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Project Officer: HLF Education Model

It is a part-time post for 2 days a week. The post holder will train, recruit, develop, and manage a team of ambassadors employed under the University of Worcester's Ambassadors scheme.

The project

The Infirmary is a collaboration between the University of Worcester and the Charles Hastings Education Centre (CHEC). George Marshall Medical Museum (GMMM) is run by the CHEC, an educational charity whose purpose is the advancement of education in matters relating to medicine and health care. The University of Worcester has a mission to increase diversity in the field of students attending university.

The Infirmary is the successful culmination of a three and a half year Heritage Lottery Fund project with the collaborators. In addition to the 21st century exhibition three community projects were delivered and connections made with local and regional schools, resulting in over 100 education sessions delivered and a loyal group of volunteers and visitors have been established for future projects. Educational service contributes to an understanding of History, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and PHSE (Personal, Social and Health Education) in particular.

The Infirmary is an interactive, educational museum gallery space in the Georgian former Worcester Royal Infirmary, where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832, and which is now the centre-piece of the city centre university campus developed by the University of Worcester. The building is listed Grade II.

The University’s Business School, a café and a joint NHS/University Wellbeing Centre occupy parts of the old Worcester Royal Infirmary building. The former hospital’s ceremonial rooms – the chapel, the boardroom where the British Medical Association was founded and the entrance hall – are open, giving public access to this previous hospital that features so strongly in the life stories of people in Worcester and its surroundings.

The museum displays tell the story of healthcare in the city and explores current health topics in a sensitive way, providing opportunities for people to be involved in the creation of temporary exhibitions and activities inspired by the collections. It meets the needs of both school and university students through curriculum based education sessions in the form of workshops, tours and handling collections. Informal education opportunities are also offered to wider community groups and local community through a public events programme and by appointment.

The post

It is a part-time post for 2 days a week. The post holder will train, recruit, develop, and manage a team of ambassadors employed under the University of Worcester's Ambassadors scheme. Ambassadors will deliver existing education service to audiences in formal learning Key Stage 1 – 5 in primary and secondary schools and further education establishments. Informal sessions will be delivered to community groups. The post holder will market the educational sessions and manage the bookings, ambassadors and the evaluation of them. Education services will include workshops for education groups, community groups, object handling boxes and presentations.

The post holder will work closely with the Curator of the George Marshall Medical Museum and the Head of The Infirmary.

Closing date: Sunday 12 Feb 2017

Reference number: ILS1612 - 3149

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 5, £21,220 - £24,656 a year (pro rata for part time hours)
Hours
14.8 hours per week / 2 days a week
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Until 31 January 2018
Responsible to
Head of The Infirmary
Responsible for
up to 10 Ambassadors from University of Worcester Ambassador Scheme
Interview date
To be confirmed

Background

Background

We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We concentrate on working together as a whole University, to create an environment in which people thrive, placing great importance on combining enduring human values with professionalism.

We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution.

We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. Over the past decade, the number of students choosing to shape their future at the University of Worcester has more than tripled. We are now a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines, including nursing and health, teacher training and education, biological science, business, arts, humanities, psychology, law, sports science, management and more.

Working At Worcester

The University of Worcester is a great place to work – a dynamic crucible where new ideas are forged. Our culture is open, engaged, and inclusive, an excellent environment in which to make more of your own rich potential.

As a University that seeks to make a transformative contribution to our world through inspirational teaching and illuminating research, we recognise that our staff and their collective talent are our greatest asset in the pursuit of excellence.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s ongoing and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. We want you to get the most out of working here and to develop alongside us.

Life extends beyond work. The well-being of staff and their families is important to us, as exemplified by our many resources for families, including an on-campus nursery, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities, giving you easy on-site access to activities and classes.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To manage ambassadors to deliver high quality hands-on education sessions for students of Key Stage 2-5 on STEM, PHSE and other relevant themes emanating from GMMM collection, GMMM and The Infirmary (TI) exhibitions and in year two another heritage partner.

2. To manage up to 10 ambassadors in their training, recruitment, evaluation and performance to deliver a variety of educational workshops to Key Stage 2-5 students and community focussed content to community groups.

3. To build upon existing relationships with schools and community groups to market sessions from GMMM and TI for year one - adding another heritage partner in year two - to target audiences under agreed objectives. Such tasks as designing marketing material will be included and supported by UW and museum colleagues.

4. To devise and deliver training in museum workshops to ambassadors to provide required museum skills.

5. To keep up to date with education offerings from local heritage partners.

6. To keep up to date with theory and practice as relevant to the sector and themes the GMMM and TI cover.

7. To recruit and appoint ambassadors to teams suitable for the delivery of education and community sessions.

8. To maintain the processes for marketing, booking, recording and evaluating sessions, for the allocation of ambassadors, high quality of service and measurement of success.

9. To market the sessions offered by the GMMM and TI (Year one) and another heritage partner (Year two) to local and regional schools, further education institutions and community groups under agreed objectives.

10. To create, refine and deliver workshops for higher education institutions with partnership of GMMM, TI and another heritage partner (Year two), as required.

11. To manage budgets for income and expenditure of project.

12. To complete risk assessments for all sessions delivered.

13. To maintain systems to monitor the involvement of ambassadors to ensure equitable allocation of workshops among them.

14. To maintain systems to monitor and manage the quality of sessions through survey, observations and feedback from ambassadors.

15. To maintain knowledge of education material relating to STEM, PHSE, National Curriculum and history up to date and relevant.

16. To create content on the project, achievements, opportunities and experiences for various social media platforms and the website.

17. To carry out any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the line manager.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential

1. Relevant first degree in a science based topic, history or education or equivalent experience.

2. Direct relevant experience of developing and running learning programmes in the heritage sector, working with museum collections and working with a range of audiences including Key Stage 1-5 and community groups.

3. Professional knowledge and understanding of the learning potential of museum collections within formal and informal education frameworks.

4. Experience of delivering training to a wide range of audiences.

5. Proven ability to work effectively within a team across multiple venues.

6. Management of staff or volunteers in heritage setting.

7. Organised approach to part time working and balancing deadlines in limited attendance.

8. Planned approach to marketing the product of formal and informal learning to all audience groups, focus being Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.

9. Proven experience in marketing, leading to positive outcomes.

10. Proven ability to devise and operate suitable processes to set targets, record outputs and outcomes and evaluate results.

11. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide variety of people both orally and in writing: particularly communicating effectively with teachers and pupils, as well as a strong awareness of the needs of customers.

12. Strong interest in interpreting science, technology, engineering and maths in relation to museum collections of medical instruments and social history.

13. Excellent IT skills and experience of using Microsoft Office package or similar.

14. Experience of communicating to target audiences through the use of social media.

Desirable

1. An in-depth knowledge of the National Curriculum and other statutory education requirements across Key Stages 1-5.

Physical requirements: This role requires some light manual tasks such as moving and handling objects.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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