About The Music Works and why we need this role

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:

In September 2021 we opened a new inclusive music hub for young people in Gloucester:

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.  The main purpose of this role will be to positively engage with young people (especially those with disabilities) and deliver high quality music activities to youth groups and individuals alongside senior music leaders and our disability lead, helping and supporting young people to develop musical, social and personal skills.

Key responsibilities
  • Work alongside the disability lead to plan and deliver music programmes, workshops and activities to engage disabled young people
  • Facilitate music sessions and signpost young people onto other activities where neccessary
  • Support the disability lead with administrative tasks including data input and registers
  • Support staff in one-off events, such as the special schools festival and longer-term projects
  • Offer advice and support for young people seeking music opportunities
  • Liaise with a variety of people and organisations including schools, community groups, freelance professionals and specialist workers
  • Promote the studio Hub and music activities (with our marketing team) to local groups and individuals
  • Undertake training when needed to further develop skills and knowledge for the role
  • Help maintain music equipment and our sensory room
  • Support young volunteers
  • 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 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
Person specification

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:

  • Able to positively engage with young people from all backgrounds
  • Experienced in delivering and facilitating music workshops with disabled young people
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, patience, empathy, and a positive approach and respect for others
  • Experience of working with music technology & MIDI controllers
  • Available to work weekends to support and/or run disability programmes at the Hub
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Willingness to undertake further training to develop your creative practice
  • A great team player
  • Able to get around the county i.e. by car
  • Able to facilitate activities to a group of young people
Ideally, we’d also love it if you:
  • Technical ability to troubleshoot music tech equipment
  • Knowledge and experience of one or more professional creative software solutions, such as Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the arts and their value to young people’s development
  • A passion for music and a belief in its transformational powers for young people
  • Good understanding of the experience of young people from challenging backgrounds
  • Knowledge of youth organisations and groups who with young disabled people
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 £25k. There will be weekend & evening work required with certain disability programmes.

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.

Other benefits
  • Pension
  • 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
Senior Music Leader (Disability support)

Hours: Full-time role (@37.5 hours a week)
Job share/flexible working considered

Pay: £25,000 (plus pension)

Location: Gloucester based

Deadline: 1st June

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 and meet the person specification. 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). Please send to griggs@themusicworks.org.uk.

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 Minority Ethnic, Deaf/disabled or LGBTQ+, who are currently under-represented in leadership roles in the sector.

If you would like to discuss the role beforehand then please email lholder@themusicworks.org.uk to arrange a time to talk.

Our values

The Music Works values diversity and is an equal opportunities organisation, committed to creating an inclusive organisation. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who reflect the community we serve. We encourage applications from all backgrounds.

In line with The Music Works safeguarding policy, appointments are normally subject to enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references.

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