Education Officer, Ulster Folk & Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra.

National Museums Northern Ireland is seeking to appoint an Education Officer at Ulster Folk & Ulster Transport Museum. Salary: £30,526 - £32,157 p.a. pro rata. The closing date for receipt of applications is 16:00, Monday 1 July 2019.

Hays are delighted to be exclusively working with National Museums NI in recruiting for Education Officers at the Ulster Folk & Ulster Transport Museum and the Ulster Museum. National Museums NI preserves protects and promotes the regions cultural assets, knowledge and collective memory. The primary purpose of National Museums NI is make collections accessible and engaging to the largest, broadest and most diverse audiences. National Museums NI are proud to positively impact the lives of people in Northern Ireland both socially and economically.

Key Responsibilities

Programme and Audience Development and Delivery

To create and deliver high quality museum education experiences.
Support the design and delivery of our education programme, creating curriculum based learning experiences targeted at the schools audience
Contribute to the development and delivery of museum experiences and informal learning programming for children and families.
Ensure that programme content is tailored to meet the needs of target audiences and develop resources in alternative formats and styles as required.
Seek opportunities to deploy museum collections and resources in new and innovative ways,
Ensure that your work is regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure that high quality museum learning standards apply.
Collaborate with colleagues, particularly from curatorial and visitor engagement in the planning and delivery of programmes and the interpretation and animation of collections.
Work with colleagues in visitor engagement and other Directorates to ensure that our museums are safe and welcoming community spaces as well as stimulating and vibrant environments.
Work to increase knowledge and awareness museum programming amongst communities, educators and partner organisations.

Managing and Leading Teams

To promote team working and ensure the communication of clear objectives and performance targets.
Contribute to the learning and development needs of your team.
Ensure the delivery of National Museums NI's Vision, Mission and Values.
Ensure that expectations, accountabilities and responsibilities are clear and pro-actively manage the performance and deployment of staff to ensure goals can be met.
Embed a culture of continuous improvement and ensure good performance is widely recognised and best practice shared.
Embrace and champion the National Museums NI brand 'Here for Good', building it into day to day work practices and helping to embed the brand.
Embrace and live the key Leadership traits of the organisation in the day to day leadership role: Build Trust - Collaborate - Communicate - Innovate - Perform.

Communication and Collaboration

To maintain effective relationships with colleagues within National Museums NI and with other partners and stakeholder groups.
To maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders across the education and museum sectors in order to improve educational outcomes, reduce educational inequalities, improve the quality of education and improve child development.


Undertake the role of Designated Officer and help ensure full compliance with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
To be flexible to include the occasional requirement to work evenings and weekends.

What you'll need to succeed

This role requires individuals who are confident, creative and highly organised. You will already have experience of working within the learning, heritage or museum sector delivering educational programmes and you will be able to show how you have inspired and captivated others. You will have excellent communication and presentation skills and have worked with a wide range of people. This role will require evening, weekend and Bank Holiday work on occasion.

Essential Shortlisting Criteria

A primary degree in a relevant subject*, followed by a PGCE (or equivalent) and a minimum of two years' experience in the development and delivery of curriculum based education or engagement programmes in a museum, cultural or heritage context,

A BEd (or equivalent) with experience in a relevant subject area and minimum of two years' experience in the development and delivery curriculum based education or engagement programmes in a museum, cultural or heritage context,
A minimum of 4 years' experience in the development and delivery of curriculum based education or engagement programmes in a museum, cultural or heritage context.

Experience of creating and delivering resources or programmes which interpret content and engage with audiences.
Experience of working with a range of disciplines and creative practitioners in the development and delivery of museum education and engagement programmes.
Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of current initiatives in museum education and participatory practice.
Experience of evaluating education or engagement programmes.
Experience of understanding and meeting the needs of new and diverse audiences.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
A full driving licence and access to a car.

Desirable Shortlisting Criteria

Experience of producing content for digital platforms to achieve maximum benefit for a range of learners.
Experience of engagement with local communities and the delivery of bespoke projects or programmes which meet their needs.
Experience of working with a variety of ages and abilities in a formal or informal setting.

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