Building & Project Design Guide Assistant

United Kingdom
GBP12,038 pa plus generous benefits - part time role
02 May 2019
21 May 2019
Engineering, Design
Contract Type
Part Time

The Design Guide is the National Trust's collection of case studies detailing best practice and lessons learnt from a variety of building and landscape projects across the organisation.

This unique resource, comprising studies ranging from adaptive re-use and conservation projects through to new and environmental build projects, focuses on those aspects of building projects which have worked particularly well - as well as those which haven't.

The case studies inform the planning and design of new projects, enabling us to deploy our resources and time more efficiently. Our aim is to share the knowledge more widely, enabling others to learn from Trust projects.

We are seeking a Building & Project Design Guide Assistant to support with the collection, management and amendment of new and existing internal National Trust Design Guide case studies.

Please note that this is a part-time fixed-term contract due to end in May 2020.

What it's like to work here

We're bigger than you think, we're more complicated than we appear and we're larger scale than you'd imagine. We've got passionate people in all our teams, and we've got so much more we want to achieve. We're for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don't want to stop at 5.5 million members and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.

Our central head office Heelis, is situated in Swindon, Wiltshire. We're well placed, with ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet with plenty of options for places to eat, and the town centre only a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively you can enjoy our open plan atrium space for lunch times, with our internal caf?? available every day.

What you'll be doing

You'll support the Building & Project Design Guide Managers with the collection, management and co-ordination of information vital to the development of the Design Guide project.

You'll use an agreed template to write new case studies and update existing ones with further lessons learnt.

You'll support the development of our external collection and our intranet to share the case studies effectively, with the aim of achieving resource and financial savings.

Please also read the full role profile, accompanying this advert.

Who we're looking for

To succeed in this role you will need: -

  • An understanding of conservation principles and how they are applied to heritage assets;
  • Previous experience working within a heritage, cultural or environmental organisation;
  • A Masters qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject area, knowledge and/or practical experience;
  • Passion for your work and the ability to communicate that enthusiasm to others;
  • A confident and outgoing manner with the ability to communicate with internal and external contacts at all levels;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills tailored to the needs of the audience;
  • To be skilled in research with an analytical approach to information gathering;
  • To have the ability to understand complex technical information and to convey it in easy-to-understand text;
  • To be skilled in copy writing, editing, proof reading and picture research;
  • To be familiar with project management guidance;
  • Experience of working with volunteers, supporting them to perform at their best;
  • To be a great team player with the ability to work independently and prioritise your own workload;
  • A willingness to undertake continuing professional development and personal skills development with an enthusiasm to learn.