NMS21/43 - Head of Development

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Posted: 06/09/2021 14:37
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £51,992 to £58,949
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: External Relations
Deadline: 26/09/2021 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: plus membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent

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.

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. In a more normal year, millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums, and we are hugely proud of the impact we have on people’s lives through sharing the fascinating stories of the 12.4 million remarkable objects we care for in Scotland’s National Collection.

The philanthropic income generated by our Development team is vital to support our activities, from high-profile acquisitions to education and national outreach programmes, from exhibitions to transformative capital campaigns.

We need an inspirational senior manager who will lead our team of fantastic fundraisers, giving them direction and a sense of ambition, and creating a strong fundraising culture to underpin our success. You will be responsible for developing and implementing a fundraising strategy which aligns with our strategic purpose, supports our operational plans and ensures the future of Scotland’s national collections.

Our ideal candidate has a broad range of professional leadership experience fundraising from a variety of sources including individual giving, trusts, statutory funders and lotteries. You will be highly experienced in securing major gifts and have good experience of planning and leading significant campaigns at senior level, including capital campaigns. You will thrive in a friendly, busy environment, spanning multiple income sources, sites, campaigns and donors.

Warm and engaging, with exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, you will be able to influence, build relationships, and create and convey compelling arguments for support. Full of enthusiasm for museums and curiosity for our collections, you will have the creativity to spot a good idea and the drive to turn it into a fundable project.

As a member of our Leadership Team you will be confident in dealing with a variety of senior stakeholders including funders, boards and charitable trust.

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

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