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Heritage Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,000 – £30,000
  • Edinburgh based with some travel
  • Closing 21st October 2021

  • Advertised from 4th October 2021
  • 35 hours per week. 12 month contract.


Deaf Action are a deaf-led charity working together for an equal and better future for all deaf people since 1835. We have a range of transformative projects and services which support our aim of improving the quality and conditions of life for deaf people in Scotland.

Purpose of post

Reporting directly to the Community Services Manager, you will be responsible for the day to day running of our brand-new Heritage Project. As custodians of Scotland’s last remaining deaf centre, we wish to elevate the unique heritage of the deaf community, and encourage more people to engage with and celebrate this heritage. We have a number of existing and proposed heritage projects which have been developed in partnership with experts, including:

  • Deaf Festival – developed with support from Solar Bear Deaf Theatre company, the 2020 inaugural deaf festival was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic is a priority for 2022.
  • Deaf Heritage Trail – currently being developed with support from Heriot Watt University.
  • Deaf Choir – bringing together former members of the Albany Deaf Choir with new members welcome.
  • Exhibition – we are developing plans to create a museum space to celebrate deaf culture, history and heritage.

The Heritage Officer will be responsible for working with partners, colleagues and volunteers to further develop each of these initiatives, and to capture ideas from the community to add to our overall offering. The Heritage Officer will be responsible for outreach, creating accessible consultation workshops and working collaboratively with the deaf community.

The ideal candidate will be someone with:

  • Strong IT and digital literacy
  • Experience in a similar role
  • Experience of working with or being in the deaf* community
  • Strong organisational, interpersonal and inclusive communication skills
  • Experience of managing a team
  • The ability to manage both time and workload
  • Proficiency in British Sign Language (Level 3, level 3 equivalent or L2 qualified working towards L3)
  • PVG scheme eligibility

Reporting to: Community Services Manager

What’s on Offer?

  • More than the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement (22 days p/a plus 10 bank holidays)
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme provided by Health Assured
  • Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to an IT Voucher Scheme
  • Support for Learning and Development through our PDR process
  • Access to work sponsored British Sign

Application notes

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21st October, 5pm

Provisional interview date: Thursday 28th October 2021

Full job description, person specification and application form available on the Deaf Action website:

Deaf Action are committed to inclusive and equal access to job applications for all. Leeway will be given for minor spelling or grammar mistakes if English is not your first language.

deaf* is a general term to include Deaf British Sign Language users, deafened, hard of hearing, and deafblind people.

PVG checks will be requested in the event of being offered the position.

Applications welcome from all sections of the community.

We expect you will share our commitment to the core values of Deaf Action.

British Sign Language training will be provided if necessary.

Deaf Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered in Scotland SC 396876. Scottish Charity Number SCO09898.