Story Leaders (Part-Time)

Reference No.SG20 Location:Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP Salary:£20,000-£23,000 pro rata Benefits:• Help create a wonder - the world’s first Story Museum. Be part of team that is committed to sharing great stories and is driven by its values: • Being brave and resourceful • Offering a warm welcome and a satisfied goodbye • Always learning and growing • Being seriously playful • Help to make a tangible difference to improving word poverty through story both at the Museum and through outreach programmes. • Work with colleagues for whom exploring cultural differences and working to increase inclusion is integral to their working day. • Benefit from Continuing Personal & Professional Development programmes and regular team briefings and training sessions. • Opportunities for flexible working including part-time, job share and time off in lieu. Receive access to an Employee Support Programme which offers confidential advice and counselling. • Work in an organisation where everyone gets paid above the National Living Wage and gets 25 days annual leave a year (pro rata) plus bank holidays. • Join a pension scheme with a 5% company contribution. • Benefit from exclusive offers and concessions in the shop, café and for entry to the galleries and special events. Main duties:

Learning & Participation or In the Museum

  • Meeting groups and familiarising the group leaders with the Museum facilities.
  • Delivering participative literacy-based sessions with visiting classes incorporating speaking & listening, creative writing and drama skills.
  • Facilitating participants to create stories of their own, using participatory methods such as objects to inspire curiosity and ideas.
  • Creating a positive learning environment, managing the behaviour of the participants where appropriate and working with accompanying teachers to achieve this.
  • Facilitating learning during the exploration of the Museum, including telling oral stories in the Whispering Wood.
  • Running creative activities and storytelling sessions for informal family and community groups, particularly during the holiday period.
  • Delivering outreach sessions in schools and community settings focused on inspiring story-rich environments particularly in areas of socio-economic deprivation.
  • Managing volunteers who are supporting the learning activities.
  • Supporting other team members, Operations staff and Volunteers in the smooth-running of the visitor experience. Liaising daily with the Learning Officer and the Visitor Services Manager on duty.
  • Ensuring that the participants have a successful and memorable experience.

Desk based work

  • Helping to prepare activity resources
  • Shaping future learning offers within the Museum and its changing exhibitions and themed programme of events.
  • Dealing with enquiries from schools in the absence of the Learning Officer.
  • Processing feedback and ensuring evaluation processes are administered and delivered.



  • Low-level cleaning and maintenance of The Story Museum exhibits.
  • Setting and resetting for all sessions.
  • Some travel may be required to deliver outreach sessions in schools and communities.
  • Maintaining – professional knowledge by completing in-house training and workbooks.
  • Acting as a fire marshal ensuring correct safety procedures are followed.
  • Maintaining awareness of all Health, Safety & Security issues, resolving these when required and reporting upwards where necessary.
  • Adhering to all company policies and procedures
  • Maintaining high levels of personal hygiene and a professional appearance; keep the uniforms provided clean and in good order.
  • Developing and maintaining a good knowledge of The Story Museum, its values, history, plans for the future.
  • Assisting the work of the other Story Museum staff when appropriate.
  • This job description is a guide to the nature of the work required and is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive.
  • This post will require an enhanced DBS Check.
Interview date:24/01/2020 Closing date:20/01/2020 Job Description:

If you have teaching experience and love inspiring creativity in young people, we want to hear from you!

The Learning and Participation department at The Story Museum are looking for teaching professionals to join the team delivering formal sessions to schools and groups. You will ensure that all groups have a visit of exemplary quality that meets their needs, from facilitating exploration of the galleries and telling stories with oral traditions, to running literacy sessions in our Learning Space inspired by Hogwarts. During holiday periods, you will also help deliver the public programme in its many forms to children, young people and families.

Main purpose of the role

  • Leading literacy workshops building on speaking, & listening, creative writing and drama skills to classes from KS1 to KS4.
  • Providing creative activities and storytelling sessions for informal family and community groups
  • Delivering outreach sessions in schools and community settings
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