ULSTER ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE SOCIETY JOB DESCRIPTION HERITAGE PROJECTS OFFICER (3 years fixed term contract) The UAHS exists to promote the enjoyment of good architecture of all periods, from the prehistoric to the present in the nine counties of Ulster; to encourage the preservation and restoration of buildings of merit and importance; and to increase public awareness of the beauty, history and character of local neighbourhoods. Founded in 1967, the Society is non-profit making and is recognised as a charity for tax purposes. Over a number of years UAHS and NIEA (formerly EHS) have concluded a number of Partnership Agreements designed to tackle built heritage problems in Northern Ireland. Successive agreements have raised awareness of the problems of buildings at risk; surveyed and evaluated them; generated an online register – the BHARNI Register - identified sustainable future uses for and then removed them from the register. The broad aim of this post is to continue the momentum generated by work undertaken under previous Agreements, but using the emphasis taken towards strategies and tactics which will remove buildings at risk from the Register through their conservation and reuse. The person appointed will have an appropriate educational background and will be expected to couple enthusiasm with tact and to work constructively with a wide range of contacts, including central and local government officers, building owners, members of the building professions and other interested parties. The person appointed will be self reliant, and will be responsible for programming and organising his/her own workload, and will be expected to demonstrate initiative within the overall programme set down by the BHARNI Committee acting on behalf of the Society’s main Committee. Administrative Responsibilities: The Heritage Projects Officer is required to: 1. 2. 3. report to the Chairman of the BHARNI Committee submit monthly progress reports to the Chairman of the BHARNI Committee ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with instructions laid down from time to time 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. operate within allocated budgets agree with the Treasurer of the Society, before any liability, expense or commitment in excess of these budgets is incurred assist the Treasurer to prepare regular reports to NIEA as required under the Partnership Agreement maintain and organise the allocated work station and respond promptly to all instructions, correspondence and queries manage any short-term staff and volunteers. Buildings at Risk: The Heritage Projects Officer is required to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. broker the successful conservation of listed buildings at risk using arrange of mechanisms tailored to individual cases develop the use of “options appraisals” in more complex cases update the on-line register in a timely manner work with NIEA, Planning Service and their statutory agencies select and assess appropriate buildings according to agreed architectural and historical criteria, as appropriate visit, photograph, describe and record buildings, as appropriate research building histories from a variety of available sources as required maintain a list of prospective restoring purchasers and disseminate information as appropriate source and compile case studies, working with architects, owners etc handle public relations queries and work with the media undertake supporting activities which may include: advice about VAT as it applies to built heritage; updating the Skills Directory; highlighting successful restorations; promoting the opportunities for finding support; responding to or promoting media opportunities to spotlight BHARNI issues. Other Duties: The Heritage Projects Officer will be required to undertake such other duties as may be approved by the BHARNI Committee and which fall within the general ambit of the post and as set out in the Partnership Agreement between NIEA and UAHS.