Job: Project Manager


The Sensory Trust is looking for a new team member

Job Title:                     Project Manager

Based at:                     Working from home as Covid restrictions continue, with the ambition to work from Sensory Trust’s Office (either at Eden or ESAM, both near St Austell, Cornwall) at least part time once restrictions allow. There will be significant local travel within Cornwall and occasional national travel (Covid compliant).

Line Managed by:      Assistant Director

Responsible for:         This post holds no line management responsibility.

Contract:                    Fixed term full time contract until September 2023, to begin no later than July 2021.

Salary:                         £26,000 to £28,000 per annum; plus a range of benefits including 5% pension contribution and an employer paid health plan.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days per day, plus bank holidays.

Job Description

This post will manage and deliver More Than Words; a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to make heritage accessible through co-designed inclusive sensory-rich interpretation.

The project will create accessible, sensory-rich visitor experiences for a wider audience, demonstrating how sensory-rich interpretation can improve access, enable engagement and make connections for a range of visitors with different access needs, learning abilities and styles.

The role will work closely with 5 heritage partners in Cornwall: Wheal Martyn, King Edward Mine, Harveys Foundry Hayle, Geevor Tin Mine and Kresen Kernow. This will include designing and running a series of small-scale workshops with community groups representing people with varying disabilities with their carers/parents/families/supporters to co-design new interpretation and visitor experience opportunities at our partner sites. This will lead to the design, delivery and installation of a range of interpretation materials and visitor experiences with our partners to create demonstration sites of our techniques. The design will be individual to each site, informed by the workshops, tested by people in the community and delivered/installed with the support of staff and volunteers.

The project will connect with the wider heritage and cultural sector across the UK through producing new guidance on sensory-rich interpretation for heritage landscapes, a local and national training programme for those working and volunteering in the heritage sector and a national conference on sensory-rich experiences and visitor experiences in heritage environments.

The role will include outdoor activities and working with a wide range of community members, particularly people with varying disabilities, sensory impairments and health conditions. The role will require a DBS check.

The post holder will work closely with other members of the Sensory Trust team, particularly the Director on access and the training programme; and the Assistant Director on designing sensory interpretation and writing new guidance.

Principal duties

  • Management and implementation of the work programme.
  • Building and maintaining relationships and networks with a wide range of community groups, heritage centres, environmental and disability organisations in Cornwall.
  • Working in partnership with the teams at our heritage partners to plan and develop interpretation which is accessible and appealing to a wide audience with diverse needs while delivering and developing their own interpretation plans and objectives.
  • Planning and running community events to co-design and deliver sensory-rich interpretation experiences; for example sensory mapping, sensory stories and relaxed sessions. This will include planning activities, booking venues and transport as well as running activities.
  • Helping to design and deliver training.
  • Publicising and promoting the project and Sensory Trust, e.g. making presentations, giving talks, creating web content, writing press releases, social media promotion etc.
  • Managing the budget including recording expenditure and adhering to budgets.
  • Creation of sensory-rich interpretation including design development, briefing and commissioning designers/makers, managing production, working with partners for installation/delivery.
  • Producing summary reports for funders and Trustees.
  • Contribute to other complementary areas of work of the Trust.

Important Qualities

  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, disability and social inclusion issues.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people with an equally wide range of needs but especially people with varying disabilities.
  • Strong creative design skills combined with inclusive design experience to demonstrate how inclusive design equals high quality, attractive, user-centred design.
  • Confidence in community consultation and user-testing with a wide range of beneficiaries and practitioners.
  • Good communication and presentation skills, and ability to engage with a range of stakeholders, including beneficiaries, trustees, funders, partner organisations.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to communicate with a wide range of people.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Strong IT skills sufficient to use word processing, design and spreadsheet packages and the internet.
  • Design skills, specifically using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Competent in maintaining financial records and helping to manage and forecast expenditure.
  • Willingness to travel, preferably with own transport and clean driving license.

Additional Information

  • We support flexible work arrangements and will endeavour to structure working arrangements to suit both the post-holder and the Trust, within the terms of the grants.
  • We value professional development and would provide training as needed to undertake specialist functions, such as access audits.
  • An insight into Sensory Trust and our activities can be found on our website and social media channels:

Person Specification

Educated to degree level or equivalent.   x Application
Minimum of three years in either heritage sector, disability-related or other related position. x   Application
Previous experience in at least one of:

·       Running nature-based activities outdoors for a diverse audience.

·       Community consultation and user testing.

·       Inclusive design.

·       Education/Interpretation at a visitor destination (heritage or similar).

x   Application/Interview
Experience of delivering training to professionals, including in the heritage or related sector.   x Application/Interview
Experience of planning and running activities/events, including risk assessments and budgeting.   x Application/Interview
Budget management.   x Application/Interview
First Aid qualification.   x Application/Interview
Knowledge of the heritage sector including engaging audiences with differing communication needs. x   Application/Interview
Awareness of, and sensitivity to, disability and social inclusion issues. We don’t expect full access auditing skills, but some familiarity with accessibility issues would be an advantage. x   Application 
Experience of using Office 365 or equivalent; and competent with social media channels. x   Application/Interview
Experience of using Adobe Creative Suite x   Application/Interview
Full valid driving licence. x   Application 
Ability to focus and stay on task in a busy environment or when working alone. x   Application/Interview
Excellent communication skills, sensitive to the needs of others. x   Application/Interview


Please send a cv and covering letter, preferably by email to:

Or alternatively by post to:

Victoria Hutchinson

Sensory Trust

Fig Leaf Building

Eden Project


St Austell

PL24 2SG

Deadline: Midday on Monday 19th April 2021

Interviews: these will provisionally be held online in the week beginning 3 May 2021.

For an informal discussion on the role please contact Victoria Hutchinson on 07857 905524.


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