House and Collections Manager, Castle Ward

National Trust
Job location: 
Northern Ireland
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Monday, 23 October, 2017

Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Salary: 25,935 pa, Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

As our House and Collections Manager you will have the exciting role of bringing Castle Ward and our collections to life for every visitor. Providing inspirational leadership and working with your team you’ll help to create new ideas at the same time as being committed to high levels of conservation and presentation for the collections.

• What it's like to work here
Castle Ward is a unique house with two contrasting architectural façades, Classical and Gothic, and sits boldly on rolling hillside within an 820 acre historic walled demesne with panoramic views of Strangford Lough which stretch out towards the Irish sea. Castle Ward is one of Northern Ireland’s leading visitor attractions with 140,000 visitors per year. It has 34kms of walking, cycling, horse-riding paths and trails with access to Strangford lough. It is also a Game of Thrones film destination. Castle Ward is a property on the cusp of change with an exciting future for house and collections and the role of House and Collections Manager will be fundamental in how our future is shaped and developed.

• What you'll be doing
This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated, energetic leader with the ability to inspire the team and together implement the shared property vision. You will be responsible for the operational management of Castle Ward house and curatorial development of the collection. Based at Castle Ward and working with the regional consultancy team, you will ensure the highest standards of conservation, care and presentation of the historic collection and interiors to deliver an engaging visitor experience whilst preserving its Spirit of Place. You will manage the Collections Management Systems and other information systems.

• Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you'll need to have the following;
• Formal vocational/professional qualification equivalent to NVQ/QCF level 4 and/or relevant previous curatorial/conservation experience within museums and/or historic house environment
• Degree in Conservation or Art History or other relevant field
• High level understanding of preventive conservation and /or curatorship
• Experience of high quality interpretation and visitor engagement
• Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation and communication
• Excellent people and influencing skills enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained, externally and internally
• Good written and verbal communication skills including public presentation, influencing and negotiating
• Track record of inspiring others with your passion for excellent service delivery and the importance of involving our supporters in our cause

• The package
Looking after you
• Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
• Pension contribution match up to 10%
• EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
• Discounted gym membership Looking after your career
• Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
• Develop your skills with an internal secondment
• Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression • Income protection due to illness

• Requirements
Compliance. Eligibility to Work in the UK

• Additional information
We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website. We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability. To apply for this vacancy fill out the application form at the following web address:

Closing Date: 23 October 2017
Interview Date: 14 November 2017