Community Archaeology Manager

Salary range £38,589 - £49,277

Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in Europe.  Since our foundation in 1973, we have worked throughout the UK and on many international projects.  We have offices in Oxford, Cambridge, and Lancaster.  We are a registered Educational Charity.

We require a leader for our community archaeology team. The role will involve working closely with our Community Archaeology Officer(s) and Communications Manager to design and support the delivery of meaningful engagement activities and creative content to engage the public. The role holder will evaluate the impact of these interventions and outputs and monitor goals to meet our charitable objective and generate social value. The role will develop and support the community and outreach work undertaken at all OA offices, engaging both the public and OA's staff in this work.


  • To promote all aspects of community archaeology at OA and engage and involve staff in this work.
  • To develop OA community and outreach work in support of OA's strategic aims and objectives in commercial and non-commercial environments.
  • To deliver project proposals and project management; undertake or assist with funding/grant applications, control project costs, quality, and progress, including financial tracking and project quality assurance of community and education projects.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of education, outreach and community archaeology and heritage projects.
  • To develop relationships with and support and advise community archaeology groups local to each of the regional offices.
  • To manage equipment and material resources for use by schools and community groups.
  • To provide advice and guidance on suitable projects for development and participation by the public.
  • To establish, develop and manage the involvement of volunteers in all appropriate areas of OA's work.
  • To act as a link between the public and local community and professional archaeologists.
  • To work with the OA Communications Manager, especially on developing and delivering digital engagement initiatives aimed at the public.
  • To develop procedures to identify and reduce risks to health and safety, and to promote safeguarding, EDI and ethical best practice in the workplace, with particular reference to the requirements of community projects.

Knowledge and Skills Required: 

  • Very good knowledge and understanding of the principles and issues surrounding, educational and community liaison, including school curricula and international, national, regional, and local strategic and research agendas, and monitoring and measuring social value.
  • Significant experience of designing and delivering activities, training, and presentations to engage a wide range of audiences.
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, health and safety and other legislative frameworks required when working with a range of audiences with specific needs. This includes the ability to prepare, implement, monitor, and review risk assessments.
  • A track record of writing successful funding applications and contributing to the preparation of tenders.
  • A knowledge of digital engagement and its importance.
  • Good knowledge of British archaeology and history theory and practice.
  • Good understanding of the professional and ethical environment and best practice for community archaeology in the UK.
  • Significant experience of liaising with clients, stakeholders, and external partners including presentation, advocacy, and negotiation.
  • Well-developed and effective communication skills and the ability to convey one’s expertise through written material and through demonstration.
  • Very good organisational and administrative skills including the ability to analyse, summarise and present quantitative and qualitive data.
  • Proven experience of project planning including resource allocation and costings, financial and progress tracking, project logistics, ordering and procurement, and quality assurance.
  • The ability to operate independently and as part of a team, and the ability to think creatively, innovatively and problem solve.
  • An understanding and ability to observe the principles of Continuing Professional Development and how to prepare and maintain a Personal Development Plan.
  • Experience of training, mentoring and supervising staff.
  • Ability and willingness to drive a car, van and/or minibus safely, availability to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Duties may involve lifting, loading, and unloading equipment and displays from vans.

Employee benefits:

  • Competitive, constantly benchmarked, salary range £38,589 - £49,277: appointments will be made based on demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which is one of the few remaining defined benefit schemes in the UK.
  • Continued professional development is strongly encouraged through a very supportive approach to further training and education, attendance of and contribution to conferences, and involvement with academic institutions.
  • Generous annual leave with; 33-36 days (depending on years of service) including concessionary days at Christmas and Bank Holidays.
  • A generous hybrid working policy is in place, dependant on role, and a considerate approach is taken to flexible and part-time working where appropriate to the role, individuals’ personal circumstances, and the needs of the business.
  • We pay 100% of CIfA subscription fees.
  • Comprehensive care for employee welfare through a number of policies, including: the AXA Health Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Premier, generous paid sick leave, a network of mental health first aiders, and personal accident insurance.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

If you would like to be part of a respected and established organisation, please apply by completing the application form.


Please submit a CV and covering letter with your application.

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd December 2023. Interviews in the week of 11th December.

Oxford Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate, and not by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, belief, age, nationality (other than where work permits may be required), or ethnicity. You must meet the requirements to live and work in the UK, as set out by UK Visa and Immigration - see 

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