Join the DigVentures team and help us deliver our HLF -funded Digital Dig Team project!
Job Type: Full time, fixed term 12 month contract
Salary: £19,911 – £21,500 depending on experience (BAJR level 4/5)
Closing date for applications: 3:00pm, 5th May 2014
Interviews: 12th May in London
Does working with an innovative, community-focused social enterprise to deliver a ground-breaking HLF-funded project sound like fun? If so, we’re looking for a Community Manager with the confidence to be the voice behind the ‘Digital Dig Team’ project across a variety of on and off-line platforms, including social media, web, archaeological sites and community events.
You’ve spent a great deal of time engaging with digital media and you have clear ideas of how it can drive deeper, more meaningful experiences for communities. Ideal candidates will have already managed online and/or offline communities for projects or brands, or developed a community of your own. You’ll be ready to measure, analyze, measure some more, and report. Your proven ability to drive meaningful engagement through digital platforms and social media, fueling both growth and positive sentiment, will set you apart from the field.
Speaking of fields, we will be working in the middle of one in July 2014 to deliver the Digital Dig Team and Cyber Dig projects, and we will be on site at Leiston periodically through April 2015. You’ll be with us every step of the way, acting as the point person for visitors, participants, VIPs and anyone lucky enough to stumble on us while we’re in action. We will have an active and diverse volunteer corps, and you’ll help us find them and deliver training for our online platform – reinforcing the many ways that volunteers can engage with the project even when they are not on site with us. You’ll assist us in planning, running and publicising events; follow up; and evaluation. Top-notch communication skills are a must.
Our team is small but mighty, and has experienced great success to date based on our collective belief in the power and importance of communities for archaeology: digital, local and global. We’re on the lookout for a very special blend of project advocate, builder of relationships, engagement expert, content generator, marketing whiz, and believer in analytics.
Please note, this role is based in our London office, with flexibility for remote working anywhere in the UK.
Relationships – The primary function of the Community Manager is to build relationships and develop communities for the Digital Dig Team: Leiston Abbey project, including online tools and offline events. The Community Manager is the glue that holds it all together!
Content creation –You’ll be producing blog posts, newsletters, photos and other digital communications based on the project’s direction and the interests of community members. Experience with video would be a plus.
Social media – you’ll run the online outreach tools.
Event planner – Help us plan and deliver events and relevant ways to connect the Digital Dig Team: Leiston Abbey communities.
Reporting and analytics – By setting goals and monitoring data it will be easy to see where adjustments need to be made in content and outreach. You’ll also be an essential part of the project reporting for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Archaeology or heritage degree, or equivalent sector experience/knowledge.
- At least three years professional experience. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered.
- Extensive knowledge of social media platforms. Do you have your own blog? If so, please include links.
- Familiar with WordPress web platform.
- Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to understand and respond appropriately to different audiences.
- Excellent organisational, time and self-management skills; must be comfortable working remotely.
- Knowledge of applications, including Windows, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- Do you have other proficiencies (such as grant writing or video production) that could be relevant to this post? If so, please include details.
**If you are selected for interview you will be asked to provide us with proof of your eligibility to work in the UK (e.g. passport or Home Office visa). Additionally, under the asylum and immigration act, we are required to check that anyone taking up employment with us has the legal right to work in the EU.
Send a CV and a short covering letter (300 words max) detailing why you want to work with DigVentures and any relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, this position is primarily about making connections and effective communication, so it’s very important that you write well and are conversationally adept. Forget what you know about the standard way to write covering letters, and use this as an opportunity to flex your writing muscles and let us get to know you.
About Digital Dig Team: Leiston Abbey
The project focuses on using crowdsourcing technology to create greater public access to the rich archaeological heritage at Leiston Abbey, developing a community-based excavation project supported by a responsive web platform designed to encourage more people to get involved with archaeology.
The focus of the project will be the development of an enhanced digital project archive, co-created by members of the local community and ‘hard to reach’ groups taking part in the excavation. This will result in a tangible digital asset that can be used by schools, local groups and researchers over the long term, ensuring the sustainability of the Leiston Abbey archaeological archive as a useful and unified collection. The principal outcomes will specifically comprise:
An open-source cloud-based recording system (Archaeological Recording Kit)
- A visually stunning and dedicated micro-site with embedded digital archives, instructional videos and explanatory background narratives detailing discoveries at Leiston Abbey.
- An educational and outreach initiative based around the 2014 field season, with a training programme to help local adults learn how to reason with primary archaeological archives.
- A ‘CyberDig’ educational programme based on a children’s version of the ‘Archaeological Recording Kit’ to target local primary schools and families.
DigVentures is a social business at the forefront of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, committed to raising seed capital and increasing participation for sustainable archaeology and heritage projects throughout the UK and further afield.
Our innovative model works to connect heritage sector managers and archaeologists with a worldwide crowd of interested and actively engaged participants, creating a platform for the public to financially support interesting projects as well as to join in, learn new skills and contribute to internationally important research. As an Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation and the first-ever IfA Accredited Field School, our work and opportunities are quality-assured at the top of the industry standard.
Over the last two years we have raised over £65K in seed funding from a globally networked crowd of supporters – money that has gone on to leverage four times that amount for our project partners in match funding. Our motto – archaeology in your hands – is what joins the dots between our many different projects.
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