Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager, Natural History Museum of Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Denmark

Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager, Natural History Museum of Denmark

 

The Natural History Museum of Denmark, part of the Faculty of Science at Copenhagen University is looking for an Exhibitions & Interpretation Manager to start 1 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Applications should be completed in English as the post holder will be expected to work and communicate with international design teams in English.

 

About Us

Natural history museums have never been more important. Our planet is shared by millions of living species. But now a single one among them holds the power of changing life on Earth. Solutions to grand challenges for humanity and the planet alike are only possible by way of local action, global collaboration, and by sharing knowledge and resources.

 

The vision of the Natural History Museum of Denmark is to empower citizens to connect with nature. We want to inspire, engage and enable people to enjoy, understand, and care for the diversity of the natural world. In the coming years, we will be building a new Danish national museum for the natural world. One big museum complex in the Botanical Garden in the centre of Copenhagen to host state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding research collections, new public galleries, and combined facilities for teaching and science citizenship. Over the next five years the museum will change the way people think about and use natural history museums.

 

About the job

The Natural History Museum of Denmark is undergoing major redevelopment and we are looking for a creative, project-oriented Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager. You will be part of the team responsible for the delivery of the exhibitions, galleries and spaces that deliver the museum’s strategic narratives and enhance the visitors’ experience and engagement with the collection.

 

Working within the Exhibitions and Visitor Experience group, you will be a member of the Exhibitions & Interpretation team, leading interpretation for and project managing a portfolio of  projects for the Natural History Museum’s new building, entirely new galleries project. You will also work on a vibrant programme of high profile, temporary exhibitions for a range of audiences. This role will require a pragmatic mindset, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve. You will work closely with the curatorial, collections management, design and digital, communications and fundraising, and commercial teams.

 

The Exhibitions and Interpretation team are responsible for developing key messages, initiating, developing and testing interpretive content, ensuring audience advocacy, working with curators to include consideration of informal learning design, interpretation strategy and implementation, that the learning potential of the project is fully realised and that the appropriate consultation takes place when establishing specific audience needs, including evaluation and accessibility.

 

You will report to the Lead Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager. You will work with curators, scientific researchers, educators, artists and designers, and our visitors to deliver clear high quality visitor experience that is unique, engagement and reflects the core values of NHM Denmark.

 

You will be responsible for:

  • Working on core exhibition project teams as the Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager for specific changing exhibitions, and gallery projects in the new museum

  • Focusing on innovative interpretive delivery for diverse audiences and a range of informal learning

  • Ensuring suitability for different audiences through visitor advocacy and accessibility, auditing collection installations’ content and design

  • Coordinating across all museum operations necessary for the delivery of the various aspects of a  museum exhibition project

  • Managing work and information flows for exhibition project team members

  • Monitoring deadlines and budgets

  • Ensuring overall production and installation of interpretive elements of the project on time and to budget; focus on delivery in a face-paced dynamic environment.

This work will be a key contributor to ensuring a world-class NHM Denmark visitor experience that increases visitor engagement year on year. 

 

As a person you have positive mindset, are open towards changes and understand that collaboration is a key to success. Your work capacity is high and you are able to balance strategic development with day-to-day business that requires hands-on action and delivery on time and to budget. Copenhagen University is an international institution and you will be expected to work and write in English.

 

You will be expected to share and develop the ambition to inspire citizens of all ages to understand and appreciate the past, present, and future of the natural world.

 

Qualifications

  • Proven problem-solving and planning capabilities, along with experience in interpretation within a museum setting, or in a relevant field that uses museum exhibitions to engage with diverse audiences

  • A passion for conveying academic knowledge, object engagement, scientific principles, and rich cultural history to diverse audiences

  • Knowledge of interpretive best-practices, and an ability to bring to bear a broad range of interpretive tools and methods

  • Experience developing exhibition content, an understanding of the access and diversity needs of a range of different audiences as they relate to galleries; knowledge of informal learning skills and techniques, communication and environmental design;

  • Experience of managing and delivering exhibition-related projects, ideally from conception through to completion

  • A mature level of judgment and decision-making in a changing, forward-thinking operating and visitor focused environment

  • The ability to explain interpretation concepts and approaches to people who are not specialists and to engage their support; an ability to manage multiple activities and responsibilities;

  • A high degree of patience, attention to detail, good humor and fortitude in managing relationships with various parties, including other departments, and external partners; demonstrated ability to forge mutually-respectful and effective relationships with a diverse group of personalities;

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of Danish will be considered an advantage

  • Relevant academic degree

Terms of salary and employment

The employment and salary is made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant collective agreement.

 

Employment is expected to be as academic employee in which case the salary is based on seniority and currently between DKK 22,186 and DKK 31,423 per month excluding pension. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time are 37 hours per week on average. The working hours are flexible.

 

How to apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below.

 

Please include:

  • Cover letter stating your motivation and background for applying

  • CV

  • Diploma and transcript of records

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2019 at GMT 23:59+2. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

 

Interviews will take place from week 44, 2019.

The University of Copenhagen seeks to reflect society and encourages applications irrespective of personal background.

 

Information and Further questions

 

Read more about The Natural History Museum of Denmark at www.snm.ku.dk/english/ Any questions about the position may be directed to Alex Fairhead, Lead Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager, alex.fairhead@snm.ku.dk


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