Job Opportunity – General Manager

Our present manager, Bridget Guest, has been in post since the Tapestry moved to Kendal in 1994 and is now due to retire. In this time, Bridget and her team have developed the venue into a vibrant, accredited museum. At present the only full-time member of staff, she leads a devoted and hardworking team of part-time employees and voluntary assistants.
The Trustees are seeking the right person with experience, energy and enthusiasm to develop and manage the Quaker Tapestry’s future activities. The ability to create within the team a vision that museums change lives is essential. The website illustrates what the museum currently has to offer, including a virtual tour.
The successful applicant will be responsible for oversight of all activities, staff and volunteers. S/he will report to the Board of Trustees. Within the working hours, weekend and occasional evening work are required and the ability to travel is essential.

General Manager Job Description and Person Spec Sept 2021 Quaker Tapestry Ltd

QT GM Application form Sep 2021

Please return applications to:

by email (preferred) with ‘QT-GM-(your initials)’ in the subject header to [email protected]
or by hand or post addressed to:

David Ditcham, Chair of Trustees, Quaker Tapestry Museum, Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4BH

Office phone: 01539 722975

Applications must arrive by 2pm on Monday 11 October 2021
Interviews will be held on Friday 22 October 2021 at the Quaker Tapestry Museum

Museum Assistant

Research shows that volunteering can help you get hired!

A survey of 500 employers across a range of professions has revealed that volunteering gives job-seekers a huge advantage over other candidates. The study, commissioned by Oxfam and conducted by One Poll, showed that three quarters of hirers would select the person with a history of giving their time for free when faced with two identical candidates for a role.

So why do 80% of bosses consider volunteers to be better quality job candidates? Qualities cited included:

  • Better social skills.
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  • Making a positive difference.

Andrew Horton, Oxfam’s trading director said: “This new research is proof volunteering massively boosts a person’s employability, making volunteering a really positive choice for anyone wanting to change jobs or progress their career.”

“Our volunteers bring a huge array of skills to the job and receive the support they need to develop new skills too. Window dressing, working behind the till, sorting donations, organising pop-up shop events, managing our social media – there are so many ways to get involved and enhance your CV at the same time.”