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Advert Date:   Friday, 17th March 2023
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Job Title:   Heritage Manager
Organisation:   Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage
Salary:   £26,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Leicester, England
Closing Date:   Tuesday, 4th April 2023
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  Job Description
Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage are looking to recruit a Heritage Manager. The position of Heritage Manager requires project management across a wide array of areas, from research, consultation with heritage experts, community activists and academics, digital inputting, setting up workshops to gather archive materials, one to one oral histories, curating exhibitions of materials, developing partnerships and devising training courses and educational packs. A keen interest in the arts and cultural heritage, with particular reference to diversity in the arts, and the recognition of the history and heritage of Britain’s African and African Caribbean communities is essential, alongside a good knowledge of archival practices and methodologies for community engagement.

This position will require some evening and weekend work to meet the needs of the project.

Job Description
● Working alongside the CEO to manage and deliver Unearthed: Forgotten Histories, the National Lottery Heritage Fund project.
● To consult with heritage experts, community activists and academics to plan the long-term development of the physical and digital archive.
● To manage the archive and associated staff and volunteers when recruited.
● To build relationships with Leicester’s communities and local archives, to research and obtain materials to the project brief, taking into account content, budget and schedule.
● To organise and catalogue materials collected and details associated information and their use (i.e. owner, copyright restrictions, third party licenses, cost implications, caption information etc.) and support the digitisation of the materials.
● Coordinate and manage digital and physical archives, including ongoing revision of these platforms and management of access levels by archive, Serendipity Connect members and the general public.
● Supporting income generation through Serendipity Connect membership sales, publication sales and ticket sales for events.
● To keep clear and detailed records of any and all agreements made by you relating to materials collected, and compile accurate credits according to requirements, and wherever possible ensuring full courtesy to all contributors.
● To ensure safe and secure storage of all materials collected or held and advise on value or safe storage of material passed to others for the purpose of the project, and ensure the safe and timely return of any hard copy material not selected for archiving in order to minimise the possibility of loss.
● To clear reproduction rights for the use of all materials for the project and to make know any problems before project is committed to publication and exhibition, and advise on which material can be used for publicity, and what restrictions may apply.
● Researching and contacting rights holders, and ensuring permissions and credits are accurate.
● To support with the delivery of Serendipity’s events, in particular exhibitions and events focused around heritage and Serendipity’s archive.
● To support with the delivery of Serendipity’s podcast series’ writing interview questions, coordinating recording and editing.
● To support with Serendipity’s publications, including but not limited to securing image rights, liaising with writers and artists, proofing.
● To support the Serendipity team with administrative tasks associated with this project, and closely associated projects.
● Support with funding applications for related projects, and sourcing information to support applications.
● Establishing regional partnerships with organisations in Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton and Derby.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
Skills and Experience
● Experience of managing projects
● Experience in archival research, cataloguing and documenting materials.
● Experience working with picture agencies, photographers, museums, art galleries, designers and members of the public.
● Good understanding of image and material legal restrictions, licensing and permissions
● Excellent administrative, communication and organisational skills
● Able to work on your own initiative and in a team when required to do so
● Proficient in Photoshop and Microsoft Office

● Knowledge and experience using Axiell Collection Management.
● Marketing and sales skills.
● Knowledge about copyrighting and licensing.
  Application Instructions
To Apply
Please email a copy of your CV and a cover letter to Pawlet Brookes, with the job title “Heritage Manager” in the email subject line.

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week). To suit hours of business, including some evenings and weekends. Usually 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday

Contract: Six Months’ Probation.

Salary: £26,000 gross per annum subject to experience. With a 5% employer’s pension contribution and 28 days holiday per annum including bank holidays

Location: Serendipity Office in Leicester

Deadline: 4 April 2023

Interviews: 11 April 2023
Contact Name:   Mrs Pawlet Brookes
Contact Tel:     0116 482 1394
Contact Fax:  
Contact Email:
Address:   21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester.