Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust
Education Development Manager (Heritage)

Buxton, Derbyshire

Initially Fixed Term for 18 months with potential to become permanent

29.6hrs per week – £21,600 salary (Flexible Working)

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Resilient Heritage grant, three heritage organisations in Buxton are seeking an experienced educational professional to support the development of a sustainable and integrated heritage education programme and offer.

This will be a varied and exciting position that would suit an individual who is passionate about heritage, looking for a new challenge and to play a crucial role in developing a high quality educational programme.

The post will work across all 3 organisations: Buxton Museum (Derbyshire County Council), Poole’s Cavern (Buxton Civic Association) and Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust.

With support from the 3 site teams you will be responsible for all aspects of reviewing, planning and delivering formal and informal learning sessions and packages.

You’ll need to be confident, creative, highly organised and self-motivated.

If you wish to discuss the post or require further information please contact:

Ros.westwood@derbyshire.gov.uk or Lcross@buxtoncrescent.com

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 20th August 2018

Interview Date: 30th August 2018 (Buxton)

Purpose of Role:

·         The Heritage Lottery Fund through its Resilient Heritage work have provided grant aid to enable Buxton Museum, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and Poole’s Cavern (Buxton Civic Association) to develop a sustainable heritage education programme.


·         The post will work across all three sites and work with schools and advisors to develop, set up (where appropriate), deliver and promote a sustainable educational programme. The project will also seek to engage with and work with other heritage and cultural organisations in the area.


·         The post will have the scope to develop learning opportunities across all age ranges but the main focus will be on schools and formal learning opportunities.   Buxton Museum have developed a strong digital platform and digital assets that will form a key resource and opportunity for delivery of educational packages.  Poole’s Cavern has a successful schools programme that can be developed further.


·         Marketing the programme to schools, colleges, pre-school groups.


·         There is an opportunity for the project to continue beyond fixed term if a sustainable model or further funds can be raised.


·         The post will be employed by the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust but will work as part of the Buxton Museum Team (Derbyshire County Council) and Poole’s Cavern Team (Buxton Civic Association).


Key Accountabilities:

  • Working to the ‘steering group’ (made up of representative of the 3 key organisation) write a project plan to include final evaluation:


  • To evaluate and review the current educational services at Buxton Museum, Poole’s Cavern and the opportunities presented by the new Buxton Crescent Experience to assess the key educational opportunities for the 3 sites.


  • Research and review best practice re heritage educational ‘offers’ and sustainable business models and solutions


  • Assess market demand and develop key ‘stakeholders’ and ‘specialist advisors’ to ensure the work meets customer needs and to provide input as the work develops.


  • Develop educational prototypes for sessions, test and evaluate; we anticipate this will cover a range of subjects, age ranges and delivery methods e.g. self-led, staff led or freelance led.


  • Review and develop any statutory requirements and develop any new policies or procedures e.g. risk assessments in partnership with each of the site managers.


  • Fully develop a series of integrated and individual ‘educational’ products (including pre and post visit resources) and procure supportive materials/equipment across the 3 sites and promote and market to target audiences.


  • Prepare a ‘sustainable business plan’ and undertake marketing activity that ensures the 3 sites continue to offer the highest quality educational provision once the project funding has completed.


  • Achieve a fundraising target of £10,000.


  • Ensure the project is fully evaluated.


  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post.



Key Relationships:

·         The post holder will be based at one of the sites in Buxton and line managed by one of the 3 Managers but will also need to report to and work closely with the Project Steering Group (3 site representatives).



·         Working in partnership with a range of specialists advisors, local organizations,, including schools and community groups.


·         Delivery of events and activities.


Person Specification


·         Ability to develop and deliver a sustainable educational and learning service for schools and other communities groups and partners. (Essential)

·         Knowledge of the national curriculum, learning and interpretation in a museum/heritage/cultural setting. (Essential)

·         Able to set and achieve targets and deadlines, work under pressure and manage conflicting priorities. (Essential)

·         Ability to liaise and consult where appropriate, and develop initiatives and partnerships which reflect national and council priorities for museums and heritage. (Essential)

·         Educated to degree level in a relevant subject.

·         Ability to ensure health & safety and welfare at work complies with legislation when delivering educational work (Essential)

·         Ability to respond to and be aware of safeguarding and child protection issues and follow correct procedures. (Essential)




·         Experience of delivering educational and outreach initiatives to a variety of audiences. (Essential)

·         Experience of working with community partners and individuals from diverse backgrounds, and meeting the needs of other identified excluded group. (Desirable)

·         Experience in recognising the differing needs of groups and individuals and to make appropriate arrangements for their visits. (Desirable)


ICT/Technical Expertise


·         IT awareness and knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel & Powerpoint (Essential)

·         A professional museum or education qualification and/or substantial experience in the heritage/museums or countryside sector (Essential)


Personal Qualities

·         Ability to work on own initiative and without supervision. (Essential)

·         Creative and innovative you will enjoy trying new approaches to the delivery of heritage learning (Desirable)

·         Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally with a wide variety of individuals. (Desirable)

·         Ability to deal with customer feedback from schools, community groups and the general public in a positive way. (Desirable)

·         Ability to present historical information in the form of presentations and talks and to communicate effectively with a diverse range of audiences. (Desirable)








The Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust will employ the post.

Other Information:

The Trust operate a flexi working hours policy and TOIL (time off in lieu) policy for work carried out outside of normal working hours Monday to Friday 7am-7pm.

Annual Leave:

25 days pro rata per annum and statutory bank holidays.

Equal Opportunities:

The BCHT fully supports the terms of The Equality Act 2010. We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.   We want a diverse workforce which reflects our community and welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marital or civil partnership status.

If you have a disability and demonstrate that you fulfil the person specification criteria for the role on your application form, you will be invited for an interview. If you feel that you could carry out this post with some adjustments, please let us know.  If you require particular arrangements made for interview etc. (e.g. signing, access), please let us know.








How to Apply:


Application is by curriculum vitae (CV) setting out details of your qualifications and experience to date.

Please ensure there are no unexplained gaps in your work experience.

Your CV must be accompanied by a letter of application (maximum 1 side of A4) setting out the qualities you feel you can bring to the job role and how you meet the requirements of the person specification.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: lcross@buxtoncrescent.com or by post to arrive by the closing date:


Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, Devonshire Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6EL


Closing Date: 5pm Monday 20th August 2018

Interview Date: 30th August 2018 (Buxton)

Please indicate if you are not available on 30th August for interview and another date can be arranged. Start date will be as soon as possible following selection.


If you wish to discuss the post or require further information please contact:

Ros.westwood@derbyshire.gov.uk or Lcross@buxtoncrescent.com