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Heritage Trust Network: 

Development Officer for Scotland

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. Our mission is to help others do the same.

Thanks to funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (supported by Historic Environment Scotland) and The National Trust for Scotland, we are now recruiting a Development Officer to support and connect the HTN network in Scotland, and recruit new members.

We are looking for an experienced historic buildings / community development professional with the ability to bring together national and local partners to revitalise the BPT sector in Scotland and unlock the potential of historic buildings at risk for communities across Scotland.

Full details of the role available at the bottom of this page.

The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 22 February.

Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 22 March in Edinburgh or Glasgow.


Belper North Mill Trust: 

The Belper North Mill Trust runs the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and a small, independent museum in part of ‘Strutt’s North Mill’, a former cotton-spinning mill in Belper, Derbyshire within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

They are looking for new trustees who add value to what they do, who share the ambitions of the Trust and who are prepared to get involved with their vital transformation projects and help us achieve our ambitions. Trustees should be able to demonstrate achievements in their professional, academic or chosen career or the voluntary sector, and illustrate how they can they use their skills for the Trust’s benefit. They value enthusiasm, clear thinking, commitment, and communication skills. Presently, they have trustees with legal, architectural, historical, heritage, museum and accountancy skills and candidates that can add to their skills base will be appreciated.

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and may be re-appointed.

For further information please see the Strutt’s North Mill website.

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Trust & Grant Bid Writer
Fixed Term – Initially 12 months
£22,000 – £25,000 p.a.

Over the last two years our Development Team has been successful in securing over £2 million in grant funding for our Churches, many of which have historic building status. We now need to strengthen this Team by recruiting a Trusts and Grants/ Bid Writer.

The post will primarily be involved in preparing applications to a range of funders, in order to secure support for a variety of projects across the Archdiocese.
Based at Cathedral House, Birmingham the Trust & Grant Bid Writer will supporting the Senior Trust and Foundations Officer with researching potential funding opportunities, updating databases with deadlines and tracking and co-ordinating applications.

Ideally you should have a track record of successful applications from Trusts and/or other Grant making bodies, as well as excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids. A high standard of computer literacy (all Microsoft applications) is also needed for this role.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Laura Hines, Senior Trust and Foundations Officer, 0121 230 6265 laura.hines@rc-birmingham.org
Job description available from Human Resources – telephone 0121 230 6224, or email gerry.dryden@rc-birmingham.org

Application for this role is via covering letter that should focus on the experience, skills and competencies within the job description (no more than two-sides of A4) and a CV.

Closing date for receipt of applications – noon Friday 2nd March.
Interview date – Friday 16th March 2018.


HTN Development Officer Post – Scotland

Job Title: Heritage Trust Network: Development Officer – Scotland
Salary Scale: c. £30,000 per annum
Status: Three Year fixed term post
Location: Flexible within Scotland, allowing travel to meet existing/potential BPTs; HTN Scotland Cabinet (Central Belt Scotland); HTN Central Office (Birmingham). Options for home working and for co-location in the offices of an existing BPT will be considered.
Reporting to: Day to day line management by HTN Scotland Chair [or Director/Manager of host BPT]. Formal employment by Heritage Trust Network (UK)
Holidays: 24 days per annum plus 14 Public Holidays
Pension: Automatic Enrolment into a NEST Pension Scheme or another equivalent
Travel allowance: Assume mileage allowance of 50 pence per mile for first 50 miles (25 pence thereafter)

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. Our mission is to help others do the same. The Network operates throughout the United Kingdom, drawing together and supporting the work of local heritage groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, community trusts or social enterprises. Heritage Trust Network, predominantly run by professional volunteers, provides an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development. Our guidance and advice helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from start up to post completion.

This post is an enabling three year-long Scotland focussed initiative to better support and connect the HTN network in Scotland, and recruit new members. This post will focus on increasing the capacity of the sector by better supporting and connecting individuals and groups who are or have the potential to be engaged, concerned and proactive about the need to find and deliver sustainable new uses for historic buildings. This support will emphasise capacity building for communities to enable them to take on new projects. The work will have a clear linkage with the recent Community Empowerment Bill, and the post-holder will be expected to work closely with the AHF Support Officer for Scotland; and to compile regular reports to NTS on any links to projects that might fall within the auspices of their Little Houses Improvement Scheme.

The Development Officer will be supported by the HTN Scotland Area Representative / Area Committee – the Officer providing much needed capacity to deliver the following key functions:
A) The first is in relation to the administration and advocacy, reporting and connectivity with the Heritage Trust Network – SCOTLAND activities. This will involve strengthening the network in Scotland with strong links to other regions and countries of the UK and delivering a reliable point of contact for Scottish projects. This would also incorporate co-ordination of a programme of regular HTN Scotland meetings and of advocacy/campaigning work to promote the work of members and to create the best national framework to deliver it well.
B) The second is delivery of support and outreach work on the ground, throughout Scotland focussed on enabling historic building project restorations and adaptations to be undertaken through advice and assistance. The post holder will be assisting with advice and funding applications and the development of projects generally both by individual HTN members and associated organisations. This will involve signposting and working with partners such as Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS), Arts and Business, Heritage Lottery Fund (HES), The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), The Development Trust Association (Scotland) (DTAS) , and others organisations and individuals as appropriate.

