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Manager Collections and Knowledge – Jewish Cultural Quarter, Amsterdam

Jewish Cultural Quarter (JCQ) consists of the Jewish Historical Museum, the JHM Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg, and the National Holocaust Museum. The Jewish Cultural Quarter invites its visitors to acquaint themselves with Jewish culture and history, to deepen their existing knowledge, and to think actively about the subject of cultural diversity. The basic principle is to make the Jewish story accessible in a positive way to as much of the general public as possible.


The Position:

The Manager Collections and Knowledge (0.8 fte) is the head of the Collections and Knowledge department at the JCQ. He or she develops and implements policy in the area of acquisition, management, preservation, access and presentation of the JCQ collections (museum collection, CEPIG collection, Ets Haim Library and documentary collections).

Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing (in collaboration with the Collection Conservators) a policy plan / collection plan and ensuring the achievement of the stated objectives.
  • Monitoring daily management of the museum collections of the JCQ (including the CEPIG collection), the documentary collections and the collection Ets Haim
  • Monitoring loan traffic
  • Monitoring digital access to the collections
  • Monitoring management of the Jewish Monument and other content-rich applications
  • Monitoring information services to the public and internally, and the development of the Knowledge Center
  • Personnel policy (in collaboration with the Manager of Museum Affairs and Manager HR) and responsibility for the employees of the department
  • Developing projects that relate to the objective of the Collections and Knowledge department: management, preservation and accessibility of the JCQ collections in the broadest sense of the word
  • Prioritizing project work within department.
  • Representing the department inside and outside the Jewish Cultural Quarter

Qualifications and Experience:

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Completed higher education in a relevant direction
  • A minimum of 3 years of management experience in the heritage sector
  • Knowledge of and experience in the field of collection management and maintenance
  • Knowledge of and experience with collection registration, information management and digital heritage
  • Knowledge of and experience with project management and budget management, financial insight
  • Good command of modern languages and proficiency in Dutch (or willing to learn the language)
  • Proven affinity with museums


  • Leadership: makes others achieve objectives
  • Decisiveness: makes deliberate decisions and communicates them clearly
  • Management identification: shows joint responsibility for management dilemmas and decisions
  • Organizing capacity: is able to organize project processes at a strategic level in such a way that the intended objective is achieved
  • Analytical: is capable of analyzing information
  • Effective communication: can communicate complex information clearly and tailor it to different target groups
  • Persuading: knows groups of people with different interests within the organization and brings them together
  • Networks: has and builds his/her own internal and external network for creating and using opportunities and finding inputs with others
  • Creativity: comes with original, innovative ideas
  • Integrity: acts with integrity, even in situations where the guidelines or standards are less clear.

JCQ offers:

JCQ offers a unique and interesting workplace and environment, with employment conditions in accordance with the Museum CAO. At full-time the gross salary per month is from scale 12.0 = EUR 3573, – to scale 12.12 = EUR 4975. 26 days of leave.  8% holiday allowance and 3.4% end-of-year bonus.

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Interested? Send a motivation letter and CV directly to Deadline: 11 January 2019.

The first round of job interviews will be held in the week of 21 January 2019.