Association of British Orchestras

Chief Executive Officer

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland £50k + Closing date 19 August 2021
The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) has been nurturing Scotland’s talented young musicians for over 40 years, providing them with opportunities to experiment, learn, develop, work as a team and play - as well as perform to a professional standard. Our alumni include world-famous classical musicians and leading jazz musicians, and we’re passionate about providing opportunities for the next generation.

Despite the challenges to live performance and communal playing caused by the pandemic, there are plenty of causes for optimism and celebration here. And, as our CEO, you’ll provide the strategic plan we need for our post-pandemic recovery.

It’s an exciting time – and we have ambitious plans. Your role will be to make sure we achieve them. As our public face, you’ll be in a high-profile position in the Scottish and international arts world; championing musical opportunity for our young people.

With responsibilities ranging from governance and organisational planning to delivery of the artistic programme, you’ll need to work closely with the NYOS Board and freelance Artistic Directors, as well as leading and supporting the NYOS team. You’ll also foster critical relationships with Creative Scotland, youth organisations and national companies.

We’re looking for someone with considerable people, budget and resource management experience in an Arts, Music or Educational organisation. And, whilst an understanding of artistic direction and programming is key, we are even more interested in your ability to oversee the strategic and business aspects of our organisation, and ensure it is resilient in the face of future challenges. A talent for creative thinking and financial planning, as well as a genuine passion for the UK and world-wide music scene, will be absolutely essential.

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Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Gateshead,
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