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					Job Title:   Education & Outreach Officer

Reporting to: Head of Marketing and Development

Location:    Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7FF

Hours:       Monday-Friday 9am -5pm. Out-of-hours work will be required to facilitate
             education projects. No overtime payments will be made. Time off in lieu
             will be given.

Salary:      £20,700

Job:         Fixed term until 31 December 2012
             (Maternity Leave Cover)

Context:     The Ulster Orchestra’s Education & Outreach programme reaches some
             35,000 young people and families each year, ranging from music workshops
             with individual musicians in class rooms, to full-scale concerts for primary
             and secondary school pupils as well as numerous family concerts. The
             award winning programme of activities includes Come and Play, inviting
             amateur musicians to perform for a day with the Orchestra, and innovative
             projects such as The Cake Club orchestra, in which members of the local
             community (regardless of musical ability) create a piece of music and
             perform it with the Orchestra. Partnerships with businesses and other
             funders are an increasingly important part of our work, and creating
             ‘bespoke’ projects ensures that the Orchestra’s Education & Outreach work
             is constantly developed.

             The Education & Outreach Officer works within a closely-knit team as part
             of the Marketing and Development department, and collaborates with
             colleagues in areas such as orchestral and artistic planning, press and
             publicity, funding applications and new media to ensure that the Orchestra
             develops its relationship with new audiences and the wider community.

Job Description:

   1. To co-ordinate all Ulster Orchestra education and community outreach work
      throughout Northern Ireland including schools workshops, pre-concert talks,
      masterclasses, special education projects, sponsor-related projects, participation
      events etc.

   2. To be responsible (with the support of the Marketing Team) for marketing all
      education and outreach projects to ensure target audience is reached for each
      project/workshop and that attendance levels at events are achieved.

   3. To work closely with the Marketing Team in drafting press releases, writing copy for
      marketing brochures, producing content for the website and weekly concert

   4. To work closely with the Press and Marketing Officer to ensure that PR is achieved
      for education and community outreach events where appropriate.

   5. To work closely with the Concerts Team on the scheduling of education and outreach
      events and concerts.

   6. To liaise with all relevant stakeholders e.g. Education and Library boards, local
      councils, universities etc to develop and deliver education and outreach projects.

   7. To work closely with the CEO and Head of Marketing and Development to initiate
      ideas for developing audiences.

   8. To ensure that young audiences who are introduced to the Orchestra through
      education projects become regular attendees at family and popular classics concerts.

   9. To keep strict budgetary control of income and expenditure on education and
      outreach projects.

   10. To develop budgets, as requested, for funding applications for education and
       outreach projects.

   11. To organise, as appropriate, ‘in-service’ training for players.

12. To provide written bi-monthly updates for the Board of Directors regarding
    Education and Outreach activity.

13. To record and monitor all education and community outreach activity and provide
    management information as and when required for funders such as Arts Council NI
    (ACNI), Belfast City Council (BCC), Arts and Business (A&B) etc.

14. To take part in weekly Marketing and Development Team meetings and work closely
    with the Development Team to develop projects that meet sponsors needs.

15. To ensure that relevant sections of the website are kept up-to-date.

16. To record (photo, video, audio) activity where appropriate and upload onto the

17. To develop social networking in order to ‘reach out’ to new audiences.

18. To carry out any other duties as required by management.

Person Specification


   1. A third level qualification in Music or Education.
   2. Demonstrable experience of working in the Music or Education sectors.
   3. If qualifications and experience are primarily in Education, then a strong knowledge
      of music must be demonstrable.
   4. Demonstrable project management and/or event management experience.
   5. Experience of writing copy for marketing publications including drafting press
      releases, copy for concert programmes, content for website.
   6. Excellent IT skills including the use of all MS Office packages, web content
      management systems and social media channels e.g. Facebook and Twitter.
   7. A working knowledge of primary and post-primary education systems in Northern


   1. A post graduate qualification in Music or Education.
   2. Experience of working with an Orchestra.
   3. Experience as a Music Teacher.
   4. Experience of using recording equipment e.g. photography, videography, audio
   5. Experience of working with older people.


   1. A working knowledge of the NI Schools Curriculum (CCEA).
   2. A keen interest in and a working knowledge of classical music and music education.
   3. Ability to write reports (e.g. for Board of Management) and deliver presentations.
   4. Creative flair and imagination in devising new and delivering results driven-projects.
   5. Ability to work under pressure.
   6. Excellent organisational skills.
   7. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
   8. A positive, open-minded and proactive attitude.
   9. Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
   10. Ability to work within tight budgetary constraints.
   11. Strong ambassadorial skills necessary for representing the Ulster Orchestra when
       dealing with stakeholders.
   12. A clean driving license.

Application Process

The recruitment of this post will be managed through Prestige Employment.

Please contact Prestige Employment to apply for this post.

Newry: 028 30252107

Belfast: 028 95 810181

Dublin: 00 353 1 4429987

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 September 2011.


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