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Heritage and Engagement Officer – The Docking Station

Location:  Chatham
Salary:  £28,762 to £32,348 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Ends 31/12/2025
Closing Date:  Sunday 11 June 2023
Interview Date:  Monday 26 June 2023


The Docking Station is a unique legacy project in the heart of Medway; a new hub for culture, creativity and digital innovation for students, academics, creative businesses and communities. This creative centre will embrace and inspire communities in Kent and play a key role in the cultural regeneration of Medway. With construction planned for 2024, the development will result in the conversion of the Homes England-owned Police Section House – a Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument at The Historic Dockyard – into a new 21st Century creative industries’ accelerator space known as The Docking Station. This new development will become a high-quality international creative digital hub that provides cutting-edge technologies, performance and training opportunities. The project is funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Cultural Development Fund (DCMS via Arts Council England) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

As Engagement and Heritage Officer, you will play a key role in the project, supporting the Head of Creative Engagement with minimal supervision, in the effective management and development of all aspects of the engagement and heritage programme for the Docking Station project presenting and producing an inspiring programme which is engaging, innovative and of the highest quality.  Besides your technical skills and experience, you will have excellent interpersonal skills which ensure that colleagues and students find you approachable and you will build and maintain good working relationships.


What will you be doing, day to day?

  • Support the Programme and Creative Engagement Manager and the Project Manager, Docking Station in devising, developing and managing the Docking Station Engagement Plan and Heritage Activity Plan
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of pilot high-quality engagement and heritage events
  • Raise the profile of the Docking Station and the Police Section House by building relationships and partnerships within local schools, the local community, key interest groups, local businesses and attractions
  • Work with the project team, volunteers, and others to input into a heritage engagement strategy and plan, based on analysis of data, feedback, and evidence from a wide range of sources


What skills can you bring to this role?

  • Degree or equivalent experience in archives, heritage, cultural and creative industries, or event management
  • Good project management skills with the ability to plan and manage multiple projects and workloads whilst taking account of conflicting demands and deadlines
  • Good IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office packages

What we can offer in return?

As a member of our team, you can expect a friendly, open and collaborative working environment and support in your development and well-being. You’ll enjoy a range of great staff benefits including:

  • hybrid working options allowing a flexible blend of office and home working (to be agreed in line with business needs)
  • 43 days’ leave per year (personal leave, bank holidays and additional days allocated for the Christmas period, pro rata for part-time staff)
  • excellent pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • on-campus cinema/theatre, sports facilities, library, nursery (Canterbury) and food outlets
  • study while you work discounts, cycle to work scheme, local business discounts
  • on-site parking

For the full job description, person specification and details on how to apply, please follow the link below:

CSF-687-23-R Heritage and Engagement Officer – Jobs at the University of Kent

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