Job Vacancy: Education Officer at the Migration Museum Project

The Migration Museum Project is recruiting for an education officer. Please see the details below.

Job title: Education Officer.

Contract type: 4 days per week, for two years, with possible extension and enhanced salary, subject to funding.

Salary: c. £30,000 pro rata, depending on skills and experience (salary for 4 days per week c. £24,000).

Job purpose: To devise and deliver a brand new education programme for the Migration Museum Project, to promote the teaching of migration to school-age children.

Location: Preferably based in London, and working from home initially, but will involve travel in UK.

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 24 February 2013.

Interviews expected: Week beginning 4 March 2013.

The Migration Museum Project ( is a charity which aims to fill a clear gap in the cultural landscape by creating an exhilarating new Migration Museum – an Ellis Island for the UK – a gripping and moving tribute to the part that migrants have played in the making of Britain.

By telling the story of migration in a powerful, illuminating and fresh way, the Migration Museum will promote the recognition of Britain as a nation renewed and enriched by the diversity of those who have shaped it.

The Migration Museum Project’s education programme is one of its first building blocks. The Museum will be developed in stages: through the education programme, which will promote the teaching of Britain as a migrant nation in schools and colleges; through events and pilot exhibitions; and eventually by exhibiting in a permanent physical space, potentially made out of shipping containers that can travel.
The Project is developing rapidly and has recently received core funding for three key posts – of which the education officer is one. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and disciplined, creative self-starter, capable of working from home, to devise and deliver the Migration Museum Project’s flagship education programme.

Working closely with the Migration Museum Project’s director, trustees and education committee, the education officer will consider how best to engage schools and communities nationally with learning about Britain’s heritage as a migrant nation. He or she will build an impressive online presence for the Migration Museum Project and will create a community of educators and other interested parties so as to achieve a real impact on teaching.

The post-holder must have a genuine passion for the aims of the Migration Museum Project, and be committed to collaborative working with museums, teachers, communities, academics and a range of other partners so as to build the Migration Museum Project’s credibility and brand.

The education officer’s main tasks will be to:

–  work with the director and trustees to develop a two-year strategy for promoting the teaching of Britain as a migrant nation to school-age children

– engage schools and communities round the country in learning about Britain’s migrant heritage, by building and maintaining an active community of educators and others who are committed to teaching about migration

– scope existing migration teaching resources (in print, online and elsewhere) and establish their relevance to the national curriculum, making existing resources centrally accessible to teachers, and creating or commissioning new resources where there are gaps in provision

– develop the Migration Museum Project website so that it is a first-class hub for learning about migration

– develop excellent working relationships with museums and other partners to foster collaborative working and enhance the connections and standing of the Migration Museum Project

– produce education resources in conjunction with the Migration Museum’s other outputs, for example exhibitions

– contribute to a more civilised public conversation about migration, and influence the debate, by contributing to curriculum reviews and other means
– oversee evaluation of the impact of the education programme
– convene and manage the Migration Museum Project’s education advisory committee



– At least four years’ experience in education, either as a teacher or in a related capacity in museum education, development education or similar

– Knowledge of educational systems across the UK, in particular the national curriculum and, specifically, the programmes of study for history, geography and citizenship
– Knowledge of migration issues
– Knowledge of the potential of websites and new media to present educational materials

Skills and abilities
– A genuine passion for the core values of the Migration Museum Project, and the energy and drive to take forward a brand new initiative, working alone or with a small team
– Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to research and write reports as well as to represent the education programme to a variety of audiences, including teachers, young people, policy makers, opinion formers and the general public
– Experience of producing web-based resources and a flair for innovation
– Excellent organisational and administrative skills to plan work and meet deadlines and keep within budgets, and a competent user of Microsoft Office software
– Ability to deal with controversial issues sensitively and in a manner that engages people
– Strong negotiation and inter-personal skills, together with perseverance and persuasiveness
– Readiness to travel within the UK

– Knowledge of the UK heritage sector
– Teaching skills
– Experience of fundraising

How to apply
To apply for this exciting new position, please e-mail a copy of your CV and a covering letter to the project director, Sophie Henderson: [email protected]

Alternatively, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to the following address:
Sophie Henderson
Project Director
The Migration Museum Project
15 Larkhall Rise

The covering letter should be no more than 500 words long; it should explain why you think you have the necessary skills to be the Project’s Education Officer and what you would bring to the role and the project, and it should give a broad idea of what you would hope to achieve in your first year working for the Migration Museum Project.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to come to London for interview, when they will be invited to give a short, informal presentation of their ideas for the role.

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