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Museum de Fundatie is one of the leading museums in the eastern Netherlands. It profiles the work of established artists and designers, and showcases new talent. Firmly rooted in the province of Overijssel, the museum is also active internationally. Museum de Fundatie is open to all, offering a varied programme of exhibitions and events at its own sites, in other public buildings and at festivals. Trendsetting and creative, in recent years the museum has managed to establish a strong reputation with a wide audience.

Temporary exhibitions and permanent exhibits can be viewed at two sites: Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle and Kasteel het Nijenhuis, with sculpture park, in Heino/Wijhe.

Museum de Fundatie manages two collections of art: the Fundatie Collection (owned by non-profit organisation Stichting Hannema-de Stuers Fundatie) and the Overijssel provincial art collection. Work from both is displayed at the museum’s two main sites and at satellite locations. The two collections are fully integrated.

For our museum, we are looking for a

Head of Education & Interpretation


32-36 hours per week

The role

You participate in exhibition project groups and direct the public program. In this position, you set the tone for the visitor's encounter with art from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The Education and Interpretation department contributes to a multi-sensory museum  experience  and to a better understanding of art and society.  The department focuses on people from diverse backgrounds. Together with the education officer, and in dialogue with other departments, you will ensure that Museum de Fundatie becomes a place of growth and knowledge through various types of activities.

You will:

  • Think about the concept of exhibitions, based on dialogue with diverse types of audiences and local communities.
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of the public programme, with lectures, symposia, film and music presentations and other events that contribute to deepening the programming and at the same time offer new views.  Your programming is innovative, inclusive and ambitious and connects to current social debates.
  • Develop the programming, including guided tours and museum lessons for both educational groups and other target groups - considering different ages, but also different backgrounds, needs and interests. A clear connection with exhibition programming is essential here.
  • Contribute to the policy of the museum by, among other things, making proposals for increasing the museum's accessibility and for programming for groups that do not yet know how to find the museum.
  • In collaboration with the Marketing & Communications department, devise and produce digital and analogue content and develop programming for evening openings on Fridays.
  •  Supervise the education officer (12 hours a week), as well as the team of museum teachers, and ensure its development.
  • You are responsible for the budget of the Education  & Interpretation department.
  • Within the museum, you are in contact with various departments that together ensure that the programming according to the museum's mission and vision is as good as possible.
  • You will be accountable to the executive director.

What you bring:

  • You are a mediator and an innovative thinker.
  • A minimum of higher professional education (HBO) working and thinking level.
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English, both spoken and written, or willingness to learn both languages.
  • You have at least 5 years of relevant work experience, including demonstrable experience with public program development.
  • You are independent, flexible and a team player.
  • You are solution-oriented and think from the perspective of diverse audiences.
  • You work on a project basis and have experience writing (eligible) project plans.
  • Experience in the cultural sector, especially in a museum, is a plus.

We can offer:

A unique workplace at a growing museum, with coworkers dedicated to Museum de Fundatie and the broader cultural sector.

A fixed-term contract for one year with a view to a permanent contract, subject to suitability. A monthly salary, depending on qualifications and experience, ranging from a minimum of € 3368,- and maximum of € 4406,- (scale 10 of the Museum CAO [collective labor agreement]) for a full-time 36-hour working week, excluding 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.

Museum de Fundatie aspires to be a diverse organization in the broadest sense. We do not mind what you believe, how old you are, where you come from or who you love. What we are interested in is your talents. The museum expressly invites people from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Send your CV and letter of application to, attn. Beatrice von Bormann, Executive Director. If you have any questions about the role, please contact us at this email address.

Please submit your response no later than 31 March 2023.