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Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums (ESSM) Events Assistant

Salary: £24,210 pro rata following 1 April pay review pro rata (£14,526) 

Hours: 21.75 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term. 18 months.

Location: Edinburgh/Hybrid

Closing date: 17 April at 9am.

About the role

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries sector – this includes 440 museums and galleries of all sizes and organisational types.  We strive to be an inclusive, agile and forward-looking organisation that seeks to lead and support positive change in the sector.

In January 2024, the Scottish Government accepted the recommendations of the Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums (ESSM) Steering Group, set up to advise on how Scotland’s museums and galleries can better reflect the country’s role in empire, colonialism, and historic slavery. Museums need help to develop skills and confidence in this work.  MGS is now looking to appoint an Events Assistant who will support the delivery of training and networking opportunities to assist with implementation of the recommendations.  The role will also assist museums to develop resources to embed race equality and anti racism in the curriculum.

You will work collaboratively with the ESSM Manager and support effective relationships with partner organisations, training providers and programme participants.    You will bring excellent administrative, organisational and communication skills, a strong customer focus and a can-do approach, with an awareness of anti-oppression.

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

We have a hybrid working approach and are happy to talk flexible working.

We believe that our work will be stronger with greater diversity. MGS welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an equal opportunities employer. We are a Disability Confident Employer and hold Living Wage and Gold Investors in People accreditation. MGS is striving to be an anti-racist organisation and more information on our commitment to this is on our website. Our commitment to climate action can also be found on our website.

Closing date: Wednesday 17 April 2024 @ 9am.

Interviews (online) are due to be held week commencing 29 April 2024.

How to Apply

To apply:

Applications close Wednesday 17 April 2024 @ 9am

Please use our application form, CVs will not be accepted. If our application form makes it difficult for you to apply and demonstrate your skills effectively, we would be happy to accept a video, audio or alternative application format. Please refer to the guidance on alternative application format to ensure your application will cover all the required information. If you would like to discuss an application in an alternative format, please contact us on the email below or call 0131 550 4197.

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