Participation Engagement Officer

£28,300 gross per annum
36 hours per week, involves a flexible working pattern of 5 out of 7 days including some evenings and weekends.

The Churches Conservation Trust works with communities to look after 357 historic churches, over two million visitors annually and hundreds of events both private and public. These ancient, listed sites are among the most beautiful locations in England.

Without our care, these buildings might have disappeared entirely. Instead, they are enjoyed as social, tourism, educational and cultural resources, kept open, in use, and living once again in the heart of their communities.

Seventeen Nineteen – Holy Trinity is a Grade I* historic church that was regenerated by The Churches Conservation Trust in 2021 into a new use cultural and heritage events venue, with significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Launched in 2022 offering a stunning and unique setting where people can meet, discover and connect with themselves and others. An artistic outlet, educational wonderland, gig venue, break-out space and unconventional meeting place, that special occasion event space – Seventeen Nineteen is celebrating history while making way for new memories.

Working in partnership with the Centre Manager, the Participation and Engagement Officer will  maintain existing and identify new community networks and partnerships across the city and the region, in support of the site Activity Plan.  The post holder will develop and deliver a programme of community learning, activities and events on and off site. The Participation Engagement Officer will also be responsible for training and supporting existing and new volunteers to help deliver the participation and engagement programme and support the work of the Centre Manager.

The Participation Engagement Officer will play a crucial role in supporting the growth of Seventeen Nineteen into a sustainable venue. Seventeen Nineteen aims to become a key heritage, arts and cultural venue for the city of Sunderland. You will have a creative flair that can be practically harnessed to create engaging participation with the activity plan. You must be well organised, have good time management, be able to prioritise your workload and meet deadlines.

You can find out more about the Churches Conservation Trust at 

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please select ‘Apply now’ to begin your application. You’ll be asked to complete an application form, submit a CV and a short supporting statement (max 2 sides A4) outlining why you’d like to apply and how you fulfil the person specification for this post.

Please note direct applications via email cannot be accepted for this role; only applications submitted through our recruitment portal will be considered.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 am on Monday 18th September 2023

The interview will be held on Monday 25th September 2023 in Seventeen Nineteen - Sunderland for shortlisted candidates. Please note that the interview dates have been specifically chosen according to the availability of the panel.

We are not a licensed sponsor at this time. Any offer of employment will be made subject to the valid right to work in the UK being provided.

We are a Disability Confident Committed Employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email [email protected]

Participation Engagement Officer - Job description