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