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Exhibitions Programme Manager (Fixed Term)
Grade: 8
Salary Range: 34,576-46,414

Cambridge University Library is one of the world’s great research libraries. Over the course of six centuries its collections have grown from a few dozen volumes on a handful of subjects into an extraordinary accumulation of several million items augmented by an ever-increasing range of electronic resources. They cover every conceivable aspect of human endeavour, across three thousand years and in over two thousand languages. From its beginnings as an asset for a tiny community of theologians and canon lawyers in the medieval university, the Library’s mission today has expanded to serve the international scholarly community and now, through its digitisation projects, to reach new audiences across the world.

This role sits within Research Collections (comprising Reader Services, Special Collections, the Cambridge Digital Library and the Digital Content Unit, as well as having responsibility for digital humanities initiatives within the Library) and will report to the Associate Director for Research Collections, who is a member of the Library’s Senior Leadership Team. These functions were amalgamated earlier this year in order to drive forward and support the University’s teaching and research agenda. As part of this reorganisation, we are now seeking an exceptional leader and manager for our exhibitions programme, which forms one of the cornerstones of our research strategy.

This new post of Exhibitions Programme Manager will lead, develop, manage and coordinate a compelling programme of physical and virtual exhibitions for the University Library. Currently, two major exhibitions are held each year in the Library’s Milstein Exhibition Centre, each accompanied by a virtual exhibition and publication. Smaller exhibitions, of four to eight weeks duration, also take place in the Library Entrance Hall on a regular basis. In addition, the Library loans items from its collections to around ten national and international exhibitions each year. The post holder will build on existing strengths in this area, reviewing the whole range of our internal and external provision and facilities, and developing an ambitious new vision for our exhibitions and then delivering it to the scholarly community and the wider world.

This role is not primarily a curatorial one. Instead, the Programme Manager will be responsible - in collaboration with senior staff - for leading the overall strategic direction and then providing the physical, logistical, financial, marketing and project support arrangements which will enable curators from inside and outside the Library to produce exhibitions to the highest possible standards of presentation and interpretation, on and offsite. You will review our existing provision in all areas, and building on existing successes, set realistic targets for short, medium and long-term improvements.

It is recognised that exhibitions can form an important part of research project ‘impact’ as well as provide more general public engagement opportunities. The role holder will be expected to work with the University’s research community to exploit the potential for Library exhibitions to assist with impact, and to assist in bringing selected exhibition and engagement projects to fruition.

To apply for the post, please click on the Cambridge University Job Opportunities link. This will direct you to the University’s web-based recruitment system, where you will be able to create and log in to create an online application form.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 August 2016. Informal enquiries are welcomed by Mark Purcell, Associate Director for Research Collections (

Please quote reference VE09673 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Closing Date: Friday 12 August 2016