RA060921 - Education Officer - Leeds

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Posted: 28/09/2021 11:17
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £25,500 - £27,500 per annum
Location: Leeds
Level: Administration
Deadline: 12/10/2021 23:59
Hours: 36.00
Benefits: T&Cs to be discussed at interview
Job Type: Permanent

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Education Officer - Leeds

Salary: £25,500 - £27,500 per annum

At the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds we’re looking for a dynamic museum educator to play a key role in our Education Team. In this post you will develop and deliver unique, world-class formal learning programmes and resources for Early Years, KS1-3, 16+ and adult education audiences with a dedicated team of Education Assistants and Volunteers both at the Museum and online.

The Royal Armouries cares for one of the world’s oldest museum collections, presented at our headquarters and flagship museum in Leeds, at our historic home in the Tower of London, and at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth. The Royal Armouries Museum presents a stunning display of over 7000 artefacts dating back 3000 years and from all over the world. The successful candidate will help bring our national, iconic collection to life in a programme that combines academic rigour with creative flair, in-the-moment flexibility with an eye always on the goal, and serious-mindedness with a sense of fun.

If you are an exciting, versatile communicator with a passion for museum education and recent experience of delivering and supervising programmes for a range of formal learning audiences in a heritage context; and if you are up for a challenge, we would like to hear from you.

This position is permanent working full time, 36 hours per week, 5 days out of 7  Weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working may occasionally be required.

An Enhanced Disclosure and other security checks will be requested in the event of a successful application.  However, a criminal record would not necessarily be a bar to employment.  Any decision made would depend upon the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the offence.

Closing Date:  12 October 2021

Interviews:      w/c 25 October 2021

 

Full Job Description

To play a central role in the development and delivery of the Royal Armouries’ education service and educational resources on site and online, particularly for pupils and students undertaking formal education. This post will supervise the day-to-day operation and evaluation of formal learning provision at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, and assist in the development and review of departmental plans, policies & budgets.

Key Tasks

  • To research, develop and deliver outstanding, creative and dynamic education sessions, projects, resources and learning materials, physical and digital, as directed;
  • To work towards meeting museum and education team targets, including KPIs, income generation, teacher & student satisfaction, etc.;
  • To work closely with the Events Officer to ensure excellent communication and co-ordination between the formal and informal learning programmes, and effective joint events and projects where applicable;
  • To give professional direction in museum teaching and learning to staff, volunteers, etc in the development of sessions and resources, the day-to-day delivery of the programme, including training, supervision and evaluation;
  • To manage and profile budgets, ensuring efficiency and good value;
  • To monitor and ensure safe and secure working practices in all activities, with the safety of learners, staff and volunteers and the security of handling collections, equipment and other assets recognized as priorities;
  • To support the Marketing & Communications team in promoting Royal Armouries and its education services and programmes;
  • To perform such other duties as are commensurate with the post. The role may alter with the changing needs of Royal Armouries and the job description may be reviewed and updated.

People

  • To provide the professional lead in museum learning (with the Formal Learning Manager and the Education Officer at RA Fort Nelson) to the Learning Assistants, helping them to meet their formal education objectives, targets, quality standards, etc;
  • To collaborate effectively with the Operations and Marketing & Communications teams, Collections Department, etc;
  • To provide supervision of specified volunteers, interns and placement students, etc;
  • To liaise with teachers and other education professionals, representing Royal Armouries;
  • To co-operate with partners, within and outside RA, to achieve shared objectives;

Relationships

  • To follow directions from the Formal Learning Manager and the Head of Education, as required;
  • To work collaboratively with other members of the education and live interpretation teams, both at Leeds and at Fort Nelson;
  • To cultivate internal relationships that cross departmental boundaries (eg Curators, Front of House, Marketing & Communications) and to demonstrate willingness to collaborate with project team members, as required
  • To maintain and build partnerships with external partners & contacts, as required

Budgets and Resources

  • Operate within RA budget and asset management regulations ensuring value for money
  • Assist in the management of departmental assets to minimize loss, damage and wastage
  • Maintain standards of services, products & records whilst controlling operating costs

Policies and Procedure

  • Ensure compliance with Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Data Protection, Equality, Intellectual Property and other relevant legislation
  • Ensure purchasing complies with RA Finance and Procurement policies
  • Work to RA policies and procedures, including risk management and risk assessments, to protect people, the collection and the museum’s reputation

Personal Responsibilities

  • Work flexibly to meet the needs of educational groups and other users
  • Work co-operatively as part of a team and support colleagues
  • Demonstrate Royal Armouries’ values and protect the organization’s reputation

Functional Expertise

  • Use specialist professional knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve successful delivery of Royal Armouries’ programmes, objectives, targets, etc.
  • To set high standards in meeting the needs of learners from schools, colleges, etc and in informal context

Reporting Structure

  • This post reports to the Formal Learning Manager
  • The post-holder will also be required to work closely with their opposite number at RA Fort Nelson and other members of the Education Team.

Physical Conditions

  • Work usually Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds but occasionally at Fort Nelson in Hampshire, the Tower of London and at the sites of partner organizations. This may involve some overnight stops in other parts of the UK at certain planned times.
  • There is a physical element to the role which will involve moving, setting up and putting away teaching equipment, including heavy arms & armour, etc.
  • At times the role will require the wearing of replica historic costumes, armour, etc.
  • The role will involve working in character, and learning, demonstrating and teaching historic combat techniques, military drills, etc.

Person Specification

Selection Criteria

E = Essential / D = Desirable for applicants to meet the relevant standard

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STANDARD

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EVIDENCE

Qualifications

An arts or humanities degree or other relevant professional qualification in a suitable field: or, able to demonstrate capability via equivalent alternative experience (e.g. Several years developing and delivering programmes for formal learners in a heritage environment, see also below)

 

Relevant CPD

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Work Experience

Recent, substantive experience of developing and delivering successful formal education sessions and resources, physical and digital, from lessons and workshops to study days and outreach projects in a museum or heritage environment.

 

Recent, extensive experience of using costumed, historic live interpretation, process drama, storytelling and play to deliver schools programmes in a museum or heritage context

 

Successful experience of supervising and developing staff, volunteers, interns, etc to deliver projects effectively.

 

Proven experience of operating budgets in a public sector museum context.

 

Experience of analysing user feedback on educational programmes, resources, etc.

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Skills and Knowledge

Excellent written, spoken & visual communication skills, in order to engage different learning audiences

 

Able to use a broad range of teaching approaches, including live interpretation, role play and storytelling

 

Knowledge and understanding of current good practice in museum and heritage formal learning, and the formal learning sector, including excellence in customer service

 

Proven ability to plan and organize workloads effectively

 

Working knowledge of relevant legislation, eg Health & Safety, Safeguarding, etc.

 

Ability to research and produce reports, statistics, etc.

 

 

Sound knowledge of using Office 365 and Teams

 

 

Sound general knowledge of history

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Aptitudes

Building and managing effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders

 

Ability to work using own initiative within guidelines

 

Excellent time management skills for working to tight deadlines and conflicting priorities

 

Excellent attention to detail, including editing and proof reading

 

Problem solving & lateral thinking skills

 

Ability to plan and organize workloads and use of resources effectively.

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