Development & Communications Manager (Maternity Cover)
Salary: c. £35,000 – negotiable, dependent on experience
6-month contract, with the possibility of extension to 12 months.
Start Date: 3 June 2019 (or as soon as possible)
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is seeking a dynamic and experienced development and communications professional to build on recent success and enhance NYJO’s position as one of the most respected and effective organisations in the arts and music education in the UK. The role is focussed on managing fundraising and marketing efforts, plus contributing to more general organisational strategy and management.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Ltd is a registered charity (no. 274578). In its 54-year history, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra of emerging professionals to be a multi-faceted organisation that works in jazz education at all levels, and all around the country.
Our 24-piece Jazz Orchestra remains the gateway to the profession for many future stars of the UK jazz scene, and countless musical theatre and session musicians. NYJO’s alumni include Guy Barker, Laura Jurd, Mark Nightingale and Amy Winehouse, plus the leader of the Strictly Come Dancing band Dave Arch (and most of his band members) and music supervisor for the London 2012 Olympics Martin Koch. The orchestra performs around 35 gigs each year, including recently the BBC Proms, the EFG London Jazz Festival, European tours with our German and Dutch counterparts BuJazzO and NJJO, and annual residencies at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. But the Jazz Orchestra is now just part of our offering for emerging professionals, which now also includes small bands, and opportunities to develop as jazz educators and composers.
For younger musicians within reach of London, NYJO’s Academy offers improvisation and ensemble training from grade 5-standard upwards, through a combination of notated and aural groups. All our young musicians perform six times a year, and the NYJO Academy hosts free monthly jazz jams for under 18s.
However, the biggest growing area of our work is our national education programme. While some places are well-served by jazz education opportunities, in others it can be more difficult for young potential jazz musicians to progress. We’re now working to change that, and our battle-cry is ‘Levelling the Playing Field in Jazz Education’. We have 90 education partner organisations around the country of which 9 are ‘Feature Partners’, who have signed up for a minimum 3-year partnership to work closely with NYJO developing jazz education opportunities that suit their local needs.
THE ROLE & ITS PURPOSE
NYJO has undergone a huge period of change in recent years with the development of artistic policy, expansion of its education work around the country, and increase in turnover from c. £150k to over £600k. We are now looking to appoint an experienced and entrepreneurial development and communications professional to work with the staff, Music Directors and Trustees to build on recent developments and help NYJO further increase its national impact. NYJO has ambitious plans for the future and the successful candidate will take a central role in shaping the organisation’s progress and development.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator and networker; have demonstrable success in planning and raising five-figure sums, a self-motivated approach to work and be confident in managing a small team. A broad understanding of marketing for the arts, a passion for jazz, and substantial experience in a similar role are essential. However we understand that it is unusual for candidates to be equally strong in both fundraising and marketing and will consider those with demonstrable fundraising experience who are willing to grow into the other areas of the role.
The main purpose of this role is to lead NYJO’s fundraising and communications. As part of NYJO’s management team, the role holder will work closely with the Executive Chair to develop fundraising strategy and increase NYJO’s income from trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors, individuals and public funders. The role has responsibility for all communications and marketing functions, where there is significant scope for the role-holder to increase NYJO’s visibility and raise profile. The role also includes a significant element of general management tasks as the Executive Chair is not office-based. This includes leading on IT and systems strategy and project management, spearheading organisational development projects and representing the Executive Chair in his absence. The role-holder will be proactive in creating beneficial partnerships and networks to support NYJO’s work financially and ensure NYJO has a strong voice within UK music education and the wider arts sector.
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
- With the Executive Chair, build on NYJO’s fundraising strategy to research, develop relationships and approach trusts and foundations, corporate organisations, individuals and public funders to secure funding against agreed targets.
- Manage relationships with all funders and other stakeholders.
- Submit reports and evaluations to agreed parameters and deadlines.
- Work with the board and associates to identify prospects for major individual giving.
- Develop and manage donor cultivation events.
- Design, cost and project-manage packages for corporate and other sponsors.
- Be entrepreneurial in seeking new ways to generate income and make the case for support.
- Ensure any restricted funds are managed appropriately.
- Accurately log all supporter relationships.
- Serve as line manager to the Development and Communications Coordinator whose main areas of development responsibility are individual giving programmes and development events.
- Lead on press and PR plans to raise NYJO’s local, national and international profile.
- Maintain and develop relationships with journalists, musicians, bloggers etc.
- Develop effective marketing campaigns to support ticket sales by promoters where the orchestra performs (NYJO does not run its own box office).
- Develop strategies to build NYJO’s contacts database of audience members and prospective friends.
- Coordinate the development of the NYJO brand and be the brand guardian for the organisation.
- Manage and coordinate all print and online resources, including designers, printers, photographers, website developers.
- Manage social media, briefing other team members on use where appropriate.
- Manage appropriate devolved budgets.
- Write and edit copy as appropriate for promoter brochures, NYJO’s website, newsletters, social media, brochures, press releases, adverts and other print.
- Serve as line manager to the Development and Communications Coordinator whose main areas of communications responsibility are managing gig marketing, social media and the monthly newsletter.
- As part of the Senior Management Team, take a leadership role within the office.
- Lead on office-wide policy and systems development and implementation
- Contribute to effective channels of communication between office and remote-working staff
- Act as NYJO’s named Data Controller
- Develop and manage organisational development projects
- Develop and manage certain organisation-wide delivery projects
- Manage and minute NYJO board meetings
- Contribute to organisational financial strategy
- Manage NYJO’s IT consultant
- Liaise with NYJO’s third party suppliers (including building management)
- As part of a small organisation, undertake additional tasks where necessary, working cooperatively as part of an interconnected team.
- Represent the organisations at external meetings and events
- Be a strong advocate for NYJO, British jazz and music education.
For an informal conversation about the role, please phone Debbie Forwood on 020 7494 1733.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, email your CV (two pages maximum, with names and contact details for two referees, and stating most recent salary) and a one-page covering letter detailing how your skills and experience meet our needs, what interests you about the post and what you can offer. Please include your name in CV and cover letter document titles. Please also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form but DO NOT include your name in the document or its title. This form will be separated from your application before it is assessed. Referees will not be contacted until an offer of employment is made.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: strictly Thursday 7 March, 10.00am
First round interviews will be held on Tuesday 12 March in central London.
Second round interviews will be held on Thursday 28 March in central London.
A DBS check may be required.
NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Hours: Flexible working based on office hours of 10.00am – 6.00pm with occasional evening and weekend working required. Time off in lieu will be given in exchange.
Holiday: 25 days per year in addition to bank and public holidays, pro-rata. Additionally, the office may be closed on the days between Christmas and New Year at the discretion of the Executive Chair.
Location: The NYJO office is based in central London, next to Regent Street. Some travel may be required.
Eligibility: Applications must have legal permission to work in the UK.
Pension: Statutory Government workplace pension scheme provided.
Reports to: Executive Chair.
Probation: One month
Notice: Two weeks during probation, two months after.