Head of Marine Heritage Strategy: Historic England


Final applications 18 July 2021Summary

Historic England are seeking a Head of Marine Heritage Strategy to join us as our first national marine heritage professional primarily focussed on strategic work.

This is a unique opportunity to join us in shaping the future of marine heritage policy and strategy and help ensure at a time of unparalleled change in marine environment that this nation`s strong maritime history and important marine heritage is better understood, appreciated and managed than ever before.

The location of the role is flexible – based in one of our national offices or home working.

What you will be doing:
In this specialist strategy you will have a particular focus on marine heritage issues working in close collaboration with colleagues in the Policy and Evidence and Regions Groups as well as DCMS to set and deliver a strategic framework for marine heritage work, to engage with government and national agencies and be a powerful advocate for marine heritage in England.

We need you to act as a focal point for the co-ordination of marine heritage activities internally and externally. This role will provide strategic oversight of marine work across the organisation, partnering with local leadership teams in the delivery of strategic objectives. Identifying and securing external funding for marine heritage work will be an important element of the role.

Working in close collaboration with Historic England`s marine heritage experts, you will speedily develop a strategic overview of marine heritage priorities for Historic England and will also consider wider external objectives to be achieved by working with Government, the Marine Management Organisation, Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee and other key players to build cross-agency consensus.

Who we are looking for:

  • An appropriate qualification, a degree, or equivalent experience, in policy and strategy development, advocacy and delivery.
  • Demonstrable understanding of wider strategic issues affecting marine heritage.
  • Experience of negotiating with external partners at a senior level.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful external project management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including at a senior level, to make a compelling case for marine heritage.
  • An ability to think and act strategically without losing sight of the necessary facts and details that underpin good decision-making
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate colleagues in other Departments drawing specialists together to deliver a shared vision

Provisional interview details: 4th or 6th August 2021

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