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Museums Galleries Scotland

The Role

Head of Workforce and Resilience
Location: Edinburgh / Hybrid
Salary: £45,331 – £55,584 plus benefits

Museums Galleries Scotland are an independent charity and the National Development Body for Scotland’s Museum Sector. They are leading the way for the delivery of Scotland’s Museums and Galleries Strategy 2023-2030, which aims to bring the sector together to build a more sustainable and inclusive future. They also provide support for 450 museums and galleries through the provision of advice, development of workforce and advocacy.

The vision of Museums Galleries Scotland is to connect Scotland’s museums and galleries and to allow them to be thriving and resilient organisations, which are accessible and inclusive to all. They do this by being committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation, by changing how they work and identifying how actions can contribute to structural racism. MGS has also made the commitment to prioritise climate action across the organisation.

The Head of Workforce and Resilience is both an internal and external facing role, which provides a strategic lead for the organisational culture and resilience activities of Museums Galleries Scotland and actively promote a values-based culture. The postholder will be responsible for corporate governance and finance and risk and will report to and collaborate with the Audit and Risk Committee. They will also act as Head of Centre, overseeing the MGS Skills Academy and will advocate on behalf of the centre. As part of the executive team, the successful candidate will work with senior managers to provide collaborative leadership and will support the Chief Executive Officer, work with the Board and the wider SMT.

The new Head of Workforce and Resilience will be experienced in leading organisational change and will be able to demonstrate collaborative leadership with effective working and decision making at a strategic level. They will have a background of leading high-performance teams and will have strategic finance skills including budget setting and forecasting and presenting financial information. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the role, be an innovative thinker and a self-starter. Candidates do not need to have knowledge of the museums sector, but they should be passionate about sharing experiences and advocate of a learning organisation.

Further information is available in the Job Description & Person Specification at the bottom of this page.

Working at Museums Galleries Scotland

Our people are our greatest asset. We have Gold Investors in People accreditation and all staff are encouraged to continue their professional development. MGS has a Reward and Recognition Framework that sets out our benefits package, which includes personal development days for staff and an Employee Assistance Programme.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and a Living Wage Employer. MGS is striving to be an anti-racist organisation and more information on our commitment to this is here. We also aim to support museums and galleries to reach their climate and sustainability goals and our commitment to climate action can be found here.


MGS is a hybrid working organisation with flexibility around working from home and the office. We have a modern open-plan office in central Edinburgh and we are set up for a range of flexible working options.


MGS employees will be automatically enrolled in the Lothian Pension Fund. This is a Defined Benefit scheme and MGS Employer Contribution is currently 22.6%.

Hours of work

The normal full time working week is one of 36.25 hours Monday to Friday with a minimum unpaid lunch break of half an hour.

Annual leave

Annual leave entitlement for full-time employees is 25 working days plus 10 public holidays, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ continuous service. (Leave is calculated pro-rata for parttime employees.)


Head of Workforce & Resilience Job Description & Person Specification