Project Coordinator - Facing our Past

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £26,365 - £29,128 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Many National Trust for Scotland places are deeply connected to the history of slavery and colonial narratives. To meet growing public interest in these histories there is an increasing need for the Trust to understand and share these stories as part of our interpretation at these places. The National Trust for Scotland is running a research and public engagement project that aims to research and understand our colonial narratives and collections, and share and engage with our visitors, members, communities and the wider public on the subject. The project will deliver property-level applied research on colonial links at a number of properties and new public engagement programmes, creative interventions and activities to tell these new stories. It would also take advantage of new and ongoing academic research activity on the subject by proactively seeking collaborative research partnerships with universities.

This permanent role will support the Project Leader and will have responsibility for co-ordinating all information, communication, monitoring and control activities for the project, ensuring that all information is up to date and accurate at all times. The post holder will co-ordinate with the Project Manager, Consultancy Services, Suppliers, including artists and community practitioners, and Regional and Property teams/Stakeholders to help deliver this project on time and within budget.


• Monitor project schedules and budgets, prepare progress reports, and regularly liaise with key internal and external stakeholders in order to maintain information flow and to build effective working relationships
• Log, manage and analyse information in regards to the progress of the programme and project, maintain the decision log and risk and issue logs as well as provide a professional support function to the Project Leader
• Use initiative and judgment to resolve problems encountered throughout the project lifecycle
• Provide guidance on project management procedures and templates
• Assure project plans and documentation are complete to standard and advise on appropriate action if needed
• Produce planned and updated project and summary reports
• Undertake information gathering/research to support the project as directed
• Facilitate internal Programme and Project meetings, including project assurance and quality review, and external supplier meetings, preparing invites, agendas and taking accurate minutes
• Management of papers and correspondence for a number of working groups
• Participation in internal and external working groups and workshops, supporting the Project Leader and Consultancy staff in rolling out actual and virtual training opportunities for property-specific research teams comprising volunteers, operational staff, consultancy staff and working where necessary, with external consultants
• Organise the promotion of the projects programme, using NTS website and social media, supporting publications, digital output and research dissemination
• Organise evaluation of, and feedback for the project

Application Deadline: Friday 22/07/2022