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NLA - Community Engagement Officer - Winterbourne Medieval Barn Project

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 31/08/2018 17:00
£25,463 (£13.20 per hour)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Non-Local Authority Job
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, Bristol
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
31 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information


The £1.7m Winterbourne Medieval Barn (WMB) Project will conserve, redevelop and find new uses for the magnificent Grade II* Listed 14th century Court Farm Barn and associated outbuildings, ensuring long-term sustainability for this nationallysignificant heritage asset by placing it at the heart of the local community.

The project has received a grant of £936,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its delivery costs, which includes a comprehensive programme of activities.

The site, which is owned by South Gloucestershire Council, is currently operated
under licence by Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT). The Trust looks after the site on a day-to-day basis and offers a range of community, social and cultural activities throughout the year including Medieval Fayre, Orchard Harvest Day and Carols in the Barn. The Trust is currently run entirely by volunteers.

The project will open up access to the entire site, provide a range of interpretive
experiences within these spaces, offer a new year-round heritage and rural craft-themed activities programme for people of all ages (including a brand new schools’ programme) and expand the Barn’s successful public events programme.
Opportunities for volunteering will be greatly extended.

The project will also enable the site to be made available for more income-generating activities, including commercial hire by community groups and
individuals, and rentable workshop space for artisans practicing traditional crafts.
This will help bring the site back into daily use and sustain its long-term future.2
The former Cart Shed (already redeveloped as a separate project) will serve as the venue for many of the learning activities, both during the redevelopment of the rest of the site and after it re-opens to the public in 2020. The Trust will at that point move to a new business model with paid staff running site operations under the terms of a new 25-year lease from the Council.

Construction works are expected to start in January 2019, with the redeveloped Barn expected to open to the public in 2020 and the HLF-funded Activity Plan programme continuing until April 2021.

Purpose of Role

This role will lead community engagement for the duration of the project and be
responsible for delivering the HLF-funded Activity Plan to meet the Approved
Purposes of the HLF grant, working in close collaboration with other members of the Project Team, WMBT Trustees and volunteers.

In brief, the Activity Plan will:

• Deliver 193 heritage and rural-craft themed events and activities over the
three-year project delivery period for people of all ages, to include a new
schools’ programme, a greatly-extended programme of family and community
events and activities, new workshops, new guided tours, a new lecture series,
additional musical and theatrical performances.

• Extend opportunities for existing volunteers, including delivery of a soft
landscaping scheme to the grounds of the Barn by the Garden Group.

• Offer at least 60 new volunteering opportunities, including as learning and
participation volunteers, tour guides, fundraisers and publicity volunteers.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

• Significant experience in a similar community engagement and public programming role, ideally as part of an HLF-funded project.
• Organising and publicising small and large-scale events and activities for diverse audiences of all ages and with different needs.
• Developing, planning and delivering schools’ activities.
• Developing, planning and running activities with a heritage and rural crafts learning focus.
• Recruiting, managing and developing volunteers.
• Developing, producing and uploading online material.
• Community engagement via social media.
• Working to tight and fixed deadlines and budgets.

Desirable Criteria:

• Procuring and/or managing contractors/sessional workers to deliver activities, such as craft makers, artists and musicians.
• Working in voluntary/NGO sector.
• Developing volunteer-led guided tours.

Application Submission and Interviews:

Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 31 August 2018
Applications should be submitted by email to ALL of the following concurrently:

Carrie Blogg,Project Manager - Winterbourne Medieval Barn Project

Eric Sanders, Economic Development Officer, South Gloucestershire Council

Sue Parsons, Chair – WMBT7

Interviews will take place on Thursday 6 September at the Barn.

We will notify you on Monday 3 September if you have been shortlisted. The
interview will take the form of a tour of the Barn and informal discussion to go
through your application.

You won’t need to prepare a presentation or similar.

Further Information or to discuss this assignment before submitting your application please contact:

Carrie Blogg, WMB Project Manager, on 01823 667465/07496 212009
(cblogg@btinternet.com) or
Eric Sanders, Economic Development Officer, South Gloucestershire Council, on
01454 863396/07720 203844 (Eric.Sanders@southglos.gov.uk)

A full job summary and a summary of the HLF Round Two Activity Plan and the Activity Action Plan are attached. Please note that proposed timings for delivery of activities are indicative and will depend on when the Community Engagement Officer is able to start. To be discussed further at interview.

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