Learning Manager Whipsnade job in Dunstable at Leisurejobscom

Learning Manager - Whipsnade

Company: Leisurejobs.com

Location: Dunstable UK

Date Posted:Mar 09, 2017

WZ Learning Manager (Full-Time / 12 Months Maternity Cover Contract)Overview:The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a leading international conservation, science and education charity. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries around the world and through education and engagement at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.Role Profile:The Whipsnade Zoo Learning Manager (maternity cover) has a key role of managing all day to day operational aspects of the Whipsnade based Discovery and Learning Officers (DLOs) and the Practical Learning Officer (PLO) and seasonal staff.  This role will support the Whipsnade-based DLO’s and the PLO in their training and development; report on individual progress through the PDR process; identify new projects and allocate work and manage the collaborative practice of large delivery and support team. With support from the Senior Learning Manager (SLM), this role will lead on the recruitment and induction of permanent and seasonal staff that are their direct reports for the Whipsnade D&L team. The Learning Manager will work closely with the existing Learning Manager (LML) at London Zoo to ensure parity in excellence in learning across both zoo sites.  They will report to the Senior Learning Manager, and support them with the strategic components of the schools and practical programme aspect of the department. Lastly they will work with the Head of Discovery and Learning (HDL) and the wider Zoological Directorate to further achieve the Discovery and Learning Strategy.Main Duties and Responsibilities: Manage all aspects of the Discovery and Learning team who are responsible for school visits, ZSL practical programmes and other learning activities onsite.  Support the Whipsnade-based Discovery & Learning Officers, and Practical Learning Officer in their training and development; report on individual progress through the PDR process; identify new projects and allocate work. Support delivery of D&L learning activity to school where required. Lead and facilitate the development of an innovative and high-quality programme of learning experiences Liaise with the Marketing and Press department to the production and distribution of marketing materials for the Discovery and Learning formal learning programme and practical learning programme. Work with internal departments such as Interpretation and Engagement, Retail ,Catering, Supporter Services, Marketing and Admissions to improve the visit experience for schools and other educational groups. Liaise with the General Manager, Zoo Manager, Marketing and Commercial on the development of exhibits. Liaise with the Development team, the General Manager, the Zoo Manager, Senior Learning Manager and Head of Department on funding opportunities.  Budget planning and monitoring of income and expenditure as required. Reporting – contribute to monthly reporting of D&L activity to Directors reports, Supporter Services feedback and yearly reports to senior management. Designated Safeguarding Officer at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo duties including training staff on ZSL policy and procedures, leading on incidents where necessary and supporting the Head of HR in rolling out the ZSL Safeguarding Policy 2016.Person Specification:The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following criteria: Experience of teaching in either a formal or informal education setting, including the delivery or practical or vocational courses or activity. Experience of developing high quality, innovative learning activities/events to meet specific learning outcomes and audience needs. Experience of working with children and communicating to a wide range of audiences. Experience working in a zoo, aquarium, museum or other animal related environment. Ability to carry out and demonstrate to others correct animal husbandry and management skills for handling collections. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to learning new skills and information within a strict time limit e.g. performance skills, handling different animals, working with different departments in ZSL. Available to work some evenings and weekends and Bank Holidays. Able to work in an outdoor environment and in all weather conditions.Person Specification:The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following criteria:Essential: BSc in education / social or biological sciences or equivalent qualification or equivalent level of work experience in a relevant position. PGCE or equivalent Masters or equivalent experience teaching in formal or informal setting experience. Proven experience managing and developing teams. Prior experience managing and developing budgets. Experience working in a public facing science/conservation learning body. In this time, they will have performed coherently and effectively as a member of a team and in addition demonstrated the ability to lead disparate groups.  Extensive experience in monitoring, training and reporting safeguarding within an organisation.Desirable: Acknowledged excellence in communicating conservation and environmental messages to a wide range of audiences. Knowledgeable of the work of ZSL, BIAZA, EAZA and the wider zoo community. Recognised experience in learning new skills and information within a strict time limit e.g. performance skills, handling different animals, working with different work departments. Documented ability in producing creative, innovative and dynamic ideas and outputs for a range of different scenarios and projects. Will have published in peer and non-peer reviewed publications in the field of education, social/biological sciences and will have demonstrated cultural sensitivity and understanding in their work. Track record of obtaining external funding and managing relationships with funders. Proven understanding of learning outcomes and measuring impact and learning strategies. A thorough knowledge of the UK National Curriculum.Please note: The working schedule would be: 0.8 FTE each week (30 hours a week – hours worked per day are flexible and based on working schedule of activities)To Apply:Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button on the following link.Closing date for applications: 5pm Sunday 2nd April 2017 View full job description
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