Digital Engagement Lead – Gardens, Libraries and Museums (University of Oxford)

Grade 8: £39,992 – £47,722 p.a.

The University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) are undergoing a major programme of investment to deliver their digital strategy. The programme’s remit is to democratise access to our world-class collections across the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers, Museum of Natural History, Museum of History of Science and Botanic Gardens.

This is a unique opportunity to define, manage, and work with GLAM, IT Services and other divisions, to deliver the Digital Engagement, Communications and Evaluation aspects of the GLAM Digital Strategy. Work will include delivering specific projects as part of the GLAM Digital Strategy, as well as working with the Programme Manager to shape the broader programme and embed new services and practices within ‘business as usual’ activity across GLAM. The Digital Engagement Lead will focus on specific priority projects within the GLAM digital strategy and these will range up to £100,000 in value.

The key aspects of role include:
1.Using audience intelligence and professional expertise, provide strategic advice and inform projects relating to digital engagement – initial examples include online user experience, web strategy, mobile strategy, audience development and onsite digital experience.
2.Horizon scan for new opportunities to enrich the GLAM Digital Strategy, and engage with external partners about the GLAM Digital Strategy.
3.Actively leverage internal and external funding streams to further the GLAM Digital Strategy.
4.Maintain an overview of digital engagement activities across GLAM in order to represent, share and advocate for this activity where relevant (in particular for the Museums and Gardens).
5.Using audience intelligence and professional expertise, provide strategic advice and inform projects relating to digital engagement – initial examples include online user experience, web strategy, mobile strategy, audience development and onsite digital experience.
6.Horizon scan for new opportunities to enrich the GLAM Digital Strategy, and engage with external partners about the GLAM Digital Strategy.
7.Actively leverage internal and external funding streams to further the GLAM Digital Strategy.
8.Maintain an overview of digital engagement activities across GLAM in order to represent, share and advocate for this activity where relevant (in particular for the Museums and Gardens).

This post is fixed-term until 31 July 2019.
Further details https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=133237

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About Jessica Suess

The Partnership Team coordinates collaborative activity across the four Oxford University Museums, often acting as a guerrilla unit to identify and seize high impact, collaborative opportunities. I lead on Digital, Communications and Audience Evaluation. A big part of my role is developing shared strategic approaches to digital and evaluation across the museums, and coordinating collaborative activity with other collections within the university, such as the Bodleian Libraries and Botanic Gardens. I also develop, manage and steer collaborative digital projects, recent projects include: introducing free public Wi-Fi across our four museum sites; scoping a new, shared Digital Asset Management System for the museums; a Resource Discovery user requirements research project for the university’s collections; and developing a new image IP policy for the university collections. A lot of my work focuses on mobile and I am currently leading on several pilot mobile projects, and pulling together what we have learnt to develop a new, shared mobile strategy for the museums. This work includes the ‘Hidden Museum’ research project which is building a prototype app, ‘Pocket Curator’, for the Museum of the History of Science which allows visitors to ‘try’ many of the scientific instruments on display via their own device. I have recently completed the Museums Association’s ‘Transformers’ Leadership Programme, I will be participating in the European Museum Leaders Programme in Munich in November 2015, and I am currently a Museums Computer Network Scholarship holder. I sit on the management committee for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in Oxford and the steering group for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. Twitter: @JessicaSuess | Blog: http://fortunacuriosa.com/