Museums Galleries Scotland
Museums Galleries Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC015593

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body providing support to more than 450 museums and galleries across Scotland.  We are a charitable trust with funding support from the Scottish Government to enable the delivery of a 10 year National Strategy.

Current vacancies

Training and Evaluation Tender Opportunities for NLHF-funded Business Support Programme

We invite tenders for the training provision and summative evaluation for the NLHF-funded Business Support Programme, ‘Surviving to Thriving’ (StT). The programme has been developed by MGS, Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), and greenspace scotland to support heritage organisations in Scotland to develop sustainable business models.

The programme will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme for approximately 40 heritage organisations (approx. 80 individuals) across Scotland. The training should be tailored to the needs of participants, focusing on four main themes of leadership, governance, business planning and community engagement.

The programme delivery will commence April 2021 and run for 18 months, with the expectation that participating organisations participate in between 20-30 days training within that time period. Eligible organisations will be awarded a community grant to enable them to fully participate in the skills programme. It is expected that training will be delivered using a variety of methods such as small cohorts, directly at organisation’s locations (where possible) and digitally.

This project is designed to upskill and support the work of the heritage workforce across Scotland, including representatives from at-risk organisations in all fields, but with a specific focus on those organisations with tangible assets.

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Forums Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £30,815
  • Edinburgh. Regional travel will be required.
  • Closing 9th March 2020

Are you someone who:

· displays energy and enthusiasm in their interactions with others;

· communicates effectively with and is approachable to a range of different audiences;

· can constructively challenge current practices and thinking;

· encourages others to develop their knowledge, skills, and experience?

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for the Scottish museums sector. We are looking for an experienced professional to join our Museum Development team as coordinator for Forum Connections: Building Capacity for Scotland’s Museums Forums, an exciting new project run by MGS and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

MGS supports more than 400 museums and galleries, through strategic investment, advice, advocacy, and skills development. Collaboration, integrity, courageousness and a passion for museums shape our approach.

This role provides a great opportunity to work with geographic forums to increase capacity and partnership working in a way that is sustainable over the medium- and longer-term, leading to more resilient museums across Scotland. You will lead on the development of skills, confidence, and capacity within Scotland’s museum forums through engagement with individual groups and a programme of bespoke workshops and training; and also help to grow skills across the MGS team in key areas. Regional travel will be required.

With strong influencing and relationship-building skills and experience of project development, you will have a proven track record of group facilitation and of development/ delivery of training and workshops. Excellent communication skills are essential, as well as a demonstrable interest in museums/heritage. Experience of working with local networks and a range of stakeholders; business planning skills; and a professional understanding of the museums/heritage/culture sector in Scotland would be an advantage.

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Skills Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,815
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd March 2020

The Skills Development Manager encourages good practice and drives continuous improvement in skills development and promotes a culture of learning and development within the sector.

The Skills Development Manager is a key interface between MGS and the sector, building rich and valuable networks and delivering a wide range of skills development programmes and activities for the benefit of the sector. The Skills Development Manager develops and manages partnerships with key stakeholders across the heritage landscape that maximise the quality of our products and programme delivery. They also play a key role in the ongoing development of MGS as an SQA Assessment Centre to deliver vocational learning.

A core focus of this contract will be to deliver a project to engage with and upskill groups of volunteers from diverse backgrounds.

A skilled communicator who is self-motivated, shows initiative and builds strong and effective relationships, the Skills Development Manager continually seeks out opportunities and more agile ways of working to develop content and enhance the MGS skills offer.

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Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,815
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th June 2020

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries. We support more than 400 museums and galleries, through strategic investment, advice, advocacy and skills development.

We are looking for an experienced professional to join our Marketing and Communications team as Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager. This is an opportunity to play an instrumental role in developing and maintaining awareness of the value and multiple social, economic and environmental impacts of the museums and galleries sector within Government (local and national) and other key organisations and influencers.

You will be politically astute, with strong strategic planning and influencing skills. You will have extensive experience of building strategic networks and effective collaboration, thinking creatively and navigating complex issues. You will display energy and enthusiasm in interactions with others; communicate effectively with and be approachable to a range of different audiences; and able to positively shape how people view the museums and galleries sector.

