Director or Design and FuturePlan
At the V&A we are home to 5,000 years of human ingenuity in art, design, and performance.
Founded in 1852 to raise the standard of British design and make works of art available to all, today our purpose is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation, and spark everyone’s imagination.
We hold over two million works and house 17 national collections, showcasing objects of intricate craft and remarkable innovation. With our pioneering research culture, deep curatorial expertise, and ground-breaking exhibitions, we illuminate the story of the making and the made.
We create experiences that intrigue and inform, that encourage discovery and enjoyment. We do so inside our museums and increasingly outside them. And, we have a public role –as a space and a voice for creative expression.
We are a world of objects and a platform for ideas –but also an institution of strong civic purpose. In London, Britain, and around the world, we invite our audiences to discover ingenuity and enrich their imaginations.
Director of Design & FuturePlan I Design & FuturePlan I c£100,000
The Director of Design and FuturePlan will lead a large multi-disciplinary team, of Projects, Estates and Design specialists, to deliver an ambitious programme of projects to transform and revitalise the V&A visitor facilities and redisplay the collections. The team provide the infrastructure to support the highest standard of visitor experience and collections care, maximised through the work on FuturePlan of designers, architects and museum experts.
This role sets the standard of design for the V&A across all media, both internally and externally and in doing so balances the needs of the buildings, galleries and collections with those of our visitors. Working collaboratively as part of the Senior Management Team, this role will also play a leading role in the creation of a new V&A museum and sector leading open access storage and conservation facility as part of the legacy developments at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, ensuring that the V&A’s architectural, design and operational ambitions are fully realised.
The Director of Design & FuturePlan will
- provide inspiration and clear leadership to the Design and FuturePlan Division, ensuring the full depth and breadth of the V&A’s design, projects, estate and programme expertise is utilised through excellent leadership, management and development of people.
- drive the forward vision and development of the V&A, within the framework of FuturePlan, and with a particular focus on emerging plans for the Museum of Childhood and V&A East.
- play a leading role in the creation of V&A East - a new museum/gallery allied to a new research and collections centre - as part of the legacy developments at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, ensuring that the V&A’s architectural, design and operational ambitions are fully realised.
- lead the planning, approvals, development and implementation of all FuturePlan projects, working collaboratively with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and across departments.
- work with and support the Development team, contributing to fundraising proposals to secure and retain donors and sponsors for FuturePlan projects.
- act as “client” for the V&A in the commissioning and procurement of the highest quality architecture, design, project management and construction for all projects.
- act as Project Director for major FuturePlan Projects and overseeing the remainder, and being responsible and accountable for FuturePlan budgets and resources overall.
- promote FuturePlan as an exemplar in museum development and design acting as an advocate for the V&A internally, nationally and internationally.
- set the standard of design for the V&A across all media, both externally and internally, and in that regard to balance the needs of the buildings, galleries and collections with those of our visitors.
- ensure the V&A Estate is effectively managed and maintained, for the long-term, but at the same time allowing it to flourish as a major and high-volume cultural attraction.
- develop, implement and monitor a design philosophy and principles ensuring value for money. Develop a coherent, memorable and engaging visitor experience, taking overall responsibility for the standard of all design produced and the standard of internal service.
- play a leading role in the development of corporate strategy and strategic planning for the Division and organisation.
With extensive experience as an inspirational leader and strong management skills, you will be able to enhance and develop a high performing multi disciplinary team.
You will have proven track record of development and refurbishment of major cultural buildings, delivery of complex capital programmes and experience of commissioning and managing a variety of designers to a high professional standard.
A highly effective and confident leader, you will be able to demonstrate your influence and negotiation skills with a wide range of stakeholders and demonstrate experience of strategy development and implementation , including change management.
You will be an ambassador who is able to communicate effectively at all levels internally and externally, and be skillful at managing multiple priorities, maintaining standards and delivery.
Key experience & skills required:
Experience of working in a museum or major cultural attraction
Experience of public sector financial controls and constraints
Experience of working with listed buildings and conservation professionals.
Experience of managing an in-house design team/service.
Please apply online via the V&A’s website www.vam.ac.uk/ vacancies
If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, you can email us contactHR@vam.ac.uk or call us on 020 7942 2937
Closing date for receipt of applications is 9 March 2018