Charity registered in Scotland SC015593
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.
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.