Executive Director

Dorset Museum is one of the Southwest’s leading cultural and heritage organisations.

Located in the centre of historic Dorchester, the Museum houses around four million objects covering archaeology, natural history, geology, local history, literature, fine art, photography and library collections. The Museum’s permanent collections include numerous items from the estates of Thomas Hardy and the sculptor Elisabeth Frink, as well as an extensive natural history range and internationally significant archaeological discoveries.

Now the Trustees of Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), which owns and operates the Museum, are looking to appoint a new Executive Director at this exciting point in its history.

The Museum was transformed by a major capital project – Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset (2017-21) – and now boasts spectacular new galleries, a first-class space for temporary exhibitions and vastly improved facilities for learning and community engagement. The Trustees are now looking for a new Executive Director with the skills, drive and expertise to build on this incredible platform.

For the right person this is an excellent opportunity to really put Dorset Museum on the map – increasing its profile and impact in the region, growing its visitor numbers, and enhancing its influence as an important cultural asset in the county and beyond, while always putting the visitor experience at the heart of the Museum.

Strong candidates will be creative, proactive and strategic thinkers with sharp financial acumen and business management skills. They will have experience at CEO, Director or senior management level in an audience-focused organisation, with a demonstrable passion for cultural heritage. They will be confident acting as an ambassador for the Museum, and will build an energised and motivated staff and volunteer community.

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The closing date for all applications, which should be in the form of a CV and cover letter and addressed to [email protected], is Friday 3rd March 2023.

If you would like an exploratory call, please email [email protected]

We are committed to building an organisation that is as diverse as the communities we serve. However you identify, and whatever background you bring with you, we welcome your application for this role. Disabled, D/deaf and/or neurodivergent people, and those from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds are under-represented in our cultural sector, so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.

Important Notice

On 10 February 2023
Artist Dorset Gallery
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    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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