St. Nicholas, Castle Hedingham: Voices from the Pews
Job Title: Heritage Engagement Officer
Reporting to: The Project Team, appointed jointly by The Friends of St Nicholas and the PCC of St. Nicholas Church, Castle Hedingham
Location: Castle Hedingham
Essex, CO9 3ER
Rate Offered: £200 per day (based on a 7.5 hr. day)
Contract hours: Allowance of 60 days between September 2019 to September 2020 (busiest time January to July) to be worked flexibly in line with the demands of the project between 9am and 5pm. Some weekend work will be required
Contract type: Part Time
Person Specifications (pdf) http://www.bajr.org/Documents/HeritageEngagementOfficerPersonSpecJuly19D3.pdf
The parish church of St Nicholas, Castle Hedingham dates from the 12th century when it was built by the de Vere family, who were Earls of Oxford from the 12th to the 17th century and whose castle still towers over the village. With substantial Norman fabric remaining this Grade I listed building is considered to be one of the most complete Norman parish churches left in the UK.
Our heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund involves celebrating this and the heritage of the area through the many stories around the building.
- To celebrate the craftsmen that made the building.
- To celebrate the de Vere family who had the church built.
- To explore the stories of local people.
- To explore the heritage links between the castle, church and village.
The Heritage Engagement Officer will facilitate the recruitment and management of 15 volunteers, the delivery of historical research, the delivery in partnership with local schools and organisations of heritage related activities, the creation of an exhibition, the organising of workshops, concerts and art projects, outreach and the overall smooth running of the ‘Voices from the Pews’ project.
The role will involve working with the Project Team which represents The Friends of St Nicholas Castle Hedingham and the PCC, who will approve and advise on the activities.
The public facing side of this role involves working closely with a team of volunteers, visitors, general public, school groups and other organisations. Behind the scenes, the role encompasses publicity and promotion including social media, volunteer recruitment, activity project management, overall administration of the project activities and production of project material.
Promotion and Outreach
with a view to engaging them in the project
- To be proactive in engaging with people in the local community about the project
- To be a point of contact for the project
- To engage with, and build on the existing relationships with the local schools and colleges
- To identify and actively target community groups, networks and contacts
- To represent appropriately, positively and effectively St. Nicholas at any external meetings and events
- To oversee volunteer involvement in managing social media
- To manage the production of project displays and exhibitions, ensuring they are accessible and suitable for different audiences
- To identify sources of archive research and to collate information with the volunteers to be used as part of the project exhibitions
- To recruit and manage volunteers to support the delivery of the project
- To work with the schools and other groups to coordinate and facilitate the art projects
- To work with local history groups and other local groups involved in this project
- To work with the Project Team to successfully co-ordinate activities for Heritage Open Days
This job description is not exhaustive, and amendments and additions may be required in line with future organisational changes.
- To oversee the day-to-day running and management, ensuring the project runs within budget and meets agreed outcomes
- To provide written updates and reports on the project progress, ensuring that evaluation and monitoring is carried out in line with National Lottery Heritage Fund requirements
- To keep accurate and up to date records on routine matters including: Individuals and groups visiting project activities and participating in the project, financial records, volunteering and participation numbers
The post holder will report to the Project Team. The team leader is Graeme Fraser Steele.
This is a home working post, but will involve frequent travel and attendance in Castle Hedingham. The post holder needs to be within easy commuting distance of Castle Hedingham.
The contract is for 60 days and runs from September 2019 to September 2020. The post holder will be expected to organise their time around the project to meet the project timetable. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required within this timescale.
Post advertised: 1st July 2019
Deadlines for applications: 21st July 2019
Shortlisting applications: 30th July 2019
Interviews: 8th August 2019
Appointment post: 30th August 2019
Start: September 2019
Interested applicants should request an application form from Simon Dawson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will not accept applications containing a CV only.