Exhibitions & Public Engagement Manager

National Space Centre

Direct Entry Job Permanent Leicester, UK

Uploaded 12 Jan 2019

Job Description

Overall Purpose

To develop and promote public engagement programmes that enhance the artefacts, exhibitions, and content at the National Space Centre. To manage a team of presenters who present these programmes to public visitors.

Main Tasks

To develop new public engagement activities to enhance and promote the artefacts, exhibitions, and space stories from the National Space Centre and wider space industry.

To manage and coordinate a team of presenters to deliver live public engagement activities daily to visitors.

To train and provide feedback for presenters to ensure engaging and scientifically-accurate delivery of all public engagement activities.

To liaise with the Exhibitions and Space Communications teams to publicise exhibits and artefacts, and arrange for special activities for general or educational interest when space is in the news.

To routinely present live programmes to visitors, including talks, planetarium shows, demonstrations, and tours on a variety of space-related topics within the galleries.

To coordinate and present community engagement activities at events and venues off-site as deemed appropriate.

To stock and maintain the equipment necessary for the public engagement activities.

Work with the Marketing and Operations teams to answer space or exhibit enquiries and ensure that public engagement activities are well-advertised to the public.

Work with the Education team to coordinate with half-term activities and occasional delivery to school groups.

Work with the Corporate team to deliver occasional live programmes to corporate groups.

To liaise with the Space Communications Manager to provide space content for the blog, social media, and special events.

Undertake in-house and external training as necessary.

Other reasonable tasks as may be designated.

Person Specification

A wide-ranging knowledge of space science and history is essential.

Must be passionate about communicating space-related news and information.

Must have experience working in a museum or science centre, preferably with exhibition interpretation.

Must have experience in public science outreach or science communication.

Must have excellent communication skills, including confidence when presenting to a live audience.

Must have experience managing a team, including coordinating staff rotas and activity schedules, and conducting performance reviews.

Must be a highly organised and reliable person.

Ability to produce factually accurate work, suitable for a range of audiences.

Ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team.

Ability to prioritise busy and varied workload.

Degree in physics or astronomy desirable.

Degree in museum studies or science communication