Job Description


Project Coordinator

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator (16 months Fixed Term Contract)

Grade: Salary £27,500 p.a. pro rata for 2 days per week

Report to: Project Manager

Accountable to: Outreach/Admin Support worker, BSL communication Support Worker

Hours of Work: 16 hours per week

Job Purpose :

To be responsible for the delivery of the‘Heritage of Deaf People’s Changing Employment Experiences (2000-2010) caused by the DDA 2005, project

funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The co-ordinator will have responsibility for recruiting Community Heritage Participants and providing them with training on oral history, archival research and archiving.

She / he will support and supervise the community Heritage participant to:

Record oral history interviews of twenty deaf people, five family members of deaf people, five institutional support providers and five relevant employers

Produce a 35 video oral histories; an e-publication and a website section; a short video documentary with subtitles

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake publicity, organise events and recruit community Heritage participant and Volunteers with a potential interest in learning about and helping to disseminate the findingHeritage of Deaf People’s Changing Employment Experiences (2000-2010) caused by the DDA 2005

  • Liaise with Newham Archives and Local Studies Library, Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Oral History Society, London Metropolitan Archives, community groups, and secure their support and help maintain good working relationship.

  • Co-ordinate the recruited community Heritage participant and provide them with appropriate training, assistance, expenses and other relevant support.

  • Book trainers and venues for the activities.

  • Support and supervise the community volunteers to undertake oral history interviews, collect documents and photographs, and organise the transcriptions oral history interviews

  • Produce a short video documentary with subtitles, pop-up banner exhibition

  • Organise Initial Project Information day and Project completion celebration event

  • Keep all records, including evidence of activities and financial expenditures.

  • Produce regular reports as directed by the Project Manager

  • Undertake website uploading, social media interactions throughout the lifetime of the project and carryout draft project evaluation to be looked at by an external independent person for feedback to be incorporated when producing the final project evaluation.

  • Attend Deafroots management committee meetings as required and provide regular written and/ or verbal reports.

  • Work unsociable hours during some evenings and weekends as necessary or as requested by the Project Manager of Deafroots

  • Carry out any other duties necessary for ensuring the effective and high-quality delivery of the project.


Education and Qualifications

  • Degree level qualification 

  • Evidence of continuing professional development 


  • At least three years’ experience of working with London’s diverse communities and recruiting and supervising volunteers in complex project-based activities

  • Experience of undertaking creative project development / delivery in multi-cultural settings

  • Experience of working with multiple agencies and organisations in creative community projects, including securing their continuous support to achieve project objectives

  • Experience of recruiting community volunteers, facilitating appropriate training and motivating and supporting them to undertake complex project activities

  • Experience in setting up realistic work plans with all full-time, part-time, sessional and voluntary staff and to supervise, support and manage their work.

  • Experience of oral history, research and heritage related work

  • Experience of working on own initiative with minimum support and supervision.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and keen interest in the history of East London, particularly with regard to the Heritage of Deaf Culture and employment experiences in East London

  • Knowledge of resources of archival information

  • Ability to undertake high quality research on heritage matters and produce written interpretations and explanations

  • Able to deal effectively with people in a variety of levels and situations, including in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors

Communication and IT Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills, including public speaking abilities.

  • Have understanding of British sign Language and Deaf Awareness

  • Ability to write and present reports.

  • Ability to lead on website development and produce regular updates

  • Highly developed IT skills, including an ability to use a range of software packages, such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Adobe Indesign

Other Requirements

  • Good understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.

  • Ability to undertake flexible working and willing to learn to meet project delivery needs.

  • Approachable, non-judgemental and reliable.


 Deafroots will create a project steering group to meet on a quarterly basis, which will receive reports, provide strategic advice, share experiences and comment on progress. The group will be brought together by the Project Manager of Deafroorts and serviced by the project co-ordinator