Work at the museum

The museum is looking for bright, talented and passionate people to come and work during one of the most exciting times in the Design Museum’s history, Come and join a team that is creating a museum for the 21st century.

Current vacancies

Visitor Experience Assistants

The Design Museum is seeking casual Visitor Experience Assistants with a passion for excellent customer service to work as members of the Visitor Experience team. Their duties are wide-ranging and varied including working in the galleries managing entrances, monitoring and engaging with exhibition visitors; selling tickets and membership; helping to host museum events and facilitating engagement activity in the galleries or learning spaces.

Pay rate: £9.20 per hour, + £1.11 accrued statutory holiday pay for each hour worked.
Hours: 4 – 16 hours per week, with the opportunity to work more hours when shifts become available.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 October 2018 at 5pm

HR Advisor

The Design Museum is seeking a HR professional to work as part of the HR team providing expert, customer focused and timely HR service to all departments at the museum. The HR team plays a key role in ensuring the museum has the workforce to deliver its inspiring programme of exhibitions. It is an exciting time to be joining the museum with this role providing a unique opportunity to develop the full range of HR skills and experience.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic individual with a passion for and some experience in generalist HR. An aptitude for and experience in using HR information systems is essential. They will have excellent organisation skills and be able to manage and deliver the full range of HR activities.

Salary: up to £25,000 per annum, dependent on experience
Holidays: 25 days per annum + christmas eve (museum is closed)
Hours: full-time, 37.5 hours/5 days per week
Closing date for applications: 1 October 2018, 9.00am

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Design Museum is currently accepting workshop proposals for the museum’s adult learning programme, to take place between January and April 2019.

The workshops should be 3 1/2 hours in length and respond to these broad themes, ideally involving a practical component. They are for a maximum of 20 participants and should be accessible to non-specialists. Topics that the workshops may explore include but are not limited to: narrative environments; architecture and story-telling; post-colonialism and the politics of architecture; memory and the senses; monuments and memorialisation; forgotten and counter-histories; objects and identity.

The Design Museum is interested in proposals from architects, designers and artists who want to share their practice, live projects and knowledge. Proposals from practitioners with experience teaching and/or a focus on socially engaged practice are strongly encouraged.

Deadline for proposals: Please send an expression of interest by 12:00pm on Monday 1 October.

Head of Major Gifts

The Design Museum is seeking a Head of Major Gifts, a newly created role, which offers a successful and sophisticated major gifts fundraiser a career-defining opportunity to establish high-level philanthropy at the Design Museum for the first time. Working with colleagues across the museum, building relationships with senior volunteers and optimising the museum’s phenomenal networks across the design industry, the Head of Major Gifts will initiate and develop long-term relationships between high-net-worth individuals and the Design Museum. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track-record of matching prospects with opportunities and securing gifts of six-figures and more from individual donors.

Salary: competitive
Holidays: 25 days per annum
Contract: permanent
Hours: full-time, 37.5 hours per week

The recruitment partner for this role is Execucare. Further information and details on how to apply can be found

Corporate Development Executive

The Design Museum seeks an experienced Corporate Development Executive to join its busy and successful team. The post-holder will be responsible for generating corporate support for the Design Museum through the corporate membership scheme and a broader portfolio of activities carried out by the museum including sponsorship.

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Development, the post-holder will also have specific responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of administration, research and coordination of the corporate team’s tasks are executed in an accurate and timely manner.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with the ability to work independently. They will ideally have experience of corporate fundraising with a proven track record of managing successful corporate relationships.

Salary: up to £26,000 per annum, dependant on experience
Holidays: 25 days per annum
Contract: permanent
Hours: full-time, 37.5 hours per week

The recruitment partner for this role is Execucare.

Corporate Development Manager

The Design Museum seeks a highly motivated, target driven fundraiser to be responsible for developing exciting and creative sponsorship partnerships of five and six figure value with high calibre corporate prospects, as well as managing a portfolio of corporate members, to meet annual revenue targets. Reporting to the Head of Corporate Development, the post holder will have the opportunity to engage with a wide-range of supporters and prospective supporters of the museum, as well as the museum’s senior management team and trustees.

This is an exceptional role for an ambitious and experienced corporate fundraiser who thrives in a collaborative working environment. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of securing corporate support and of sustaining a portfolio of corporate relationships. They will also be confident in taking the lead on pitches and sponsorship negotiations.

Salary: up to £35,000 per annum, dependant on experience
Holidays: 25 days per annum
Contract: permanent
Hours: full-time, 37.5 hours per week

The recruitment partner for this role is Execucare.

Staff Benefits

The museum offers a wide range of benefits including access to a defined contribution pension scheme, a childcare voucher scheme, season ticket loan, the cycle to work scheme, a variety of staff discounts including the museum's shop and restaurant, free entry to museum exhibitions for friends and family and free entry to a wide number of museums and galleries in London.

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