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the sector. Many independent museums face a very uncertain financial future while as a non-statutory service, our civic museums are also at risk as local authorities respond to severe economic challenges. Museums have responded creatively in expanding online delivery to audiences, but the coming months and years will see profound change to the sector.

Scotland’s museums and galleries are valuable assets to our towns and cities as their work delivers across the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework to make us happier, healthier, smarter and more connected to where we live. This role will develop and deliver advocacy campaigns and activity to raise awareness of the work of Scotland’s museums and galleries and influence a range of audience and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will manifest MGS’s core values: collaboration, integrity, passion for museums, and courageousness.

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Business Support Project Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,815
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2020

We are looking for an experienced professional to deliver a new project Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Sustainable Heritage Businesses which will run in 2020 – 2022. This is a project run by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) in partnership with Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and greenspace Scotland and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project is an 18-month capacity-building and leadership programme designed to support organisations from across Scotland’s heritage sector.

The Business Support Project Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with heritage organisations and training providers across Scotland. They will lead on all aspects of the project, be responsible for procurement of training provision and be required to report on the project’s progress to key stakeholders. Collaborative working with colleagues, partners and throughout the sector is an essential aspect of this role, working to deliver a successful programme.

You will be someone who displays energy and enthusiasm in interactions with others; communicates effectively with a range of different audiences; is able to constructively challenge current practices and thinking; and encourages others to develop their knowledge, skills, and experience. You will have experience of stakeholder and partnership working, with strong influencing and relationship-building skills. You will have experience of training programme development and group facilitation, and excellent project management skills.

The successful candidate will manifest core values of collaboration, integrity, passion for heritage, and courageousness.

With the huge impact of Covid-19 on the sector, capacity-building and leadership becomes even more vital to organisations’ resilience. We continue to adapt our ways of working and will work to ensure this programme can be delivered effectively and in line with guidance as appropriate.

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Grants Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,439
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th August 2020

Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the Scottish museums sector. We are looking for a passionate advocate of museums to assist our Grants Team with supporting Scotland’s museums through the delivery and impact of a new Recovery & Resilience Fund in response to COVID-19.

Grants administration, assessment and advice is one of the core functions of the organisation. During 2020/21 MGS has focused its grants programme on getting financial support to the sector to help them through the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

You will have a good knowledge of grants administration and applying funding criteria, with experience delivering excellent customer service. You will have significant experience working with databases and take a proactive approach to maintaining and developing processes. Strong communication skills and collaborative working are an essential part of the role, and knowledge of the museum, heritage and cultural sector in Scotland would be advantageous.

MGS supports more than 400 museums and galleries, through strategic investment, advice, advocacy, and skills development. Collaboration, integrity, courageousness and a passion for museums shape our approach. Working together in this vein, we can invest in and develop Scotland’s museums and galleries for current and future generations to enjoy.

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Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries. We support more than 400 museums and galleries, through strategic investment, advice, advocacy and skills development.

We are looking for a Project Manager to lead on the effective delivery of Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Addressing Our Colonial Legacy. This project will explore how Scotland’s existing and future museum collections can better recognise and represent a more accurate portrayal of Scotland’s historic involvement in colonialism and the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved African people. This is a nationwide project led by MGS, on behalf of the Scottish Government, involving a national programme of consultation and coordination of a working group.

The social, economic, and cultural impact of colonialism are entrenched in museum collections and heritage sites around Scotland. Scotland’s museums sector is increasingly vocal in their commitment to working to show the full history of their collections. As the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland MGS recognises the impact that empire and colonialism has had on our institutions and their collections, and stands with anti-racist movements worldwide.

You will be an excellent communicator, with strong influencing and facilitation skills as well as experience of public consultation or research coordination. You will also bring an understanding of the ways in which empire and slavery continue to impact Scotland’s culture, society, and economy. The role requires someone who displays warmth and authenticity in their interactions with others; communicates effectively with and is approachable to a range of different audiences; can constructively challenge current practices and thinking; and organises and plans work effectively and efficiently.

The successful candidate will manifest MGS’s core values: collaboration, integrity, passion for museums, and courageousness.

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