Development & Communications Coordinator

Full Time
Closing Date: 10am on Monday 11 September 2017
Salary: £22,000-£26,000, dependent on experience
Start Date: Monday 16 October 2017, or as soon as possible

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated candidate to join our rapidly developing and expanding organisation as NYJO continues to consolidate its position as one of the most respected and effective organisations in the arts and music education in the UK. Although focused on fundraising and communications, this position is also an ideal opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge of the jazz and music education sectors. The role-holder will be encouraged to take ownership over their delegated areas of work.



The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s longest-running ensemble for young people playing big-band jazz. The charity was formed in 1965 to provide the opportunity for gifted young musicians (under 26) to rehearse and perform big band jazz to the highest standard. Since then NYJO has nurtured the careers of some of the country’s finest professional jazz players and has supplied a stimulating and productive music education for thousands of young jazz musicians.

NYJO performs around the country (some 40 gigs a year) including appearances at the BBC Proms and EFG London Jazz Festival; it commissions new music, records new albums and works closely with Music Education Hubs throughout the UK to inspire the next generation with a love of music and jazz. The organisation also runs the NYJO Academy, a series of weekly workshops for younger musicians in London incorporating three training bands and a vocal class.

NYJO celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 including the release of a celebratory double album ‘NYJO FIFTY’ to widespread critical acclaim. NYJO has undergone a huge period of change in recent years with the development of artistic policy, appointment as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, expansion of our education work around the country and increase in annual income from c. £150k to £500k.

NYJO’s artistic and education strategy is led by Music & Artistic Director Mark Armstrong, with the support of Deputy Music Director Winston Rollins, and the NYJO Academy Music Directors. The staff team consists of a full-time Development & Communications Manager, Learning & Participation Manager and Learning & Participation Coordinator; and part-time Orchestra Manager, Concerts Manager, and Finance Manager.



We are now hiring a Development and Communications Coordinator to support our Development and Communications Manager to build on recent successes and help NYJO further increase its impact in the music and education world. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and driven candidate to have a huge impact as part of a high-calibre and fast-paced team.

Working alongside the small management team of the organisation, the role-holder will work closely with the Development and Communications Manager and Executive Chair to implement fundraising strategy, with a particular focus on individual giving and the overhaul and administration of the NYJO Friends scheme. The post also has responsibility for coordinating communication and marketing functions and general office administration. The role-holder will help to develop beneficial partnerships and networks to financially support NYJO’s work and to ensure the organisation has a strong voice within music education and the arts in the UK.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator and networker with experience of arts fundraising, a creative and entrepreneurial approach to work, a broad understanding of marketing for the arts, a passion for music, and at least one year’s experience in a similar role.

The role is full time with a probationary period of three months.

For further information about NYJO please browse our website.

For an informal conversation phone Debbie Forwood on 020 7494 1733.



To apply, send a 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. Referees will not be contacted until an offer of employment is made. Please include your name in all document titles. Letters and CVs should be sent to:

Debbie Forwood

Closing date for applications: strictly Monday 11 September 2017 10.00am

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 18 September in central London, and the successful applicant will be invited to start work at the earliest convenient date, to be discussed at the time the job offer is made.

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.

For a full job description please download our application pack: NYJO Development & Communications Coordinator Application Pack