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Assistant Manager

£22,000p.a. pro rata

A unique opportunity to work for the leading organisation in enabling music making for those with physical disabilities. We are looking for someone to lead the teaching pilot projects to their conclusion and then develop the work into a wider reaching model.

The OHMI Trust
Birmingham, UK
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
14th December 2016

The OHMI Trust is seeking an Assistant to the General Manager, with special responsibilities for administrating our teaching programmes, for 20 hours a week at a salary of £22,000 pa paid pro rata. The role would be suitable for an individual working as either as an employee of the Trust or freelance under contract. The Trust’s office in Edgbaston, Birmingham, is donated by Tyndallwoods Solicitors, but staff and trustees generally operate from home, using all the usual communication technology.

Salary: £22,000 p.a., paid pro rata (i.e. ca £11,000 p.a.), or depending on experience.

Hours: 20 per week, but flexible. Some weekend and evening work will be expected, as circumstances and opportunities demand.

Key responsibilities:

– Oversee the direction of the teaching pilots in Birmingham and Surrey
– Liaise with all partners in the projects to ensure that all activities take place effectively and in a timely fashion
– Support all activities associated with the teaching pilots outside of day to day teaching
– Manage the collection of evaluation data throughout the project
– Report to funders about the progress of the project as required
– Keep the General Manager and Trustees informed about the progress of the project and any issues that have arisen
– Work with a team to promote the work of the Trust at key conferences and workshops

What we’re looking for:


– Understanding of music
– A genuine enthusiasm for OHMI’s objectives
– The ability to multi-task, to prioritise workloads, and to work flexibly
– A preference for team working
– Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
– Professional level IT skills


– Experience of working with schools and/or music hubs
– Experience of working with people with physical disabilities
– Previous experience of remote or home working

The aims of the OHMI Trust:

– To remove the barriers to participation in music-making for the disabled;
– To promote greater understanding of the current barriers to musical participation for the physically disabled

The primary obstacle to undifferentiated participation in music-making faced by people who are physically disabled is the absence of suitable instruments. There are virtually no conventional instruments that can be played without two fully functioning hands and arms, denying unlimited participation in musical life to those with congenital disabilities and amputees, as well as the millions who may have been injured, suffered a stroke or developed disabling conditions like arthritis. Crucial to meeting the aims of the OHMI Trust is the development, provision, and teaching of musical instruments to the disabled community.

We are meeting these aims through a number of projects;

– Through the international OHMI competition, challenging developers and instrument makers, to adapt or create instruments that can be played without the use of one hand and arm;
– Teaching the instruments, in collaboration with Music Hubs and other partner organisations
– Encouraging the manufacture of these instruments while addressing issues of cost and availability;
– Maintaining publicly available databases on instrument makers, musicians, teachers and related resources of use to disabled musicians
– Raising awareness with government and among the public of the inequalities faced by the disabled community

How to Apply

To apply please send a CV (including phone number and email address), a written statement (no more than two sides of A4) explaining your interest in the position and your relevant experience. Please email applications to Rachel Wolffsohn –

Closing Date:
14th December 2016
21 December 2016
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