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Professional Development Coordinator

£21,000-£23,000 per annum

Kent Music is a significant provider of music education in Kent and the lead partner of the Music Education Hub for the county.

This exciting new role will co-ordinate the annual professional development and quality assurance programme for Kent Music. The role provides key support to the Head of Education with the delivery and development of CPD and quality assurance programmes.

Kent Music
Contract Type
Full-Time Permanent
Closing Date
16th January 2017

Purpose of the Role

To co-ordinate the annual professional development and relevant quality assurance programme for Kent Music.

The role provides key support to the Head of Education with the delivery and development of CPD and quality assurance programmes.

About Kent Music

Kent Music a music education charity and the lead partner for the Music Education Hub for Kent. The organisation is driven by a core belief that music changes lives. It does this through the provision of instrumental & vocal tuition in schools, music groups in local areas and advanced level programmes such as the County Youth Orchestra, County Choirs & Wind Orchestra and the annual Kent Music Summer School.

As the lead partner for the Music Education Hub, Kent Music works closely with partners and schools to: co-ordinate and deliver high quality professional development for all music practitioners across Kent; support schools to embed a culture of the arts; be an innovative leader that facilitates and provides inclusive and accessible music making for all children and young people.

  1. Our Values
    § We believe that all children and young should have access to music education with no barriers.
    § We believe that working in partnership with others achieves more than we can achieve on our own.
    § We believe that our staff, students and partners can depend on us to deliver a consistent high quality service.
    § We believe that innovation and creativity must be central to all our activities.
    § We believe that our students deserve as wide a choice and diversity of music education as possible.
    § We believe in providing sustainable activities that enable our students to fulfil their potential.
    § We believe that listening to our staff, students and partners enables us to improve all that we do.
  2. About the Role
    Line managed by the Head of Education and working closely with the Senior Leadership team and Education department, the post holder will take responsibility for coordinating the annual programme of delivery for professional development and quality assurance.

Main Duties
The post holder will work closely with the Head of Education to create a CPD programme that reflects the needs of peripatetic and classroom teachers across Kent.

Coordinate the delivery of the annual CPD programme for peripatetic and classroom teachers across Kent with a view to developing a varied programme to support all areas of music delivery and increase accessibility including professional development for internal staff.

Provide administration and delivery support for CPD events including bookings, venue hire and logistics, providing
support materials or resources for activities and booking external practitioners.

Ensure that professional development activities are effectively evaluated and that this evaluation informs future

Work with the Head of Communication on the creation and content of marketing materials to advertise Kent Music’s professional development offer.

Alongside the Head of Education, pro-actively engage with other organisations and professional development opportunities to observe best practice to aid with building a picture of current trends in music education.

Support the Head of Education and Education Manager (Tuition) to create and manage a Teaching & Learning Framework for quality assurance across Kent Music and Hub activities. Liaise with schools and teachers to coordinate and record visits and establish an effective working group to advise on the development of quality

Co-ordinate the collection of professional development data and produce reports as requested.

  1. Person Specification

(a) Essential requirements

Experience of high quality music teaching preferably as an instrumental or vocal teacher.

Experience of delivering training events.

Understanding of quality assurance programmes in an education setting.

Understanding of current trends in music education and of the context surrounding the work of Kent Music and partner music education organisations.

Up-to-date knowledge of the national curriculum for music at all key stages and a good knowledge of the specific issues relating to classroom and instrumental teaching and learning.

Excellent communication and written skills, able to communication clearly to all stakeholders and relate well to people in a wide range of roles and contexts including parents, teachers and school personnel.
Well organised and able to prioritise a complex workload.

(b) Desirable requirements

Education to degree level or equivalent preferably with a specialism in music education.

Experience of devising quality assurance programmes for peripatetic and/or classroom music teachers.

Experience of managing a budget.

Other Information

You will be based at Kent Music’s offices in Maidstone and required to travel throughout Kent and thus have access to a car and possess a full driving license. Office hours are 37 per week.

You will be computer literate, able to use all Microsoft Office programmes and the internet. The holiday entitlement for this post is 22 days per year, rising by one day per year to a maximum of 27 days. This entitlement is in addition to statutory bank holidays.
Some evening and weekend work may be required to attend and coordinate events for which time off in lieu can be offered.

You will be computer literate, able to use all Microsoft Office programmes and the internet.

How to Apply

Please see the Kent Music website and download an application form

Please send your completed application to Alison Haigh at by 5pm on Monday 16th January 2017

Closing Date:
16th January 2017
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