Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Community Engagement Coordinator

Based in Sheffield, UK


£20,841 to £22,401

Position and salary commensurate with skills and experience



Wessex Archaeology is seeking a heritage education professional to join its Community Engagement Team. This role has a specific focus on supporting our activity across Northern England, North Wales and Scotland and will be based out of our Sheffield office.


The role

The role of Community Engagement Coordinator is delivery-focused.  You will lead workshops for schools and the public on a regular basis and assist with the coordination of Wessex Archaeology’s involvement with events across the UK, including Heritage Open Days, The Big Draw, Festival of Archaeology, STEM Festivals, careers events and countryside shows. You will ensure that all engagement activity is in line with our engagement strategy and pedagogy. As the Community Engagement Coordinator, you will also support project managers with community engagement aspects of client projects as directed by and with the support of the Community & Education Manager.

If you are a confident public speaker, able to differentiate ideas and information to varied audiences, this will be a fantastic opportunity to coordinate aspects of our public programmes. By building relationships and collaborating with colleagues across the business you will help stimulate positive change in society through the work that we do. You will be passionate about delivering our charitable aim, to support the education of the public in the arts, culture, heritage and science through the pursuit of archaeology, to benefit society and the economy. 

As Community Engagement Coordinator you will promote an understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage and believe that engagement with our heritage strengthens community cohesion and sense of place. 


Position requirements:

You will have experience of:

  • Developing and delivering engaging workshops and activities for adults and children within a heritage setting.
  • Developing, resourcing and delivering community engagement events and activities. 
  • Recruiting, supporting and training volunteers.

You will also demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  • The current formal education landscape of the UK and its curricula.
  • Using archaeology and heritage as an exciting stimulus for the teaching of the arts, science and literacy. 
  • Pedagogical theory and practice.

This role requires you to be an excellent communicator in written and spoken English. You will be open to receiving direction, knowledge and information from others and be able to interpret it effectively. You will understand learning in a heritage context and be happy working with a broad range of people with a variety of backgrounds and abilities.

  • The behavioural attributes that we require are to:
  • be a trustworthy outward-facing representative of Wessex Archaeology.
  • be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativity and innovation in others.
  • provide mentoring, coaching and training to colleagues who deliver engagement activity.
  • be assured and confident in your work and personal interactions.


Working Hours

The post will require flexibility in working hours; this is not a 9-5 desk job. Longer days, evening and weekend work will be required with notice. Time in lieu is accrued in these circumstances. On average over the course of the year, you should expect to work away from home 5 nights per month. Accommodation is paid and allowances made for breakfast and dinner.


You will join the Community Engagement Team which currently consists of the Community & Education Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator. 



To apply, please submit:

  • A covering letter illustrating the relevant skills and experience you have which you feel demonstrate your ability to meet the role description and person specification.
  • An overview of a resource box that could be used by a teacher to meet one of the intended learning outcomes below (taken from the National Curriculum for England & Wales, Key Stage 2). Consider that when consulted, teachers have asked that heritage organisations offer a ‘treasure chest’ to help them deliver exciting and innovative learning in the classroom. In creating the box keep in mind different learning styles, tangible and virtual resources and supporting visual and written material. During interview you will be asked to discuss your ideas.
    • Literacy: Pupils should be taught to write narratives about personal experiences and those of others, write about real events and write for different purposes.
    • Science: Pupils should be taught to use simple features to compare objects, materials and living things and, with help, decide how to sort and group them, observe changes over time, and, with guidance, they should begin to notice patterns and relationships.
    • History: Pupils should understand the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.
  • CV and application form.

Please submit your letter, overview, application and CV to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk  by 20th September 2019

For an informal chat about the role please contact Sam Fieldhouse, Community & Education Manager s.fieldhouse@wessexarch.co.uk

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. This is a core position with a 6-month probationary period with a review after 3 months. You must hold a full UK Driving Licence. A DBS check will be carried out upon employment.

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that all applicants must be either a British citizen, EU National or hold a full work visa or a current work permit. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.