Historic Environment Scotland: Designations Officer

£23,400 pa, starting salary
(Salary Range: £23,400-£29,310 pa: Pay Band: C)
Full time (37 hours per week)
Fixed Term Appointment (1/06/2018 – 1/12/2018 with possibility of extension)
Location: Longmore House, Edinburgh
Ref: HES/18/077 

Historic Environment Scotland’s Heritage Directorate provides expert support to Scottish Ministers on the management of Scotland’s historic buildings, historic landscapes and archaeological sites. The designations team’s role is to keep and compile the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest and monuments of national importance. The team also compiles the inventories of gardens and designed landscapes and historic battlefields. They provide advice to the Scottish Government on the designation of historic marine protected areas. The team’s staff works closely with owners, planning authorities, developers and many other bodies to provide advice on statutory and non-statutory designations and the wider historic environment. The post holder will be expected to be flexible and available to work across Scotland as directed.

Thank you for your interest in the post of Designations Officer with Historic Environment Scotland, based at Longmore House, Edinburgh. This is a fixed term and pensionable appointment. 

You will primarily undertake work to assess the significance of buildings for designation. Work will include research, fieldwork, consultation and reporting. Other work will involve assessing the significance of monuments, gardens, battlefields and historic marine assets for designation. 

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

  1. Primarily undertaking work to assess the significance of buildings for designation. Work will include research, fieldwork, consultation and reporting. Other work will involve assessing the significance of monuments, gardens, battlefields and historic marine assets for designation.
  2. Preparing designations records/reports and designations maps to an agreed format and standard.
  3. Co-ordinating and providing general advice on the designation of the historic environment as necessary.
  4. Researching and collating historical, architectural, archaeological, landscapes information.
  5. Ability to work with maps and GIS.
  6. Background research and administration for the preparation of briefings, Merit Assessments for grants, site visits, letters to public etc.
  7. Deputising for Senior Designations Officers as required.
  8. Supporting the work of the Heritage Directorate more widely, particularly through the provision of advice to owners of designated assets, planning authorities, developers and colleagues on the designation and the historic environment.
  9. Other appropriate duties that may be allocated when required by line managers

Post Competencies
You will be assessed against these competencies during our selection process.

Core Competencies:

  • Delivering Excellent Service – Demonstrating a commitment to quality services
  • Teamwork – Contributing to and supporting working together
  • Planning and Organising – Putting plans and resources in place to achieve results
  • Communication – Communicating appropriately and clearly
  • Knowledge & Expertise – Applying and developing knowledge and expertise to achieve results – (See below for specific criteria)

Management Competencies:

  • Achieving results – Focusing on the delivery of objectives
  • Leading your team – Leading and developing people

Knowledge, skills and experience
You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process.

Essential requirements:

  • Strong working knowledge of Scotland’s historic environment in its wider context
  • Good working knowledge of Historic Environment legislation and policy, and its application within the planning system
  • Strong working knowledge of the history of Scottish architecture
  • Experience of working in the historic environment sector and cultural resource management
  • Advanced research and writing skills with an expertise in history, architecture, or archaeology, building conservation or related discipline
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work with a range of external partners and stakeholders.

Desirable requirements:

  • Strong working knowledge of Scottish archaeology
  • Experience of working with the public and stakeholders in relation to heritage management issues

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • A first degree, preferably first or second class honours, in archaeology, architecture, history, conservation, planning or a related subject; or an equivalent qualification. Exceptionally, relevant experience may be taken into account. (Essential)
  • A higher degree in conservation or a related subject. (Desirable)

What we offer
We welcome applications from all nationalities, ensuring that they have the right to work in the UK and applying for a job with us could open the door to a unique work environment. It could also give you job satisfaction and excellent development opportunities, plus a competitive salary, 25 days paid holidays (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 11.5 public holidays a year – pro rata for part time staff.

In addition we offer a great benefits package to our employees which includes:

  • flexible working hours (where appropriate)
  • special leave
  • maternity/paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • childcare vouchers
  • reimbursement for relevant professional subscriptions
  • support for further education and personal development
  • study leave for work related courses
  • access to a learning resource centre

Health and welfare
We offer you access to:

  • our Employee Assistance Programme – for confidential advice and counselling
  • an occupational sick pay scheme
  • discounts at some local authority leisure facilities
  • interest free loans for bicycles and annual travel passes (see ‘season ticket’ below)
  • reasonable adjustments when needed, as part of our Equalities policy

Staff discounts
You will receive:

  • free entry to all of our properties (with up to three guests)
  • free entry to English Heritage, Manx and Cadw properties
  • 20% off purchases in our retail outlets

Season tickets
You can receive an advance to help with the cost of buying an annual season ticket for travel between home and work. The advance is then repaid from your salary over the life of the season ticket. Available to all permanent and fixed-term staff.

How to apply for this post
APPLY ONLINE

Closing Date: 18/04/18 at midday
Expected Interview Date: from the week commencing 7th May

NB: Your application should arrive by the advertised closing date. Please note that when applying online, we will only be able to see your application once you fully submit it.

Applications are especially welcome from those who have Gaelic language skills.

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