Maternity Cover for July 2021-April 2022 (9 months)

Location: Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury

Salary: £29,000 pro rata

Contract Type:  Employment on a temporary contract 0.8 FTE (32 hours)

Contact details for further information and alternative formats: [email protected]

Deadline to apply: 10am, Tuesday 4th May 2021

Interviews: 17th/18th May 2021

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the NPHT’s small but dynamic team to help implement an important phase of our work including consolidation of our permanent display offer at the Heritage Centre and the National Spinal Injuries Centre, alongside an exciting engagement and learning programme.

Read the Full Job Description and Person Specification here. The Trust's Business plan can be downloaded here.

The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day operations, oversight of the engagement and learning programme (including line management of the Learning Officer), volunteer management and the delivery of the Digital Explorations Project, funded by the Rothschild Foundation.

The Role reports directly to the CEO. Due to the operational aspects of this role, some onsite working is required, with the possibility of remote working in agreement with the CEO. There will be occasional weekend and out-of-hours commitments related to the public programme.

Person Summary

We are looking for a self-starter, who can hit the floor running who enjoys working for a small organisation, has excellent people and facility management skills, alongside the ability to build great relationships with stakeholders and volunteers. They should be educated to degree level or have an equivalent professional qualification or experience.

Why work for us

We are a small independent Trust, that punches above its weight as a museum. Our mission is to ‘enlighten and inspire future generation by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life’, and in doing so to challenge negative perceptions of disability breaking down barriers. 


  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time roles)
  • Flexible work options suited to both your needs and ours
  • Auto-enrolment into a Pension Scheme with 3% employer contributions.

NPHT aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Diversity and inclusion sit at the heart of our work and we encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

We implement the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Disabled People. This means we will guarantee to interview all applicants who both declare their disability and meet the essential criteria for a vacant post. Candidates can choose to take part in the guaranteed interview scheme by indicating that they have a disability.

Application Process

Please email a CV and covering letter, (no more than 2 pages), which sets out how you meet all the elements of the person specification to: [email protected]

If you would like to find our more about the role to inform you application please contact: [email protected]

Full Job Description and Person Specification 

Job Title: Operations and Engagement Manager (maternity cover)

Location: Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury

Salary: £29,000 pro rata

Contract Type:  Employment on a temporary contract 0.8 FTE (32 hours) flexible working

Maternity Cover: July 2021-April 2022 (9 months) 

The National Paralympic Heritage Project aims to map and conserve collections and archives relating to the British Paralympic story and make them accessible to national and international audiences. It has created a permanent Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, and is delivering a national network of satellite exhibitions and virtual cultural experiences. The Trust is running outreach projects of special exhibitions and events alongside a diverse engagement programme particularly targeting disabled people and their families as well as schools and universities. The founding members of the Trust s are the British Paralympic Association (BPA), WheelPower- British Wheelchair Sport and Buckinghamshire Council (BC).

This is an exciting maternity leave coverage opportunity to play a lead role in the delivery of a new dynamic community engagement programme 2021-2023 including the creation of a 3D virtual gallery and development of heritage scanning skills, alongside the running of the Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injury Centre displays with support from the volunteers and administrator. The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the HS2 Community Fund and the Rothschild Foundation are generously supporting this work.

Role of the OEM

1.     Overall
1.1   To lead the operations and engagement work of the NPHT.
1.2   To lead on the overall engagement and learning work including the NLHF and Rothschild, working with key stakeholders.
1.3   To line manage the Learning Officer and Volunteers.

2.     Key Responsibilities
2.1    To oversee the day-to-day operations of the NPHT with reference to the Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injuries Centre.
2.2    To direct and support the Administrator and Volunteers in the logistics of  operations.
2.3    To oversee the engagement work including community outreach, learning, the pop-up museum and the annual event calendar.
2.4    To build and maintain key relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
2.5    To manage the Learning Officer and engagement delivery relating to the NLHF and HS2 work.
2.6    To deliver the ‘Digital Explorations’ Rothschild project, with support from the CEO, overseeing the relationship with key stakeholders and partners.
2.7    To manage the budgets for HS2 and Rothschild work.
2.8    To manage the lifecycle of the volunteer programme with support from the Administrator (general) , Learning Officer (HS2 and Pop-up volunteers) and Digital Content Manager (virtual volunteers).
2.9    To oversee the oral history project work, run by trained volunteers.
2.10  To support communications, digital content and evaluation consultants
2.11  To input into and support other opportunities and longer term plans.
2.12  To support other areas of work by agreement.

3.      Meetings and reporting
3.1    The OEM will be employed by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and report to the CEO.

4.      Person Specification

(D) Desirable (E) Essential


  • A self-starter (E)
  • Line Management experience (E)
  • Excellent time management skills (E)
  • The ability to learn quickly (E)
  • Strong interpersonal skills (E)
  • Ability to maintain and develop systems and processes (E)
  • Attention to detail (E)
  • Budget Management (E)


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification/experience (E)

IT Skills

  • MS Excel for project finance monitoring (E)
  • MS Word (E)
  • Microsoft Office/Outlook and Zoom (E)


  • Project management experience or training (D)
  • Fundraising (D)
  • Managing stakeholder partnerships (E)


  • A commitment to inclusion (E)
  • An interest in heritage (E)
  • An interest in the Paralympics (D)