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Position at Sharjah Museums

From: Hazelle Page <hpage>
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Collection Manager
Sharjah Museums
Term:  Two year contract

Reporting to: Director Sharjah Museums Management Authority Staff
responsible for: Assistants as appointed. Salary: Package from
190,000 UAE dirhams, including accommodation allowance

Purpose: Responsible for advising the Director SMMA on, and leading
or assisting in, the management and care of collections of Sharjah
Museums. Responsible for identifying areas of key collection
management and care needs, and researching and recommending options
to address those areas. Managing planning and implementation
processes as required.

Tasks:

    Advises the Director SMMA on areas of key needs in the
    management and care of collections for Sharjah Museums, and
    researches and advises on options for addressing those areas in
    the short, medium and long term.

    Advises on and drafts corporate collection management policies
    such as Documentation and Care of Collections policies.

    Advises on and assists in drafting collection management and
    care of collection plans, procedural documents and standards
    documentation that devolve from the corporate collection
    management and care policies.

    Advises on and drafts job descriptions for building, facilities
    and collection management staff positions.

    Advises on and as required drafts budgets for achieving care of
    collection outcomes.

    Advises on the development of collection management training
    programmes.

    Designs and delivers collection management and care training
    sessions.

    Advises and assists with programmes to implement management and
    collection care procedures and practices in line with corporate
    policies and standards.

    Advises in other areas of museum operations, to better align
    museum practices with SMMA strategic directions and standards.

    Represents the Director SMMA at meetings, forums, on committees
    etc as required or approved by the Director.

    Participates in events organised by the museum, the SMMA or
    other organisations, that foster public interest in the museum
    or culture and heritage more generally

    Other activities as required by the Director SMMA.

Selection Criteria:
Essential:

Skills/experience:

    Extensive and demonstrable knowledge of museums and collection
    care and management operations.

    Demonstrated experience in reviewing museum operations and
    providing cogent and informed advice and recommendations on
    those programmes.

    Demonstrated experience in planning and development of
    collection care and management policies.

    Experience in developing or advising on development of
    collection care and management documents such as procedures,
    plans and standards.

    Highly developed and wide ranging written and verbal
    communications skills.

    Literate in general computer applications (eg. Word, Excel).

    Experience in establishing and operating conservation laboratory
    facilities to meet deadlines and budgets and to meet high
    standards of health and safety.

    Demonstrated capacity to work under own motivation and
    unsupervised for periods.

    Problem solving skills and initiative.

    Ability to work productively in teams.

    Demonstrated cultural sensitivity.

    Fluent in English.

You will be working with an international team whose first language
is not English.

Qualifications: A degree/qualification relevant to management of
collections or materials conservation

Desirable: An understanding of Islamic and Arab culture and
practices.

The work environment for this position is multicultural and
multilingual.

Sharjah Museums Management Authority is leading the museums of
Sharjah. The Sharjah Museums Management Authority is a new
organisation established by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah to
oversee and link the current and future museums of Sharjah in the
United Arab Emirates. The Sharjah Museums cover the arts, Islamic
culture and history, heritage and history of Sharjah and the region,
archaeology, science and natural history.

With the establishment of the Sharjah Museums Management Authority
under the Directorship of Sue Underwood, the museums will enter an
exciting period of refocus and renewal. We are now recruiting for a
number of 1 and 2 year posts.

The Sharjah Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Gulf region.
The Archaeological Museum has one of the finest collections of
archaeological materials in the Gulf. The Heritage Museums comprise
several museums housed in traditional houses in the Old Sharjah
precinct. The Classic Cars Museum is newly completed and will open
in 2006. The new Islamic Museum is being developed now with a
completion target of April 2007. The Natural History Museum has a
soon to be opened Botanic Museum wing and shares the Desert Park
with the Arabian Wildlife Centre.

We are seeking talented individuals who can work in a multilingual
and multinational work environment. This will be an opportunity for
the right person to display their professional skills, train local
staff and take the museums of Sharjah to a new level of quality.

Sharjah (UAE) is a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern
with well developed infrastructure close to all of the cultural and
tourist attractions of the Middle East. There is no income tax in
the UAE.

For more information about Sharjah and some of its museums, see
<URL:http://www.sharjahtourism.ae> <URL:http://www.shjmuseum.gov.ae>

Interested persons can contact the Sharjah Museums Management
Authority <sharjahmuseumjobs [at] gmail__com> for more information.

Applications should address the job criteria and include a copy of
the applicant's curriculum vitae and the contact details of three
professional referees.

Applications should be sent to the above email address.

Closing date 18 May 2006

Hazelle Page
Collections Manager
Sharjah Museums Management Authority
PO Box 39939
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates


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