The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust (named after Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, who was killed at the age of thirteen in 1986) helps people of all ages and backgrounds learn about Britain’s ethnic minority communities. The Trust is a registered charity overseen by a Board of Trustees. The Trust runs heritage projects to collect, record and archive the life stories of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities in Manchester; organises events and exhibitions to share BAME history and works with schools to coordinate engagement in Holocaust Memorial Day, activities for Black History Month and for Refugee Week. Core funding is provided by Manchester City Council and the University of Manchester, according to negotiated agreements, but the Trust is required to secure additional charitable funding to ensure delivery of outreach projects with BAME communities.
In the past ten years, the Trust has raised over 250K in external grant funds. Most recently a further 357K has been achieved as a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three-year project, ‘Coming In From the Cold’, that aims to provide infrastructure support to BAME community groups to develop and deliver heritage projects and to increase the representation of these communities in archival collections across Greater Manchester. To ensure future sustainability of the Trust and its vital outreach work with BAME communities, the Trust must continue to develop its vision and to raise funds to enable development.
The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is a unique library on race, ethnicity and migration, including life stories, resources for schools and rare archival sources e.g. the papers of the Macdonald Inquiry. Through its work and that of the Education Trust it has created an institution meeting the previously unacknowledged and legitimate needs of the BAME communities and has gained the loyalties of these communities by authenticating their histories and contributions to Manchester. The Centre is funded by The University of Manchester, and is managed by the University of Manchester Library (UML). It is housed in Manchester Central Library and is a partner in Archives+, a unique partnership which brings together statutory, university and voluntary organisations to provide a holistic range of archive and heritage services in one location. The Centre contains books, journals and interviews that document the contributions of BAME people to British, European and American history and the struggles of BAME communities against racism. The Centre houses a rapidly growing archive currently containing 75 collections, including rare and nationally significant material and a unique collection of local history materials.
The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community and further afield.
We are seeking a Community Engagement and Education Trust Manager with the necessary expertise to contribute to the work of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, including the current HLF-funded ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. You will have experience of fund-raising for projects and a track record in successful project management. You will develop and lead innovative programmes that support the strategic priorities of the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, and the Education Trust for engaging with local BAME communities, connecting them with the Centre’s collections, and ensuring that the collections are more reflective of these communities. You will have a demonstrable understanding of histories of race discrimination and its impact on communities and extensive experience of community engagement.
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- Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks
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It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.
As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area. All appointments will be made on merit.
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
John Hodgson, Manuscripts and Archives Manager and Joint Head of Special Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org or to Paul Okojie, Chair of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust, email@example.com
Tel: 0161 275 4499
Tel: 0161 850 2004
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.