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Education & Volunteer Officer
The Education and Volunteer Officer role is funded through the support of the Kilmartin Redevelopment Project funding partners. This includes but is not limited to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Education & Volunteer Officer
Kilmartin Museum is run by Kilmartin Museum Company Ltd, an independent Scottish Charity. The Museum is at a pivotal point in its history as it plans a major redevelopment project. Led by the Education Team Lead, Kilmartin Museum’s Education Service has been delivering a successful programme of activities to a wide range of audiences since 2006 and has a central role in the delivery of the Museum’s Mission Statement and fulfilment of the Service Level Agreement between Kilmartin Museum Company Ltd and Historic Environment Scotland. There is a requirement for an Education & Volunteer Officer to deliver increased activities and develop volunteering roles during the period that the Museum will be closed to the public. Education Service activities are also delivered by external learning providers, the Museum’s curatorial team, and existing volunteers.
The Education Team will also contribute to the continued development of the Redevelopment Project interpretation and exhibition design work strand.
Museum’s Mission Statement
Kilmartin Museum inspires and educates people by interpreting, explaining and conserving the internationally important archaeological artefacts, landscape and natural heritage of Kilmartin Glen.
This post has a critical role in delivering the Museum’s Mission.
Place of work: The office base for this post will initially be in temporary accommodation during building works for a major Redevelopment Project. The post will also work in multiple locations in Argyll (including outdoors) depending on programme and need.
Responsible to: Education Team Lead (currently Julia Hamilton).
Salary: £24,480 per annum
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
There will be a requirement for weekend and evening work.
Post details: This is a 2 year contract with the possibility of a contract extension subject to funding. Career progression opportunities may be available to a suitable candidate.
Annual Leave Entitlement: 30 days per annum (including bank and statutory holidays).
The geographical and subject focus for the post:
- Archaeology Collections of Kilmartin Museum (including the ‘Recognised’ Collection)
- Archaeological sites and monuments of Mid Argyll with a special focus on Kilmartin Glen Properties in Care (managed by Historic Environment Scotland)
- Natural Heritage of Mid Argyll with a special focus on the Mòine Mhór, Glasdrum and Taynish National Nature Reserves (managed by NatureScot)
- Archaeological sites and monuments on land managed by Forestry and Land Scotland.
As Education & Volunteer Officer you will assist with planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating lifelong learning and outreach activities, as well as widening access, understanding and enjoyment of the area’s archaeological heritage and natural history. You will manage all elements of volunteering at the Museum, including creating volunteering opportunities, recruiting, monitoring and evaluating volunteers, and ensuring the Museum’s volunteer workforce are appreciated and supported.
Development, planning, and delivery of Education Service Activities:
Evaluation & Consultation:
- Develop, plan, promote, deliver and evaluate new and existing educational and outreach activities for school age children relating to the area’s archaeology and natural heritage
- Develop, plan, promote, deliver and evaluate new and existing educational and outreach activities for adult learners relating to the area’s archaeology and natural heritage
- Plan, develop, deliver, promote and evaluate all lifelong learning activities to maintain and develop new audiences
- Work with other team members to develop and deliver an annual service action plan and other plans as necessary
- Help to maintain the Museum Accreditation standard in essential visitor engagement areas
- Work with other staff on Museum Redevelopment Project Activity Delivery
- Contribute to the Museum Redevelopment Project Interpretation and Exhibition Design work strand
- Continue to raise the profile of the Museum nationally and within the local community
- Raise external funds for projects as appropriate
- Represent Kilmartin Museum at regional and national level with bodies devoted to lifelong learning.
- Undertake user consultation with teachers, volunteers and community groups to establish their needs to ensure that all activities are developed for, and driven by users
- Evaluation and reporting of performance, content and delivery of activities, with regard to educational benefits, value for money and number of users.
- Research and update volunteer policies, procedures and role descriptions
- Increase volunteering numbers and expand volunteering opportunities
- Ensure appropriate support and induction training for new volunteers
- Ensure appropriate training is provided for existing volunteers and new volunteers
- Ensure all volunteers have up to date certification as required for the role (First Aid Certificates, etc)
- Promote volunteering through recruitment, publicity strategies and campaigns
- Interviewing and recruiting volunteers, ensuring they are appropriately matched and trained for a position
- Monitoring, supporting, motivating volunteers and their work
- Monitoring and evaluating activities and writing reports for funders and trustees
- Keeping records of volunteer hours as required for funders
- Maintaining databases and undertaking any other administrative duties.
Compliance and Reporting:
- Report on activities to Education Line Manager, Museum Director, Trustees and funding partners as appropriate
- Use calendar diary system to manage activities
- Comply with Health and Safety legislation and produce risk assessments for all lifelong learning activities
- Comply with Museum’s Equal Opportunities Policy in relation to service planning, development and delivery
Administration & Promotion:
- Administrative assistance with grant applications, reports and financial claims
- General administrative tasks, including general enquiries, bookings, filing systems relating to the service
- Develop the Museum Education Service Social Media presence
- Join the list for out of hours alarm call as necessary.
- Educated to Degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject area
- Experience of working in a similar role, delivering subject focused activities to a wide variety of age groups
- Demonstrable passion for archaeology and natural history
- Proven ability to work with, and manage volunteers
- Proven ability to work with young people
- Working knowledge of volunteer management best practice
- Flexible and adaptive approach to working
- Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues at all levels and often remotely
- Excellent writing and presentation skills
- Excellent and enthusiastic verbal communication skills
- Self-disciplined with ability to work alone and use initiative
- Proven record of excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office, use of the internet and email systems
- Excellent networking skills and ability to build strong positive working relationships
- Ability to work efficiently under pressure and to deadlines
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member, prioritising multiple tasks, managing a full and varied workload and meeting deadlines with occasional work outside normal working hours
- Ability to deal with confidential matters discreetly and reliably
- Current and valid driving licence.
- Experience of working with either Archaeology, Social History or Natural Sciences Museum Collections and education delivery out-of-doors
- Teaching qualification
- Working knowledge of the National Curriculum
- Demonstrable experience of successful funding applications
- Experience in submitting grant and fundraising applications and working to maximise use of available resources
- Experience of working effectively with partners at all levels, including remotely
- Demonstrable evidence of working with communities
- Experience of working in Museums in rural areas with small stakeholder communities
- Experience of working with adults or young people with additional learning needs
- Hold a D1/PCV Driving license entitlement (mini bus).
This post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Check and a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check.
For further information and to download an application form please visit our wesite. https://www.kilmartin.org/jobs