The company’s communications officer and spokesperson

National Museum of World Cultures Foundation, Leiden, Rotterdam Amsterdam, published on 21 November 2022

People all over the world face the same life questions. The answers they give are different and often culturally determined. The objects in our collection are very much a testimony to this. They show how people all over the world live and live together, in a way that is so different and at the same time so similar. By examining and interpreting our collections together with our diverse stakeholders and our equally diverse audiences and sharing their meaning, we raise awareness of this interconnectedness. In this way, we better understand the world around us and expand our view of it. And we contribute to global citizenship: that is our mission.

The National Museum of World Cultures Foundation (NMVW) was established in 2014 after a merger of the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Afrikamuseum in Berg en Dal and the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. Since May 2017, there has also been an intensive collaboration with the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam (WMR). NMVW and WMR have the same board, management team and board, and other activities and services are also carried out centrally for all museums. The joint collections include around 500,000 objects and 700,000 photographs, and the museums together employ around 235 employees. In addition, a flexible shell is used, and we are happy to coach interns, research staff and volunteers.

Together, the four museums receive around 425,000 visitors annually.

We are now looking for someone for NVWM
Communications officer and spokesperson (senior)
(32-36 hours per week)

Who are we?
As a press spokesperson, you work for all museums, within the Public & Partners sector. This department consists of seventeen committed and driven colleagues spread over four locations. We work with our own budgets in project teams and are responsible for all marketing and communication. We are committed to making our projects and exhibitions visible, communicating our mission and attracting a diverse audience. We also want to see cultural diversity reflected in our organization.
The corporate communications & press team, which falls under the Public & Partners sector, consists of a team leader/press officer, a corporate communications officer and spokesperson and an all-round press officer. The team also works closely with the internal communications colleague. You report directly to the team leader corporate communication & press. Other colleagues work for the online, relations and marketing team. The sector manager leads the teams.

What do you want to do?
We are looking for a proactive corporate communications officer and press spokesperson. Together with your team leader and other colleagues, you are responsible for the overall press and spokesperson policy. You communicate about our mission, develop strategy for our positioning and are responsible for various company issues. Themes such as decolonization, inclusiveness and sustainability are familiar to you. You enjoy digging into scientific research and current government policy. You work both independently and in collaboration with your team. You have close contact with the management and report to and spar with your team leader.

Who are you?
· You have at least 7 years of experience in a similar position.
· You have experience of working in complex organizations.
· You have an affinity with art, culture, history and heritage.
· You have a sharp pen and can translate complex material into a clear message. You have an eye for news and identify opportunities.
· You know what is going on in the social area and you have a vision of how to position our organization in this.
· You have an extensive (inter)national press network.
· You are a pleasant sparring partner for both your marketing colleagues and curators and management.

What do we offer?
· The terms of employment according to the Museum Agreement apply. This is an employment contract of at least one year with the possibility of extension, of a minimum of 32 to a maximum of 36 hours per week. The position is rated on a scale of 10, depending on education and experience the salary is between € 3,208 and € 4,196 gross per month for a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday pay and 3.4% end-of-year bonus.
· Good opportunities for personal and professional development.
· Option to work partially from home.
· Modest travel allowance, own laptop and mobile phone.
· Nice informal working environment with almost 300 passionate colleagues.
· Inspiring workplaces: in the beautiful monumental museum building at Oosterpark in Amsterdam, at our head office in Leiden, a five-minute walk from the main train station, right along the Maas in the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam and in the middle of nature in Berg en Dal.

Did the above not answer all your questions?
For important questions, please contact Merel Hoestlandt, head of the Public and Partners sector, by e-mail: or with Human Resources via email:

Are you interested?
Send a short motivation and CV before 5 December 2022 via this link.
After a selection letter, candidates are invited to a first round of interviews in week 49.
The National Museum of World Cultures is an inclusive organization and open to all people in society. Based on our personnel policy, we want to contribute to a labor market where everyone has equal opportunities and where there is no room for discrimination. We welcome a diversity of backgrounds and knowledge and select our employees based on qualities.

Purchases in response to this vacancy are not appreciated.

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