Vacancy - Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

- We are looking to appoint an outstanding and inspirational leader as Chief Operating Officer

 

We are looking to appoint an outstanding and inspirational leader as Chief Operating Officer to head up our successful and growing organisation during an exciting time for the Kielder Observatory

In 2018 the Kielder Observatory delivered 649 public events at the observatory to over 18,000 visitors, with an average capacity usage of over 90%, and with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

In April 2018 we were delighted to open the Gillian Dickinson Astro-imaging Academy (GDAA).  This is already making our on-site events more varied, comfortable and informative than before

In the early summer of 2018, we piloted a new educational outreach programme that we’ve since rolled out in a series of 20 week-long events for schools in Teesside.  These events are led by members of our team of science presenters, making use of our mobile planetarium. 

It is anticipated that our two existing observatory buildings will be enhanced further later in 2019 by the development of a permanent 25-seat planetarium facility.

In the longer term, our vision is to work with our partners in the Kielder Water and Forest Park and the wider Northumberland International Dark Sky Park to create a world-leading centre of excellence for outreach in astronomy, through the creation of a facility that will captivate, enthuse and educate people of all ages to think about their place in the universe. 

As part of this longer-term vision, the aim is to have a major expansion of astronomical facilities details of which you will find in the full recruitment pack

What’s the opportunity?

After ten years at the helm, our founding Director, Gary Fildes, has moved on to pursue further opportunities in astronomy.  He leaves behind an amazing facility with a passionate and experienced team that will continue to deliver his vision for public education in astronomy, and a fully engaged board of trustees with a clear sense of purpose and direction. 

The COO’s challenge will be to lead the staff team and support the board through the next exciting phase of developments and into the future.  With a turnover approaching £1m we need an energetic and experienced manager and an inspiring leader, with a sound understanding of education and charity governance.  This role requires no specialist expertise in science, astronomy or tourism, but an interest or experience in any of these areas could be an advantage.

 

Salary - £50,000 per annum

If you feel you have the necessary managerial expertise, energy, a willingness to learn and the inter-personal skills required to work with a wide range of partners and drive forward our vision for the future, we would love to hear from you.

Peter Standfield

Chair of Board of Trustees

Application process

There is no application form, but we would like to see a CV and a Supporting Statement showing how you meet the criteria in the Person Specification, and how your skills and abilities would support the delivery of our vision.  You should also complete the Diversity Monitoring and the References forms.  All supporting documents are available to download below:

COO Recruitment Pack

COO Job Description & Person Spec 

KOAS Diversity & Monitoring Form

KOAS Reference Request Form

Applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 4th June.   If you would like the opportunity of an informal telephone or skype conversation with the Chair, please contact our Office Manager, Patti Purcell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We expect to be able to contact shortlisted candidates by the middle of June, and there will then be opportunities for an informal visit to meet the staff and if possible, visit the Observatory.  We are aiming to make an appointment by the end of June.

 

 

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