Head of Special Events and Supporter Engagement
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The future of the natural world, on which all life depends, is in your hands;
Sir David Attenborough
This is a pivotal point in human history. It is also a vital moment in the story of the Natural History Museum as we seek to increase our impact on society at a time of profound environmental change. In the summer we will launch our ambitious new strategy setting out our role and the Museum’s mission ‘to create advocates for the planet’. Harnessing the power of our world-leading natural history collections, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM is transforming its buildings, its engagement and its reach. With the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building ahead in 2031, this is a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.
The Museum’s Development Group is at the heart of this transformation. A high-performing and ambitious team, we work with colleagues across the Museum to create new galleries, innovations and experiences and to take advantage of revolutionary changes in science and technology. We engage with inspiring and committed advocates, influencers and supporters in the UK and globally who share our vision.
We are currently seeking a talented, proactive and confident Head of Special Events and Supporter Engagement, who will be responsible for creating and developing an outstanding annual programme of over 40 events - from exhibition launches and Royal Gala dinners to intimate donor dinners - each designed to give our guests authentic, memorable experiences at the Museum and to draw our audiences and supporters closer to us. There is also oversight of membership events, in our new Mary Anning membership room.
You will position and promote the NHM brand, designing and commissioning content to reach leading national and international influencers, supporting the NHM’s ambitious fundraising targets and fostering meaningful relationships between the Museum and its advocates, donors and a wide range of stakeholders.
The successful candidate will have significant expertise in event management together with creative flair. You will have a clear customer focus with a strong eye for detail and be culturally sensitive. Proven experience of managing stakeholder relationships, leading a team and working closely with senior staff are also vital.
Diversity and Inclusion at the Museum
We welcome applications from everyone – diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of diverse backgrounds we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work - and the pace and scale of our activities can be breathtaking. This is a remarkable place and we look for staff who can work according to our values – we champion diversity, encourage creativity, we are connected, and we value evidence.
How to apply
Please complete your application online in our recruitment portal.
You should upload the following documents:
* A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
* A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the role competencies.
* Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.
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