Association of British Orchestras

Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer

The Purcell School £27,000 to £30,000 Closing date 31 May 2022
Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer

The School seeks to appoint a creative and dynamic individual to lead and coordinate its student recruitment and related outreach activity. The successful candidate will possess the skills, experience and personality to build meaningful relationships with other schools, music hubs and youth music organisations to ensure the School can achieve its aim of managed growth over the next five years. The ability to identify and foster new relationships, both nationally and internationally will be vital to the success of this objective. The post holder, who will be an innovative musical animateur, will also conceive, manage, facilitate and deliver a range of exciting outreach events throughout the year aimed at enhancing the School’s reputation and profile, and engaging directly with young musicians for whom the School might become a destination of choice in the future.

We anticipate that the post holder will spend a proportion of their time “on the road” working with young people as well as with existing and potential feeder institutions. The School’s mission is to seek out and recruit those with the potential to become outstanding musicians from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds and receive dedicated funding from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme to enable this. We are keen to significantly diversify our intake in the coming years.

This is an exciting time to join The Purcell School. We have just ratified a new strategic plan ( which outlines some ambitious and exciting initiatives for the future, many of which will form a central part of the remit of this role. If you are passionate about music education, have some experience of (or can demonstrate a clear understanding of) successful recruitment and outreach initiatives and want to work with some of the most gifted young people in the world, this role could be for you!

Terms and Conditions


£27,000 to £30,000 depending upon experience
2 year fixed term contract with the possibility to extend
Full time (52 weeks per annum)


This job description reflects the present requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.

Above all, the post holder must be aware of the current legal requirements, school policies and guidance on the safeguarding and promotion of the well-being of children and young people.

There is a 6 months’ probation period, with notice of one term on either side, after which the post will be confirmed as permanent. This post is subject to regular appraisal.

Job Specification
The Purcell School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

JOB TITLE: Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer


Director of Music/Bursar


To work with the Director of Music on the formation of a comprehensive recruitment strategy with clearly defined targets
To analyse current recruitment trends to inform the above
To engage with, nurture and develop existing recruitment partner organisations
To identify potential new recruitment partners, broker new relationships and devise recruitment initiatives
To identify and explore potential new markets (including international) and to act as a point of contact with potential agents and other international partners
To work closely with the Registrar and School Office to ensure a smooth student journey from first contact to enrolment
To contribute to the design, planning and delivery of key school recruitment days such as Open Mornings, Departmental Days and informal visits
To identify and facilitate outreach opportunities which are likely to impact positively upon recruitment
To conceive, devise and deliver a programme of engaging outreach activities both within school and elsewhere to raise the profile of the school and engage with potential students
To act as a public ambassador for the School and represent us at functions, events, conferences and educational exhibitions
To work with the Principal and Fundraising teams to identify possible external funding streams for specific outreach projects
To advise and brief the Director of Music and/or Principal on key events, contacts and events they should engage with


To promote the aims and values of the School
To support and protect the interests of the students
To support colleagues in their work
To ensure the smooth-running of the School and the well-being of the School community
To act in accordance with the current legal requirements, School policies and guidance on the safeguarding of children and young people
To undertake such administrative and supervisory duties as may be required
To follow the procedures and policies set out in the Staff Handbook
To promote equality by actively protecting staff and students from discrimination

Person Specification
Experience and Knowledge
Demonstrable experience of the delivery of high quality engagement/outreach initiatives
A detailed understanding of music education landscape within the UK and possibly internationally
Experience of working with young musicians of all ages and experiences
A first degree in music or related arts discipline applicable to the nature of the role is desirable

Ability and Skills
Ability to work independently and with self-motivation
Ability to research, analyse and process detailed information
Exemplary organisational and communication skills at all levels
Demonstrable ability to engage positively with existing stakeholders and proactively approach and nurture new partners
The ability to get the most out of available resources (be that finance, people or time)

Personal Attributes
A genuine and infectious passion for high quality music education and the development of young musicians
A flexible, positive and open-minded approach to working

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please complete the School’s Application Form (available on our website) and send it with a supporting Personal Statement to the Director of Music as soon as possible. Please do not send a separate curriculum vitae.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2022.  Personal statements should outline your relevant experience and evidence your achievements.

The selection process will include an interview and presentation. Candidates will be required to bring evidence of identity and qualifications to the interview.  We will interview shortlisted candidates , in school, during w/c 6th June 2022.

Applications should be made to the Director of Music, sent by email to the below address.

Contact details
01923 331100
The Purcell School
Aldenham Road
WD23 2TS

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