Wednesday 2nd September

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role establishing formal and informal learning programmes and delivering a new and dynamic community engagement project within an inspiring national charity. This position will see you working with schools and communities to engage them with Paralympic Heritage. This will be achieved through the creation and delivery of interactive workshops (digital or physical) and six mini exhibitions. The work will build a lasting relationship with schools and communities visiting the Heritage Centre where you will deliver tours and learning opportunities.

You will be a self-starter with the ability to engage and work well with different groups of people. Attention to detail is a key requirement for this role. This is a two-year full-time post (2020-2023).

The Heritage Lottery Fund, the HS2 Community Fund and the Rothschild Foundation are generously supporting this work.


Many thanks for your interest in the Learning Officer role for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (the Trust).

The Trust, which was established on 11th November 2015, exists to enlighten and inspire future generations by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life.

In our first five years we have achieved a lot for a small organisation. As well as opening our permanent Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire we have had temporary exhibitions across the country in Norwich, Bradford and Gunnersbury Park in London. We have plans in place for future exhibitions in Bath, Manchester and on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as well as further developing our digital offer, which has become even more important in recent months. Finally, and a key part of our work, we are mapping, conserving and making the collections accessible to the public.

We are three years into a National Lottery Heritage funded project and are just starting out on two wider projects integrated into this work, one involving outreach with HS2 Community Fund support and another training disabled people in 3D scanning, which will result in an online 3D gallery funded by the Rothschild Foundation. This is an important role that will help establish our reputation in learning work taking us through to the end of 2023. 

We would like you to share our passion for preserving and celebrating the heritage of the UK as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. You will also need to be committed to our aims and values, and to equality and diversity.

Nigel Purse


Job Description

1  Overall

1.1   The delivery of community engagement work, supported by the HLF, HS2 and the Rothschild Foundation from spring 2020 to Autumn 2023.

1.2   Establishing learning programmes at the Paralympic Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injuries Centre displays.         

2  Key Responsibilities

2.1   The delivery of key learning and community engagement programmes and events including:

  • Working with Schools and Communities of the HS2 project ‘Paralympic Heritage: Stories from…..’ including disabled artist residencies within 22 communities.
  • Development of 6 mini exhibitions (with Schools and Communities) for the Pop up Museum within identified communities.
  • Co-ordinate Pop up museum visits to local communities (Paralympic Heritage: Stories from…)
  • Lead on planning and delivering the learning programme for the Trust including learning support for the regional exhibitions programme.
  • Along with our volunteers deliver guided tours of the Heritage Centre (HC) and National Spinal Injuries (NSIC) Centre.
  • Along with our volunteers facilitate school visits and school holiday activities at the HC and NSIC.
  • Engage higher education settings with Paralympic Heritage through talks and tours.
  • Support the Engagement and Operations Manager on the delivery of other key projects.

2.2   Administration and logistical management, including arranging dates and venues of the learning and community engagement programmes (Paralympic Heritage: Stories from…)

2.3   Creation of promotional materials and writing website content and summary reports.

2.4   Working with a range of voluntary partners and engaging with diverse communities across Buckinghamshire.

2.5   To undertake ongoing evaluation work and record keeping supporting the Evaluation Consultant.

2.6   Undertaking audience research to inform planning.

2.7   To support other areas of work by agreement.

3  Meetings and reporting

3.1  The Learning Officer will be employed by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and be responsible to the Board of Trustees.

3.2  The Learning Officer will report to, work closely with and be supported by the Operations and Engagement Manager in delivering operational and engagement work.

3.3  The Learning Officer will have monthly meetings with the Operations and Engagement Manager reporting on progress and raising any areas of concern.

3.4  Either party may, by written notice to the other, require the holding of a special meeting to discuss any matter of urgency or exceptional importance relating to this agreement.

4  Period of Contract

4.1  The Contract will commence  Autumn 2020 for two years.

5   Contract fee

5.1  The proposed fee is up to £27,000 a year.
In addition to the payment outlined above the Learning Officer will be paid reasonable agreed expenses incurred subject to the supply of receipts/travel expense claim and a stakeholder pension.

6   Indemnity

Insurance is covered by the NPHT

7   Skills and Qualifications


  • The ability to manage projects
  • Teaching experience or experience in an educational setting
  • Proven track record of engaging and working with schools/communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Eye for detail
  • Digital technology use
  • Experience of fast-moving and demanding environments
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative manner
  • Excellent communicator
  • Highly self-motivated
  • A commitment to and understanding of inclusion
  • An interest in sport


  • Educated to degree level
  • Museums engagement experience
  • Experience in working in inclusive environments
  • An understanding of or interest in the Paralympics
  • Fundraising experience.

8  Your application and the recruitment process

Please find below details of the selection process, to assist you in completing and tailoring your application.

In order to apply you should submit:

  • An up-to-date CV which shows your full career history – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages.
  • A supporting statement explaining why you are interested in this role detailing how you meet the skills we are seeking – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages.

Please send your application, by email to [email protected] 

Closing Date - Applications should be received by 5pm on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

You will receive an acknowledgement and we suggest that if you don’t receive this you should contact us to confirm your application has arrived.

Interviews will take place on Friday 9th October via video conferencing. 

Interviews will be carried out by a Nominations Committee acting on behalf of The Board of Trustees which will be comprised of Trustee Sue Wolstenholme, Operations and Engagement Manager Elaine Phiri and the CEO Vicky Hope-Walker.

We very much see these as a two-way opportunity for us to find out more about each other and there will be an opportunity for you to meet members of the Trust staff.

Please do contact us if you wish to have an informal discussion about the role/organisation or if you have any other questions to help you decide whether to apply.

You can contact:

Elaine Phiri, Operations and Engagement Manager, [email protected] 

A downloadable pdf of the recruitment pack is here. Please get in touch if you would like it in a different format.