Key Information:

Grade             Grade 3, £17,682

Contract         Full time, fixed term

Hours             35 hours per week

Start date: TBC, likely 1st August 2021



This is an exciting one-year opportunity for a recent Durham University graduate. The post holder will work within Experience Durham specifically supporting the development of college music.


The successful candidate will work closely with Experience Durham and Music Durham to:


  • Assist in the development of a cohesive and coordinated approach to student music between the colleges, within the wider University strategy
  • Increase participation in student music at college level
  • Enhance the profile and promotion of student music within the University and colleges.
  • Support students delivering musical activities within their colleges.

Role and Duties


College Music Development

  • To support and encourage the on-going development of existing and new music groups and activities including meeting regularly with college music representatives, JCRs, and College Principals
  • To work with college music groups to research and provide activities and opportunities that meet the diverse needs and interests of students.
  • To support student groups and societies in the administration, organisation and development of their activities, events and structures.
  • To work to ensure a culture of participation, empowerment and personal development within student music groups and societies.
  • To provide administrative support to societies and groups on budget, income and expenditure, student group plans and the end of year report.
  • To ensure the successful implementation of policies and procedures for student music groups and societies.
  • Support College musicians in securing funding and equipment, including through internal and external grant applications
  • Support the student chair of the College Music Committee and act on their discussions
  • Coordinating music groups for college functions
  • To work with students to continue to build online provision, recognising the advantages of a strong online output in addition to in-person activity.


Marketing and Promotion

  • To work with the Partners and individual college music organisations to increase the profile of college music and enhance the promotion of individual productions within the University.
  • To work within existing marketing and publicity frameworks to increase the profile if opportunities designed to increase levels of student participation.
  • To work with Partners to improve the publicity and promotion of college music events within the University.


Community Programme

  • To coordinate the development and delivery of a music community programme within the colleges in conjunction with SCA.
  • To work alongside SCA to ensure volunteering projects are running to safe and professional standards, DBS checks are completed and all volunteering hours are recorded accurately on the volunteer data base.

Person Specification


Applications will be measured against the criteria listed below. Applications must provide evidence of how candidates meet the criteria.


Essential criteria

  • Recent graduate of Durham University as an undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • Experience of music performance, preferably within a College environment
  • Experience of organisation and leadership within student music groups
  • Willing and able to work in student-led, democratic environment
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and removing barriers to participation
  • Able to work effectively in a team and using own initiative
  • Detailed knowledge of music


Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of marketing
  • Experience of broadening engagement and participation
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including use of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work within different college structures, some with more autonomy than others



The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Sunday 31st January

Applications should be submitted, by email, to [email protected].

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like to be offered the post and what skills and experience you possess to allow you to succeed in the role.

Interviews will take place on 5th February

Proposed start date 1st August 2020