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Acting Deputy Head of Service

£3,500 pcm

Camden Music Service is seeking an exceptional individual with wide experience of music services, hubs and trusts to act as deputy to the Acting Head of Service over the period September 2019 – Easter 2020.

Camden Music Service
Mornington Crescent, London NW1
Contract Type
Closing Date
19th July 2019

Acting Deputy Head of Camden Music Service (7 months, September 2019 – April 2020)

Camden is an extremely diverse, lively, and compact borough in Central London. It has about 60 schools. The arts and music are highly valued in Camden.

Camden Music Service leads the Camden Music Hub, and organises some 5,000 instrumental lessons weekly, runs 2 Saturday music centres, around 40 out-of-school ensembles and choirs, and a wide range of borough festivals and activities. It works closely with a number of arts organisations to deliver exciting, innovative projects designed to bring high quality music to an ever-widening range of young people.

An important project for 2020 is the 11th Camden Schools’ Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. This event brings 1800 children from every school in the borough together to sing in an evening performance with the senior borough ensembles and an orchestra of beginner players from the whole-class teaching programme.
With the retirement of Peter West, the founding Head of Service, we are seeking an exceptional individual with wide experience of music services, hubs and trusts to support the Acting Head of Service over the period September 2019 – Easter 2020 in maintaining a high quality of provision and in delivering the Schools’ Music Festival.

Basic objective of post
1. To act as deputy to the Acting Head of Camden Music Service in the efficient delivery of music services both in school and in the wider community.
2. To assist in the organisation and delivery of the Camden Schools Music Festival 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. To act as deputy to the Acting Head of the Music Service.
2. To administer the borough Sunday and holiday ensembles.
3. To answer queries and address complaints/concerns about the instrumental service, Saturday Music Centres and other music service activities as necessary, acting as a second point of escalation.
4. To support the work of the Camden Music Trust, by supplying information; attending and minuting meetings; advising Trustees and working with fundraisers; and reporting to funders.
5. To assist with the monitoring of instrumental teaching staff and to assist with recruitment and induction as necessary.
6. To attend Music Hub Network and Steering Group meetings as required and to act as Clerk to the Steering Group.
7. To oversee (timetable and invigilate) ABRSM special visits to be held in December 2019 and April 2020 if required.
8. To assist with the planning and delivery of the Camden Schools’ Music Festival 2020.
9. To undertake other tasks as necessary to ensure the efficient operation of the Music Service.

The Acting Deputy may be required to liaise with
Head teachers
Camden Learning
Music teachers and coordinators in Camden schools
Ensemble conductors
Instrumental tutors
National and local arts organisations

Person specification
Qualifications and training:
A music or arts degree or a teaching qualification

Experience of working in a music service or music Trust.
Experience of organising events
Experience of organising ensemble activities
Experience of using Paritor Ensemble or similar databases.
Experience of managing staff
Experience of delivering instrumental tuition

Skills and abilities:
Communication skills (verbal and written) at a high level and with a wide range of respondents
Ability to work flexibly, to be creative and to respond calmly and constructively in a high-pressure environment
Ability to work on own initiative and to prioritise and plan own workload, working to deadlines
Ability to work as part of a team.

Camden Council is committed to diversity. We encourage applications from all sections of our diverse community and welcome applications from candidates from a BME background.
Camden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

Fee: £3,500 pcm. The duties of the Acting Deputy may require work at weekends, or in the evenings on occasion, and by arrangement. Working hours are nominally 36 hours/week.

How to Apply

Please apply by email to

Prospective candidates are also invited to call Deborah Rees for an informal chat if they wish, on 020 7974 7235

Closing Date:
19th July 2019
Interviews will take place by arrangement in the period 22/7/1 9 – 2/8/19.
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