between two candidates with equal experience, we may select a candidate who helps us better represent the communities the museum serves.

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