Job offer in Ireland Director – National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The Organisation

National Museum of Ireland (NMI) is Ireland’s largest cultural institution and is responsible for collecting and preserving objects and knowledge relating to the history and culture of Ireland and its place in the wider world. The NMI operates from four sites, three in Dublin and one at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. The NMI attracts over 1.2m visitors per annum and provides a range of educational programmes and visitor services at each of its sites. Established as a non-commercial semi state body (National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997) the NMI is managed by an autonomous board. There are currently 160 professional and administrative staff distributed across the organisation.

The Role

Reporting to the Chair and Board of Directors, the Director will be responsible for leading the NMI and overseeing its operations as follows: leading the staff and day-to-day operations; developing and implementing the NMI Masterplan and associated strategies and policies; ensuring the professional protection, preservation and interpretation of the Museum collections; promoting appropriate initiatives and implementing organisational change.

The Individual

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Senior management and leadership experience in a large or complex organisation in either the public or private sector;
  • A deep professional understanding of the particular curatorial and custodial responsibilities that attaches to the post of Director of a major cultural institution;
  • An understanding of the environment in which Irish cultural institutions operate and an awareness of the connection between the success of the Museum and broad national objectives of the cultural, economic, academic and social spheres;
  • An understanding of the latest thinking in professional museum/gallery practice and the management of collections;
  • A collaborative leadership style, developing and maintaining positive relationships;
  • Strong presentation, interpersonal and influencing skills, including the capacity to represent and act as an advocate for the Museum;
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, comfortable with detail but with an eye on the “big picture” at all times;
  • A minimum level 9 qualification;
  • Proven administrative, business management and people skills, including an ability to manage a diverse, multi-disciplinary team in a complex environment;
  • An ability to identify the need for change and to have instituted and driven appropriate change initiatives and programmes;
  • A knowledge and understanding of Irish History, Archaeology and Heritage, and an appreciation of the role of the NMI in advancing learning and scholarships on all fields relating to the study of the past.

The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate:

  • Having experience of managing a museum/gallery of comparable size, character and complexity with a demonstrated record of excellence;
  • The presence, stature, realism and credibility to project a professional image, both internally and externally;
  • Resilience, maintaining composure in adverse or challenging situations;
  • Creativity and resourcefulness, but also high organisational ability and focus;
  • A high level of personal integrity, drive and enthusiasm to be committed to excellence.

Further Information

Further information on this role is available at www.mazars.ie (Search Ref. NMI0117).

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to execrecruit@mazars.ie or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.

Your Application

Applications to be submitted online at www.mazars.ie/Consulting/HRServices and must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of Director, NMI;
  2. A personal statement outlining his/her suitability for the role;
  3. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the NMI.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the NMI.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 5pm GMT.

The NMI is an equal opportunities employer.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here