The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.
It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.
We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.
About the role
Our Development Department generates philanthropic income to help us create a Natural History Museum for the future - investing in capital development, attaining vital acquisitions for the collection, transforming our galleries, developing innovative exhibitions and undertaking ground-breaking scientific research on issues that affect us all.
This is a key role within the team with responsibility for important project management within Development, and as the Development lead in engaging with stakeholders across the Museum on wider organisational activities.
These activities include Museum-wide initiatives in line with our science and collection strategy, ensuring that Development is represented and proactively involved in all aspects, and that senior management and the wider team are informed and engaged. In addition, Development is part of important Museum-wide governance activities in line with our ethical policies and values, and this role will play a crucial part in both representing Development, stakeholder engagement, and delivering the outcomes of this work.
You will also lead on the review, design and implementation of any new or revised policies to ensure best practice across the department.
You will be a skilled generalist project manager or policy specialist with excellent communication and reporting skills, the ability to manage multiple workstreams, and be able to learn, absorb and transmit complex information to a range of audiences. You will also have excellent planning and prioritisation skills, with the ability to act as the department's key contact for a range of activities. Your ability to develop strategies, policies and plans, and to engage stakeholders at all levels, will be vital to the role.
The role often requires working on your own or in a small team to plan and deliver operational activities and business change, so you will be comfortable with a hands-on role seeing projects through to completion, delivering training but also working directly with data, reporting, and using the Museum's information platforms - Microsoft Office 365, Sharepoint and CRM databases such as Raiser's Edge. Understanding of a range of project methodologies such as Prince 2 and Agile would be an advantage.
Fixed Term Contract, ending 30 November 2021
Closing date: 9am Tuesday 26 January 2021
Interviews expected w/c 1st February
To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.