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Director of Collections

Job opportunity, as soon as possible, salary group 15 TVöD (federal government), full-time (39 hours per week), initially limited to two years (fixed-term probationary period) with the option of permanent employment thereafter

The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the outstanding institutions within the European museum landscape. Its new core exhibition that opened in 2020, its temporary exhibitions, collections, events program, and the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, as well as its digital and educational offerings, make the museum a vibrant place for dialogue and reflection on Jewish past and present in Germany. ANOHA, The Children's World of the Jewish Museum Berlin, tells the story of Noah's Ark in a playful way geared towards children.

The Jewish Museum Berlin – a German federal foundation under public law – is looking to appoint as soon as possible a Director of Collections (male/female/diverse). Salary group 15 TVöD (federal government), full-time (39 hours per week), initially limited to two years (fixed-term probationary period) with the option of permanent employment thereafter.

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Application deadline
Tue 27 Jul 2021
Contact for your application

Kathrin Gottschalk
T +49 (0)30 259 93 307


Jewish Museum Berlin
– Personalbereich —
Lindenstr. 9–14
10969 Berlin

As part of the ongoing development of its organisational structure, the Jewish Museum Berlin has created the position of Director of Collections. This is a management position with budget and personnel responsibility. The Director of Collections reports directly to the Director and is responsible for the archives, library, collections management, and all areas of collections supervised by the museum’s curators. As a federal museum, the Jewish Museum Berlin has the task of building up an extensive, national, high-quality collection on Jewish culture in Germany, thereby extending its reach beyond the borders of the Federal Republic of Germany. We are looking for a candidate with proven management qualities, excellent knowledge of collection and project management, and research experience in the specific field of museums.

Your Tasks

  • Direct the newly created organisational unit encompassing the archives and library, collection management including image archive, documentation, loan, restoration and collection holdings, and the curatorial collections of art, Judaica, applied art, photography, everyday culture and audio-visual media
  • Develop the content and strategy of the Jewish Museum Berlin's collection, including provenance research and digitisation of the collections
  • Develop the structure, co-ordination and administration of the organisational unit
  • Supervise the transformation of digital processes
  • Ensure the scientific and conservational quality standards of the collection and work processes
  • Establish and maintain national and international collaborations, as well as partnerships with other museums, scientific and cultural institutions

Our Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree in the humanities (MA / MSc / MLitt / MFA / state examination etc.)
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of German Jews and of Jews in Germany
  • Long-term management experience and proven leadership and social skills, preferably acquired in a museum
  • Long-term professional experience in a collection-based museum and dealing with sensitive collections
  • Experience in digitisation, networking and making collections available online
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken German and English
  • Existing national and international networks in relevant fields
  • Proven ability to think and plan strategically; cooperative, inclusive and motivational leadership style with a strong focus on teamwork
  • Strong organisational and communication skills; conceptually innovative approach with structured ways of thinking and working; confident and professional attitude
  • Desirable: Experience in change management, diversity competence, comprehensive understanding of accessibility, and knowledge of Hebrew

The German version of this job advertisement is considered the binding version in case of questions or clarifications that may arise.

The Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation promotes professional equality regardless of gender and lifestyle. The compatibility of family and career is very important to us. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of national, cultural, religious, or non-religious affiliation. Disabled applicants of equal qualification are given preferential consideration.

The advertised position may be suitable for job sharing by multiple individuals on a part-time basis.

Have we sparked your interest?

Then we look forward to receiving your application by 27/07/2021. Please send your application, quoting reference number 8/2021 to:

The Jewish Museum Berlin
Human Resources
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

or by email to:

If applying by email, please submit your documents in a single PDF file (max. 10 MB).

Submitted application documents cannot be returned. We thank you for your understanding and ask that you refrain from sending application portfolios. Your documents will be kept for a maximum of three months after the end of the application process.

If you require any further information, please contact Mrs. Gottschalk at +49 (0)30 259 93 307.

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