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Position: Learning Officer
Organisation: Regimental Museums of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Scots and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Location: UK, Scotland, Edinburgh
Closing date: 20/07/2018
Job Type: Part Time
Salary: £12,000

Details:

Learning Officer, Edinburgh Castle
UK, Scotland, Edinburgh

Job Type: Part time
Hours: 24 (typically 3 full days per week) Monday – Friday. However, flexibility is necessary as the post holder may be required to work occasional weekends or evenings.
Salary: £12,000
Closing Date: 20th July 2018

The Regimental Museums in Edinburgh Castle are currently seeking an energetic and innovative Learning Officer to deliver a newly developed education programme for their museums: The Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Scots Museum and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum respectively. The new programme was recently developed by an Education Consultant with extensive experience in the Scottish museum sector. Whilst the programme is ready to be delivered, the new Learning Officer will be given leeway to tweak it at their discretion.

Based in iconic Edinburgh Castle, you will be responsible for delivering learning activities to visitors and outreach sessions to schools. The majority of the job will involve working with primary and secondary schools but on occasion you might be required to work with small groups of adults or members of the Regimental family. You will also be expected to build strong working relationships with staff from all of the three regimental museums as well as other key stakeholders.

The three regimental museums are housed in two separate buildings and contain collections that have recently been recognised as being of national significance. Collectively we receive in excess of 450,000 visitors annually and our collections are viewed by people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20thth July 2018.

To apply please email a copy of your CV along with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the post to: curator@theroyalregimentofscotland.org

Learning Officer

Job Description
Job title: Learning Officer
Line manager: Curator of the Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Routinely, you will be required to work to individual museum curators and collectively your senior officer will be the heritage officer of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Responsibilities:

1. Delivering learning sessions, workshops, special events and the occasional guided tour to a wide range of audiences in Edinburgh Castle and through outreach to primary and secondary schools.

2. Delivering a programme of review and evaluation of the education programme and learning activities, and implementing improvements as agreed.

3. Developing creative and inspiring school sessions and programmes for both taught and self-guided visits which support the National Curriculum for Excellence.

4. Consulting with schools in the development of new learning activities and promoting such events to current and potential users in collaboration with curatorial staff.

5. Liaising with teachers and dealing with enquiries relating to the education programme.

6. Delivering teacher ‘taster’ sessions across different sites and delivering other special events aimed at teachers and educational professionals.

7. Taking responsibility for sourcing, ordering and managing learning resources, including museum education and handling boxes.

8. Supporting the development and delivery of digital learning resources.

9. Supervising and managing work placement students and volunteers, devising timetables and projects as required.

10. Supporting curatorial staff in the development of applications for funds/grants that would benefit educational activities.

11. Maintaining expertise on current best practice in museum education and learning, changes in the National Curriculum and current education practice, changing the education provision in line with these where necessary.

12. Working in accordance with health and safety legislation including risk assessing learning activities, and observing the child protection and safeguarding measures applicable by law.The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by their role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the Museum(s)

 

Person specification

  Essential Desirable Determined by
Qualifications & training  

 

   
Good general standard of education  
          Y
   

Application form

 

Evidence of further study and continuing professional development  

         Y

 

   

Application form

       
Knowledge & skills

 

     
Good working knowledge of the National Curriculum for Excellence and current initiatives in museum learning

 

 

         Y

   

Application form/Interview

Proven IT skills in word processing, spreadsheets & email/internet

 

 

          Y

   

Application form/Interview

Some knowledge of the British Army and/or military history

 

   

          Y

 Application form/Interview
Excellent presentation skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences

 

 

          Y

   

Application form/Interview

Excellent organisational and classroom/group management skills

 

 

          Y

   

Application form/Interview

     
Experience      
Previous experience in a learning role within a museum, school or heritage attraction

 

 

          Y

   

Application form

Experience of delivering educational activities to groups or working in a classroom environment

 

   

           Y

 

Application form

Experience of working with military collections    

           Y

 

Application form

Experience of working with/managing volunteers

 

   

           Y

 

Application/Interview

     
Personal Qualities      
Friendly, confident and approachable disposition

 

 

          Y

  Interview
Willing to constantly acquire new knowledge and genuinely enthusiastic about museums

 

 

          Y

  Application form/Interview
Able to develop strong working relationships both within and outside the Museum

 

 

          Y

  Application form/Interview
Comfortable both working independently or as part of a team

 

 

          Y

  Application form/interview
Flexible attitude towards hours of work  

          Y

  Interview
Motivated, enthusiastic and with a ‘can do’ attitude

 

 

          Y

  Interview

 

The successful candidate is also expected to

  • Have a clean driving licence
  • Routinely carry and transport teaching aids & supplies between the museum(s) and schools
  • Join Disclosure Scotland’s PVG scheme. The process for this will be administered through your line manager

Please note that this post is permanent but a probationary period will apply.

Purpose of this Job Description: The Regimental Museums in Edinburgh Castle consider this document to be a ‘snap shot’ of the job and the tasks listed are not an exhaustive list. It aims to provide a clear guide at the time of writing that lists the main requirements of the job. This job description may be used to communicate expectations about performance to the successful candidate. The Regimental Museums in the Castle pursue a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.