Canal & River Trust

  • Education Coordinator

    Job Locations UK-Buckinghamshire-Milton Keynes
    Job ID
    2017-5196
    Closing Date
    15/6/2018
    Position Type
    Permanent FT
    Function
    Other
    Advertised Salary
    £34,254.00 Including Allowances
  • Job Purpose

    The Canal & River Trust knows that life’s better by water. People who visit our canals and rivers tend to lead happier and healthier lives and we continue to use our 2,000 miles of waterways, towpaths, reservoirs and docks to transform places and enrich lives.

    We are currently recruiting for an Education Coordinator based in our Milton Keynes Office.

    The role of the Education Coordinator is to deliver the Trust’s learning programmes, to recruit, manage and develop a team of education volunteers and increase the number of children, young people and families participating in these programmes thus inspiring a new generation of waterway enthusiasts.

    Effective education and interpretation can transform lives and lead to change, development and a desire to learn more. Through our learning programmes children, young people and families will be encouraged to broaden their learning and develop practical, personal and social skills, ensuring that the Trust plays an active part in the strengthening of local communities.

    • This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment.
    • A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise and decisions made on a case by case basis.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    • Develop and implement rewarding volunteering opportunities within the education team to deliver our learning programmes, ensuring volunteers are safely recruited, trained and supported to ensure an inspirational experience for children, young people and families. Plan programmes for volunteer training, mentoring and celebration to ensure increasing skill levels, confidence and motivation within the team.
    • Develop and promote quality learning resources aimed at children, young people, their teachers, families, carers and group leaders to be delivered by education volunteers, by monitoring current thinking in the learning sector to ensure the latest best practice is recognised and adopted.
    • Work with waterways, museums and attractions to ensure safe and quality learning which is responsive to place at locations suitable for our target audience (children, young people, schools, groups, families).
    • Maintain and develop the Canal & Rivers Explorers website as an accessible medium to deliver learning and communicate with our target audience.
    • Develop creative, innovative and inspiring informal learning opportunities for family visitors to our waterways, museums and attractions, which engage people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Ensure all our learning activity conforms to Trust and other relevant policies including health & safety, safeguarding children, environmental and heritage policies.
    • Develop interpretation focused on our waterway environment and museum collections to help people experience the past, to motivate, to provoke inquiry and to advance knowledge, understanding and a passion for our waterway heritage.
    • Collect and collate data relating to child and community engagement KPIs and dissemination of results including feedback to the organisation and our volunteers.
    • Provide support to colleagues and partner organisations in the development and delivery of externally funded learning programmes.

    Knowledge, Experience & Skills

    • Degree or equivalent experience in relevant discipline.
    • A postgraduate qualification in education, interpretation, volunteer management or heritage management is desirable.
    • Experience in developing and managing volunteer and learning projects for heritage attractions, countryside sites, museums or galleries.
    • Direct experience of volunteer management, including training and mentoring.
    • Teaching, community engagement or interpretive experience.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with children, their teachers, families, carers and group leaders.
    • Thorough understanding of the principles and methodology involved in delivering volunteer and learning programmes, including volunteer and education policies and practice.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teachers, colleagues and partners at all levels within the Trust, external consultancies and contractors.
    • Good understanding of Health and Safety and Safeguarding issues in a public setting.
    • IT proficiency including Microsoft Office.
    • Previous budgetary responsibility preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
    • Effective time and resource management.
    • Ability to travel.

     

    • As this role is on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exception Order applicants must state the details of any cautions or convictions whether spent or unspent on the self-disclosure section of the application form.
    • This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment.
    • A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise and decisions made on a case by case basis.

    What We Offer

    In addition to your annual salary, we can offer, Outer London Allowance, Car Cash Allowance, a contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.

     

    When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.

     

    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

     

    Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us

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