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Vacancy: World Heritage Site Project Officer

11th October 2018

Edinburgh World Heritage

Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage status is a dynamic force that benefits everyone.

We are looking to appoint a World Heritage Site Project Officer to assist with the delivery of a series of projects connected with the historic public realm within the World Heritage Site, in particular the “Twelve Closes” project.

These projects, mainly funded by Historic Environment Scotland, promote better understanding, appreciation and care of the historic environment, and support the City of Edinburgh Council, local residents and businesses to enhance the environment, regenerate undervalued areas and encourage better management of the public realm.

Projects include conserving and repairing historic monuments, burial grounds and stairways; enhancing green spaces; interpretation schemes; creative lighting projects; community co-design; and developing strategies for the management of these challenging but important places. It involves working closely with the City of Edinburgh Council and other major stakeholders as well as local communities.

Main Duties:

  • Provide both technical and organisational support to the EWH World Heritage Site Projects Manager and EWH Grants and Projects Team
  • Build new and develop existing partnerships across the city and beyond to support the delivery of EWH-led projects
  • Liaise with colleagues at the City of Edinburgh Council and other project partners
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders and the community including arranging workshops
  • Prepare project progress reports and produce project evaluation to inform funders and strategy
  • Monitor and manage delegated budgets including financial reporting to funders
  • Prepare project briefs and assist in procurement processes for consultants, contractors and craftsman to ensure best practice in building conservation
  • Assist with defining scope of works and delivery process, technical design and specification of conservation or enhancement work
  • Take part in site inspections, quality control and approval of conservation works
  • Assist with fundraising initiatives
  • Work with EWH colleagues to deliver interpretation for World Heritage projects
  • Assist EWH colleagues to prepare communications, publicity and events around the projects
  • Contribute to the wider EWH agenda by applying expertise to other parts of our organisation

Skills & experience

  • Educated to a degree level in a relevant discipline ideally with an architectural or heritage background
  • Experience of working on built heritage conservation projects
  • Familiarity with the management stages involved in design and delivery of construction projects
  • Good understanding of Planning, Listed Building Consent and Building Control procedures
  • Experience of successful partnership working, dealing with a complex range of stakeholders
  • Community engagement experience
  • Fundraising experience would be useful but not essential

Behaviours & abilities

  • Exceptional organisational and project planning skills
  • Able to manage complex schemes and tight budgets to definite timescales
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate with a broad range of people
  • Self-starter, able to take initiative and work without supervision, yet also able to work as a part of a highly motivated small team
  • Exceptional problem-solver
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to manage a number of complicated tasks simultaneously
  • Passionate about Edinburgh’s built heritage

To apply for this role, please send us your CV, together with a completed application form and covering letter in support of your application by 5pm on Friday 26th October 2018.