Job opportunities (29.5.2022)



Now is a great time to join National Museums Scotland as we are embarking on a new Strategic Plan that will guide our work for the next five years.

You will have the chance to shape our fundraising response from the start and play a pivotal role in developing campaigns to support our successful delivery.

We are hugely proud of the impact we have on people's lives through sharing the stories of the remarkable objects we care for in Scotland's National Collection.

This new Plan marks a step-change in how we use these collections to address the challenges of the 21st century, exploring pressing questions about identity, climate change and biodiversity loss, and the legacies of colonialism.

As a charity, the philanthropic income generated by our Development Team is vital to our activities. It supports high-profile acquisitions, education and national outreach programmes, exhibitions, refreshed galleries and transformative capital campaigns.

Fundraising at National Museums Scotland is already well-established - over the last 15 years we have successfully raised tens of millions of pounds to support an ambitious programme of capital development across our five sites.

What we now need is an inspirational senior leader to give our team of fantastic fundraisers new direction and a sense of ambition, and to work with the Director of External Relations to build a strong fundraising culture across the organisation.

We have capital projects in development, but the biggest current need is building deeper relationships with our communities of supporters to develop strong unrestricted funding streams and rebooting our approach to funding projects that contribute to our strategic aims.

As our new Head of Development you'll need to be creative and driven - to be able to spot a great idea, collaborate across the organisation, and use your influence to develop a fundable project out of it.

You will be part of the Leadership Team, the group of senior managers who drive forward our activities, and part of the External Relations Directorate, a close-knit team with a busy and sociable working environment.

You don't need to have to have worked in museums before, but it's pretty important to have a curiosity for our collection.

Content Strategist, British Library

This is a high profile and exciting role where you can make a real difference to national services and local delivery. The Single Digital Presence is a major strategic programme funded by Arts Council England and being delivered by the British Library. As our content strategist, you'll shape and deliver this exciting new service alongside a Head of Delivery, senior product lead, interaction designer, user researcher, content strategist and a technical lead, as well as with strategic partners and agencies to boost our capability when required. It's essential that you enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team, have experience in developing digital products and services, and are enthusiastic about the prospect of influencing the future of the library sector. Public Library users are among the most diverse universal service users in the UK, benefiting from free access to reading material, wifi, tech, business support, children's activities, literacy development, health and wellbeing offersand much much more and we're passionate about their ability to change lives. This is a fixed term post to March 2024, with the possibility of extension, subject to future funding. Further information about our work is here:

As one of the world's great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation's intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world's largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

Visitor Experience Assistant, BATH ABBEY

The Abbey is going through a significant period of development. We are bringing our visitor facilities fully up to date, developing a new visitor experience and enhancing our education offer by developing formal and informal learning. Our facilities and activities will also be more accessible to residents from other areas and demographics in the city, those wishing to volunteer with us and / or those wishing to be part of the Abbey community. We are looking for someone with vision and imagination to be part of our team, someone able to give attention to detail in order to ensure a high-quality visitor experience and someone able to draw on past experience, best practice and innovation to help us deliver on our aspirations and vision.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers, and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves.

Job Description

The scope of the job is:

Visitor Experience

  • To provide a consistently warm, professional, and efficient welcome at the Abbey's entrance and ensure the volunteer team does the same.
  • To receive donations from visitors and sell tour tickets and gift shop stock using the till system (currently MERAC).
  • To deliver high-quality and engaging tours of the Abbey, including the Tower, to visitors, sharing the Abbey's story and mission.
  • To aid the smooth running of the Gift Shop, which would include selling, replenishment and supporting the shop management team.

Director of Cultural Services, Falmouth Town Council

Falmouth Town Council is a dynamic modern local authority with a vibrant cultural offering; we have achieved national recognition for our achievements and services, including the internationally renowned Falmouth Art Gallery. We are consistently at the forefront on issues such as involving the community in influencing our decisions, partnership working and placing sustainability at the heart of everything that we do.

This is an exciting time to join our evolving organisation as Cultural Services Director and offers a unique opportunity to further your career, whilst contributing to the local community and Falmouth's rich cultural tapestry.

For us, culture is what we do and how we do it - as individuals, groups and collectively. Our culture is the values we hold; it is what we have in common and what sets us apart. It comes from our history and heritage and our hopes and plans for the future. Falmouth Town Council's Fal Culture Team aims to share knowledge, celebrate heritage and promote creativity and wellbeing through activities and events for the community.

The Role

As our new Cultural Services Director, you will bring strong leadership experience and capabilities to oversee the direction and management of your team, who in turn manage:

  • Falmouth Art Gallery
  • Falmouth Library and Information Service
  • Youth Services at the Dracaena Centre