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Programme Manager

Job Type: Full time

Location: Barnard Castle DV office, with some homeworking considered

Salary: commensurate with MCIfA, G5 – G6 BAJR, dependent on experience

Closing date for applications: please submit by 5:00pm on 2nd August 2019

Interviews: Initial interviews will be scheduled by Skype during the w/o 5th August 2019

As an archaeology sector innovator in digital workflows, public engagement and sustainable social business, we’re asking the universe for an exceptional combination of business manager / operational and strategic planner /sales wizard / committed and aware public archaeologist to be part of the next big step in our public-facing archaeological programmes.

The Programme Manager will support our Directors with key functions including business development, project management, operations and reporting. Fieldwork and post-excavation activities are not the primary responsibilities for this role, however some experience and understanding of methods and processes is essential, as well as the ability to support the team in these areas if needed.

The Role

The Programme Manager will work across the entire DV portfolio, supporting all aspects of project lifecycles including writing tenders, WSI’s, Project Designs, grant applications and pre-excavation documents; facilitating excavation delivery; overseeing impact evaluation of these activities; completion and quality control of post-excavation processes and publications; and helping us to ensure that the wider social value of our projects is delivered. It is expected that the Programme Manager will be able to step into significant responsibility based on areas of personal strength and previous experience.

Participation in events and public-facing activities is important to this role as well. Everyone at DV, including the Directors, has equal responsibility in working directly with our communities, and we’ll want you in front of them too: on our sites, in museums and schools, at meetings and conferences, with our Advisory Board, external stakeholders, and in a variety of other situations we can’t even plan for yet. Be ready!

We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial approach, interested in initiating new projects and developing wider sector networks to contribute to DV’s growth. Embedded at the core of our team, the Programme Manager will also show mature personal leadership: responsible, inspiring, motivating, bang-on with producing high quality work, and a key player in our positive and focused energy.

More About Us

DV is a social enterprise, and the only community-focussed Registered Organisation in the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. We are also the only RO accredited by CIfA to deliver archaeological fieldschool training. We operate as a dispersed team with an HQ in Barnard Castle, with home-based staff in Glasgow, Lincoln, Bristol, and Burnley as well as an office hub in London.  Our team is small but mighty, and has experienced great success based on our collective belief in the power and importance of the role of communities in archaeology: digital, local and global.

Our team culture is EVERYTHING, and the Directors pay very close attention to building a positive, exciting atmosphere that is functional and focused on personal leadership and growth. DV’s Dignity at Work & On Site policy is a sector-leading example of our commitment to fostering a new way of working in archaeology, and we operate a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment and bullying. There are no Site Hut moaning sessions at DV: our environment makes it possible for all issues to be openly discussed and resolved in a constructive manner. Please only apply to this role if you are willing to be an active part of this kind of professional environment.

More About You
In addition to your technical skills, you are motivated, persuasive, comfortable working with team members remotely, able to manage your own time, and demonstrably passionate about creating opportunities to involve the public in archaeology and heritage projects.

First class writing, communication and presentation skills are a must; you can read and understand a budget; you have the ability to form strong relationships with clients, funders, stakeholders and the media at a senior level; you are comfortable working alongside members of the public. Most of all, you can roll with the challenges of a growing organisation, advocate for yourself when needed, and help us steer the ship with open and honest communications.

We’re on the lookout for a very special blend of operations whisperer, builder of relationships, engagement expert, strategically-minded heritage professional, ambitious thinker, and believer in capacity-building for innovation in the heritage sector who also has superhuman skills in delivering projects on time, on budget, and on point.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead on writing of documents including tenders, grant applications, project designs, WSIs, and post-excavation reports
    • Implement staff training for these skills
  • Manage the programming, from pre-ex through delivery and post-ex, for DV excavation schedule
  • Work with DV’s Community Archaeologists to support the logistics and delivery of the programmes within their remit
  • Attend meetings as necessary and deputise for DV directors as appropriate
  • Attend DV field schools and excavation sites – TBD, as needed and negotiable based on schedules
  • Delivery of public programme (as above), supported by all DV staff
  • Contribute to blogs and social media feeds – TBD in coordination with Head of Community
  • Some evening and weekend working will be required, TOIL will be given in these instances

Job Requirements:

  • Archaeology degree or equivalent sector experience
  • At least 5+ years professional experience in the archaeology and heritage sector
  • At least 2+ years professional experience (or volunteering) outside the archaeology and heritage sector. Candidates with training, outreach, or business backgrounds will be preferred
  • Experience of writing tenders, grant applications, project designs, and post-excavation reports (please provide details in your letter).
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills (writing samples may be requested)
  • High level of professionalism, and ability to understand and respond appropriately to different audiences
  • Excellent judgment in dealing with volunteers, customers, the media and others on sensitive or proprietary issues
  • Excellent organisational, time and self-management skills; comfortable working remotely
  • Knowledge of applications, including Windows, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Please provide details of any other software proficiencies
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Full and clean UK driver’s license and own transportation


  • Membership at Member level of CIfA, health and safety certification, First Aid certification

To apply, please send a covering letter (300 words max) and CV to hello@digventures.com detailing your interest in the role, relevant experience, and what you do for fun.

If selected for interview, please be prepared to supply several examples of your written work.

Evidence of your legal ability to work in the United Kingdom will be required.