We are looking for an energetic, caring and committed individual to become our new Chief Executive, to lead our young team and help take our charity to the next level. If you are passionate about music and about supporting young people to make their way in life, you feel you have leadership qualities, and you have broad experience of different roles within the charitable sector, you may be the person we are looking for.
Using a network of over 70 music industry professionals and youth workers, we offer engaging, top quality programmes in a highly welcoming and supportive environment. The programmes are for both 11 – 16 year olds in schools or youth centres and for 16 – 24 year olds (often NEET) with an interest in music. The programmes don’t just develop musical talent, they build young people’s confidence and life skills, supporting their transition into adulthood.
In the coming three years, in response to the increasing need and demand we are looking to grow the number of programmes that we run.
At the same time, our Founding Director, Tom Scott, after a term of 7 years has decided that he would like to step aside. Tom will continue to be involved with SGS as an ambassador, an adviser, a trustee and a coach for the young people, but the trustees now wish to recruit a new Chief Executive at 3 – 4 days a week to lead our core team of six and take the charity forward during this next stage of development.
The Chief Executive will act as a key ambassador for SGS to the outside world and the key influence in creating a productive, supportive and collaborative environment for the team. They will be responsible for setting overall direction, for day-to-day management of the team and for oversight of all the charity’s activities, specifically:
- Setting and agreeing overall strategy with the trustees and team
- Updating and agreeing the 3 year plan
- Recruiting and managing the team
- Evolving the organisation and its ways of working as the charity grows
- Managing our advisory boards and appointing new members
- Working with the Programme Directors to develop and deliver our programmes, whilst monitoring their quality and effectiveness/impact
- Working with the Fundraising Manager to agree and execute fundraising strategy, including management of key funder relationships
- Financial planning, budgeting and reporting
- Acting as Designated Safeguarding Officer
- Preparing for and attending trustee meetings
Skills and Experience Required
Essential skills / experience
- Demonstrable leadership qualities
- Ability to think strategically and tactically
- Ability to focus on, and interest in, effective operational execution
- Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
- Strong relationship skills, able to build and maintain effective relationships with different types of external parties and with members of the team
- Team building and management skills, the ability to organise and get the most from others
- Experience of the charitable sector
- Interest in music
- Experience of working with young people
Desirable Skills and Experience
- Knowledge of the music industry
- Musical ability
- Track record of credibility with the people and communities in which we operate
Timetable and process for recruitment
Candidates are invited to submit their CV and a cover letter explaining their interest in and suitability for the role.
- Receipt of applications: 1 – 31 May
- First interviews: w/c 7 June
- Informal meetings with team members: w/c 14 June
- Second interviews & make offer, subject to references: w/c 21 June
- Start, subject to availability / notice period, mid – end August.
More detail on the background can be found in the attached job description.
Please submit a CV and a covering letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role.