Freelance Opportunity: Waving Not Drowning Project Co-ordinator

Job Title: Project Co-coordinator, Waving not Drowning

Status:   Freelance Contract: October 2016 – 31st March 2018 (18 months)

Fee: £30,000 inclusive of travel costs. It is expected that there will be times of greater and lesser activity during this project, your proposal should take this into account.

Payment schedule to be agreed.

Reporting to: Ian Watson, Libraries, Museums and Registrars Manager

Location: Based in Preston Lancashire with regular travel to Lancaster, Fleetwood and East Lancashire

Waving not Drowning is an 18 month project funded through Arts Council England’s Resilience programme.


In February 2016, the decision was made by Lancashire County Council (LCC) to transfer the responsibility for running the five museums it directly managed to relevant individuals or organisations. Waving Not Drowning will ensure there is a successful and supportive process for the transfer to new operators.

The museums are: the Museum of Lancashire, Judges’ Lodgings, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Queen St Mill Textile Museum and Fleetwood Museum. Some of these museums hold nationally important collections and specialist training and support will be needed by the new operators to ensure the collections are cared for appropriately

The organisations taking over the running of the museums will have different levels of knowledge, skills and experience. The coordinator will assess the training needs of each organisation, negotiate an appropriate training and knowledge transfer package with each new operator, oversee the delivery of the training and carry out ongoing evaluation of the training programmes during the project. The final evaluation of this project will carried out separately.

The coordinator will be responsible for:

  • A thorough initial needs assessment for each of the new operators.
  • Liaising with LCC and external training providers to create a tailored training programme for each new operator
  • Identifying any additional coaching and mentoring support needed by new operators and coordinating the delivery of this support.
  • Identifying and recruiting trainers, mentors and coaches as appropriate
  • Establishing and initially facilitating an Action Learning Set for all the new operators.
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of all training and support delivered
  • Regular reporting to the project steering group, both verbal and written
  • Identifying and escalating any issues or needs relating to the new operators to the steering group
  • Contributing to a good practice resource pack which will be shared within the sector
  • Ensuring that all project milestones are achieved on time

To apply:

Please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted electronically by email to Ian Watson ( by 5pm Friday 14th October

Proposals should be no longer than 6 sides of A4 and include:

  • Proposal outlining how you would approach the contract
  • Methodology and timescales
  • Relevant experience.
  • CV for the consultant(s), days allocated to the project and daily rates
  • Two referees

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