1. ENABLING PEOPLE & ORGANISATIONS: Identify, develop and support new organisations and community groups engaging with heritage
* Support and connect individuals and groups with the potential to take on new projects.
* Promote the benefits of HTN membership to prospective members and grow HTN Scotland membership.
* Engage with community groups who are seeking new uses for historic buildings – assist with capacity building for communities to enable them to find sustainable uses for historic buildings.
* Keep abreast of – and respond to – the opportunities to the sector afforded by the Community Empowerment Act / Community Right to Buy.
* Assist groups with advice and support in obtaining external funding opportunities

2. HTN SCOTLAND NETWORKING: regular activities to strengthen the HTN network in Scotland.
* Organise and co-ordinate 3-4 Area Meetings per annum of HTN Scotland BPTs. Area Meetings to include site visits, networking opportunities and presentations/working sessions on common issues such as procurement, business planning, activity planning, VAT, social media, community shares, etc.
* Organise and co-ordinate Area Committee/Cabinet meetings

3. SKILLS AUDIT: skills audit of HTN Scotland membership.
Carry out an early skills audit to establish the support and networking needs of member BPTs – a state of the nation review of HTN in Scotland.
* Year 1: establish methodology; issue skills audit to members; collate results; analyse and report on data; share summary report
* Year 2: results inform content of learning sessions/visits at Area Meetings for members and of facilitated peer-to-peer support.
* Year 3: HTN Scotland, recognising its own unique skills, promotes and shares its own strengths amongst potential collaborators in the sector – communities, local authorities, etc.

4. MEMBER SUPPORT: support for members and potential members of HTN Scotland.
Carry out an early consultation on member support needs to enable the development of an action plan. However, a number of over-arching support activities are currently envisaged, inc:
* Early advice from the Development Officer for community groups – inc. site visits, involving local BPTs, where possible – is essential to support fledgling community groups seeking to identify sustainable new uses for BARs.
* Year 1: Development Officer consults members on support needs and produces action plan for support
* Year 2: Establish a Referral Service, allowing local community groups easy and early access to Development Officer / BPT expertise. Update the HTN Scotland section of the HTN website.
* Annual: Support for existing BPTs during the current critically challenging period is also vital to ensure their survival. Provide expertise and capacity to support HTN Scotland members with the most complex and challenging emerging projects – as agreed by HTN Scotland Cabinet – supporting members by establishing a collaborative multi-agency approach where required.
* Annual: Provide regular networking opportunities for members (see 4) – offering informal advice and info to members, community groups and potential members. Continue Referral Service

5. MEMBER/HTN SCOTLAND PROMOTION: promotion of the work of HTN Scotland members.
To realise the potential of BPTs in Scotland and enhance the contribution they make to communities and buildings at risk, increased advocacy and collaborative working is needed. The aim is to:
* improve understanding amongst statutory and other agencies and funders, of how BPTs can help them to achieve objectives and tackle buildings at risk – e.g. HES, HLF, local authorities, DTAS, BARR, BEFS, Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Policy Unit, etc.
* share HTN Scotland’s unique skills to build capacity in the historic environment sector through collaborations, networks and partnerships with other organisations.
* Be a campaigning body with the experience and clout to make positive changes in the sector.
The post-holder will be expected to:
* Year 1: consult members on promotional/advocacy needs and produce/deliver promotional strategy/action plan – inc. agreement of approach to measuring long-term indicators.
* Support HTN central office to review formal Memoranda of Understanding being developed between HTN and sector partners – consider how to represent Scottish partners and where additional MOUs will be required; supporting HTN central office to deliver these.

Alongside the specific outputs noted above, the post-holder will act as first point of contact for HTN Scotland enquiries and co-ordinate its activities, with the support of the HTN Scotland Chair/Cabinet. Duties will include:
* Identification, drafting and co-ordination of grant applications for HTN Scotland
* Support to BPT members with grant funding applications for complex projects, where a collaborative approach has been established with support from HTN Scotland/other agencies.
* Regular liaison with HTN central office staff – inc. compilation of HTN Scotland basic finance records for the HTN Central finance Co-ordinator.
* Writing minutes of various meetings as required.
* Representing HTN in meetings with statutory bodies, institutions etc.
* Provide regular reports to NTS on the work of HTN Scotland and, in particular, highlight potential projects that could be considered by LHIS via its strategic priorities of; Burgh rescue; vernacular buildings; capacity building in the heritage sector; and enhancing the setting of NTS/vulnerable heritage assets.
* Support HTN Central Office to develop Scotland-specific content for HTN Toolkit
* Support HTN Central Office with OSCR registration?
* Occasional public speaking and media appearances.
* Working with community groups and other non professional assemblies in discussing and stimulating awareness of Scotland’s built heritage.
* Assisting with advice for others’ projects development and advice work associated with building projects as and when required.

Miscellaneous: A car is not provided. A mileage allowance is payable.
Post will be c50% non-office based: Candidates should be aware that we are assuming that this post will be circa 50% office base and 50% out in the field. The applicants will require to visit community groups and projects outwith the office and on occasions working evenings and sometimes may be travelling and staying outwith Scotland. There is a “time off in lieu” (TOIL) entitlement for work outside normal working hours. There is no paid overtime.

Timing of the post: Period to undertake this 3 year initiative to be commenced April 2018 to March 2021.

This post is funded by Architectural Heritage Fund (via funding from Historic Environment Scotland), National Trust for Scotland and Heritage Trust Network.

For a copy of the personal specification please contact lorraine@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk

How to apply:

Please send your CV, accompanied by a short statement outlining the attributes, skills and experience you feel you could bring to this key role, to:
* Lorraine Bell – HTN Scotland Representative – lorraine@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk
* Deadline – midday on Thursday 22 February

Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 22 March in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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