Chiltern Open Air Museum is looking to recruit an experienced candidate to review and develop the Museum learning services and to work closely with colleagues to deliver a first class learning experience to our visitors. The Museum has a high quality, award winning, learning service in place covering schools delivery from nursery to further and higher education, informal learning provision and a new interpretation strategy.
The Museum is also delighted to have been recently awarded a Heritage Lottery Your Heritage Grant to enable us to appoint a Community Engagement Officer (part time – 2 years) from January 2013, as part of a project around our rebuilt Victorian earth cottage from Haddenham and this post will be working closely with the Learning Officer.
Chiltern Open Air Museum has a collection of 33 historic buildings, rescued and rebuilt within 45 acres of Chilterns traditional landscape. The site is half a mile in length and incorporates part of the Chiltern Hills. The post will involve a lot of walking around the site to carry out some duties and working outdoors in all weathers. There is no public transport to the site; although there are tube stations nearby with around a 30 minutes walk to the Museum through country lanes.
Salary : £19 000 pro rata
Hours : 30 hours per week
Responsible for :
Workshop session leaders
Learning team volunteers
1 X HLF Skills for the Future trainee in Heritage Education
From February 2013 – 2 X HLF Skills for the Future Trainees
(1 X formal learning & 1 X interpretation)
Working with : Schools and Events Officer (PT) & Community Engagement Officer (2013 – 2014 : PT)
Review existing formal and informal learning services
Implement proposed changes with Schools and Events Officer
Develop new content for schools programmes
Create and deliver informal learning programmes
Manage and deliver existing training programme for HLF Skills for the Future Trainees in heritage education and interpretation
Supervise implementation of Interpretation and Learning Strategy
Recruit and manage learning team freelancers and volunteers
Co-ordinate the long term strategy and vision of learning at the Museum
Assist in the marketing of learning services
Contribute to fundraising bids led by Development Manager to support learning services
Assist in the development of strategic partnerships with external organisations to develop learning services and opportunities
Participate in the Duty Staff weekend/bank holiday cover rota
3 years or more experience in museum/heritage learning settings
Degree in relevant subject or equivalent
An in-depth knowledge of the current National Curriculum, proposed changes and other statutory education requirements and initiatives
Can do attitude
Ability to motivate others
Experience of working with volunteers
Experience of managing freelance staff
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
Ability to work as part of a team
Good IT skills including email, internet, MS Word packages including publisher and Access, Powerpoint and spreadsheets
Experience of budget management
Creative and innovative approach
Interest in historic buildings and environments
In date first aid at work qualification
Teaching qualification/post graduate qualification
Some experience of managing projects
Some experience of community engagement
Hours of Work
30 hours per Week
5 out of every 7 days (including approx 2 weekend days per month, as well as some bank holidays, with very occasional evening requirements)
Duty Staff days require an 8 am start to around 6 pm or after – approx 1 to 2 days per week. Shorter hours to be worked on non duty staff days and time off in lieu.
Annual Holiday entitlement : 28 days (Pro rata)
Stakeholder pensions are available through the Museum’s professional advisors but the Museum is not able to contribute to any employee’s pension scheme at present.
Chiltern Open Air Museum is an equal opportunities employer.
How to Apply
Recruitment advertisements from October 2012.
Interviews early November
Start Date : 21 January 2013
Applications on Museum application form. CVs may be sent as supporting information, but CVs without application forms will not be considered.
Application forms BY EMAIL ONLY – to Sue Shave, Museum Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org .