Chief of Staff, Natural History Museum


Acting as a trusted aide to the Director, Sir Michael Dixon, you will facilitate the effective governance and management of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Board and a new, to be established, Management Board.  Long-range planning of agendas for all 3 Boards, the timely preparation of papers for respective meetings and attendance of all 3 Boards in a supporting role to the Director are all key features of this role. You will need to track follow up actions for each of these Board meetings.

You will support the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Director in the process for the appointment of new Trustees which will require liaison with our sponsoring government department, DCMS, making every effort to increase the diversity of this group.

You will line manage other members of this Directorate, including the Internal Communications, Government Relations, Strategic Planning and Monitoring functions.

A blend of business as usual and special projects will provide terrific variety to this role.  Special projects will require you to work across the museum and are likely to include submissions to our sponsoring government department, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

About you
Highly collaborative, you will need to positively engage stakeholders across the Museum and possess the ability to influence and persuade effectively.  An excellent communicator, you will be highly articulate, able to present to different audiences, including senior stakeholders inside and outside the Museum. Your written English must be exceptional, you will need to write with fluency and flair and prepare high quality, impactful presentations using a variety of channels/media.

You must be an exceptional people manager, able to extract the best out of people and lead by example.  You will quickly establish credibility and trust within your team and across the Museum at all levels to ensure their delivery of our strategy and vision.  

You will be degree educated or equivalent, ideally in a science subject or be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the sciences and the natural world.

To apply, visit the NHM Careers site by closing, 9am 01/10/2019