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Head of National & International Partnerships at National Museums of Scotland

About the role

As Head of National & International Partnerships you will be responsible for our busy National Programme which shares our collections and expertise through loans, participation in national projects, community engagement, funding for acquisitions and free knowledge and skills development opportunities for other museums.

Collaborating with colleagues internally and across the museums sector, you will develop and deliver impactful programmes, including in priority areas such as working towards net zero, exploring national colonial histories and their legacies and broadening audience engagement.

As the Head of National & International Partnerships at National Museums Scotland you will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of our National Strategy and support the implementation of international programmes in alignment with the organisation’s strategic priorities.
  • Develop effective relationships, programmes and projects that support the sector and drive forward the national role of National Museums Scotland
  • Devise projects to secure external funding for national and international programmes
  • Be the recognised point of contact for the Scottish Museum sector, providing advice and developing relationships internally and externally
  • Lead, motivate, support and develop the National & International Partnerships team.

Skills and experience we’re looking for in our Head of National & International Partnerships:

  • Knowledge of best practice in museums and heritage, including collections, legal and public policy matters
  • Developed knowledge of Scottish and UK cultural / heritage sector
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills including the ability to influence, build partnerships and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of developing, implementing and evaluating strategy and programmes with internal and external impact
  • Skilled in project, budget and resource planning and management.

Please find full Job Description here

How to Apply

Please upload your CV and a personal statement to National Museums Scotland careers portal.

Deadline for applications 28th April 2024.

For further information please contact  Abby Donnelly at or on 0131 247 4451.