Engagement and Inclusion Project Coordinator

Salary range: £29,970 - £34,767 dependant on experience

Location: Salisbury Offices (Portway House, Old Sarum and  Amesbury)

2 Year Fixed Term Contract with the possibility of extension

Reference: SALENG.02.24

Closing date: 13th March 2024


Why join us? 

Bringing together leading minds and practitioners in the sector, Wessex Archaeology is a trusted archaeology and heritage service provider and educational charity. From our network of international offices, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver sustainable solutions to manage the historic environment - above ground, below ground and underwater. We are committed to our social impact. This means using the knowledge and connections we make through our commercial activities as a catalyst to engage the communities in which we work.

Join us and you’ll be part of a collaborative team committed to shaping a better future for our staff, the sector, and the world. As well as having knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, you’ll have an opportunity to access a variety of fascinating and high-profile projects and develop your skills and knowledge along the way.

The role – what’s involved? 

As our Engagement and Inclusion Project Coordinator you will join our Sandford Award winning engagement team to coordinate the delivery of a significant, location and audience-specific, community engagement project.

Working to a National Lottery Heritage Fund style activity plan, you will coordinate the design and delivery of innovative and engaging online, face-to-face and digital experiences for varied audiences. These will be delivered in line with our engagement methodology.

Examples of activities you will lead include: school sessions; event delivery and management; the coordination of public walks, talks and tours; volunteer coordination; collaboration with national events including Play Days, The Big Draw, Heritage Open Days and the Festival of Archaeology; community arts activities with a specific wellbeing, STEM and literacy focus.

The role allows you to draw on and develop your skills in engaging more, and a wider range of people with collections, heritage and landscape and develop your pedagogy in a heritage setting. You will develop your practise in using archaeology, landscape and archaeological process as an exciting stimulus for participation in the arts, enhanced well-being and learning about science, culture and heritage.

Main responsibilities will include: 

  • Lead the coordination and delivery of the activities as outlined in the activity plan.
  • Support and champion the thorough evaluation of the project, collaborating with evaluation specialists to integrate evaluation tools into the programme.
  • Liaise with client/project stakeholders
  • Delegate the preparation and delivery of some activities to colleagues, whilst you coordinate the project as a whole.
  • Coordinate the training, induction and ongoing development of volunteer participants.
  • Report on progress.

Essential certification  

  • You must have a full, clean, UK driving license or equivalent. 

What can you look forward to? 

Our focus is on creating a collaborative culture where people can thrive, develop and where safety and wellbeing come first. From anonymising candidate data in our recruitment process to continuous improvements in our benefits, we’re committed to creating a safe, fair, and inclusive working environment. 

We offer:

  • 22 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays rising to 27 after 5 years of continuous service. 
  • Option to buy up to 5 days holiday per year. 
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Wessex Archaeology employer pension contribution 5%.
  • Life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary. 

Wellbeing and family-friendly benefits

  • Our maternity, adoption and shared parental pay is 100% for 12 weeks, 90% for 21 weeks and 6 weeks statutory, day 1 eligibility. 
  • Enhanced paternity leave, up to 4 weeks from day 1. 
  • 5 days of carers leave. 
  • Paid sick leave from the start of a contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service. 
  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangements where applicable. 
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free and confidential service in the form of counselling and assistance in areas such as health and stress. 
  • AIG SmartHealth – round-the-clock support for you and your family. 

Sustainability and other benefits 

  • Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme. 
  • Bike2Work scheme. 
  • 100% Professional membership costs reimbursed. 
  • High-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) provided. 
  • Subsistence allowance. 

How to apply 

Interested in working with us? 

Email your CV, covering letter, completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by 9am on Wednesday 13th March 2024 to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk 

In your covering letter please outline your experience in the areas of:

  • school delivery
  • event delivery and management
  • coordination of public walks, talks and tours
  • volunteer coordination
  • activities you have led with a specific wellbeing, STEM or literacy outcome

All applications will be acknowledged within 2 weeks of the closing date. Interviews will be held in Portway House, Old Sarum on Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 March 2024. If you have questions about the role, then please contact s.fieldhouse@wessexarch.co.uk for more information or to arrange a chat.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to be supportive in our recruitment and employment practices. Please let us know if you need any special arrangements or adjustments in the application or interview process. 

Successful candidates must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK by the start of their employment.