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  • Digital Engagement Officer - Maternity cover
    • Hours: Part time (0.6 FTE)
    • Contract: 18 Months Fixed Term until 31 March 2023 (maternity cover)
    • Salary: BG10 £28,672 – £32,234
    • Location: Hybrid working – a mix of homeworking and office-based in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
    • Closing date: 6th September

    Find more details and apply via the Bristol City Council Jobs Portal directly or search ‘digital’ on the Bristol City Council Jobs Portal homepage.

    What we are looking for

    Join us in making a real difference to museums in our region through supporting their digital engagement practice. We are looking for an experienced and passionate individual to join our dedicated team to support the museum sector across the South West of England.

    Successful applicants will have experience of delivering digital engagement services in the context of the cultural or not-for-profit sector as well as a proven track record in the management and delivery of projects. A background in strategic digital communications and marketing would be an advantage, and the experience of supporting others in developing digital literacy skills will be essential. Building relationships and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders is an integral part of the role.

    We are committed to diversifying our audiences and workforce of the regional museum sector. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, as we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the South West. We actively encourage applications from candidates from groups under-represented in our organisation including; Black and minority ethnic, Disabled people and under 25s.

    The Digital Engagement Officer role

    Your core role will be to deliver a targeted programme of digital engagement support, including training, one to one support and enquiries, for Accredited museums across the region. This is a diverse remit – every day is different – and one which encourages strategic digital engagement to be at the forefront of museum practice. This is the only specialised digital role across England and there are real opportunities of making a tangible difference.

    Bristol City Council operates hybrid working which includes a mix of homeworking, at the SW Museum Development office in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, alongside some travel across the South West region.

    About South West Museum Development

    South West Museum Development (SWMD) programme is part of a national Museum Development programme, core funded by Arts Council England and over 20 Local Authorities across the region, to support the sustainable development of museums in England.

    We are museum and heritage development specialists working with the museum and heritage sector in the South West of England to effect positive and lasting change. We create opportunities and deliver relevant development support services which build confidence and skills, encourage innovation, and celebrate our heritage and culture. We understand the specific context and priorities of museums at both a regional and local level and work with partners to advocate widely on their behalf.

    South West Museum Development team

    This digital engagement work sits within a wider programme of regional specialist support which addresses collections care, sustainable volunteering and audience development.

    The role is part of a network of Museum Development Officers based across the region and is integral to identifying museums in need of support and to establish opportunities for cohort working or project grant funding. The central team are predominantly Bristol based and will support your work in terms of programme development, communications, skills training event delivery and evaluation.

    Our museums in the South West

    We work with a wonderful spectrum of museums from the small rural and coastal to large Local Authority museums; all of which have vibrant communities and incredible collections. The museums we predominantly work with are small to medium museums (non-National and non-NPO) and the support delivered is often centred on the infrastructure and processes required to undertake successful digital engagement relative to their size and remit. We view this as building the foundations of good digital practice within organisations who might typically be volunteer-led (37% of the museums we support) or have a small number of paid staff.

    Sector collaboration

    There is great opportunity for collaboration and networking within this role to help connect relevant national offers with regional need and capacity. The successful applicant will work in closely with other sector support organisations or digital national and regional partners; including Collections Trust and Culture24.

    Benefitting from the expertise of Bristol Culture’s in-house Digital team, there will also be the scope to share practice and support, according to changing trends in digital audience engagement and the evolving need in the region.


    These include access to a local government pension scheme, bicycle salary sacrifice scheme, childcare vouchers and flexible hours.

    Interviews will be held via zoom and are provisionally scheduled for the mornings of Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September.

    How to apply:

    Find more details and apply via the Bristol City Council Jobs Portal directly or search ‘digital’ on the Bristol City Council Jobs Portal homepage.

    Deadline: 6th September 2021