£19,928 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


We are looking for an experienced community engagement individual, with a strong track record of working in a participatory way and excellent people skills. You'll be confident about building meaningful relationships internally and externally, and capable of involving people in everything that we do to inspire our communities to support our cause.

What it's like to work here

Hardwick Hall is one of the most impressive Elizabethan buildings in the country. Celebrated internationally, the committed team works hard to care for the property’s astonishing artefacts, including one of the finest collections of tapestries in Europe. A large-scale project will develop access across the estate, providing links with local trails and Stainsby Mill, one of our portfolio properties. This is a busy, forward-thinking property and the team is looking for engaging people who will enjoy this fast-paced environment.

What you'll be doing

You’ll build strong connections with local communities, test creative ways to provide local benefit and increase relevance through a wide range of participatory activities to reach new audiences in a relevant and meaningful way.

Working in partnership with schools, community groups and local organisations you will develop opportunities to involve others in Hardwick’s programmes and projects, inspiring people to support us. You'll look for ways of building new relationships in addition to strengthening existing ones through meaningful, active involvement in our work.

This vital, people focussed role will embed participatory ways of working into exciting projects to improve access and nature conservation across our estate, tell relevant and inspiring stories in the Hall and engage stakeholders in our work beyond our boundaries.

You’ll also be responsible for the day to day delivery of the learning programme working closely with schools, volunteers and colleagues in the National Trust to engage schools and their communities with our cause.

Who we're looking for

This job is about people, to be fantastic in this role, you'll have;

  • Excellent people and influencing skills enabling strong relationships and networks to be built and maintained, externally and internally.
  • Experience and knowledge of partnership working, relationship building and stakeholder management.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of participatory methods and techniques.
  • Experience of working with organisations and groups to deliver community consultation, involvement and engagement initiatives.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including public presentation and influencing.
  • Experience of working with organisations and groups to deliver community engagement initiatives.
  • Sensitivity empathy and tenacity, being able to work with other people’s agendas in an adapt approach style.
  • Good IT skills with excellent report writing skills, including the ability to collate and evaluate large amounts of data.


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

Closing date: August 6th 2019

Posted on: 19 July 2019
Closed date: 18 August 2019
Job ref: Ref: IRC83176
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management