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Advert Date:   Wednesday, 4th January 2023
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Job Title:   Outreach Officer (maternity cover)
Organisation:   Collections Trust
Salary:   £33,500 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Maternity Cover: fixed term - 6 months initially
Location:   Home-based within UK
Closing Date:   Monday, 13th February 2023
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  Job Description
We are looking for a UK-based Outreach Officer (maternity cover) to be part of the team responsible for delivering our 3-year Arts Council England activity plan 2023-2026. This is an exciting time for Collections Trust, as we and our partners begin to develop the Museum Data Service (MDS) that will transform the way UK museums and their users work with the nation’s collections over coming years.

We would welcome applicants seeking a secondment opportunity and would be happy to speak to potential applicant’s managers about how this might work.

Salary: £33,500
Contract: Fixed term maternity cover contract (6 months initially)
Location: Home-based within UK, with some travel within England
Hours: Full time. The normal hours worked are as per the core hours of employment set out in the Collections Trust staff handbook 

Aims and scope of the post
The Collections Trust outreach programme was established in 2016 to spread good practice in collections management, especially in small and medium-sized museums, and particularly in support of the Accreditation scheme.

Working with the Deputy Director, the Outreach Officer delivers a programme of training and advice in response to local needs identified by the museum development network and acts as an ambassador for the Spectrum standard at grassroots level. The post is supported by grant funding from Arts Council England. During 2020 the outreach programme successfully moved to online delivery and now offers a blended approach, with at least 50% of sessions delivered online annually.

Responsibilities and tasks
The specific responsibilities and tasks of the Outreach Officer are: 

• Delivering the outreach programme across all the English regions; the majority online and some face to face. The programme delivers approximately 80 events annually including training, briefings and advice surgeries. 
• Supporting the Deputy Director in liaising with the nine ACE-funded Museum Development Providers to agree the scope of the regional programmes in line with the Collections Trust’s ACE activity plan, and with nominated local contacts to confirm the specific brief and arrangements for each event (venues, catering, local publicity, bookings and evaluation are usually handled by the local contacts hosting the events). 
• Answering collections management enquiries.  
• Representing Collections Trust at meetings and events around the UK (online and in person). 
• Helping to create and test new and revised content for the Collections Trust website, and other communications channels, according to an agreed workplan. 
• Liaising with colleagues responsible for website content and communications.

The general responsibilities of the post include: 

• Following the principles of Collection’s Trusts policies and procedures. 
• Additional duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.  

Line management
The Outreach Officer reports directly to the Deputy Director and has no line management responsibility. 

Person specification
Collections Trust is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all staff, contractors and potential staff in all aspects of its work. The aim of this policy is to ensure that all staff are treated equally, irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, age, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class. 

For this maternity cover post we would welcome applicants seeking a secondment opportunity and would be happy to speak to potential applicant’s managers about how this might work.  

Essential knowledge, skills and qualities:
• At least three years’ museum experience in a collections management role.  
• Detailed knowledge of the Spectrum standard and familiarity with other current Collections Trust publications. 
• A good working knowledge of the museum Accreditation scheme and the museum development network that supports it. 
• Excellent presentation skills, with the ability to demystify topics in an approachable and reassuring way. 
• Experience of delivering structured training to groups, online and/or face to face. 
• The ability to diagnose problems posed by enquirers, and to offer relevant and realistic advice. 
• Based within easy and affordable reach of England due to scope of ACE funded activity, with the right to work in the UK.

Desirable knowledge, skills and qualities:
• Confidence using a range of online delivery platforms, particularly Zoom. 
• Awareness and understanding of sector issues and campaigns, including decolonisation.  
• Experience of using at least one Spectrum-compliant collections management system. 
• Highly flexible, with excellent interpersonal, networking and organisational skills. 
• Enthusiasm and a proactive approach. 
• A full driving licence, although our museum development partners do make efforts to ensure their chosen venues are accessible by public transport.   
  Application Instructions
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Deadline for applications: Noon, Monday 13 February 2023
Interviews: Online, Wednesday 1 March 2023

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