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Job: Learning Programmes Co-ordinator (Media Space)

Media Space is an arts-led gallery in the Science Museum, whiched opened in September 2013. It is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum. It is our platform for photography, art and science. It will be unique in London as an experimental inter-disciplinary programme that re-examines traditional divisions and identifies new relationships between the arts and the sciences

Media Space will bring together photographers, artists, curators, the creative industries and key subject-matter-experts to draw on and interrogate the photography, science, art and technology collections of the National Media Museum and the Science Museum.  It will create a unique inter-disciplinary programme of world-class exhibitions and events.

To support the Media Space programme, the Museum is seeking a skilled and imaginative Learning Programmes Co-ordinator to work with HE and FE students and their tutors to create an engaging and inspiring collaborative learning offer.

LPC-MS/13 - Learning Programmes Co-ordinator (Media Space)

Posted: 26/11/2013 14:13
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £14,700 per annum actual pay (£24,500 FTE)
Location: Science Museum - London
Level: Learning
Deadline: 08/12/2013 23:59
Hours: 21.6
Benefits: Enterprises benefits including BUPA and pension
Job Type: Part Time - Fixed Term

Media Space Learning Programmes Co-ordinator
23 month part-time (3 days a week) fixed term contract

Interviews are likely to be held week 16 December 2013

Application details

When you apply you will be asked to upload a covering statement in Microsoft Word format. You are advised to prepare this document in advanced of making your application online.  Please also ensure that you have also uploaded your CV as a separate document which you can do when you create an account or login.

In your covering statement please state why you feel you are suitable for this role detailing how you meet the skills, knowledge and relevant qualifications section of the specification. Please focus only on the experience you consider to be most relevant to this role.

Information for Internal Applicants 

The post is offered on SCMG Enterprises terms, but employees currently on Museum terms may apply, and remain on Museum terms, subject to conditions to be discussed at time of offer.

This position will be offered as a secondment. Your department must be willing to release you and hold your post open for your return, and you are advised to check that this is possible before you apply.

SMG Job Description

Job Details
Job Title: Learning Programmes Co-ordinator (Media Space)
Department: Learning
Reports to: Head of Learning Research & Projects
Location: Science Museum, London

Purpose of the post

To co-ordinate and manage the Media Space creative learning offer for HE and FE students.

To recruit artists to develop and deliver sessions as part of the creative learning offer.

To work with the wider Media Space team in joint programming activity.

To identify and build relationships with key organisations, institutions who you will work with to develop and implement the creative learning programme for Media Space. 

Line Management and Budget Responsibility

Directly line manages: 0
Indirectly line manages: 0
Contractors/freelancers: 1-3 varying over the course of the project.

Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

  1. To develop and deliver the HE and FE offer for Media Space working with universities and colleges to create an engaging learning programme of collaborative projects and events for adults.
  2. A costed plan for the resources necessary for the successful delivery of the creative learning programme over next 5 years, including existing Museum staff time and volunteers.
  3. A 2 year action plan for the delivery of the HE programme.
  4. To co-ordinate evaluations of the HE programme.
  5.  To develop a strong network, internally and externally, that increases the Museum’s knowledge of other sector-leading practice in the field of creative learning & programming for adults and initiates partnerships through which the future programme can be delivered.
  6. To identify ways of working with HE and FE sector that can be implemented at the National Media Museum, Bradford, as well as in London.
  7. To work with Learning colleagues at National Media Museum, Bradford to develop their HE and FE offer.
  8. To take care of personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns.  Ensure proactive compliance with NMSI H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work.


  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Anticipate/recognise changes in circumstances and able to respond quickly and effectively.
  • Outcome-focussed.
  •  Professional, with proven ability to work on own and with a broad range of people especially external partners. 
  • Able to effectively create buy-in for work being conducted, good communication with different team members.
  • Able to work on own and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications

  • Experience of devising and managing engaging creative learning programmes for adult audiences.
  • Knowledge of creative learning programming by major cultural organisations.
  • A practical understanding of the principles of audience development, gained through professional work i.e. formulating plans, identifying objectives, engaging with target audiences.
  • Experience of developing and managing partnerships.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written (contributing to strategic documents; articles for publication; talks).
  • Understanding of how visitors learn in Museums and other free choice environments.
  • Understanding of audiences: their wants, needs, expectations.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Relevant degree or experience desirable
  • To be able to work evenings and weekends if necessary

Working Relationships and Contacts


  • With the Science Museum Head of Media Space and Arts Programme and National Media Museum Curator of Photographs to ensure that that the creative learning programme fits with the overarching ethos of Media Space.
  • With the Head of Media Space and Arts Programme and Head of Learning Research and Projects to ensure the high quality delivery of HE/FE creative Learning programmes, on time and on budget.
  • With the Head of Media Space and Arts Programme and Head of Learning Research & Projects to ensure planned programme can be resourced.
  •  With Head of Learning Research & Projects to ensure learning input matches learning business plan and philosophy.
  • With Head of Media Space and Arts Programme to secure staff resource for activities.
  • Working with Public Programmes re cross-over events and joined up working e.g. planned learning projects with potential public outputs.
  • With web team and new media team to develop any digital activities and manage Learning’s Media Space presence on the web.
  • With Finance/Management Accounts to ensure effective use of resources.
  • With Learning Support Team and Marketing and Press teams to ensure they are informed of Media Space learning offer and that marketing opportunities are pursued as and where necessary.
  • With Learning Support Office to ensure they have the correct bookings information e.g. info about new exhibitions; timings of curator tours etc.
  • With National Media Museum Learning colleagues to develop their HE and FE creative learning offer


  • To contribute to regular updates and reports to the gallery funders and other stakeholders.
  • With target audience and organisations/institutions that represent and engage them (e.g. independent adults; FE & HE sector).
  • To work with other major institutions that attract independent adult visitors, to explore potential collaboration.
  • To maintain relationships with existing HE partners and build new HE partners.
  • With external contractors/artists to deliver specified materials/workshops/ learning products.

Scope for impact

Media Space will be central to the strategy to grow the adult audience at the Science Museum and shape the perception of the Museum for these audiences.

Extending Science Museum reach and profile in engaging adults in a creative learning programme

This role is to develop a programme for a new audience – the HE and FE audience. In doing, the post-holder will be developing ways of working that we will then share with the National Media Museum, Bradford

Please note:
This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future changes in policy, regulation or organisational requirements, it will be reviewed on a regular basis.

This role is subject to a Disclosure Scotland basic criminal record check.

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