Topic ID #42926 - posted 12/23/2020 2:17 AM

Head, Archives & Library - M+ Museum, HK


M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.


Head, Archives & Library (Ref:R1606)

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Collection & Exhibition, the role of Head, Archives & Library provides vision and leadership for the realisation, organisation, and development of the future M+ Study Centre, which will contain the museum’s Collection Archives, Institutional Archives and Reference Library. It will be a unique public resource holding materials related to contemporary visual culture representing the fields of visual art, design & architecture and moving image from Hong Kong, The Mainland, Asia, and beyond.

You will be responsible for:

  • providing key professional and intellectual leadership for the M+ Study Centre and the Museum’s world class research collections;
  • overseeing the strategic planning for the realisation, operations, facilities, and future enhancements of the M+ Study Centre;
  • overseeing the development and management of the archive and library collections, responsive to the M+ mission and in collaboration with relevant museum stakeholders;
  • working to showcase the Study Centre and its collections through museum programmes, user engagement, outreach, and cross-institutional collaboration;
  • articulating and advocating for the viewpoints of the Archives & Library, and the Collection and Exhibition Department, in order to inform museum strategic and tactical decisions and contribute to overall museum strategic and operational planning;
  • formulating and implementing archive and library cataloguing and data-entry standards that meet international standards for libraries, archives and museums;
  • planning for preservation and conservation of archive and library collections to accepted international standards, in collaboration with M+ Conservation;
  • managing staff as well as overseeing collection development and managing annual and long-term budgets for the Archives & Library; and
  • creating and maintaining community and regional professional partnerships. 

You should:

  • possess an accredited postgraduate degree (MA or higher) in archives, with a strong academic background in art history, design, architecture, humanities or equivalent;
  • have at least 15 years of experience in archives or special collections library, preferably with experience in management role within a museum/gallery or similar organisations;
  • demonstrate proven skills/experience in developing and implementing policies and standards and advocating for best practice in the field of collections management;
  • have experience in building and managing a team in a diverse working environment, as well as managing budgets and delivering projects;
  • have experience in working with internal and external stakeholders to deliver projects and formulate policies;
  • show strong organisational, planning and time management skills with the ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure;
  • keep abreast of current issues and trends in the fields of archives, records management, and library and information science relevant to art librarianship, including emerging technologies; and 
  • possess strong written and verbal communication skills in English and preferably in Chinese.

For interested parties, please submit your application with detailed CV and cover letter on or before 19 January 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  The review of applications will continue until post is filled.


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All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.

For more information or contact 
Ms. Michelle Cheng at (852) 2200-0220

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