Project Development Officer Post

We are looking for a Project Development Officer to join our team

Contract: 1 year fixed term
Salary: £24,500 per annum, full time
Hours: 35 hours per week

Project Summary
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society is a largely volunteer run organisation with around 400 working volunteers. The Society operates the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways and cares for a collection that has been recognised by the Scottish Government as being of national significance.

The Society has been awarded a round one HLF pass for its project, Steaming into the Future, which will establish a training and apprenticeship scheme for volunteers and apprentices. Construction of a new steam shed building will facilitate this work and ensure that the skills required to care for and operate the steam locomotives in our collection are retained and further developed and that the organisation is able to maintain its status as largely volunteer run. The project will also seek to engage with new audiences through a range of types of activities.

Role Summary

The post holder will work with a small number of staff and volunteers in the development of a second round application to the HLF for the Steaming into the Future project. Responsibilities will include production of the activity plan required for a round 2 HLF application, which will involve working with consultants to look at specific areas including access, interpretation and audience development. The successful candidate will also work with the Museum Director to pursue match funding opportunities from a range of different potential funders.

This post is full time and is grant funded for one year. For the right candidate the Society will be open to discussing some flexible working arrangements, but it is expected that at least two days a week will be spent working in the SRPS office at Bo’ness. The post holder will be supervised by the Museum Director and will work with a small team of volunteers and paid staff who form the HLF project steering group.

Key Responsibilities
1. To co-ordinate the overall development phase of the project.
2. To co-ordinate the writing of the HLF round two application.
3. To produce an Activity Plan for a round 2 HLF application.
4. To manage, co-ordinate and monitor the work of external consultants brought in to develop and produce elements of the Activity plan and Interpretation plan required for a round two HLF application. This includes consultants for access audit, interpretation design, and audience research.
5. To carry out any additional development work not covered by consultants, staff or volunteers associated with the production of the activity plan including research and consultation to ensure the plans meet the needs the people and communities we will be working with.
6. To develop a strategic approach and plan for developing audiences.
7. To gather case studies of good practice and review and refine plans for activities e.g. events, tours, learning activities and resources.
8. To engage and work with stakeholders and partners and establish good communication to ensure the viability of the project.
9. Establish a risk register to identify and respond to project risks.
10. Prepare reports required for HLF project monitoring, including oversight of project finances.
11. Production of a management and maintenance plan.
12. Assist the Museum Director with match funding applications to other funding bodies.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience
1. Excellent communication and team working skills.
2. Project management experience including knowledge of working with contractors.
3. Knowledge and experience of HLF grant application processes, including the Activity plan.
4. Experience of completing grant applications for a range of different funders.
5. Skills in strategic planning, including information gathering and stakeholder research

1. Experience of working in a heritage environment
2. Experience of working with volunteers
3. Experience of developing or managing public engagement activities or resources.

Closing date for this position is 2nd October 2017. Applications should include a CV and covering letter and be sent to 17-19 North Street, Bo’ness, West Lothian, EH51 0AQ or