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The Newington Green Meeting House was founded in 1708, and is known as “the birthplace of feminism” due to its connections to activist and writer Mary Wollstonecraft.

"Newington Green Meeting House: Revolutionary Ideas since 1708" is a National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported heritage project at London’s oldest non-conformist place of worship. The site over the last 300 years has been home to revolutionary figures such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Richard Price, and we are building a project to share this Dissenting heritage. The space today is managed by New Unity a non-religious church whose congregation gathers there every Sunday, inspired by the progressive thinkers who have worshipped there in the past – and in whom they share a heritage.

Now the building is closed for renovation until early 2020, and we’re planning a programme of heritage-related activities for when it reopens.

Our thanks go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, whose grant has made this possible.

Please click on the links below for a full list of current vacancies.


+ Digital Content Coordinator

Key points

Location: remote and Newington Green Meeting House (from February 2020)/Upper Street, Islington (until February 2020)

Pay: £15 per hour. Freelance contract

Hours: 20 hours a month

Contract duration: November (if possible) or December 2019, to March 2023

Responsible to: Community and Learning Manager – Amy Todd (amy@new-unity.org)

Applications: the deadline is 25th October 2019 at 1pm. Please send a CV and cover letter to amy@new-unity.org and please feel free to get in touch with any questions or to have a casual phone call to discuss the role

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to ensure that the Newington Green Meeting House Heritage Project’s website and other digital outputs (social media, audio tours, online archive etc) are interesting to wide and diverse audiences, consistently high quality, reflective of New Unity’s values and are encouraging people to engage with the project.

This is a freelance role and will require flexibility over working hours. Working may be remote with ad hoc and monthly on site meetings at Newington Green Meeting House N16 9PR (from February 2020 when the building is re-opened).

Main duties and responsibilities

The Digital Content Coordinator will work closely with the Community & Learning Manager to:

  • Support the commissioning and development of the project website

  • Ensure that the project website has the capacity to develop into a rich community archive, including:

    Full links to the catalogue of the Meeting House’s historic documents deposited at Hackney Archives

    Development of our own community archive on the site

    Storage of images, films and audio gathered and generated through the project

    Storage of materials developed in other strands of the project, such as teachers’ resources, promotional materials etc

    Creation of “online exhibitions” of work, images, artefacts etc

  • To advise and train the staff and volunteer team on a regular basis in how to create, edit and upload new content for the website and other digital platforms

  • To support the Volunteer Coordinator in delivery of website-based volunteering programmes

  • Support past and present members of the congregation and wider community to contribute their pictures, oral history and written contributions for inclusion on the website

  • To edit content from the material developed as part of the project (from historical research, community engagement, expert contribution and more) so that it adheres to the house style and is interesting and engaging for the audience

  • To advise on and set guidelines for the editing of content (web pages, social media posts etc) from the material developed as part of the project (from historical research, community engagement)

  • To work with the Marketing Coordinator to ensure that social media is utilised as a means of encouraging visits to the website

  • Ensure that data protection obligations are met and best practice for data preservation is followed

  • At all times, to maintain focus on the audience and particularly on access

In addition, it is anticipated that the Digital Content Coordinator will:

● Establish effective and supportive liaisons with other members of the project team (marketing, facilities, events support) and especially with the Marketing Coordinator and the Volunteer Coordinator

● Establish effective and supportive liaison with New Unity’s other staff (finance, rentals and children’s programme) and especially with New Unity’s Communications Manager and other volunteer programme leaders

● When on site during opening hours, be available to assist with welcoming visitors if required

● Collaborate supportively with volunteers, recognising and contributing to their development when appropriate

Person specification

This person will have experience in heritage/cultural/community/religious groups sector production and a broad range of understanding of digital media. They will be used to communicating with stakeholders, members of project teams and volunteers/community members and therefore be a skilled communicator.

This person will have responsibility for the overall content quality and be able to control how content is disseminated across platforms and sites, and needs a broad technical understanding of the digital requirements of the project.

Key: E = essential, D = desirable

Experience:

Experience creating or maintaining a website for a heritage site/community group/religious space - E

Writing and creating content for websites, social media and other digital platforms - E

Working with volunteer and staff teams - E

Providing training/support at a range of levels, particularly to non-specialists - E

Skills, abilities and knowledge:

To have a broad technical understanding of different digital media outputs, including their potential and limits - D

Ability to write effectively, engagingly, and accurately - E

Good attention to detail - E

Problem-solving skills and diplomacy - E

Strong creative outlook - E

Highly organised with ability to work under own initiative to achieve results - E

Interest in the heritage/museum/cultural sector - D

Ability to engage and collaborate with a wide range of people and stakeholders - E

Qualifications:

Education to degree level or equivalent - D

+ Marketing Coordinator

Key points

Location: Newington Green Meeting House N16 9PR and remotely (after February 2020, before this remotely and at Upper Street Islington, N1)

Pay: £21,450 pro rata

Hours: Two days a week

Contract: Dec 2019 – March 2023

Responsible to: Community and Learning Manager

Applications: The deadline is 11th November 2019 at 1pm. Please send a CV and cover letter to amy@new-unity.org and please feel free to get in touch with any questions or to have a casual phone call to discuss the role

Purpose of the role

The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful marketing and promotion of all the events, activities and opportunities in the Community and Learning Activity programme of the project – both online and in print, reaching the variety of diverse audiences we aim to target.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Work with the Community and Learning Manager to develop a comprehensive and appropriate marketing plan for all the different heritage activities in the Community and Learning Activity programme, identifying suitable target audiences, media, channels, budget messages and distribution
  • Develop a marketing and promotions calendar for communicating the projects key messages, themes and activities to audiences and stakeholders, including newsletters and a social media campaign
  • Design, create and/or procure marketing materials both digital and paper to raise awareness of the project and activities, ensuring that these appeal to the widest possible audience including: families, young people, BAME people and local people
  • Work with New Unity’s Communications Manager to ensure a joined-up approach to branding and the development of and communication with marketing and distribution channels
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and partnerships to jointly promote activities and events
  • Monitor and report on effectiveness of marketing communications
  • When on site during opening hours, be available to assist with welcoming visitors if required
  • Collaborate supportively with volunteers, recognising and contributing to their development when appropriate
  • Contract and manage freelance designers and printers as required in liaison with the Communications Manager
  • Establish effective and supportive liaisons with other members of the project team (Volunteer Co-ordinator and Digital Content Manager)
  • Establish effective and supportive liaison with New Unity’s other staff (finance, facilities & young people) and especially with New Unity’s Communications Manager

**Person specification

Key: E = essential, D = desirable

Experience:

Delivering a marketing plan and calendar, utilising a range of channels including social media - E

Minimum of 2 years’ experience of developing and delivering marketing and communication activity - D

Experience of communicating marketing messages through a range of mediums for diverse audiences - E

Experience of briefing and managing freelance designers and printers - D

Utilising social media in successful campaigns - E

Working to tight budgets - E

Experience of working collaboratively as part of a small team to develop content & messages - D

Writing effective, clear and accurate text for media and marketing communications - E

Skilles, abilities and knowledge:

Highly articulate individual with excellent written communications and presentation skills - E

Efficient and effective project management skills - E

Strong creative outlook - E

Highly organised with ability to work under own initiative to achieve results - E

Interest in the heritage/ museum sector - D

Ability to engage and collaborate with a wide range of people and stakeholders - E

Qualifications:

Education to degree level or equivalent - D