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Experiences & Partnerships Curator
Experiences & Partnerships Curator
The National Trust
Post Date: 22 Nov 2021



The National Trust was set up to look after places and spaces so people and nature can thrive. We look after countryside, coastline, historic sites and green spaces, ensuring everyone benefits. In Northern Ireland we look after 22% of Northern Ireland’s coastline, 46 sq. miles of countryside, including Slieve Donard and the Giant’s Causeway, and historic family homes such as Mount Stewart, Castle Ward and Florence Court.

As a conservation charity, we have over 99,000 members in Northern Ireland and welcome over 1m visitors who value our work and enjoy visiting the places in our care. Our team is focused on making a real difference for natural, built and cultural heritage and we are seeking an individual who will share that passion.

First Interview date: 13 December

Venue: Rowallane House, Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, BT24 7LH

Second Interview date (if required): 17 December

Venue: Belmont Tower, Belfast, BT4 3FG

What it’s like to work here

You’ll be a member of a mixed team of internal consultants working with our properties across Northern Ireland to deliver fantastic experiences and grow support across a wide range of audiences. As part of our matrix way of working, you’ll form part of an organisation wide network of curators who consist of both Experiences & Partnerships Curators and Cultural Heritage Curators.

Your contractual location will be Rowallane Stableyard, Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, however there will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. The role will also involve travel to properties or regional hubs to meet with stakeholders and to carry out work.

What you’ll be doing

This is an exciting opportunity for a visitor experience professional to help deliver the National Trust’s aspirations for curation and experiences. We’re looking for a creative and networked expert to inspire new ideas and approaches and to help deliver an audience-led approach to programmes, partnership, participation and interpretation.

Our diverse and fascinating places present wonderful opportunities to engage audiences and grow support for our cause. Your role will be varied and include supporting the delivery of national programmes, identifying and developing new experiences, supporting delivery of exciting development projects and acting as a trusted advisor on everything linked to creating relevant and inspiring experiences at our places.

You will work to inspire teams to deliver exceptional experiences across a range of unique places including a World Heritage Site, historic homes, outdoor landscapes and industrial heritage sites. You will support teams to facilitate more diverse and inclusive experiences and develop partnerships to explore innovative ways to use and animate our places. You’ll act as a change-agent enabling properties to define their purpose, deepen understanding and inspire meaningful and emotional connections to our places.

As part of the internal consultancy, you will help ensure we provide the best possible service. You will develop relationships with operational colleagues, partners and stakeholders within and outside the region.

Please also read the full role profile attached.

Who we’re looking for

We’re Looking For Someone Who Has

  • Significant practical experience of delivering visitor experiences in a relevant sector
  • The ability to build and influence an internal network of visitor experience professionals
  • The ability to build strong collaborative working relationships within a matrix management structure and multi-site environment
  • Proven ability to build on, innovate and develop new approaches and ways of working
  • A commitment to inclusive and diverse histories, programming and engagement
  • Strong consultancy skills, particularly active listening, communication and stakeholder management
  • Experience of commissioning or procuring services externally
  • Experience of undertaking, commissioning, interpreting and responding to internal and external research to better meet audience needs
  • Experience of evaluating and re-imagining how places are used by, developed with and for people
  • Good understanding of the latest innovations in the cultural and natural environment and visitor attraction sector for potential adaptation / use at National Trust places
  • A flexible approach to work, with the ability to juggle competing priorities

Please use the application to best demonstrate how you meet the above criteria

Nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits For Working At The National Trust Include

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Closing Date: 05 December 2021


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