The Scottish Fisheries Museum

Charity registered in Scotland SC006185

Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, we are a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation.

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New Chair and Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Anstruther
  • Closing 22nd April 2024

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is seeking a new Chair and Trustees to shape and guide the organisation’s future direction. We are looking for people who are committed to using their expertise and networks in support of our charitable objectives and goals.

Located in Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in 1969, to collect, record and interpret the history of the fishing industry in Scotland. The company which operates the museum is a registered charity, and the museum has expanded to occupy several adjacent properties. The charity holds over 65,000 artefacts, including historic fishing vessels and two currently operational vessels, recognised as a collection of national significance.

We are particularly looking for :

  • Financial experience, either in the charity or commercial sector – ideally a mixture of both
  • Experience of developing effective media and communications – as manager or user
  • Senior operational experience in a museum or third sector organisation
  • Experience of effective fundraising and successful grant applications/projects
  • Experience of charity governance and/or legal experience
  • Experience of working with volunteers

More information

As company Directors and charity Trustees, the Board is responsible for leadership, direction, and oversight to a small team of nineteen, mostly part time, paid staff, plus significant volunteer support, which is vitally important to the museum.

The museum has come through the difficult Covid and post Covid period, but there are undoubtedly ongoing challenges. We are looking for new Trustees, including a new Chair, to lead the organisation over the next few years. We are looking to develop our resilience, combining our local context and commitment with the perspective that comes from a nationally recognised collection, presenting an industry that continues to be of national significance.

Trustees are not remunerated but can recover expenses. Trustees have carried a heavy load recently but are aiming to move to a more regular and less demanding schedule of formal Board meetings approx. every two months, alternating between on-site and remote meetings. Trustees also contribute by serving on committees such as the Resources Committee and any ad hoc commitments including correspondence. The aim is for an annual commitment of 12-15 days.

This vacancy has now closed

Office Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Anstruther
  • Closing 8th March 2024

Looking to utilise your organisational and financial management skills in a harbour front location?

The Office Manager is responsible for all aspects of office and facilities management, dealing directly with a wide range of people including staff, volunteers, Board Members, suppliers, and contractors. We are looking who:

  • Is a personable, dynamic self-starter, used to being the first point of contact within the organisation.
  • Is confident in the use of office technology, proficient in using Excel, Word, Outlook etc
  • has proven experience of financial administration (with knowledge of Xero accounting software or similar highly desirable).
  • has experience of staff management or direct supervision.

For a full description of the main responsibilities, please see the Job Description attached below.

This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Director

  • Full time
  • £55,000
  • Anstruther (Hybrid)
  • Closing 20th September 2023

Opened in 1969, the Scottish Fisheries Museum is situated on the harbour front in Anstruther, a picturesque coastal village close to St Andrews. The collection includes stories of Scotland’s fishing communities from times long since passed as well as valuable items such as fishing gear, paintings, model boats and archive photographs amongst its tens of thousands of exhibits. The Museum is also custodian of several vessels, including the 122-year-old Reaper, a Fifie sailing herring drifter.

The museum, galleries, and offices are in a series of historic buildings owned by the Charity, including two category A listed buildings, while the collections are recognised as nationally significant by Museum Galleries Scotland.

The Board of Trustees is looking for a new, inspirational, and dynamic Director to help it create a new vision for the future and an organisation which has the ability to deliver it. You will need to have senior and strategic leadership experience, outstanding income generation skills, be an excellent communicator and stakeholder relationship manager as well as experienced in motivating and leading a team.

If this sounds like you and you are truly excited by this opportunity, then we’d like to hear from you