University of Warwick: Assistant Director of Music

Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
Arts Centre
Sub Department
Music Centre
£29,301-£38,183 per annum/pro rata
The University of Warwick – Coventry
Vacancy Overview
32.85 hours per week

Fixed term for 9 months

University of Warwick Music Centre is looking for an experienced choral and instrumental conductor to work with a broad range of student music ensembles, and to assist the Director of Music in leading and inspiring all Music Centre activities for a 9 month fixed-term contract (maternity cover).

Experience of planning and delivering concerts, tours and music activities is essential as is an ability to manage and motivate staff and students.

Applicants will be required to submit 2 videos of themselves conducting in both a choral and an orchestral setting; one should be of a rehearsal, the other of a performance. Each video should be no longer than 3 minutes. These should be emailed as either file attachments or weblinks to by the application deadline.

There will be a two day, two stage interview process on Sunday 16th July and Monday 17th July.

Job Description
Job Purpose

To assist the Director of Music in leading, supporting and inspiring all Music Centre activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

• To manage, lead and deliver specific Music Centre events and activities as identified by the Director of Music.
• To assist the Director of Music administratively and artistically in all areas of the Music Centre.
• To plan programming and manage the major ensembles (where applicable), to include advising Music Centre ensembles about programming and repertoire options.
• To manage, plan and deliver the lunchtime concert series and workshop days with professional musicians and music educators.
• To rehearse, conduct and lead the ensembles, orchestras and choirs affiliated to the Music Centre.
• To conduct public performances and take part in competitions as appropriate, both at the University and at other venues nationally and internationally.
• To audition players and singers where appropriate and act as panelist for the scholarship and bursary awards and the concerto competition.
• To support students in all aspects of organising tours.
• Through advocacy promote the Music Centre locally, nationally and internationally.
• To build links with schools and the wider community.
• The post includes a substantial amount of weekend, evening and statutory holiday working. Fundamental to the role is ability and willingness to work during evenings, weekends and school and statutory holiday periods.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
A music qualification to degree level or equivalent (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 2
A higher conducting qualification (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 3
Broad musical knowledge (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 4
Broad choral and orchestral conducting experience (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 5
Experience of working with non-auditioned musicians (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience of working on education/community projects (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Good knowledge of the world of professional and amateur music making (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Previous administrative experience within the arts and/or education sector, ideally planning and delivering concerts, tours and music activity (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Experience managing or motivating/inspiring staff and/or students (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 11
Willingness to work unsocial hours (a), (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of working in a Higher Education setting (a), (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Piano / accompanying skills and experience (a), (c)
Further Particulars
Warwick Arts Centre, sited on the campus of The University of Warwick is one of the largest multi artform venues in the UK. Warwick Arts Centre has recently celebrated 40 years of presenting inspiring art and entertainment to over 10 million visitors since opening in 1974. It maintains a strong reputation, regionally, nationally and internationally for a distinctive and innovative artistic programme making it a special place, integral to University life and an important resource for the public of Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

Based within the Warwick Arts Centre, the Music Centre is at the heart of campus. Our large ensembles regularly perform in its 1500-seat Butterworth Hall, whilst our smaller groups use the two theatres and a dedicated Ensemble Room. In addition we perform off-campus in venues such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and we frequently tour abroad to places such as Athens, Cork, Munich, Paris, Prague, Reims, Poland, Germany, Italy and even India! We also record CDs and take part (and win) competitions, both nationally and internationally.

Our Director of Music and Assistant Director are supported by a visiting staff of peripatetic tutors for a wide variety of instruments and voices. They also coach & advise students in workshops, ensuring Warwick’s reputation as one of the most enterprising campus Music Centres in the country.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

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Closing Date
30 Jun 2017

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