Jobs – Community Project Officer – National Archives


Job Details:Community Project Officer
Ref1546X Department Education and Outreach Directorate Operations and ServicesBandBand ESpecialism
Closing Date Monday 7th November 2011 at midnight

Job Purpose
Based in the Education & Outreach Department but with some national travel, the post holder will build and maintain links with new communities, specifically from African and Caribbean communities. You will work with these communities to promote images from The National Archives’ CO 1069 collection, organise and run consultation forums capturing feedback about the series and assist in the delivery off site and online community events. The CO 1069/Caribbean series is a digitised collection of photographs and images spanning one hundred years from The National Archives’ Colonial Office series.

Reports to: Outreach & Inclusion Manager
Role and Responsibilities
* To build awareness and use of the CO 1069 Caribbean image series among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. This will involve organising and running community consultation forums nationwide

*To consult widely with communities, gather comprehensive information from that process and present findings to the project board

*To encourage and support idea generation for community-led events and projects inspired by the CO 1069 collection. It is anticipated that these will be hosted both online and within community settings ·

*To work on your own initiative to help the communities deliver related events and projects to a high standard and within set budgets and timescales. ·

*To build a database of communities involved in the project, sustain links with them throughout the project duration and ensure a thorough handover when the project ends

*To explore innovative ways of promoting activities within communities, using social networking and other channels, ensuring ongoing data capture for post project evaluation and reporting. ·

*To familiarise yourself with the CO 1069 collection and with the general workings of The National Archives ·

*To provide an effective and proactive contact point for networking opportunities within wider education, museum and archive communities for the benefit of the project’s aims and objectives.

*To be mindful of intellectual property rights and copyright and ensure that suppliers’ and partners’ rights are protected during any community-led events and projects, demonstrating a comprehensive audit trail.

Person Specification

*A track record in working within an outreach or education role serving Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and with very high standards of customer focus.

*Knowledge of some of the issues that affect community access to heritage. Commitment to making archival collections inclusive and accessible to new communities

*Excellent organisational and administrative skills as well as past experience of running community forums or events successfully

*The ability to work on your own initiative and organise your workload, within time and budgetary constraints

*Excellent interpersonal skills; notably the ability to communicate with, motivate and understand the needs of a wide range of people. This would include experience in delivering presentations within community settings offsite

*A high level of energy, enthusiasm and creativity to ensure outreach projects engage new communities and the ability to bring these to fruition

*Good ICT knowledge and skills, especially MS Office, Powerpoint and social media.

*Ability to travel nationally to run community events


*Existing community contacts with Black and Minority Ethnic communities nationwide

*Knowledge and practical experience of archive materials and how they can be used to create relevant and exciting projects

*Knowledge of the records held by The National Archives

*Experience of creating online or exhibition resources with educational or community content
Additional Information
Health and Safety Risk Assessment
Normal office environment

Kew, West London

Working Arrangement
Full-time. Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2013 with the possibility of extension.


Starting Salary
£25,000 plus generous benefits package, including pension, childcare vouchers, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

How to Apply
To submit your application please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button at the bottom of this page. Additionally, please upload a recent copy of your CV and a supporting statement.

Supporting Statement
Please explain how you meet each point in the person specification. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section. Please write on separate sheets, but remember to put your name and post applied for on each sheet.

For Further Information
Please contact the Recruitment Team on 020 8392 5203.

Closing Date
Monday 7th November 2011 at midnight

To be confirmed

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