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Head of Music Service

Leadership Scale L12 – L16

For September 1st 2018 City of Wolverhampton Council are seeking to appoint a Head of Service to lead Wolverhampton Music Service. The post holder will have responsibility for the leadership, management and development of a highly effective music service to schools and the wider community.

City of Wolverhampton Council
Wolverhampton Music School
Contract Type
Full-Time Permanent
Closing Date
17th May 2018

Following the retirement of the existing Head of Service, City of Wolverhampton Council seeks to appoint a dynamic and forward thinking Head of Music Service to lead a committed and enthusiastic team of staff. Wolverhampton Music Service is the lead for the Wolverhampton Music Education Hub, for which it receives government funding through Arts Council England to provide music opportunities, tuition and support for all children and young people within Wolverhampton. The service works in partnership with schools and other education providers to improve standards, raise achievement and enrich the quality of education for pupils of all ages and abilities.

The Music Service provides:
• children and young people with access to instrumental and vocal tuition
• music opportunities through the provision of ensembles, concerts and workshops
• support in the music curriculum offered by schools

The Head of Service will have responsibility for the leadership, management and development of an effective music service to schools and the wider community.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide appropriate leadership to ensure quality music services are available to schools across the City
• Formulate the overall aims and objectives for the Service and articulate these in an appropriate Local Authority Music Plan, which includes an annual programme of concerts, projects and festivals
• Liaise and consult effectively with parents, young people, schools, and other stakeholders in order to develop services which meet local needs and which actively promote the use of the service
• Ensure that the Service is responsive to the needs of schools, other partners in the development of high quality music education
• Develop and sustain effective partnership arrangements with other organisations to broaden the scope of opportunities that can be offered to children and young people across the city.
• Provide effective professional performance management and reporting throughout the service including the setting of targets, monitoring and evaluation of performance
• Exercise pastoral responsibility for all of the Service’s staff, advising on professional development, dealing with complaints and being responsible for disciplinary and grievance procedures
• Manage service resources to ensure high quality service delivery, having overall responsibility for the Service’s budget and adherence to the Council’s financial regulations and procedures
• Secure the effective oversight of service level agreements, extra sessions, concerts and performances
• Participate in the teaching of pupils to such an extent as may be appropriate having regard to leadership and other duties (that is, conducting concerts/orchestras outside teaching hours)
• Attract appropriate funding to secure the sustainability of the Service, ensuring maximum benefit for children and young people
• Recruit and deploy both teaching and non-teaching staff within the Service, ensuring appropriate induction and professional support
• Exercise day to day management of the Music Service accommodation, ensuring effective and safe working relationship with other users of the site.
• Ensure comprehensive data on children and young people’s involvement and outcomes is available to inform service development and reporting of impact to other agencies
• Contribute to defined management structures within the Division
• Report to and advise senior officers and Elected Members on matters relating to the services provided
• Be involved, as appropriate, in the work of local, regional, national and international partnerships to ensure that all children and young people have access to educational opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential
• Represent/lead on music development across the city, and also represent the Council in regional and national networks
• Promote and develop the Service through effective relationships with persons and bodies locally and nationally to ensure that the profile of the music support within the City is raised

Within a day to day framework, the post-holder will as appropriate also be required to:
– travel throughout the city and beyond
– work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as required.
– ensure that the Council’s policies are carried through into practice and that the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy is an integral part of all service delivery and employment procedures.
– undertake a systematic study of his/her practice with a consequent programme of self/professional development to ensure that the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding are kept updated.
– undertake such other duties which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature of the duties/responsibilities/grade of the post as defined, subject to any reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act 2010 and that normally any changes of a permanent nature shall be incorporated into the job description in specific terms;
– ensure a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

How to Apply

Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the position please contact Chris Norton, Head of Music Service by email on
An application form, job description and person spec can be found through the following link

City of Wolverhampton Council welcomes applicants irrespective of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Closing Date: Noon 17th May 2018

Closing Date:
17th May 2018
Friday 25th May 2018
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