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NHS-UK Policy and Projects Manager

Job typepermanent
Salary£30,000-£37,000 per annum pro rata
LocationSouth West
Contact personAmy Richmond
Closing dateongoing


Operating from Royal Museums Greenwich, National Historic Ships - UK (NHS - UK) acts as the primary source of objective advice to the government and Heritage Lottery Fund on historic ship preservation and funding priorities. As the principal national focus for all matters relating to ship preservation, it also provides expert and informed advice to a range of organisations.

As Policy and Projects Manager, you will work closely with the Director to develop policies, identify and lead projects as well as undertaking the day to day management of the NHS-UK support and advisory role. You will play a key role in monitoring and distilling policy from a range of organisations including government, non-departmental, heritage and grant giving bodies. As project lead you will liaise with external agencies to identify projects, and manage them from securing funding through to evaluation.

In all of this, you will champion the value of the historic ship sector for the conservation and interpretation of our national heritage, as well as the economic regeneration, social development, education and learning opportunities that it brings.
With proven experience of preparing advisory papers and reports, along with an empathy for the work of NHS-UK, you will need to be able to think analytically and strategically. You will need to have a clear understanding of historic vessels and their needs, along with knowledge of maritime terminology. In addition, you should have the ability to develop sound working relationships with confidence to deal with external agencies, including excellent presentation skills.

Key Responsibilities:

Policy development

  • Monitor, record, analyse, evaluate and distil policy and discussion papers published by government departments such as DCMS and DEFRA, non-departmental bodies including English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland, MLA, and the Environment Agency, heritage organisations such as Heritage Alliance and the National Trust, and applications received by grant giving  bodies such as HLF, the PRISM fund etc.
  • Monitor, record, analyse, evaluate and distil the work programmes and findings of government Select Committees and Committees of Inquiry with regard to the interests of historic vessels in the UK
  • Review developments outside the UK affecting historic vessels, working through such agencies as European Maritime Heritage, the World Ship Society, and registers of historic vessels held abroad
  • Draft policy papers on behalf of the Director and Council of Experts
  • Draft official letters as required by the Director.
  • Assist the Director in identifying potential secondary sources of income, and undertake drafting of subsequent grant applications
  • Prepare discussion papers and reports for consideration by the Council of Experts and its working groups.
  • Represent NHS-UK on policy development issues at conferences and meetings, including attending meetings of bodies such as Heritage Alliance, Coastal Forces Heritage Trust etc.

Project Management

  • Act as Project Leader as appropriate for projects initiated by NHS-UK or agreed with external agencies, supervising the work of the Projects Officer as necessary.
  • Co-ordinate ongoing development and review of the vessel assessment methodology
  • Assist the Director in assessing the appropriate level of support for historic ships projects on the NRHV.
  • Oversee as appropriate the drafting of reports, advice notices, and project material prepared by the Project Officer.
  • Manage specialist publications for historic ships, including re-drafting, editing & proof-reading, image research, consultation phase and liaison with graphic designer and print firm.
  • Act as the point of liaison between NHS-UK and historic ship projects as nominated by the Director.
  • Work closely with the Resources Manager on matters relating to the registration of vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV), the National Archive of Historic Vessels (NAHV), the Overseas Watch List (OWL) and the Replica List.
  • Review publicity & promotional material and raise the profile of NHS-UK.
  • Work with the Director to co-ordinate the development of the Shipshape Network and establishment of new regions, including web maintenance and associated projects.
  • Implement the development and delivery of formal accreditation to support maritime skills
  • Oversee delivery of grant-aided projects including: reporting process; web development, budgets and cash flow in conjunction with the Resources Manager; managing the work programme of project staff, volunteers and seconded placements
  • Ensure that the Director is kept informed of project developments as necessary and provide support to the Director, and projects in which NHS-UK has a partnership role, as required.
  • Prepare project progress reports for the Director, Council of Experts and external funding bodies.



  • Degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
  • Demonstrable ability to think analytically and strategically
  • Ability to prepare formal advisory papers and reports
  • Ability to work accurately to tight deadlines
  • Empathy for the work of National Historic Ships UK
  • An understanding of historic vessels and their needs
  • Strong knowledge of maritime terminology and ability to comment on technical papers relating to historic vessels
  • A track record of research, including use of questionnaires
  • Confidence in dealing with external agencies.
  • Excellent presentational skills

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Closing date; 23:59, 17 April 2017

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