Stories of Harrow Project Manager (Heritage & Culture) – Voluntary Action Harrow

Job Title: Stories of Harrow Project Manager (Heritage & Culture)
Salary: £31,042
Hours: 28 hours per week (4 days)
Term: 2 year fixed term contract
Location: Voluntary Action Harrow, The Lodge, 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ
Closing date: 10:00 am 11 March 2024

Stories from Harrow is a new project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to support small community groups in Harrow to share their social heritage. Run by Harrow Giving, in partnership with Voluntary Action Harrow, Harrow Council and Headstone Manor & Museum, the project aims to protect the fragile social history of our diverse population, particularly focusing on the post-war period. 

As part of this project, around 15 groups will be supported over 20 months with small financial grants underpinned by training and practical help from a co-ordinator, based at Voluntary Action Harrow. The project will culminate in a showcasing event to share the stories with the wider Harrow population, as well as working with Headstone Manor & Museum to create a long-lasting archive of any materials.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To be responsible for the design and delivery of a capacity-building training programme for organisations keen to deliver cultural heritage projects with NLHF funding. This is a gateway project, engaging with grassroots community organisations who may not have taken part in any heritage work before.
  1. To encourage applications, administer and monitor a grants programme in line with Harrow Giving and NLHF guidelines, awarding small and medium grants for cultural heritage activity in the borough.
  1. To support grantees in the delivery of their funded projects, including developing organisational practice and working in partnership with Headstone Manor & Museum Archive.
  1. To work with trainees, grantees and other interested bodies to develop a heritage network to increase capacity for cultural heritage activity in the borough, including arranging meetings, running training and events and communications.
  1. Work with the emerging heritage network and culture team to devise a final showcase for the project  
  1. Managing events, promoting them, and handling media and communications.

Person Specification

Job Specifics – Skills, Experience, Knowledge, Behaviours

Essential:

  1. A strong community focus with experience in creatively supporting organisations in a cultural heritage environment
  2. Knowledge of a wide range of approaches to engaging people with heritage and a passion for giving people new opportunities to get involved
  3. Good organisational skills to ensure the delivery of a range of training workshops, events and grant administration to time and budget
  4. Positive, open and approachable with the ability to build relationships and communicate clearly with partners and colleagues
  5. Experience in developing partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders
  6. Enthusiasm for the Stories from Harrow project, and its aims and objectives.

Desirable:

  1. Experience in the design, management, and / or delivery of training programmes
  2. Experience in supporting networks
  3. Experience working with either museum collections, archives, or landscape heritage
  4. Experience of National Lottery Heritage Fund strategies and projects
  5. Understanding of the principles of public grant funding with good attention to detail and awareness of risk management
  6. Experience in budget management

Who are we?

Harrow Giving is a charity for the community and voluntary sector in Harrow. We raise money – and other support too – for small charities and community groups in our area, who often don’t have the resources to do much fundraising or marketing themselves. 

Harrow Giving is part of the charity Harrow Together (charity number 1167770). Our staff are part of the Voluntary Action Harrow (VAH) team. VAH is the ‘infrastructure’ organisation for Harrow, providing support and training to the voluntary sector. 

Support available to the successful candidate

  • You will be working within the Harrow Giving and Voluntary Action Harrow teams, who hold a huge amount of knowledge and have good relationships with charities and community groups across Harrow. We also have in-house experts on skills such as co-production, and have a well-established process for managing small grants programmes.
  • Stories from Harrow will form part of the wider work of Harrow Giving and as such will benefit from public engagement activities such as the annual Harrow Photographer of the Year competition (which we envisage will now have a ‘heritage’ category!).
  • This project has been carefully planned to include a budget for external trainers and marketing support if needed. 

Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative aims to be an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

This role description can be requested in large print. 

Application Process

Please email jobs@voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk with:

  • CV outlining related work experience, responsibilities and qualifications
  • Cover letter covering why you want to work with us and the skills and knowledge in the job description.

If these documents are not received we will not be able to progress with your application.

Deadline & Interviews

Closing date: 10am Monday 11 March

Interview date: Thursday 14 March / Friday 15 March

Interview location: Harrow

If you have any questions about this role or are interested please contact us.