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Schools Engagement Manager

  • Organisation:National Museums Scotland
  • Location:Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Salary: £38,803 - £41,785 per annum
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark in the Learning and Engagement Department where you will develop and lead on the formal learning programming by engaging with schools nationally. Schools are incredibly important audiences across our museums and sites and we offer positive experiences through creative, engaging and planned schools offer, developing a life-long museum relationship.

The Learning and Engagement department has developed a positive and credible reputation for schools programming over the past 20 years. The team have established a range of engagement methods such as in-person delivery of workshops, tours, self-led visits, handling boxes, bespoke projects such as exhibition tours, curatorial projects, externally funded projects, online delivery including workshops and assemblies and capacity building support such as teacher CPD, national sector support, workshops for student groups and delivery of events.

Within this role you will have a range of responsibilities and no two days will be the same.  You will manage a highly experienced and motivated creative delivery team and be responsible for day-to-day delivery, for developing new products, developing reach, building upon key partnerships and relationships and accessing relevant funds. You will work with a peer group of Engagement Managers, with supportive colleague’s from across directorates within the organisation.

As well as a national programme across sites you will lead on the development of Maths Week Scotland, a flagship national programme entering its second iteration of Scottish Government funding and oversight.

You’ll work with many important stakeholders and partners, on several projects, leading the development of projects and programmes, planning these with colleagues and delivering to diverse audiences and participant groups in-person, across sites and online.

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience, you will have experience and knowledge of the education sector, schools, curriculum and wider related drivers and current developments within the sector.  You may also have a background in the cultural sector, public or third sector with experience of working across directorates internally and across the country with multiple partners.

An excellent project manager and communicator with a creative and innovative approach, you will have demonstrable experience of managing a delivery focused team, developing services, projects or programmes and a collaborative approach within the Learning and Engagement Team with a team of peers who lead on community engagement, informal learning and events.

You will be based at National Museum of Scotland, working across sites at National Museum of Flight, National War Museum, National Museum of Rural Life and National Museums Collections Centre, and we have a flexible working policy in place.

This is a full-time role, working 37 hours per week, predominantly on a Mon-Fri patterns with the occasional need for evening and weekend work.

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here

Application Closing Date: 27 November 2022

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