Hampshire Outdoor Education Service
Salary Range: £32,109 - £36,139 per annum
Work Location: Minstead Study Centre, Lyndhurst
Hours per week: 37 hours
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 20 January 2019
Interview date: 7 February 2019
Contact details for an informal discussion regarding the post: Clare Dobbs, Head of Service (Hampshire Outdoors) on 01962 876218
To apply: Visit https://careers.newjob.org.uk/HCC and search for HCC7149.
Deliver outdoor learning in the heart of the New Forest at our magical Minstead Study Centre
If you have experience of teaching in outdoor settings, this is your opportunity to assist with the management of the centre, co-ordinate programmes and deliver sessions at our unique residential study centre in the picturesque village of Minstead, Hampshire.
In a role that combines hands-on teaching with practical management skills, you’ll help to advance our centre as an invaluable learning resource for children, young people and adults across the region and beyond. We’ll look to you to create and deliver residential courses that support classroom learning for schools and to help develop new opportunities for community groups and more, including during school holidays and some weekends.
We’re looking for someone who has significant, recent experience of working with Key Stage 2 pupils in the classroom and/or outdoor settings. You’ll have organised and led a range of educational visits, including day and residential trips, and will have a deep understanding of the value of learning beyond the classroom. Some experience of KS3/4 is welcome.
Please note, the role is based at the Minstead Study Centre but you may also be expected to operate from other locations across the county.
To find out more about Minstead Study Centre, please visit www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/minsteadstudycentre.
- Leading and managing the centre's educational provision in liaison with Head of Centre and appropriate staff.
- Planning, teaching and evaluating courses, in order to ensure a high quality and a broad, relevant, challenging and attractive activity programme that meet the needs of users from KS2 and beyond.
- Teaching the planned programmes to visiting groups, on and off-site, both indoors and outside.
- Maintaining knowledge and understanding of key trends in school curriculums (especially KS2) and outdoor education to ensure educational courses offered are aligned with current ‘best practice’.
- Assisting with meeting the pastoral and domestic needs of centre users, as appropriate.
- Assisting the Head of Centre by managing budgets and the effective allocation of materials, staff and resources.
- Line managing part-time and casual members of the educational team using formal and informal procedures, including recruitment, training, appraisal and staff development, to achieve a motivated workforce capable of delivering a high quality service.
- Deputising in the Head of Centre’s absence to ensure the smooth operation of the Centre and delivery of programmes/ courses.
- Contributing to the Centre Development Plan and Business Plan, and to the marketing and promotion of the service, as appropriate, including management of the centre website and social media pages with the assistance of the Admin Officer.
- Assisting the Head of Centre to develop, implement and review risk management procedures and policies in order to ensure that users, staff and visitors are safe and corporate liabilities are addressed.
- Acting as ‘Duty Manager’ on a rota basis, which may include two nights a week ‘sleep-in’ duty.
- Complying with the corporate aims and Corporate policies of the County Council and ensure all activities contribute towards these.
Key Decision Making Areas:
- Decisions relating to recruitment, training and performance management of education staff and others as appropriate.
- Decisions relating to strategies and progressions for achieving education and learning objectives – e.g. responding to the needs of different groups or individuals.
- Composition of course programmes for user groups – complexities of designing flexible 5-day or 2 ½-day programmes tailored to the needs of each school.
- Flexible risk management in the delivery of learning outside the classroom experiences.
- Leading and directing visiting staff (including head teachers and senior school staff).
Take responsibility to use own initiative and react flexibly to changing risk management conditions without resort to line manager – for example when working off site, outdoors with a group of children.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- Graduate-level qualification in a related field or specialism.
Skills and Experience
- Significant experience of effective teaching or instructing children/ young people in an outdoor context within an educational or centre setting.
- Recent classroom experience or evidence of having kept up to date with current issues in mainstream education.
- Experience of having organised and led a range of educational visits, including day and residential trips.
- A clear understanding of the value of learning beyond the classroom, particularly in a residential setting.
- An ability to develop resources and teaching materials.
- Experience of risk management in the outdoors.
- Experience of budget management and a creative approach to raising revenues outside our peak term-time activity.
- Strong leadership and experience of managing other staff.
- Good IT skills, with a high level of literacy and numeracy.
- An ability to work independently using own initiative, and to work as a team.
- Understanding of safeguarding issues, particularly with regard to outdoor and residential contexts.
Excellent communication and organisational skills.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent.
- Current First Aid certificate (First Aid for children or in the outdoors)
- Outdoor Leader training.
Skills and Experience
- Experience of having worked with a diverse range of children and young people.
- Experience of working with vulnerable or targeted cohorts of children and young people.
- Experience of working with adult and community groups or initiatives.
- Excellent understanding and experience of environmental education and sustainability.
- Experience of promoting and marketing a service/event.
- Experience or a good understanding of the operation of outdoor/study centres.
- A good understanding of Health & Safety issues concerning working outdoors with children.
- The ability to initiate, manage & evaluate projects from conception to completion.
- Occasional lone working.
- Exposure to all weather conditions.
- Teaching in an outdoor environment.
- Long hours, including regular evening and occasional weekend duties.
- Requirement to provide Duty Manager sleep-in cover for two nights per week – additional allowances are available.
- Occasional call outs.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.
Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.