Steaming Ahead Volunteer Co-ordinator

Organisation: Bo’Ness & Kinneil Railway

Salary: £8,800 p/a

Location: Bo'ness

Contract: 3 years
Hours: 2 days a week

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) is a largely volunteer run organisation with around 400 volunteers. We are currently delivering a Heritage Lottery funded project called Steaming Ahead which will see major re-development at the site. The project will see a new steam engineering facility with public viewing gallery, a new entrance and public engagement space at the Museum of Scottish Railways and improved access throughout the site. An exciting programme of activities will be delivered as part of this project.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to join our team to develop, deliver and monitor our volunteer offer outlined in the project’s Volunteer Development Plan. During the initial period of the post, the post holder will play an important role in developing the Volunteer Policy and recruitment process, consulting with programme partners and the local community.

The post holder will work alongside the project staff, the Business Development Manager, the Museum Director and key volunteers.

The post is grant funded for 3 years

Key responsibilities:

1. To support the key aspects of the Volunteer Development Plan, in line with the overall project Activity Plan
2. To engage with our current volunteers and support them to help implement a programme of activities for the duration of the project.
3. Review and revise policies and procedures for volunteers as necessary, ensuring they are comprehensive and up to date with best practice guidelines.
4. Identify and attract new volunteers to the site to support the project activities and work alongside current volunteers
5. Undertake marketing to promote volunteer opportunities including developing social media activity, writing press releases and articles for the member and volunteer newsletters
6. Work alongside SRPS staff and volunteers to develop local community relations
7. Develop and oversee formal and informal training opportunities for volunteers to support them in delivering activities for identified audiences, including older people, families, young people and railway enthusiasts.
8. Work with identified project partners on the successful rollout of key project areas
9. Support volunteers in delivering the elements required for the successful rollout of the Inspiring Young Futures Programme
10. Support volunteers in delivering the elements required for the successful rollout of the Railway Memories Programme
11. Liaise with the Activity Co-ordinator and evaluation consultants on key performance indicators including volunteer hours.
12. Liaise with relevant staff and volunteers at SRPS
13. Other duties as required

Occasional weekend and evening work will be required and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will be expected to take a flexible approach to duties and work as part of a small team of staff. This post is subject to a successful Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme check. An annual salary review will be undertaken.

Qualifications and experience

1. Educated to degree level or equivalent
2. Experience of working within a museum, gallery or visitor attraction environment
3. Experience of working with volunteers and co-ordinating volunteer groups
4. A knowledge of recruitment and induction policies and procedures for volunteers
5. Experience of managing volunteer groups to support formal and informal learning activities for a wide range of audiences
6. Experience of working with a number of partners to deliver collaborative projects
7. Flexible confident approach with the ability to work as part of a team
8. Experience of working on own initiative with an agreed work programme
9. Good understanding of basic IT systems and an ability to prepare written reports and programmes

1. Have an interest in industrial heritage
2. Have experience of marketing and social media activity
3. Have experience in project evaluation and report writing
4. Strategic planning experience and skills
5. Experience of working to the requirements of HLF or similar project

To Apply:
Applicants should send a recent CV and covering letter showing experience and skills relevant to this opportunity. Applications to be sent to Becky Peacock, Museum Director;

Deadline for applications: 15th July 2021 by 5pm

Application Deadline: Thursday 15/07/2021