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CEO Recruitment


The National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) is currently seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

Location: LCB Business Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RE
The role requires the individual to be in the office for 2 days a week.
The role will include some occasional UK travel and residential programmes where overnight stays will be necessary.

Application Deadline: midnight 21st April 2024

You can find further information on NYJC and a full CEO description by downloading the CEO information pack

CEO Role Outline

• Ensure a long-term strategy, business plan and budgets are in place to guide NYJC in the successful achievement of its objectives including the 3-year strategic plan and fundraising strategy.
• The Artistic Director is responsible for devising NYJC’s artistic strategies and plans. The CEO will work with the Artistic Director to ensure their strategies & plans to deliver NYJC’s artistic remit are in budget, resourced and meet NYJC’s organizational goals & objectives.
• Oversee delivery & implementation of NYJC’s strategy with the management team, board of trustees & partners.
• Provide strategic and financial leadership to the organisation as a whole, included overall organisational budgetary responsibility in accordance with NYJC’s financial delegation policy.
• Ensure that sufficient and appropriate financial, staff and technology resources are in place to deliver the organisation’s strategy, projects and services.
• Devise fundraising strategies, produce funding applications and pursue other sources of income for NYJC.
• Lead on all management functions at the organisational level including finance, income development, policies & procedures, human resources & contracts, evaluation, quality & operations.
• Support the Board of Trustees by providing high quality, regular management and monitoring information so that it can carry out its governance role.
• Ensure appropriate risk management, policies and systems are in place to enable NYJC to continue to operate efficiently and effectively and comply with all regulatory requirements.
• Ensure the work NYJC does is communicated effectively both internally and externally.
• Represent the organisation as required in relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, other arts organisations and funders.
• Work within NYJC’s equal opportunities, safeguarding, health & safety & other policies at all times.
• Line manage NYJC staff including the Finance Manager, Programme Manager, Head Chaperone (In charge of residential pastoral care) and Marketing & Comms Officer.

NYJC seeks a candidate who meets the following criteria as closely as possible:

• Extensive & demonstrable experience at Senior Management level, working closely with
Trustee or non-Executive Boards and Committees, in one or more of the following relevant
o Youth services
o Charitable bodies
o Cultural agencies
o Arts Council England and local authority funders
o Music organisations including National Youth Music Organisations
• A strong understanding of public & charitable sector funding, budgetary management & responsibilities
• Sound knowledge of charity sector governance issues and regulatory requirements
• Experience of devising strategies, plans and budgets, monitoring organisational performance and reporting against financial measures and other management information metrics
• Experience of line management and managing a team of disparate staff & volunteers, including both musical & administrative personnel
• Experience of leading or overseeing marketing strategies with the ability to build a core brand profile for NYJC

• Proactive and strategic leadership skills
• Financial acumen to understand, assess and interrogate financial data and information
• Ability to generate funds through grant applications, commercial sponsorship and individuals, and the necessary relationship management to ensure supporters receive value for money whilst ensuring resources are in place to enable NYJC to deliver and report on promised outcomes
• Strong skills in developing & sustaining partnerships within the music, education, political & commercial sectors
• Highly developed negotiation and advocacy skills
• Fluency with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and WordPress

• Experience of delivering arts & cultural programmes in the current financial climate
• An understanding of the wider musical & education world & its opportunities
• Knowledge of the music education sector and issues affecting teaching and children and young people
• Understanding working with young people’s music activities & organisations, ideally those delivering National Youth Music activities

Terms of Employment

Salary: £62,000- 65,780 pro rata, dependent on experience

Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata per annum, including public holidays

Hours of Work: 14 hours per week (equivalent to 2 days a week). NYJC would be happy to
consider more flexible working hours across 3 days upon further discussions and agreement with any successful applicant.

Application Process:

Please send your CV and one-page cover letter to NYJC’s Chair, Dan Francis, at outlining your suitability for the role and reasons for applying.

Please mark the email’s subject as “Application for NYJC’s CEO role”

Application Deadline: midnight 21st April 2024

Email from NYJC to all applicants: 5pm 29th April 2024

Round 1: 10am-5pm 7th May 2024 (In Leicester).
Round 2: 10am-5pm 14th May 2024 (in Leicester).
Employment Start Date: Anytime 28th May to 1st August 2024: Depending on notice needed to be served.

Should you have any questions about the role or NYJC more generally, please contact our Chair Dan Francis on and/or Executive Artistic Director Issie Barratt on (NB: Issie may be slow to respond while on the summer programme audition tour 10th March – 14th April 2024).

You can find further information on NYJC and a full CEO description by downloading the CEO information pack