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Head of Devon LDP Music Service

An exciting leadership opportunity has arisen within Devon LDP Music Service, the lead organisation for Devon Music Education Hub.
Devon LDP Music Service is looking for an experienced and forward thinking individual with an inclusive vision to take the lead in optimising our work with all children and young people, schools and local communities in Devon. As a dynamic and inspirational leader with substantial experience, this is an opportunity for you to drive forward musical engagement and increase participation across the region, developing initiatives and enabling stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for local children and adults. The successful candidate will lead a distinct, exciting and thriving programme and have responsibility for setting the direction of travel for the next development phase of music education in Devon.

Babcock LDP
Contract Type
Full-Time Permanent
Closing Date
5th July 2018

Purpose of role:
• To give strategic leadership to Devon LDP Music Service (DMS), ensuring that all parts are working coherently to support the National Plan for Music Education (NPME);
• Provide expert and detailed advice to Devon Music Education Hub on national policies and expectations relating to music education;
• Ensure all children and young people in Devon have access to a wide variety of high quality music experiences;
• Deliver best practice in music education, demonstrated by Devon achieving excellent outcomes in comparison to regional and national standards and expectations.

Major Tasks and Activities:
• Lead and manage Devon LDP Music Service with direct line management of at least 2 Managers and indirect responsibility for at least 6 FTE staff;
• Take responsibility for team development and staff CPD and ensure regular cycle of PDRs are undertaken;
• Contribute to LDP Leadership Team;
• Support Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH) Board by advising on local, regional and national developments, preparing agendas and attending quarterly meetings;
• Chair termly DMEH Stakeholder meetings and communicate actions to DMEH Board;
• Lead collaborative policy and delivery strategies with staff and partner organisations;
• Maintain clear, measurable plans, budgets and performance targets for DMS and DMEH;
• Lead agendas to improve services in line with national standards and requirements;
• Monitor performance and outcome targets of colleagues and partner organisations;
• Consult with agencies, stakeholders, children and their families;
• Act as internal QA for the Devon Certificate for Music Educators (CME) qualification, delivered through DMEH delivery partner Wren Music.

Key Accountabilities and Deliverables for the role:
• Be the key link for communications with Arts Council England (ACE) and other relevant bodies, including Music Mark (regional and national), Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), Music Education Council (MEC) and Department for Education (DfE), for matters concerning music education;
• Produce annual Business and Action Plans which relate available funding to Service objectives and explain how Devon Music Education Hub’s Programme of Activity will be implemented;
• Ensure that all service strategies (including Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are inclusive and support core and extension activities documented in the National Plan for Music Education;
• Be proactive in developing positive partnerships which maximise musical opportunities for children and young people;
• Consult with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure that services meet local needs;
• Monitor service delivery and oversee quality assurance strategies including Continuing Professional Development opportunities for all music practitioners in Devon;
• Oversee an appraisal process which relates to individual targets within the team and motivates them to contribute effectively to the development of the Service;
• Promote musical events and opportunities to parents, schools and wider communities, to increase participation;
• Keep an overview of supply and demand in instrumental tuition and singing, promoting access and equal opportunities.

Role measures
• National performance targets in music education are met;
• Systems are in place that enable effective action to be taken to support schools where the need to improve music education is identified;
• Quality assurance arrangements are in place, consistently applied and regularly reviewed;
• Procedures that comply with the requirements of ACE and DfE are in place and in line with local practices and standards;
• National and regional networks are maintained and developed;
• There are clear and measurable plans in line with budgets;
• Babcock LDP managers and DMEH Board have awareness and understanding of the issues facing children/young people and the services that support them.

Additional Key Accountabilities:
• Protect assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
• Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Sector Knowledge
• Detailed knowledge of the NPME;
• Detailed knowledge of the Music Curriculum for Primary and Secondary schools;
• Knowledge of Music Education Hubs and strengths/challenges within the music education sector;
• Knowledge of professional associations e.g. MM, ISM, MEC;
• Knowledge of ACE processes and mechanisms relating to Music Education Hubs;
• Knowledge of how Bridge Organisations relate to Music Education Hubs;
• Knowledge of Cultural Education Partnerships.

Financial Responsibility:
• Financial Management and monitoring of a budget in excess of £1m ensuring VFM;
• Oversee service budgets to ensure that funding is properly deployed and accounted for, and that services are delivered within budget;
• Manage the process for devolving funds to school clusters to deliver Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) – currently £140k;
• Interpreting and analysing financial and performance management information in order to contribute and influence service design and commissioning;
• Authorising payment and approving purchase orders to a limit of £5,000.

Qualifications or equivalent experience:
• Qualified to initial degree 2:1 – essential;
• Leadership/management qualification e.g. ILM Level 5 Leadership & Management Qualification, Music Mark ‘Rising with the Tide’ – essential;
• PGCE – desirable;
• Post-graduate qualifications – desirable.

Knowledge and Skills:
• Detailed knowledge of current policies and practice in music education – essential;
• Active and varied CPD portfolio – essential;
• Knowledge of musical performance – desirable.
• Leadership skills for chairing meetings and leading agendas – essential ;
• Highly developed communication skills required to manage a team of staff and liaise with internal and external agencies and stakeholders – essential;
• Excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills – essential;
• Excellent IT skills required to create and respond to communications and compile reports – essential.

Essential experience:
• Extensive post qualification experience;
• Proven track record in management including managing budgets;
• Demonstrable experience of managing and motivating teams to achieve significant service improvements and improved outcomes for children and young people;
• Evidence of a successful background of innovation, initiative and achievement including participation in projects spanning professional boundaries;
• Success in raising standards and of developing and using performance data in securing service improvements;
• Evidence of working in effective partnerships to secure best outcomes for children and further build on current partnership arrangements across Devon;
• Experience of setting and achieving organisational performance targets and standards;
• Excellent working knowledge of new media as a means of communication and learning and to reach the broadest audience;
• Experience of interpreting and analysing financial and performance management information in order to contribute and influence service design and commissioning;
• Evidence of short and long term planning required to lead and manage a service and ensure delivery of the best standards of practice and to achieve local and national performance expectations.

• Experience of instrumental, singing or ensemble teaching;
• Experience of managing large-scale performances;
• Personal skills in musical performance;
• Experience of working with school leadership teams and governing bodies;
• Evidence of building positive relationships with Councillors and Stakeholders.
Being Babcock’ guiding principles (linked to PDR)
• Build great relationships based on trust
o Support each other
o Give honest feedback
• Never compromise on health and safety
o Ensure everyone goes home safe every day
o Challenge unsafe behaviour
• Respect people and value their diversity
o Treat everyone without courtesy and thoughtfulness
o Listen to others’ points of view
• Trust our people to deliver
o Respect colleagues’ expertise
o Create an environment where everyone can excel
• Thrive on complexity
o Be a problem solver
o Keep a cool head in a crisis
• Challenge ourselves and each other
o Always look for better ways of doing things
o Embrace opportunities to learn
• Safeguard customers’ reputations
o Achieve positive outcomes for each other
o Take ownership and responsibility
• Always strive to deliver
o Be flexible when it counts
o Deliver to the highest standards

The Disclosure and Barring Service Check requirement for this post is: Enhanced Check and DBS Children’s Barred List.


For details please contact Lyn Shaddick, Interim Strategic Manager – Support Services, Babcock LDP. Mob: 0447850215454

How to Apply

For details please contact Lyn Shaddick, Interim Strategic Manager – Support Services, Babcock LDP. Mob: 0447850215454

Closing Date:
5th July 2018
16th-17th July
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