Learning & Engagement Officer, Kent Mining Museum

Reference No.KMM LEO21 Location:Deal, Kent Salary:£25-28k Main duties:

Work with the Museum Manager to deliver the Kent Mining Museum’s Strategic Learning Plan. Key responsibilities include:

1. Delivery of the Strategic Learning Plan for the Museum, in collaboration with the mining heritage centres and Betteshanger Country Park.

2. Development, management and delivery of informal and formal activities and sessions for the Museum’s target audiences, including primary and secondary schools, families, older people and disabled people.

3. Development and delivery of projects with community groups and schools to meet the needs of both organisations.

4. Recruiting and managing a panel of local educators.

5. Developing and maintaining links with community groups and organisations, including the mining Heritage Centres.

6. Developing and maintaining partnerships that will help to achieve the project’s programming vision and objectives.

7. Driving visitor figures according to the outlined targets.

8. Developing and supervising the learning programme volunteers and work placements.

9. Training volunteers.

10. Managing and maintaining budgets relating to learning and engagement.

11. Working with the Museum Manager to market the programmes effectively and develop the website.

12. Developing partnerships to support the delivery of the Strategic Learning Plan with local heritage centres and museums, STEM ambassadors and education providers.

13. Working with the Museum Manager and Head of Betteshanger Country Park to develop booking and administrative systems for the Museum.

14. Evaluating the programmes and provide financial and progress reports for relevant internal teams and external stakeholders as required.

15. Keeping up to date with current community and learning priorities locally and nationally.

16. Keeping up to date with local and national funding opportunities.

17. Working within the Governance arrangements in place for the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation.

18. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in line with the Safeguarding Policy.

19. Being committed to health and safety and ensure familiarity with Betteshanger Country Park’s health and safety policies and procedures.

20. Promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity.

21. Undertaking any other appropriate duties required by the Museum Manager.

Interview date:08/07/2021 Closing date:20/06/2021 Job Description:

Learning & Engagement Officer
Kent Mining Museum
Betteshanger Country Park Ltd
£25,000 to £28,000 p/a
Full Time (40hrs) Permanent

We are looking for a dynamic individual to develop, embed and expand our Learning and Engagement offer into the operations of the new National Lottery Heritage Funded Kent Mining Museum. Working alongside the Museum Manager, you will be responsible for implementation of the Strategic Learning Plan, leading and developing educational and learning content, creating new and innovative ways of delivering learning and engagement opportunities for the museum in the wider community. This role is essential in engaging people with this fascinating and important piece of Kent’s heritage and attracting visitors to the Museum.

Coal was discovered in East Kent in 1890, however, it wasn’t until 1912 that commercial coal was raised to the surface and the four East Kent collieries were established at Tilmanstone, Chislet, Snowdown and Betteshanger. Thousands of jobs were supported by the coal industry and many families migrated from Wales and the North East in search of work. Betteshanger was the last of the four East Kent Coal Mines to close in 1989.

Betteshanger Country Park was established in 2007 when the former coal mining spoil heap was transformed into a space for people to enjoy. The 250acre site has been slowly transformed over the years to become a centre for events, outdoor sporting, and adventure activities. We are at an exciting point in the project’s development as Betteshanger Country Park will soon be opening the doors of a new iconic Visitor Centre that will host the Kent Mining Museum, a learning space, café and conference centre.

Celebrating Kent’s mining heritage will be a key focus for the new Visitor Centre and wider Park. It will provide opportunities to showcase the unique story of Kent’s mining communities and profile their heritage through a combination of the Museum, Heritage Trail, Coal Mining themed play area, a vibrant programme of learning activities and online collections database.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

You can request the application pack by emailing info@kmhf.org.uk

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20th June 2021 (Midnight)
Interviews will be held on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July 2021

www.kentminingmuseum.co.uk

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