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Youth Engagement Officer

£20-£25 per hour depending on experience

Kingston Music Service (KMS) is seeking a Youth Engagement Officer to develop its work with young people aged 11-18 and with secondary schools across the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. This exciting opportunity will involve the management of three pioneering projects involving Kingston Youth Music Board, and partnering with local secondary schools, community groups and other Music Education Hubs.

Kingston Music Service
Remote working; in schools and venues around Royal Borough Kingston as needed
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
7th October 2021

Start date: 18 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Length of Employment: 6 months
Working Hours: flexible hours including office hours and occasional evenings and weekends
Hours per week: 21

Responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting regularly with secondary school music teachers individually or in groups to discuss their needs and update them on KMS projects.
  • Working with schools and youth groups to identify potential new members of the Kingston Youth Music Board (aged 14-18), and coordinate meetings.
  • Working with existing KMS students aged 11-18 and assisting with the development of a Young Leaders programme.
  • Building relationships with other Music Education Hubs that are part of the Youth Voice Steering Group.
  • Taking a lead on upcoming KMS projects that are aimed at students aged 11-18 and identify future opportunities based on ongoing needs analysis. In 2021-22 this will include a music heritage project, a
  • Youth Voice project, and the Kingston Young Musician of the Year competition.

The post holder will work 3 days per week on a 6-month contract. Some work may be done remotely, but they will be expected to travel to the Kingston area as required for meetings in schools, at the KMS office in Chessington, and for events such as workshops and concerts. Hours will be flexible and will include a mixture of office hours with occasional evenings and weekends. Remuneration will be at a competitive daily rate.

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About Us:
KMS is the Music Education Hub for the Royal Borough of Kingston. It is part of the council’s Culture and Heritage Service (which encompasses libraries, adult education, heritage and arts commissioning). It is responsible for delivering the National Plan for Music Education across the borough in partnership with its primary, secondary and special schools.

KMS’ work in schools includes curriculum support and CPD for teachers, whole class instrumental lessons, a singing strategy, and individual lessons. KMS also runs music centres after school and on Saturday mornings in locations across the borough: provision includes bands, orchestras, music clubs, choirs and theory lessons, as well as individual and small group lessons for children and adults. In addition it offers instrument hire and repairs, and has its own recording studio. Other activities include concerts, workshops, and annual schools’ festivals at The Rose Theatre and other venues..

About You:
The successful candidate will have a background in youth arts education, be creative, innovative and well-organised; and be committed to enriching the lives of young people of all abilities and backgrounds through music. Advanced qualifications in music and/or education are an advantage. Prior experience of working with young people is essential.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake GDPR and safe-guarding training before commencing employment.

Additional Information
Royal Borough Kingston prides itself on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

We are proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer and this means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.

For further information please email

How to Apply

To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the job to

Please note that the closing deadline for applications and interview dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Due to the ongoing COVID situation, interviews for short listed candidates will take place virtually through video technology for the foreseeable future.

Closing Date:
7th October 2021
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