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SOCIAL HISTORY RESEARCHER

Application Closing Date: 11th August 2017

Start date: 21st August 2017
End date: ​31st December 2018
Contract: 8hrs per week, fixed term.
Salary: £25,000.00 pro rata
Reports to: Company Directors
Responsible for: Development and delivery on Barne Barton social history project

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB:

Following our successful applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund and North Yard Community Trust, with additional support from Clarion Housing, Fotonow CIC are looking for an enthusiastic individual to support the development of our social history project in Barne Barton, Plymouth.

The post is an exciting opportunity to work on a varied combination of heritage, educational and social outcomes.

You will help deliver our project through researching local history, and working in Barne Barton with residents and project partners to uncover new stories about the area, through a community-generated research approach.

Fotonow practitioners will be working on media outcomes that complement the stories you will have gathered.  We will then make these outcomes accessible in the community – this might mean helping our practitioners to film interviews with community members, helping to hang gallery exhibitions, or archiving photographic collections.

Your time will be split between researching local social history and supporting our practitioners in project delivery. You will be working with our partners from offices in Barne Barton,  but with some meetings with Fotonow staff at our main office.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

The role requires a strong interest in local history and working within a community setting. Community based work can be unpredictable and varied, so the ability to adapt to changes, apply initiative and work in a collaborative manner will be critical.

You will be able to demonstrate skills in researching heritage, and having previous experience of  involvement with a community engagement project would be an advantage.

Previous experience of simple photographic and film archiving techniques would be beneficial.

Local area knowledge of Barne Barton would also be beneficial but not critical.  The role will require a good understanding of how digital media can assist our ambition for sharing heritage. Basic photography, film or design skills would be desirable.

As with all community-based work, excellent interpersonal and social skills are important. The role will often be public facing, and the ability to deal sensitively with project participants in a wide range of situations is critical.

You will help to collect outcome and evaluation data, so  basic IT and clerical skills will be required.

The job will need you to be mobile, working between areas of Plymouth, therefore access to a vehicle or other mode of transport will be required.

This post will require you to undertake a DBS check.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To support the delivery of the project work both from our company office and from Barne Barton, as appropriate.
  • To meet with local residents and collect first hand oral history accounts.
  • To carry out desk research into local history and work with our team to present this information to the public  in an accessible and engaging way.
  • To build connections with local community members and work with them to uncover new material and stories relevant to the project.
  • To help collect project evaluation data.
  • To work as part of the Fotonow team and contribute ideas within project delivery.
  • To report to company directors and core staff alongside attending team meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:

None specified.

TERM OF CONTRACT:

This is a part-time, fixed-term position lasting 16 months. As a grant-funded project, we unfortunately cannot commit to any contract extension beyond that covered by our funding.

The position offers a flexible working pattern, and may require work outside of a traditional 9am-5pm schedule, including evenings. Flexible working hours will be arranged through negotiation so that hours may be spread throughout the  week as appropriate to the project.

How to apply:

Please send current CV (with personal statement and contacts of two referees within) with a covering letter to; info@fotonow.org.  For further information or queries relating to the role please get in touch at the same address.

Application timescales:

  • Application deadline: 11th August 2017
  • Interviewing: 16th August 2017
  • Start date: 28th August 2017