Families & Early Years Programme Coordinator

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £29,816 -£32,645

Location: Edinburgh

Part-time (30 hours per week). Fixed-Term Maternity Cover (up to 12 months)


As the Families & Early Years Programme Co-ordinator, you will develop and deliver learning programmes for families and early years. This work will take place across all NGS galleries, as well as online and in settings outside of NGS.

You will have previous experience of working with families, ideally using galleries or museums, and have a creative and practical approach to learning and access. You will be part of a close-knit team in which mutual respect and excellent communication skills are essential. Reporting to the Deputy Head of Learning & Engagement, you will also liaise regularly with colleagues across the Galleries.

The families and early years programme aims to connect families with art and creativity through artist-led workshops, resources to help guide family visits, online activities and by working with partners and external organisations. Our partnership work aims to break down barriers to engaging with NGS, this can include working with organisations who provide opportunities for families experiencing disadvantage and inequality. Other partnerships include the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. The health and wellbeing benefits of engaging with art and creativity is an important strand that runs through the families and early years programme.

The Learning & Engagement Department

The NGS has a strong commitment to engaging audiences and supporting learning. We believe that art has the power to connect us to each other and to ourselves. The Learning and Engagement Department plays a key role in the NGS, supporting the delivery of our aims of increased participation, greater impact, and investment in our future. By means of innovative, relevant and inspiring learning programmes and special projects, we engage with a wide range of audiences to connect with the national art collection and make art work for everyone. 

Your duties will include:

• Developing, managing and organising innovative and sustainable learning programmes and resources (including digital) for families with children under 12 including early years onsite, online and offsite.

• Developing learning programmes as set out in the Activity Plan of NLHF-funded Scottish National Gallery Celebrating Scotland’s Art project, for one of the priority audience groups – families – including groups who provide opportunities for children experiencing disadvantage and inequality.

• To monitor, evaluate and document the programme and resources.

• To develop and maintain a relevant network of organisations and partners.

• To contribute to projects and exhibitions across the NGS.

• Keeping up-to-date and informed of best practice in relevant areas including gallery learning, creative learning, equality, diversity and inclusion.

• To represent and promote the work of the NGS outside the organisation and undertake any other duties as reasonably required.

• To undertake administration relating to the post, including compiling reports, statistics, budgets, purchase orders.

Application Deadline: Sunday 31/07/2022