Creative Access
Head of learning

Head of learning

ExpiresExpires: 01/07/2022
Outreach / Partnerships / Community Engagement
Permanent position
£41,000 to £50,000 per year

Salary: up to £42,000 per annum, dependent on experience
Holidays: 25 days + Christmas eve and boxing day (museum closed)
Hours: full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Location: the museum is trialling a part-remote working arrangement, where staff work 60% of their role at the museum and 40% remote

Closing date: 30 June 2022, midnight
Interview: 11 July 2022
Second interview: 15 July 2022


Are you ready to develop brilliant programmes and resources for the Design Museum? In this role you'll champion learning about and through design. 

The Design Museum opened in Kensington in November 2016 with the vision to inspire everyone to understand the value of design. In the last year the learning programme reached over 40,000 learners nationally, on and offsite and digitally. An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the team providing this programme. The role is an opportunity for an energetic and resourceful individual committed to design education to build on firm foundations and steward the award-winning learning programmes to fulfil their national ambitions. 

The Head of Learning will champion learning both internally and externally. They will develop outstanding programmes and resources for learning about and through design, positioning the Design Museum at the forefront of practice in museum learning, and promoting it as a centre of debate for the sector.


The Head of Learning leads a dynamic and high performing team of seven staff working on three delivery strands: helping young people into design, shaping the future of design, and providing educational experiences in design. The role includes budget and decision-making responsibility across programme expenditure. 

They work closely with the Development team to fundraise for learning activity and with the Marketing team to reach audiences for learning activity.  They are as key part of the management team.  

Knowledge, skills, experience 

  • Demonstrable understanding of learning in a museum or related cultural field and wider contexts and how these shape programme delivery and development
  • Demonstrable understanding of how digital media can be used to promote and deliver learning programmes, including software, hardware, and social media
  • Knowledge of policy and curricula contexts for design education and cultural learning
  • Excellent people manager able to motivate and support a team to meet challenges and achieve excellence
  • Excellent communication and IT skills including Excel and Word packages
  • Creative flair and courage to try new approaches with the drive to get the job done calmly and with confidence
  • Demonstrable interpersonal aptitude, including the ability to negotiate with a range of people with differing agendas and deliverables to meet programme objectives
  • Commercial acumen and ability to achieve income targets with excellent budget management skills and experience
  • Passionate about design education for all
  • Suitable professional experience in museum education or similar cultural organisation
  • Able to draw on a wide network of contacts including professionals, speaker, and experts in design education and more widely to deliver activities


  • MA in design education or related field
  • Experience of devising and delivering evaluation activity
  • Experience of working on a commissioning and consultancy model
  • Understanding of marketing strategy and audience development
  • Experience of advocating externally

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Senior

Salary range

  • £41,000 to £50,000 per year