As the museum Heritage and Education Officer you will ensure that the collection and museum acts as a learning resource for people of all ages and backgrounds. You are responsible for developing and delivering high-quality and dynamic programmes of learning and participation for classes, groups or individuals and to promote inclusivity and diversity across all areas of the education department and museum.
This role requires you to self-manage and lead the education department independently with support from colleagues and the Trust who will receive updates and reports from you on a bi-monthly basis.
Qualifications / Training:
Post Graduate qualification in Teaching or equivalent.
The Heritage and Education Officer will lead and help to deliver the museum’s learning programme and its engagement with local communities. You will:
- Act as the main contact and administrator for all learning and engagement work, maintaining communication with education and community partners, schools and administrating paid-for activities during school holidays and by visiting educational groups.
- Liaise with schools, colleges and teachers to promote the use of the collections and activities of the museum with links to the National Curriculum and educational requirements of those visiting.
- Create, develop and deliver educational resources and programmes of talks, activities and workshops for visitors, schools, families and special interest groups of all ages.
- Facilitate activities in the local community in response to requests from schools and community groups or to promote particular exhibitions or initiatives. (Outreach programme)
- Work with other museum personnel to develop and market the museum and an annual events programme.
- Represent and promote the museum on external educational and museum / heritage bodies to establish a network of useful and productive partnerships.
- Work with colleagues to ensure the communication and marketing of Brading Roman Villa’s learning and engagement programmes – on-site, online and through social media and other appropriate marketing streams.
- Develop project proposals, apply for grant funding (where applicable) and support the delivery and evaluation of those projects, including liaising with, inducting and in some instances managing, freelancers and volunteers.
- Support the organisation and delivery of adult learning/community group events, as necessary and with educational based work experience placements.
- Manage the learning and engagement budgets (including any grant funded projects for education).
- Daily check (when on site) of the work area to ensure housekeeping standards are maintained. Set up the learning spaces and furniture and prepare equipment and materials for the delivery of learning and engagement activities/events, including the ordering of any materials/additional resources.
- Support the work of curatorial team and where necessary develop activities and interpretation of the collection/exhibitions with the aim of attracting and communicating with broad and diverse audiences.
- Carry out and maintain workplace and educational risk assessments, ensuring that all policies and procedures are kept up to date and in line with government guidelines and the law with regards to all those who work with children and vulnerable adults. Also ensure that any staff or volunteers are informed of any procedures, risk assessments and policies when carrying out educational tasks / work.
- Be aware of and abide by the laws regarding data protection and the handling of all sensitive and personal data of any individuals / groups visiting or working at BRV for educational purposes and create and maintain policy and procedure to support this.
- Support the Trust, where appropriate, with its ongoing development and on specific projects.
- Act in the best interests of the charity at all times using any specific skills, knowledge and expertise.
- Collate, evaluate and feedback on the educational activities provided and produce bi-monthly reports on progress, delivery and development of the Education programme for the Trustee meetings.
- Attend the monthly staff meetings to report on the activities of the education department.
- Experience of developing and delivering education and outreach activities and training sessions to audiences of all ages/backgrounds.
- Experience of running a team/department and managing volunteers.
- Experience of developing creative activities, as well as working with artists, historians, educational groups and a range of audiences and participants either in a museum or another institutional context with learning at its core.
- Experience of working with educational resources.
- Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
- Excellent communication skills, including writing for diverse audiences and writing assessment materials or project grant applications.
- Ability to work on own initiative and also effectively as part of a team.
- Good IT skills and understanding.