Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War Project

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War Project
(HLF Project Number OH-13-04755)

Project Manager Job Description (PDF)

Job Description
Job Title: “Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War” (H&H), Project Manager

Salary (24 months): £18,500 p.a.

Location: Hartlepool and home working

Responsible to: “Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War” Management Group

Responsible for: Successful delivery of “Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War” HLF Project

Introduction to the Nautical Archaeology Society North-East (NAS NE)
NAS NE is the North-East Branch of the Nautical Archaeology Society (Registered Charity No.264209), and was formally established in 2002. The Branch currently comprises two volunteer staff members (Gary Green, Regional Co-ordinator; Dave Coston, Project/Training Officer; and is based at the home of the Co-ordinator.

In addition to providing NAS Training Courses, NAS NE has over the years developed a specialism in designing and delivering a wide range of grant-funded maritime projects, most recently the “Hartlepool History Then & Now” and “Hartlepool-built: Ships, Crews and Community”, projects.

These projects have enabled the NAS to maintain a strong regional presence, and to encourage greater public participation in maritime archaeology, history and heritage.

Background to post
“Heroism & Heartbreak: True Tales from the Hartlepools at War” seeks to maintain and enhance NAS NE’s regional presence and expertise by Engaging with the public to Identify and commemorate the experiences and exploits of the people of Hartlepool during the First World War, looking particularly at the stories of Merchant Navy personnel and fishermen.

The post-holder will need to work closely with a wide range of professional Local Authority Officers, organisational leaders, volunteers and members of the public.

Key Responsibilities
The Project Manager’s principal responsibilities will be to ensure that the project’s aims and objectives are met on-time and on-budget. This will include:
• day-to-day running of the project;
• managing the project finances;
• liaising with the Project Management and Steering Groups, together with other stakeholders to achieve the project’s aims and objectives;
• recruiting project partners, including volunteer groups, individuals, and members of the public, and working closely with these partners throughout the project;
• planning, co-ordinating and facilitating training and skills-sharing among the project partners and stakeholders;
• promoting the project to existing and potential new audiences through a wide range of media and events, including ‘Roadshows’, website, Resource Packs, booklets, leaflets and other promotional material;
• overseeing, assessment and reviews of all data prior to it being added to the website; data entry where appropriate;
• producing regular project updates and Reports to the HLF and project partners.

The post-holder will effectively be required to “hot-desk” between a number of locations within Hartlepool, principally Hartlepool Central Library and the administrative centre of the Museums & Heritage Service at Sir William Gray House, in addition to home-working.

Liaising with the various partner organisations will necessitate a certain degree of travelling within the local region and some “out-of-hours” and weekend working will also be required.

The successful candidate will have:
• a relevant professional qualification (minimum Degree level), in a heritage-related subject
• demonstrated knowledge of the history and heritage of Hartlepool and the local area, in particular the town’s shipbuilding industry and military connections
• demonstrated knowledge of scuba-diving and relevant diving experience/qualifications
• direct relevant experience of successfully managing and delivering heritage-based, grant-funded projects; ability to deliver goals and meet deadlines
• proven experience of management of staff and volunteers
• proven experience of delivery of staff and volunteer training
• direct relevant experience of working with Museum and Library collections, including collections-handling, cataloguing and research
• excellent oral and written communication skills, with a high standard of written English: able to clearly and effectively communicate with a wide range of professional and non-professional people
• good standard of numeracy and financial awareness
• experience as a Nautical Archaeology Society tutor
• Nautical Archaeology Society membership

Application process:
Please send applications in writing to the NAS Head Office in Portsmouth with a covering letter and a CV, for the attention of the NAS Programme Director.

Applications deadline: 5pm on the 30th June 2014

Due to the immediate start date of the project the interviews will be held on the 4th July 2014 in Hartlepool with an expected project start in mid July 2014.