Education Officer

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Job specification
Our charity is committed to enabling a diverse range of local residents, schools and visitors to increase their knowledge, improve their wellbeing, and to create greener communities. Our education work with local schools, families, young people and adults is critical to this vision as we strive to inspire local residents about the value of plants and wildlife in their lives.
We currently require a dynamic and creative Education Officer to lead in the development and delivery of our educational programmes for a broad range of ages and abilities.
This position reports to the Director for the Charity and has line management responsibility for our part-time Education Assistant.

Responsibilities
• Facilitating and encouraging South London schools to take part in our Education Programme.
• Acquiring, devising and developing an inspiring range of educational resources for use with schools groups and families e.g. worksheets, self-guided trails, arts and crafts resources and artefacts.
• Developing our schools outreach programme working with school and nursery groups on their sites to assist teaching staff in the delivery of outdoors education sessions.
• Developing and delivering creative, cross-curricular class sessions as students and teachers explore our community garden and engage in a range of curriculum-based learning outcomes.
• Expanding our existing provision for children with learning difficulties.
• Developing and promoting one-off family activities or workshops for young people inspired by our site.
• Developing activities for children outside school hours as part of our after-school, weekend and holiday activities, as well as developing pre-school, special groups and further education learning opportunities.
• In collaboration with our Community Gardener, organising our programme of courses, workshops and open days for adults including recruitment and management of external workshop organisers as appropriate.
• Developing ideas for new ways to engage hard-to-reach groups in our site, including identifying and applying for funding for such programmes as appropriate.
• Managing our part-time Education Assistant to assist in the delivery of the education programme as required
• Recruiting and supervising volunteers to assist in the delivery of the education programme as required.
• Working with the Community Gardener to develop and manage the site in a way that benefits the Education Programme as well as all of our volunteers and visitors.
• Overseeing the administration of the Education Programme including taking bookings, conducting feedback exercises, ensuring invoicing of all paid-for sessions.
• Working with the Education Assistant and Communication Volunteers to promote our services to local schools, community groups and members of the public via a range of media including email, posters, flyers, blogs and social media.
• Working with the Education Assistant to maintain and expand our database of schools and families contacts.
• Monitoring and managing education budgets, and helping to set said budgets in conjunction with the Director and Trustees.
• Generating written material for our annual report, presentations for external funders, and our Board of Trustees.
• Taking responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of groups using the site and conducting any necessary risk assessments before hosting activities.
• Being the responsible officer for safeguarding on site.
• Abiding by relevant BPCG policies and procedures.
• Undertaking such additional duties commensurate with the post as may reasonably be requested from time to time.

Person specification
Experience
• Educated to degree level, ideally with a PGCE qualification
• Minimum three years’ experience of developing and delivering environmental education sessions in a paid or voluntary capacity
• Experience of managing, motivating and developing staff and volunteers

• Experience of planning and delivering sessions for a variety of age groups and abilities
• Experience of working for, or participating in, a small charity or community-based organisation.
• Experience of developing and managing projects.
• Some experience in horticulture would be an advantage.

Skills and attributes
In addition, the candidate should be
• Passionate about nature and the environment and keen to communicate this enthusiasm to as wide an audience as possible
• Reliable and organised
• Friendly and approachable
• Creative and inspiring
• Confident and effective communicator both verbally and in writing
• Proficient in the use of Google, Microsoft Office, Excel, Databases, as well as Social Media.
• Able to work both independently and as part of a small team
• Self-motivated
• Able to work with and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
• Qualified First Aider or willing to acquire this qualification.

Hours
This is a fixed term contract until August 2018. It’s a part-time position of 21 hours per week. Normal working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The role requires some weekend work, and involves lone working in accordance with our approved lone working policy.

Salary
£25,000 pa pro rata

Holiday entitlement
28 days pro rata (including bank holiday days)

Pension
There is no BPCG pension plan but we will contribute up to 1.5% of your annual salary to an approved personal pension plan.

Looking after our visitors
BPCG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to enhanced DBS and satisfactory reference checks.

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