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Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. The Head of Education is a key leadership post within the organisation. The role encompasses responsibility for all aspects of the organisation’s education work relating to children and young people. It also forms part of Sound and Music’s senior management team, who under the leadership of the Chief Executive are responsible for overseeing the organisation’s programme of activity, strategic development, external profile and a positive and productive organisational culture.

The post holder should have exceptional skills, networks and experience in music education including composing and musical creativity, in formal and informal contexts, across different genres, and at every educational stage for children and young people. They will need to have proven ability in working as part of a team to problem-solve, creating and nurturing internal and external relationships, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion in their work to date.

Sound and Music has a highly regarded, well established education programme and the post holder will be passionate not only about ensuring high quality delivery but also its continuing improvement and evolution. Over the coming 3-5 years the Head of Education will drive forward some newer initiatives, including the development of an Alliance for Composing in Music Education (a commitment we made at the launch of the Can Compose report in November 2019); embedding the input of youth voice into our programmes; the expansion of Minute of Listening; and the further development of place-based partnerships via Go Compose. The post holder will also contribute to wider organisational development as we develop a business plan for 2023-26. 

The broad remit of the role means that working collaboratively, building and nurturing teams and partnerships are essential. Sound and Music is moving to a hybrid working model with a mix of in person and remote working, so we welcome applications from anywhere in the UK. The post holder will support Sound and Music’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, contributing to a culture of respect and collaboration in the organisation’s internal and external activities. 

Find a full job description here: https://soundandmusic.org/opportunity/sound-and-music-head-of-education/

Please apply on line by clicking here: https://airtable.com/shre1ABUuD8PjibmK

Sound and Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Closing date: 8 November 2021