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Vital Voters Project Manager

£25,801 (pro rata)
Contract 21 hours per week. Flexible. Fixed term contract until March 2022

Are you a strong project manager with experience of working in education and a passion for inspiring young people to be confident and active citizens?

People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

Over the next four years PHM will be working in partnership with the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Team and Nesta’s Amplified programme to deliver an ambitious project that will use the 2019 bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre as a springboard for developing a new learning programme for young people.  The programme will be grounded in the events of the last 200 years, using history to motivate young people to be active citizens and provide them with essential information about contemporary democratic processes.

The museum is seeking an experienced project manager who can hit the ground running establishing strong partnerships with a range of organisations including schools, academic partners and a digital agency.  A digital resource will be co-created with young people and the Vital Voters Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the resource is underpinned by rigorous research and consultation.  In the second and third years of the project, the Vital Voters Project Manager will be responsible for promoting the programme with the aim of 30,000 young people engaging with the programme by the end of 2022.

The Vital Voters project will use immersive technology to enable young people to experience democracy ‘first hand’, through promoting young people’s understanding and engagement with:

  • Electoral systems and the voting process
  • Campaigns and communications
  • Petitioning and propaganda
  • Standing for office and candidate selection
  • Decision making at local and national level


The Vital Voters project will offer young people the opportunity to explore democracy through a digital experience in order to:

  • Increase knowledge of local heritage
  • Increase knowledge of present democratic processes
  • Increase interest in civic and democratic participation
  • Increase sense that young people’s voices, opinions and votes counts


Ultimately, the programme aims to engage young people – the next generation of voters – in the past and present fight for democracy, inspiring them to take action in the future.

The successful candidate will work closely with PHM’s Learning Team to ensure that the Vital Voters project enhances and develops PHM’s existing Learning Programme, widening participation and supporting the aims of PHM’s Business Plan.

You will need to be a confident decision maker and a highly organised project and budget manager with experience of reporting to funders.

For enquiries relating to the post, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at or 0161 838 9190.

Further information


To apply


Application closing date: Monday 19 August 2019 at 9.00am
Interview candidates notified: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Interview date: Wednesday 28 August 2019

Please indicate on your application form if you are unable to make the interview date.

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