Early Bird Tickets now available for the 2024 ASVA Conference! Find out more about this key industry event and book your tickets here.


Engagement Officer

Organisation: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Salary: £13,200 (£22,000 FTE equivalent)

Location: Dunfermline, Fife

Similar to many small independent museums during this past year the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum has been going through changes and you would be joining a small but energetic and experienced team passionate about telling Andrew Carnegie’s story and so much more about the man.
This role represents a blend of engagement delivery through non-traditional education activities and entertaining and innovative events, chargeable and non-chargeable.
There is good attendance to education workshops from local primary schools for you to maintain and there are more opportunities to be explored with secondary and local college students as well as some primary schools not yet visiting.
A new series of winter talks about Carnegie, his family and his achievements over the winter have expanded our audience’s knowledge about the man and has shown local audiences remain interested in finding out more.
Previous education officers established the museum within family circles and won the museum the coveted Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award in 2019. It is time to build on these achievements and consider young people and local audiences new to Dunfermline and how the museum could meet their interests.

You will be experienced in creating, delivering and evaluating engagement events, aware of risk assessments, planning needs and working with a wide range of audiences.
Working in a small independent museum comes with the challenges of the wide range of responsibilities noted below, but that includes the experience to benefit from using a wide range of skills and competencies you have learned from previous jobs, which need not be heritage based. Working in a small team brings immense job satisfaction and opportunities to execute ideas with haste and flexibility.

Key responsibilities include:
– Develop and deliver content related to the museum’s purpose to share Andrew Carnegie’s story for all audiences;
– Non-traditional education, using Curriculum for Excellence framework
– Group visits and tours including cruise ship tourists and uniform groups
– Local residents of Dunfermline and Fife
– Maintain a high-quality visitor experience in the Museum using methods of engagement like interactives, handling objects, dressing up, etc.
– Maintain existing partnership relationships and develop new ones which elevate the Carnegie story and complement the ambitions of Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and wider partners
– Create, deliver and evaluate innovative and relevant events to connect paying audiences with the collection
– Supervise and motivate a small group of volunteers
– Create content to positively impact audiences’ physical, intellectual and wellbeing needs
– Promote the education offer to increase visits by local schools and grow virtual visits from distant schools
– Event planning, promotion, delivery and evaluation of all activities to ensure they are meeting community needs and identify new opportunities
– Support colleagues with expertise and information to promote education within programmes and interpretation
– Support the Museum Co-Managers in the museums accreditation return, policy writing and operations of the Museum for education topics
– Communicate relevant and informative content with the Museum’s audiences in all formats, e.g. website, telephone, social media, etc.
– Occasionally cover role of Museum Assistant welcoming visitors to the museum and selling items in the shop

Application Deadline: Thursday 15/06/2023