"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 seeking a talented, proactive and confident Executive Assistant to work with the Executive Director of Development in a rewarding and exciting workplace.
You will provide professional administrative, organisational and logistical support to the Executive Director of Development in order to ensure that their time is managed effectively and the work of the Development Group is progressed smoothly. You will provide secretariat support for the Development Advisory Committee, NHM Development Trust and selected Senior Volunteer Groups (which include the Museum's highest level donors and high profile stakeholders). You will also undertake discrete projects and work with the Development Executive and colleagues to develop and deliver regular Development Group all-staff meetings and social events.
You will be an excellent communicator with meticulous attention to detail and a can-do, collegiate and friendly approach. You will have excellent administrative, organisational and logistical skills and significant experience of providing executive support to a senior manager or director. You will have strong skills in multi-tasking, the flexibility to work dynamically, to make decisions, solve problems and navigate a changing environment. You will enjoy working autonomously and as part of a team and will be comfortable with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. You may have worked in this sector already or you may have worked in a fast-paced customer service, media or legal environment and want to move into the cultural sector. You will have an appetite to learn and develop and be keen to play a role in a high performing team.
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
To apply, please visit the Natural History Museum's careers page and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.
Please note that this role would not meet UK Visa and Immigration's requirements for a sponsorship visa. As such we are only able to consider candidates who have the existing right to work in the UK.
Closing date - 5 August 2019 at 9am
Interviews - 3 & 4 September 2019