Flexible freelance or part-time, temporary employment opportunity (maternity cover)

Location: Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury

Salary: £27-29,000 pro rata dependent on experience

Contract type:  Freelance or employment on a fixed term contract 0.4 FTE (16 hours)

Contract period: July 2021 - April 2022 (9 months)

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

Deadline to apply: 10am, Wednesday 9th June 2021

Interviews: Wednesday 16th June 2021

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the NPHT’s small but dynamic team to help implement our volunteer programme that supports 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 here. The Trust's Business plan can be downloaded here.

The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day volunteer management and support the engagement and learning programme.

The Role reports directly to the CEO requiring some onsite working. 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 engagement management skills, alongside the ability to build great relationships with stakeholders. They should be educated to degree level or have an equivalent professional qualification or relevant 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 generations 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. 

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 out more about the role to inform your application please contact: [email protected]

Full Job Description and Person Specification 

Job Title: Volunteer and Engagement Manager (maternity cover, part-time)

Location: Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury

Salary: £27-29,000 pro rata dependent on experience

Contract Type:  Freelance or employment on a fixed term contract 0.4 FTE (16 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 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 key role in the delivery of a volunteer and engagement programme 2021-2023 supporting the running of the Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injury Centre displays.

Role of the OEM

1.      Overall

1.1     To recruit and lead the volunteer work of the NPHT.
1.2     To support the engagement and learning work working with key stakeholders.
1.3     To line manage the Volunteers.

2.       Key Responsibilities

2.1     To manage the lifecycle of the volunteer programme with support from the Administrator (general) , Learning Officer (HS2 and Pop-up volunteers), Digital Explorations Project and Digital Content Manager (virtual volunteers).
2.2     To direct and support the Volunteers in the logistics of operations of the Heritage Centre and NSIC displays with support from the Administrator.
2.3     To input into the engagement work including community outreach, learning, the pop-up museum and the annual event calendar with support from the Administrator and Learning Officer.
2.4     To build and maintain key relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
2.5     To oversee the oral history project work, run by trained volunteers.
2.6     To support communications, digital content and evaluation consultants
2.7     To input into and support other opportunities and longer term plans.
2.8     To support other areas of work by agreement.

3.       Meetings and reporting
3.1     The Volunteer and Engagement Manager will be contracted to/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 (D)
  • Volunteer management or equivalent 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)


  • 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)