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Posted: Jun 18, 2018

Human Resources Consultant/Advisory Firm Sought

The Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor.

Role: Freelance Consultant/Advisory Firm to support the Board of Trustees of the Priest’s House Museum in all areas of HR
Location: Working from home/office and as required at the Priest’s House Museum, The Museum of East Dorset, Wimborne, BH21 1HR
Fee: To be agreed, subject to scope of services
Reporting to: The Chair of Trustees, Mr David Morgan
Period of contract: Ongoing, depending on the requirements of the Trust

The Priest’s House Museum is a small independent charitable museum situated in the market town of Wimborne, Dorset. The Trust currently employs 9 staff and has over 150 volunteers. Following the retirement of the Priest’s House Museum Trust’s Human Resources consultant, the Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor on an ad hoc basis.

The Trust is looking for a HR consultant/consultancy/advisory firm with a working knowledge of Human Resources management, especially in the area of change management and within the museum/charitable sector. You will be able to demonstrate appropriate experience in consulting as well as dealing with a range of HR issues. You will be a strategic thinker as well as a proactive problem solver and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Main purpose:
An experienced consultant is required to advise and assist the Board of Trustees of the Priest’s House Museum in all areas of HR.

Main tasks:

  • To research, draft, amend or update the Trust’s employment policies in line with current legislative requirements
  • Assist in the development and integration of HR related policies
  • To implement performance management procedures in place and to ensure that the right training is given to trustees, staff and volunteers
  • Assist in recruiting staff, including writing job and person specifications and adverts
  • To provide HR advice and guidance to the Board of Trustees and Museum Director to ensure that performance is managed consistently across the museum
  • To assist in dealing with the resolution of issues relating to staff and/or volunteers
  • Assist the Board and Director in developing and implementing plans and techniques to drive change and culture management to fulfil the museum’s strategic aims

Qualifications and knowledge:

  • CIPD qualified (or equivalent)
  • Extensive HR experience, ideally with a similar museum/charitable organisation
  • An up-to-date knowledge of Charity and Employment Law
  • A working knowledge of the heritage/cultural sector, preferably in museums
  • Demonstrable experience of managing grievance, disciplinary and restricting processes
  • Demonstrate experience of the restructuring process
  • Demonstrate experience to facilitate changes and improvements to processes
  • Demonstrate experience of recruiting staff, retention and development
  • An understanding of GDPR
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal
  • Insurance policy/professional indemnity will be required (if asked for interview a copy will be required for the interview panel to view)

Please send the following:

  • A CV (to include details of 2 referees)
  • A covering letter outlining why you (or your firm) wish to apply for this role, what you feel that you can offer the Trust 
  • Submission of a Capability Statement setting out your relevant experience and credentials to support the museum together with examples of similar work undertaken
  • Fee proposal to address our requirements (time based and fixed fee alternatives)

Please send your proposal for the attention of the Chair of Trustees, Mr David Morgan by e-mail to 

For an informal, confidential chat in advance of your submission please contact Mr David Morgan, Chair of Trustees on 01202 821115.

Please refer to website and social media for details on background to the Trust and to see what activities are in offer.

Closing date: Monday 9 July 2018
Interviews to be held on: Tuesday 24 July 2018 with an immediate start upon appointment

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