Job Opportunity: Part-time (22.5 hrs per week) Audience Development Manager, Steamship Freshspring Trust, Bideford, Devon (deadline for applications: Friday 28 April 2023)


The Steamship Freshspring Trust, a Bideford, North Devon based project which aims to return the SS Steamship Freshspring to operation, is currently seeking to recruit a part-time (22.5 hours per week) Audience Development Manager. The post, which has an application deadline of Friday 28th April 2023, comes with a full-time equivalent (FTE) salary of £32,000.

Please forward details to anyone in your networks who may be interested in finding out more or applying. many thanks to Mel Stevens and Ann Marie Shillito for forwarding details.

The job advert reads:


o Hours: 22.5 per week (3 days, flexible but with occasional weekend working).
o Salary: £32,000 FTE, actual = £19,200 per annum.
o Holiday entitlement: 23 days per annum, pro rata plus 8 Bank Holidays, pro rata plus 2 additional non-statutory days between Christmas and New Year, pro rata.
o Length of contract: 18 months.
o Place of work: Hybrid – home working plus SS Freshspring (Bideford) and other locations as needed.

“Steamship Freshspring (“SS Freshspring”) is a historic steamship, recognised by National Historic Ships, and the only survivor in her class! She is currently berthed as a static vessel in Bideford, North Devon.

“The ship’s restoration led to the formation of the Trust, but the primary reason for her rescue was to create a resource to inspire and engage young people, encourage their interest in STEM subjects and provide a pathway into a variety of careers.

“As the Audience Development Manager, you will continue the excellent work of the Trust to thrill and inspire their audiences with the real and virtual ship. Your primary goal will be to connect with new audiences and increase the numbers of visitors, event participants and the membership for the Trust, raising its profile locally and within the tourism industry.

“This is a brand new role within the Trust’s development programme, which is part of an 18-month Heritage Lottery-funded project.

“You will have excellent interpersonal skills, innovation and creativity and a can-do attitude. A background within the heritage or museum industries would be advantageous but is not essential, as is marketing experience.

“This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join a small but ambitious charity with innovative ideas and big plans! Click [here] to download our Recruitment Pack and apply today! We look forward to receiving your application.

“Closing date: Friday 28th April. Please note we may bring this date forward should we receive sufficient interest in the post.”

For further information about this job opportunity, including a full job description, please visit the Steamship Freshspring Trust website.