Partnerships & Participation Manager
This summer the National Trust was delighted to re-open Wentworth Castle Gardens as part of a unique partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and the Northern College (NC). Since then thousands of people have taken the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent grade 1 listed gardens and parkland.
But this is not a conventional National Trust model and we're actively trying to work differently, with a genuinely participative approach, working with new partners, communities and visitors in new ways.
This is a full-time position, however there is flexibility for the right candidate to work fewer hours.
What it's like to work here
At Wentworth Castle Gardens we put people at the heart of everything we do, and our ambition is to create an experience where everyone feels welcome, and able to enjoy this vital green space to explore, walk, relax, play and spend time together outdoors. With listed monuments including a mock medieval castle, a Victorian conservatory and fascinating stories both historical and modern-day the potential is huge.
What you'll be doing
You will be responsible for the strategic planning and day to day management of partnerships and participation across Wentworth Castle Gardens and will create new and dynamic volunteering and participation opportunities that are inclusive and accessible, with links to local communities and organisations. You will support the General Manager to develop a collaborative, sustainable and successful partnership culture and drive the implementation of an ambitious joint plan of activity with BMBC and NC. And you'll be a key member of the senior management team for the Gardens.
Who we're looking for
With a wide range of skills and experience in your toolkit, you'll need to demonstrate the following;
- An excellent understanding of the models and techniques needed to plan and deliver multi-agency partnership working and participatory practice.
- Previous experience of having worked in areas of social deprivation
- Previous experience of project delivery and social outcomes for individuals and communities
- An understanding of the social trends, different audience motivations and the external context impacting on volunteering and participation.
- Strong evidence of partnership development and coordination at a decision making level within a heritage, voluntary or local government setting.
- Past experience of writing and delivering plans and budgets.
- Evidence of excellent networking and relationship building skills.
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You'll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!