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4 Jul

JOB VACANCY: NLHF Project Officer

Yorkshire’s Cricket Heritage – Reminiscence & Education – Building a Legacy
A National Lottery Heritage Fund project

Contract Fixed Term
(this post will run for the duration of the project and will conclude on 30 June 2020)
Salary
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Outline
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation [YCF] is the official charity and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Using the power of cricket, the Foundation runs community projects across the county, aiming to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of those living in Yorkshire, and its work falls under four themes:

• Education
• Health & Wellbeing
• Participation
• Heritage

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation in the role of Project Officer. This is a fixed term role, lasting for the duration of the project, and is externally funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It will take a central role in ensuring the successful delivery of the project to a prescribed project Activity Plan, requiring the successful candidate to be able to collaborate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and partners. The project is a volunteer-focussed enterprise to preserve and celebrate the heritage of cricket clubs in the Leeds and Bradford area, using this heritage to deliver educational and well-being programmes and benefits for the communities they serve.

Project Officer – Job Description

Reporting to: Heritage Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
Staff Reporting: None
Based: Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground with travel required around the county
Contract: Fixed Term (this post will run for the duration of the project, concluding on 30 June 2020)

Salary: Competitive salary with benefits

Role Purpose

To deploy project management skills to ensure the delivery of this project to a prescribed project plan and in line with the Foundation’s themes and projects.

Team Purpose

To use the power and brand of Yorkshire cricket to have a positive impact on the community.

Job Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to play a key role in helping Yorkshire cricket leagues and clubs to preserve and apply their history, heritage and legacy for the benefit of the communities they serve.

This project will recognise the heritage of club cricket in Yorkshire as a unifying force in this socially diverse county, whilst celebrating its contribution to the county’s cricketing landscape.

Health and Wellbeing, Education and Heritage represent three of the Foundation’s key themes – this project will deliver a range of educational and well-being activities in different environments, using heritage as the catalyst, to tell stories and capture experiences.

As a result, legacies of innovative and repurposable resources will be created; new skills-sets and knowledge will be developed; interest, pride and resilience in discrete communities will be engendered. A by-product will be an increased understanding, safeguarding and exposure of their heritage (within and beyond their local communities) and raising their profile, at no cost.

The ambition is to partner clubs in two areas – Leeds, and Bradford – training volunteers in heritage preservation and access techniques, and engage League, BAME and women’s cricket constituencies as previously ’unreached’ communities of interest.

Volunteers at the amateur clubs, under the auspices of the leagues, will be recruited and trained in researching, cataloguing, preserving, displaying and interpreting their memorabilia. There is a great deal of cross-pollination between amateur and professional cricket which will enhance the collections and related activities of the league clubs and supplement those of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The Foundation will be playing a pastoral role for the preservation of this local cricket heritage.

Working to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Heritage Manager), the Project Officer will have a key operations and administrative role to play in ensuring that the project’s Activity Plan, as defined in the Delivery Phase, is carried out in accordance with the allocated budget, and that the work of the volunteers at each club and the services provided by specialist providers are effectively coordinated and delivered.

Key Areas of Work

Working under the direction of the Foundation’s Heritage Manager, the post-holder will be expected to:

• Deliver the project in accordance with the project’s timetable and Activity Plan, as agreed with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and in the context of the Foundation’s mission;

• Demonstrate flexibility to respond to changes in the Activity Plan, take advantage of opportunities that arise, and in response to NLHF advice, whilst remaining faithful to the content and spirit of the project’s Activity Plan;

• Co-ordinate the activities of the Project Delivery Group, including convening attendance, preparing agendas, and chairing and distributing minutes from its meetings;

• Work alongside Foundation colleagues to publicise the project in the local media through television, radio and newspaper outlets;

• Liaise with League Executives and its clubs to publicise project news and historical content through social media;

• Prepare, arrange production of and distribute leaflets and other promotional material, including project and NLHF logos on all material;

• Work alongside League Executives and Club officials to organise and deliver a project recruitment presentation at each club;

General

The post-holder will be expected to:

- Provide the Heritage Manager with appropriate budgetary and financial information on demand, and against Agreed Cost profiles; – Coordinate and compile timely project reports in line with the Activity Plan and NLHF requirement; – Maintain continuous and post-project evaluation, using the project’s Activity Plan to measure and assess qualitative and quantitative outcome and impact; – Ensure completion of all project and progress reports in a timely manner.

Communications

The post-holder will be expected to:

- Liaise with partnership organisations, key stakeholders and service providers, including: – The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Yorkshire Cricket Board; – Heritage Lottery Fund [NLHF]; – Senior representatives from leagues in Leeds and Bradford; – Volunteers from participating clubs; – An appropriate external evaluation agency (e.g. Leeds Beckett University); – West Yorkshire Archives Service; – Sporting Memories Network CIC and The Sporting Memories Foundation or similar provider; – Sports Inspire Educational Publishing or similar provider; – Parallax (web design & digital development); – BAME Forum and women’s cricket representatives; – England & Wales Cricket Board [ECB]; – Other professional bodies, and members of the public in a professional and collegiate manner, developing and maintaining positive working relationships. – Work closely with the Foundation’s Marketing & PR Officer to ensure publicity, the website and social media communications information related to the project is up-to-date and timely;

Volunteers

The post-holder will be expected to:
• Work closely with the Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing and Education Managers to support the project
• Monitor the volunteer programme to ensure appropriate project delivery according to the defined Activity Plan;
• Develop and maintain a database of participating volunteer individuals and groups, including contact details, areas of knowledge, interest and skills.

The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other responsibilities and training as requested by the Heritage Manager.

Application Process
The Foundation is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, self-starter, with a proven track record of delivering a range of community engagement and development projects to a high quality. Additionally, the Foundation would like the preferred candidate to have proven managerial and administrative competencies; together with excellent communication skills.
Demonstrable project management experience to support delivery is pivotal to this role.

The post is fixed term, based at Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground. A full, current UK driving license with access to a vehicle is required, as the role will include regular travel. The job also includes occasional evening and weekend work as required.

For an informal discussion about the post or the job description please contact the Foundation’s Heritage Manager, Paul Goodman, on 0113 203 3665 or paul.goodman@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

To apply please send your C.V and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience fit the role to
paul.goodman@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com or by post to Paul Goodman, Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, Carnegie Pavilion, Leeds, LS6 3DP

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17 July 2019 at 5pm, with interviews scheduled for week commencing Monday 22 July 2019.

For further information on the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, please visit the website www.yorkshirecricketfoundation.com and social media channels.

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