Summary:

We’re looking for someone with a passion for community engagement and learning to join our team as a Community Officer.  You will be involved in outreach work, educational activities, and working with schools at the Museum. You will need to have an open, innovative and flexible attitude to work.

About Us:

The Cynon Valley Museum Trust is an independent charity responsible for the running the Cynon Valley Museum. Our mission statement is:  To provide an accessible, interactive and sustainable space to share and celebrate the heritage, arts and culture of the Cynon Valley. We were established in 2015 during the closure of the Museum, and have successfully reopened the venue, secured over £400,000 in grant funding and are working towards becoming self sustainable. We have a small team of staff members and over 40 volunteers.

Job Role:

The role of the Community Officer is focussed on developing community relationships and promoting the museum to the public & other organisations. The Community Officer will work outside of the Museum with groups across the Cynon Valley, and inside to create an inclusive environment to ensure these groups feel comfortable and welcome in the Museum.

Responsibilities

Building, maintaining and developing partnerships and projects

  • Working with potential new and existing partners of the museum to co-ordinate joint projects, events, exhibitions and other activities
  • Maintaining relationships with the museum partners
  • Attending project and community meetings on behalf of the museum

Develop and implement an outreach programme with the support of volunteers

  • Work in conjunction with RCT staff to access and share the Cynon Valley Museum collection
  • Attend external events on behalf of the Museum such as local and school fairs. Develop content for and identify locations for pop-up museums across the Cynon Valley
  • Develop a series of activities and talks for community groups to share the heritage and history of the Cynon Valley as well as raise the profile of the Museum
  • Develop an outreach programme of other activities, projects and events happening in the community
  • Train the volunteers to be able to carry out these activities (with your support)

Develop and implement an education offer at the Museum

  • Develop and maintain relationships with local primary and secondary schools, and other education providers to highlight the advantages the Museum can offer the curriculum, as well as promoting the opportunity to work in partnership with the Museum
  • Oversee the volunteer management of the Loan Box programme
  • Develop a series of adult education opportunities

Management of in-house exhibitions

  • Work with the Museum Co-ordinator to timetable in-house exhibitions
  • Work with a volunteer team and RCT Heritage Service staff to develop content for in-house exhibitions
  • Work with community groups to ensure in-house exhibition reflect local priorities and to timetable them to coincide with relevant local, national and international events and anniversaries

Building Manager responsibilities

This position is flexible and there may be times when the Museum Co-ordinator is the only member of paid staff on site.  During this time you are required to act as Building Manager:

  • Overall responsibility for the security of the building
  • Representative of the Museum in the event of complaints, complex enquiries or emergencies.
  • Supervision of the volunteers

We appreciate that the role is wide reaching and the description below is intended to demonstrate the types of activities you will be invloved in.  However, we welcome comments from the successful post holder regarding other avenues of work that are relevant to the goals of the post.  We also appreciate that this is a part-time role.  Be aware any targets will be set with this in mind.

Job Description and Person Specification available for download here 

Additional Information:

Reporting to:  Museum Manager

Term:  2-year contract, 0.5 FTE (18.75 hours per week)

*Hours:  flexible working hours are available, some evenings and weekends required

To Apply:

To apply please download the Application Form below or alternatively visit our website at http://cynonvalleymuseum.wales/2019/02/26/join-our-team/

Application Form

Please return your completed application to:  Charlotte Morgan, Museum Manager Preferably by email: manager@cynonvalleymuseum.wales Or by post to: Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare CF44 8DL

Closing date:  26 March 2019 at midday