Senior Interpretation Manager

Organisation: Historic Environment Scotland

Salary: £43,960 - £49,715 per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Please note that the closing date for applications is Wednesday 23 November 2022 at midday.

Thank you for your interest in the post of Senior Interpretation Manager with Historic Environment Scotland, based at Longmore House, Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment.

You will manage the Interpretation Team and be responsible for the onsite interpretation of our 336 Properties in Care, through programmes of proactive and reactive maintenance and improvements. This includes permanent exhibitions, signage and graphics, guidebooks, interactives, multimedia, audio guides and a range of other methods of interpretive delivery.

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

Service Delivery

• Development of innovative and creative approaches to interpretation projects and programmes whilst ensuring they align to the wider Historic Environment Scotland strategic framework and plans.

• Responsibility for the development of high-quality interpretation programmes and experiences across the HES Properties in Care, through a variety of media including exhibitions, signage and graphics, audio-visual displays, guidebooks, audio-guides, digital technology, etc.

• Responsibility for the successful delivery of projects and programmes on time and to budget.

• Ensure the existing and new interpretive content, infrastructure and products meet HES standards for interpretation.

• Manage the proactive and reactive maintenance of onsite interpretive infrastructure. Ensuring that work is managed within the parameters set out in legislation and by Historic Environment Scotland to protect the properties in care.

Stakeholder Management

• Liaison with key internal stakeholders to facilitate marketing and communications aspects of interpretive products and services.

• Regular liaison with wider HES directorate teams to ensure an aligned approach to all projects and work.

• Development of links with internal and external partners and stakeholders to identify productive opportunities for working together.

• Development of relationships with other public bodies and organisations which have an interpretation remit, for advocacy of the interpretation discipline, sharing good practice and benchmarking.


• Lead and manage a team of high performing colleagues, complying with HES policies and procedures, and encouraging a culture of empowerment, developing colleagues to support HES in realising our ambition and enabling us to be a great place to work for all. Line management responsibility initially of the Interpretation Manager.

• Effectively and efficiently manage the budget allocated to the interpretations team and ensure compliance with HES governance arrangements.

• Ensure that procedures are in place for the safe implementation of projects and programmes within Health and Safety legislation and HES guidance, for staff, visitors and contractors.

Knowledge, skills and experience

You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process.

Essential requirements:

• Experience of managing successful interpretation programmes and projects from planning through to delivery.
• Experience of leading and managing a team for interpretation focussed activity.
• Experience of project and budget management of interpretation activity.
• Knowledge of interpretation theory, principles and standards, and the wider heritage sector.
• Experience of developing high quality interpretive content through research, interpretive planning and content production.
• Experience of developing a wide range of interpretive media, products and services.
• Experience of commissioning, analysing and acting upon visitor research and evaluation.
• Experience of cross-team working, internal advocacy and partnership working.

Desirable requirements:

• Experience of managing, maintaining and improving a portfolio of interpretive products and displays at heritage sites, museums or other.
• Knowledge of Scottish history and historic environment.
• Driving licence or alternative method of transport in order to travel to sites, some of which are remote. HES does provide use of pool cars.

Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

• SCQF Level 9 qualification in History, Archaeology, Heritage or related subject, or equivalent relevant experience (Desirable)

For full details and information about how to apply, please visit our website and view the job description.