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Content Developer (Project What If)

Bristol, England



Reports to:Project Producer Hours: Full time (37.5) working 5 days out of 7, to include some weekend working.

Contract: Fixed term until March 2021

Who we are:

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. Were all about asking questions, being playful and testing things out. Previously known as At-Bristol Science Centre, were an educational charity that removes boundaries around science - connecting art, people, everything, in a united culture of curiosity.

Were looking for a Content Developer to work on a major new exhibition experience, and to contribute to the development and interpretation of new interactive exhibits, displays and artworks being explored by the projects team.

With initial exhibit concepts already developed, the Content Developer will conduct further research to refine and work up these ideas, check accuracy with external partners, source and licence images and objects and develop interpretation that will be part of the new exhibition, in line with the projects Interpretation Plan.

This research to a broad or specific brief, will use all sources of reference within short time-frames, often to exacting deadlines.

Whilst comfortable working independently, the successful candidate will also be experienced in developing external relationships and working collaboratively with colleagues, subject matter experts, artists or community groups. They will have a working understanding of the differing personal, social and intellectual needs of audiences and an ability to tailor experiences accordingly.

What we can do together:

Research and Sourcing

• To source information and critically assess the quality and accuracy of that information against the exhibition aims and requirements and broader vision of We The Curious.

• To assemble, collate and distil information into clear summary documents, with a thorough and accurate approach to note-taking, record keeping and listing research sources

• As required, source and view potential media, image, object and archive material, explore costs, assist in securing appropriate clearances.

• Take responsibility for delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest creative and scientifically accurate standards.

• Work on project elements simultaneously, reporting on progress. Create reliable systems for storage, sharing and retrieval of information between teams.

• Work within statutory policies and regulations relevant to exhibition development for the public i.e. child protection, copyright, intellectual property, health and safety and artistic licences.

• Explore and develop any other ideas as required.

Interpretation and Copy

• To draft the text interpretation for exhibits both to support analogue exhibits and text within digital exhibits.

• To consider layers of exhibit content to meet the needs of our broad range of audiences, and condense ideas into compelling ways of presenting scientific and cultural material for visitors.

• To review and synthesise interpretation proposals from the design team and feedback from prototype testing and subject matter experts, to identify and deliver interpretation solutions that will deliver the best visitor experience, including the intended messages and learning outcomes.

Relationships and Collaboration

• To source and assess the suitability of external collaborators and contributors. Make initial contact with appropriate scientific researchers, artists, curators - brief them on the exhibition intentions; and where necessary, make arrangements to meet them or follow up on ideas.

• To work with the Project Producer to understand the needs and motivations of any creative partners, and negotiate mutually beneficial ways of working.

• To engage in prototyping and testing with visitors, and where required work collaboratively with audiences, to ensure exhibition concepts are relevant and understandable and deliver the key messages and experiences the project is aiming for.

• To work with the Project Producer to identify the specific interpretation requirements of individual exhibits, in line with the Interpretation Plan.

• To champion the exhibition Interpretation Plan and work with the Project Producer and Project Manager to plan and execute the development and delivery of all interpretive elements within the exhibition.

• Keep relevant project staff abreast of your fast-moving work where it impacts their own work stream.

Who you are:

• Educated to degree level, potentially in a scientific discipline, but not essential.

• Outstanding written skills, with experience of developing content for exhibits and/or educational resources using a range of media and formats.

• Experience of working with a variety of collaborators including: - audiences, researchers, designers, IT developers and artists.

• Creative content development experience for public facing output - ideally in public exhibitions but TV, museum, theatre, events and any other experience of researching and developing original imaginative content for audiences is welcome.

• Experience of a wide range of innovative exhibition spaces and experiences.

• A clear understanding of the logistical requirements of interactive exhibitions and how audiences engage with them

• Experience of working to the needs of targeted audiences and the ability to translate these into imaginative and compelling ideas.

• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to express views and ideas at all levels both orally and in writing, and to write clear copy, tailored to audiences.

• Strong analytical skills with the ability to sift and select relevant information.

• UX experience is desirable

• Youll share in our organisational values:

• Progressive we think about whats next, we listen and invent

• Creative we generate and test new ideas and experiment freely

• Inquisitive we ask questions and listen

• Collaborative we share and learn generously and value difference and the space where ideas and disciplines meet

• Playful we embrace the unexpected with a sense of fun and support each other to explore uncertainty

• Inclusive we are led by people and the curious nature of human beings. Curiosity belongs to everyone.

You will be entitled to a range of benefits:-

• Pension: We offer a pension scheme with 5% company contributions

• Annual Leave: You are entitled to 25 days holiday in addition to bank holidays

• Death in service benefit: 4 x your annual salary

• Our people can access an Employee Support Programme which offers confidential advice & counselling

• Use of the facilities: You are allowed free entry to the venue at any time with up to 4 guests. You are also entitled to 12 entry tickets per calendar year to give away.

• Discounts: You will be eligible for staff discounts of 20% off in the We The Curious café and 25% off in our shop, as well as a range of discounts with local businesses.

We believe in celebrating people's differences. So regardless of your background or personal characteristics, if you are great at what you do, we want to hear from you.

Posted 12 days ago

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