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Director – Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London

London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 02nd Sep 2021
  • Salary: C.£70k inc' LW dependent on experience
  • REF: 031205
  • Closes: 30th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Science Gallery London (SGL) is King’s flagship, public-facing facility connecting art, health and science in the heart of the city. In 2022, King’s will relaunch SGL, drawing on the learnings of the first two years of operations and the opportunity for reflection offered by the temporary closure through the pandemic.

Reimagined as King’s interdisciplinary hub for discovery in art, health and science, with a focus on young adults, SGL will deliver on Vision 2029’s ambitions for distinctive learning, research with purpose and engagement with local, national and international communities. SGL will be more than a gallery, working in partnership to explore complex challenges and foster innovation, collaboration and inclusion.

Part of the Science Gallery Global Network, Science Gallery London will provide:

• A hub for discovery, learning, exchange and equality; bringing together creative practice, lived experience and academic research for social impact

• A live lab for experimentation, co-creation and making

• A gallery that explores 21st century concerns through cross-disciplinary collaboration

King’s is seeking an experienced leader for this exciting new phase of Science Gallery London’s evolution, delivering King’s ambitions for the space and realising the potential for SGL to succeed as an inclusive, future-focused facility for innovative art-science collaborations. They will understand and be excited by the potential for Science Gallery London within the context of a world leading university; enriching the social and intellectual life of our students and communities and developing skills, resilience and creativity.

Part of King’s Culture, the university’s specialist culture directorate, the Director of Science Gallery London will work closely with colleagues across the university. They will be a great team player, willing to be hands-on as well as a strategic thinker and committed to supporting the wider work of King’s. They will be expert at developing dynamic and diverse partnerships, shaping and informing policy and practice at a local, national and international level. The Director will represent King’s as part of the Science Gallery Global Network, brokering collaborations between Science Gallery London and other members of the network.

At King’s, our definition of diversity encompasses and goes beyond the characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 to include everything that makes us unique, from our backgrounds and experiences to our personalities and ways of thinking. King’s Culture welcomes applicants from communities underrepresented in the higher education and/or cultural sector and expects all applicants to demonstrate clear commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract . This is a full-time post.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for informing, managing and implementing King’s strategy for SGL to budget – working to Executive Director, Culture – and supporting the ambitions of Vision 2029
  • In the first phase the Director’s focus will be on leading the reopening of the gallery, developing plans and structures, recruiting key roles and brokering the many partnerships and collaborations that will be essential to SGL’s future success. Further responsibilities include:
  • Lead a dynamic, inclusive public-facing gallery which develops collaborative ventures and deepens understanding between King’s staff and students with artists, local communities, cultural & creative sector, civic society, industry and the wider public, with a focus on under-represented groups
  • Internally and externally, be an effective senior advocate who has, or can quickly gain credibility among the academic, student, local borough and cultural communities and effectively champion Science Gallery London as part of King’s College London
  • Ensure smooth and successful running of SGL operations including partnerships, overseeing programmes, staffing, marketing, visitor experience and PR
  • Lead a specialist team (c.9fte) and close working with colleagues from academic and professional support units across King’s
  • Hire appropriate staff and consultants, subject to prior approval and working within budgetary constraints
  • Oversee a programme of relevant exhibitions and activities to engage adults and teenagers with the big questions in science, health and art
  • Develop and maximise inclusive and interdisciplinary networks with academics, clinicians, local community, industry and the cultural sector through strategic partnerships and dynamic activity, ensuring alignment and synergies with King’s strategies including #KingsLocal, the university’s hyper-local strategy
  • Develop and lead an integrated digital offer that supports and enhances SGL’s ambitions
  • Represent King’s as part of the Science Gallery Global Network
  • Develop an evaluation strategy to gauge the effectiveness of partnerships and activities
  • Ensure risk analysis of all activity is comprehensive and systematic, liaising with relevant internal King’s departments for expert advice as needed
  • Plan the necessary structures for the sustainable operation and financing of SGL, working with fundraising colleagues where appropriate.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Significant demonstrable experience of working at senior level within a cultural organisation or science centre that has research, learning and community engagement at its heart


2. PhD in a relevant discipline and significant leadership experience in public engagement, through a public venue that has collaboration, learning opportunities and innovative engagement with research at its core

3. Previous leadership of science/health/technology related cultural activities (which could include science communication and outreach, skills development & training, festival leadership) and ability to advocate in a relevant and compelling manner

4. A proven record of developing and delivering multi-disciplinary programmes and partnerships with diverse groups such as cultural producers and practitioners, academics, scientists, students, young people and local communities

5. Strong understanding of an academic research environment, learning & student outcomes, public engagement and impact

6. International standing and strong interdisciplinary networks in a relevant area

7. Demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity & inclusion

8. Clear and effective communicator, both in writing and verbally; comfortable & effective networking with a range of stakeholders

9. Strong track record of fundraising and sponsorship of both public and private funds

10. Experience of managing a multi-disciplinary team

11. Experience of marketing (including branding) and communications (including reputation management)

12. Comfortable working within the matrix environment of a complex institution and managing/meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders and strategies

13. Ability to demonstrate leadership through collaboration and partnership working

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of leading youth-focused initiatives
  • Experience of co-production in a community setting

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