Association of British Orchestras

Director of Learning and Engagement

Royal Scottish National Orchestra £40,000 - £45,000 Closing date 01 March 2021
A unique opportunity has arisen to lead the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Learning and Engagement department.

The Director of Learning and Engagement will have an in-depth understanding of the arts and a strong commitment to learning, outreach and citizen engagement. An ability to be strategic, creative and a clear commitment to enrich people’s lives through the arts is essential. This does not necessarily have to be in an orchestral environment. However, a good understanding of music engagement and education is highly desirable for this role.

The right candidate will have worked in partnerships to deliver sustained education and engagement activities, and will have the ability to think strategically, and manage sometimes conflicting priorities and peaks in workload, to deliver large-scale arts engagement projects. The ability to manage budgets and the financial detail of projects, including commitments to funders, is a prerequisite.

Immediate priorities for the Director of Learning and Engagement include:

1. Capacity building and the creation of a new model of working to produce more Learning and Engagement activity and evolve our current Learning and Engagement programme. A commitment to working with RSNO musicians to achieve this is essential.
2. Creating clearly defined, well-articulated and strategically sound projects that will engage participants and attract funding. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential.
3. Strategically re-balancing artistic and learning work to increase reach. A commitment to digital innovation to achieve this reach is essential.

Most importantly, the successful candidate will have a belief in the opportunities, benefits and joy that engagement with orchestral music affords. They will make a commitment to bring this to the widest possible range of people in Scotland and beyond.

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