Community Development Coordinator

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £31,307 - £34,277

Location: Edinburgh

Can you help us to connect more people with Scotland’s world-class collection of art and the stories behind them? This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an organisation that is striving to make art work for everyone.

If you are an experienced communicator with knowledge of the North Edinburgh area, skilled in developing creative programmes and building relationships, we would love to hear from you.

As the Community Development Coordinator, you will build relationships and work closely with community groups and representatives in the North Edinburgh area. You will be a key part of the Learning and Engagement team, working on The Art Works project which aims to deliver a sustainable new facility for the National Galleries of Scotland to care for, research and share Scotland’s world-renowned collection of art. We will build a dynamic new facility in Granton, right at the heart of the local community, with spaces for local people and groups to meet and connect. This project is already allowing the NGS and the local community to work together to create a positive and inspiring future for the area.

The Art Works offers a special opportunity to deliver an inspiring place for looking and exploring, for talking and making, where visitors can experience the collection in a uniquely flexible way.


You’ll help the Learning & Engagement team ensure residents, community groups and organisations in North Edinburgh are supported to access the national collection and discover inspiring artworks, exhibitions, events, and activities that work for them.

Reporting to the Community Engagement Manager you will:

Plan and deliver a financially viable programme of visual arts activities with North Edinburgh communities that establish NGS presence in local area and aligns with the strategic direction of The Art Works.

Maintain, and develop new relevant, relationships with community groups and organisations in North Edinburgh.

Maintain up to date knowledge of community research, consultations, and community planning for the local North Edinburgh area.

Integrate existing NGS programmes with local community.

Contribute to the development of The Art Works project through contributions to reports, team discussions, project decision making and collaborating across the project and NGS more widely.

Contribute to the development of a community engagement and integration plan for The Art Works pre and post opening.

Work alongside NGS Development team and local partners to secure funding for arts engagement activities and programme running costs.


In answering our quick questions tell us more about you, how you meet the requirements, and what you will bring to the role. This will be your opportunity to stand out as well as tell us what you are looking for from us. To succeed in this role, you’ll need the following range of knowledge, skills, and experience:

Experience of working with and building relationships with a range of community representatives and partners.

Experience of creating, implementing and fully documenting creative, community-based programmes.

Proven ability to work collaboratively within an organisation.

Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).

Understanding and knowledge of North Edinburgh area including Granton, Pilton, Royston/Wardieburn and the organisations and groups within that community.

Excellent time management and IT skills


Ability to think and work strategically

Successful fundraising through grant applications

Knowledge of Gaelic and/or other languages is desirable but not essential.  

The closing date for completed application is 12 noon on Monday, 17 April 2023.

Application Deadline: Monday 17/04/2023