Learning Officer

Historic Environment Scotland

Region: Scotland

Salary / Fee: From £32,110 to £37,874 Starting salary: 32,110 pro rata per annum. Pay Band: C

Job Type: Part-time Contract type: Fixed term maternity cover (9 months up to 14 April 2025, with the possibility of extension up to 12 months). Working hours: Part time (17.5 hours per week). Some evening and weekend work may be required. Location: HES Edinburgh offices with hybrid working.

Closing Date: 29/5/24

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We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment; a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. We’re at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impact of climate change on its future. We investigate and record architectural and archaeological landscapes across Scotland and care for more than 300 properties of national importance. We have a people strategy, which is an overarching strategy to ensure we support and develop staff within the organisation.

Our vision is that Scotland’s historic environment is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride by everyone.

Our Priorities:

  • The historic environment makes a real difference to peoples lives.
  • The historic environment is looked after for the generations to come.
  • The historic environment makes a broader contribution to the economy of Scotland and its people.
  • The historic environment inspired a creative and vibrant Scotland.
  • The historic environment is cared for and championed by a high performing organisation.

The Learning and Inclusion (L&I) team sits within the Outreach and Learning function. Our aim is to inspire and support practitioners, educators, communities and learners to see the historic environment as a national resource that’s there for them and can be used creatively to meet their needs. We do this by supporting access, creating engaging content and delivering projects and programmes inspired  by our sites, collections, archives and expertise. Working in partnership is key to achieving this and enables us to target groups who’d not normally have an opportunity to engage with heritage.

The Learning Officer role is responsible for the development, design and delivery of participatory projects and programmes within the L&I offer with responsibility for a specific portfolio of learning projects which could include site based or collections focus, thematic development or projects that target priority audiences and localities. Partnerships are key to achieving this and as an excellent communicator you will work creatively with other HES teas and a wide range of external partners and stakeholders to enable inclusive learning engagement with heritage for diverse learning audiences.

Drawing on your experience from the heritage and cultural learning sector you will contribute to delivery of our national programmes portfolio through project management of two learning projects.

  • Who Will Be Remembered Here – an innovative artist commission aiming to shed light on hidden LGBT+ stories. Using heritage sites as inspiration for a new interdisciplinary performance piece, which creates a sense of kinship and intimacy with those queer people who have lived throughout Scottish history, but whose lives have been rendered invisible as a result of how heritage is presented.
  • Heritage Remixed –  our youth engagement programme focused on engaging new young people with heritage through creative partnerships in the Highlands and Islands.

In addition there will be opportunities to support the wider team with delivery of informal learning activities at events across Scotland.

Note: This post will be based in Edinburgh but will require regular travel to meet with project partners and support on-site activity at sites largely in the North of Scotland. Use of pool cars and overnight stays may be required to support this work.

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