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Director of youth and community
Full-time role (@37.5 hours a week)
Job share/flexible working considered
Salary: £35,000 – £45,000 (plus pension)
Responsible for: Youth, community and disability teams (approx. 10 staff and growing)
The Music Works is looking for someone with a strong creative vision and the ability to connect with young people and to influence a broad range of wider stakeholders.
The Music Works (TMW) is a Gloucestershire charity that transforms young lives through music. We’re specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning and in life. We work with over 3,000 young people a year in schools and our four community rehearsal spaces in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, and the Forest of Dean. Our approach is youth-led, with young people involved at every stage of planning and delivery.
Here is an introduction to our work: https://youtu.be/zz14_Zi2POY
In September 2021 we opened a new inclusive music hub for young people in Gloucester: https://youtu.be/pl1JIl6kF5s
The Hub is becoming known as a national beacon for inclusive best practise in music. It has resulted in a huge increase in demand for our work and has led to a doubling of our staff team with new opportunities arising all of the time.However, despite this, we know that many young people, particularly those with complex and challenging circumstances, are still not connecting with us and getting the benefits that music can bring. This role will change that. We are seeking a creative, ambitious youth and community director who will be part of our senior leadership team, setting the vision and strategy to grow and deliver all of our work that happens outside of schools and the education system (we have another creative director for education). So, work in communities with our partners, in our studios across the county, outreach work in our mobile bus and developing us as a youth-led organisation.
- Work with the artistic director to set the artistic vision for TMW’s youth, disability and community work
- Lead the development and delivery of the vision and strategy for all TMW’s youth, disability and community work across Gloucestershire but particularly Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. This should include a clear model of progression from first access to creative careers that supports young people from challenging circumstances.
- Develop TMW’s knowledge of external signposting opportunities for young people
- Work with the team and young people to regularly assess and respond to need and opportunity, creating new developments and re-shaping existing ones where necessary.
- Ensure our theory of change is being applied consistently across our programmes and work with the team to continually review and improve this, to maximise the impact we have on young people
- Lead on the ongoing work to make us a youth-led organisation, continually exploring ways to bring young people’s voice into all aspects of our work
- Manage and develop the youth, community and disability teams
- Ensure all youth, community and disability funded/commissioned projects are delivering to target and that reports are being produced where necessary
- Stay abreast of local, regional and national developments and priorities regarding young people, recognising and responding to opportunities and threats for The Music Works
- Develop collaborative partnerships with other statutory and voluntary organisations where relevant
- Develop and maintain relationships with funders and commissioners, including meetings, speaking at events and writing reports
- Influence and advocate within Gloucestershire and nationally on the role that music has in supporting young people to achieve wider social outcomes
- Budget management of all youth, community and disability programmes (approx £800K)
- Develop skills and capacity across the staff and volunteer team to work with young people from challenging circumstances
- Be part of the safeguarding team
- Sit on the senior leadership team and within this role take collective responsibilty for the health of the organisation including contributing to business plan, governance, finance and people developments.
- Work with the Operations Manager to develop our Volunteering programme
- Maintain records of feedback & evaluation from young people through our data capture system
- Be committed to putting young people at the heart of everything we do.
- Promote and comply with all of our policies and practices
- Be responsible for identifying and undertaking training and personal development
- Undertake any other reasonable duties, commensurate with the level of the post so as to ensure the smooth running of the charity
This is a senior role within our organisation and while we are really committed to developing our staff, we need you to come ready to hit the ground running. We’re flexible in terms of your career background and are not interested in qualifications but what we do need is someone who can show that they have the experience and track record around the following. You should be:
- Really strategic – able to lead people to develop a vision and make it happen.
- Excellent at project management, including complex ones that involve lots of stakeholders
- Good at engaging with young people, especially those who don’t engage easily
- Good at enabling and facilitating others, particularly young people, to make things happen
- Able to lead and shape a team, inspiring, but also day to day management
- Able to put together and manage a budget
- Good at influencing people at all levels in order to make things happen
- A really really, dynamic, personable, organised person that gets things done, is good at making decision, is flexible and can juggle lots of things at any one time
- Able to get around the county by car
Ideally, we’d also love it if you:
- Understand safeguarding
- Know how to fundraise
- Can deliver training
- Are an experienced music leader or youth worker
- Have relationships with diverse communities in Gloucestershire
- Have a credible understanding of the music scene and what young people are into
- Are from Gloucestershire (particularly Gloucester) – this isn’t essential but we do think its really important that you know the county so ideally we would want you to be committed to living in the county
Details of the role:
This is a full-time role (37.5 hours per week), subject to normal probation period of 6 months. It is a permanent role but we will consider job shares, reduced hours and flexible working with the right candidate.
The salary is £35-£45K dependent on experience. There will be some weekend and evening work but not lots.
The role will be based at our Gloucester studio but some travel to other venues across the county will also be expected. We’re flexible about some homeworking where it doesn’t affect the job.
- Flexible working
- Lots of staff training and development opportunities
- Cycle to work scheme and a shower at work so we encourage to be active
- Wellbeing and social programme for staff
- Flexible holidays, although we have a set number of days holiday we also allow you to take as much unpaid leave as you want
- A really amazing staff team and culture
How to apply:
Please send a CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how you are suitable. We also ask that you complete an equality form (this is anonymous and is only to help us make sure we are reaching a broad range of people).
If you would like to discuss the role beforehand then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to talk.
The closing date is 20th May 2022.
In line with The Music Works safeguarding policy, this job is subject to enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our organisation and we promote equal opportunities. We particularly welcome applications from those that identify as Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse, Deaf/disabled or LGBTQ+, who are currently under-represented in leadership roles in the sector.
Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.
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