Education Project Manager Job Vacancy

Job Type: Fixed term full time contract
Salary Level: Salary commensurate with teaching scales (or equivalent) for your level of experience, plus generous holiday and benefits package
Location: Norwich, Norfolk
Closing Date: 5 May 2017

About Us
The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association is a charity, established in 1847, whose main purpose is to promote and encourage understanding and improvement in agriculture and farming. Best known as organiser of the Royal Norfolk Show, the Association runs programmes in support of its charitable objectives – principally educational activities connected with food, farming and the countryside. More information on the can be found at www.rnaa.org.uk.

Over recent years the RNAA has evolved significantly, with its focus, level of ambition and operating model changing to reflect a greater emphasis on education. Our role has developed as an organisation that delivers real benefits to children and young people as well as for farming and the rural economy in the region. We do this by working with many other groups and organisations and the support of our members.

Our over-arching vision is to ensure that every young person at school in Norfolk has the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside, and the career options that are available in the region’s largest sector.

Education Project Manager
We are looking for a driven and experienced person for this exciting role who can take the educational work that the RNAA and its partners deliver in Norfolk to a new level. Established following a recent review of food, farming and agricultural education in the region, you will be responsible for:

  • Taking forward and further developing the plans to establish a Norfolk food, farming and countryside education “hub”;
  • Building the framework of activity appropriate to teachers’ needs at different key stages;
  • Developing networks between schools, farmers and agricultural organisations;
  • Creating or identifying and disseminating enabling resources which encourage teachers and farmers to deliver educational experiences about food, farming and the countryside;
  • Collaborating widely to ensure that best practice is shared and adopted;
  • Taking a hands-on lead in delivery of specific RNAA events and activities, including the Spring Fling, the Royal Norfolk Show, and the Norfolk Careers and Skills Festival;
  • Communicating and promoting the work of the new organisation;
  • Liaising with key supporters, fundraising and seeking financial support for the organisation.

This role will be based at the RNAA’s offices in Norwich and will involve travel throughout East Anglia and flexibility to work in the evenings/weekends.

Person specification
We are looking for a focused and driven individual who can bring our educational vision to life. Educated to graduate level, you will have well-honed interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. You will combine relevant practical teaching experience and a passion for education with a deep interest in food, farming and the countryside.

You will make a big impact on the work of the RNAA and its partners, while reflecting the deep traditions of the county and rural economy in a contemporary way. Importantly, you will have relevant experience and the skills, sensitivity and confidence to develop the project, as well as deal effectively with a wide group of influential stakeholders.

In return for your enthusiasm and commitment we will actively develop you and offer a range of benefits including health and life assurance, contributory pension and generous annual leave.

Application process
Please apply in writing, outlining why you feel you might be suitable for this role, including:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae / resume (of no more than 2 pages)
  • an indication of current remuneration / salary expectations
  • a statement (of no more than 2 pages) explaining why you are interested in this role, how your strengths and experience make you suitable for it and what you feel you could bring to this role
  • contact details for three referees (references will not be taken up without prior permission).

 Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 5th May 2017. Interviews are likely to held in Norwich in the week commencing 9 May 2017.

Applications should be sent by email to Freya Carter, PA to the CEO (freya.carter@rnaa.org.uk), and to whom any questions should be directed in the first instance (01603 748931). You may also post your application, marked “Private and Confidential”, to: Freya Carter, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Norfolk Showground, Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association is an equal opportunities employer. No agencies please.

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