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Strategic Lead Officer – Liverpool City Region Music Hub

  • Employer: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Reference: I&D/24/283022
  • Published: Fri 07/06/2024, 22:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 30/06/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £56,070 - £66,558
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside

Please note, this post is subject to funding.


About the Role

As the newly announced Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) Music Hub we are looking to recruit an exceptional individual to lead and provide strategic direction for the development, implementation and management of the new LCR Music Hub as appointed by Arts Council England (ACE).


As the Strategic Lead you will enable the successful transition of current music service provision into one centrally co-ordinated Music Hub for the city region & Warrington, providing music education services and Hub programmes working with a wide range of partners, funders, stakeholders and young people. 


You will develop and implement an innovative and ambitious Local Plan for Music Education (LPME) and Commissioning Framework to support inclusive and diverse music education and progression routes for children and young people within formal and informal learning settings.


The post holder will be responsible for identifying and maximising opportunities to generate alternative income and investment to support the development, growth and realise the vision of the city region Music Hub.


About the person

We are seeking someone who has the knowledge, skills and expertise to:

  • Develop a visionary and ambitious Local Plan for Music Education (LPME) and Commissioning Framework for the LCR Music Hub.
  • Act as the lead Commissioner for music education provision across the LCR Music Hub.
  • Initiate and lead on effective sector and stakeholder consultation working in partnership with a new Music HLO Board and established and respected organisations including the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music.
  • Build successful strategic partnerships and identify income generation / fundraising opportunities which would enable additional investment and provision for young people within the Music Hub.
  • Establish and maintain excellent collaborative relationships with both existing and new partners through effective communication and strong leadership.
  • Represent the LCR Music Hub to a range of external partners and provide direct reports into the Music HLO Board, LCR Music Board, LCR Combined Authority, Arts Council England and Department for Education.
  • Champion and embed the Music Hub’s commitment to diversity, access and inclusion, ensuring best practice and approaches across all delivery, championing young people’s and wider community engagement.
  • Promote creative quality and innovation across all activities, setting and maintaining high standards and expectations.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Educated to degree level with Music/Music Education/Teaching Qualification or relevant experience.
  • Management / leadership qualification or ability to demonstrate relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of the National Plan for Music Education and its aspirations
  • Knowledge of the relationship between Local Authorities, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Hub Lead Organisation
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practice within music education for young people from a range of backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Experience of working in a senior strategic role including business planning, reporting and implementation.
  • Demonstrable success and experience generating income and investment from a range of sources.
  • Experience of building, leading and managing effective teams and partnerships
  • A track record of successfully leading a music, arts or cultural organisation, or a major project in one of these fields with a focus on young people.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to engage with a range of colleagues, stakeholders, young people and delivery partners.
  • Ability to seek out new partnerships and collaborations while maintaining the existing relationships.
  • Ability to lead and manage change in the organisation at local and City Region level.
  • Ability to lead the relationship with Arts Council England to ensure that the Music Hub maintains the quality of music provision during a time of change for all young people.


As this is a newly created role the postholder may be required to undertake other appropriate duties as deemed necessary.


We are looking for a candidate who has a comprehensive understanding of Music Education, has experience and is successful in leading and managing complex programmes, including those with young people, is experienced in managing and maintaining excellent partnerships and has a demonstrable track record in securing investment and income generation. We highly encourage candidates to provide examples of this experience in their supporting statement.


Other information:

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

We are keen for this role to start ideally before or by 1 September 2024.

Interviews are likely to take place within the first two weeks of July 2024.


If you think you match the job description and our values then click on the link to apply, indicating how you meet the person specification.


About the organisation

Our vision is to create a fairer, stronger and cleaner city region. Somewhere we can all be proud of, where no one is left behind. To make our vision a reality we’re looking for people, from all walks of life, who reflect the diversity of our communities, feel connected to our vision, and who role model our three behaviours. 

We work together to make investments in areas that have a real impact on our communities, such as transport, employment, culture, digital and housing.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone benefits from the decisions we make. We want to create an environment which allows our economy to thrive for the good of everyone who lives and works in Liverpool City Region


Staff benefits

  • Local Government Pension Scheme contributions between 5.5% and 12.5%
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 29 days rising to 34 days after 5 years service, as well as bank holidays and the option to buy 10 additional days.
  • Free travel around Liverpool City Region with an All-Zone Metro card worth £1,450 per year plus All Zones Off Peak Trio ticket for your spouse or partner
  • Flexible and hybrid working
  • 24/7 access to Employee Assistance Programme for you and your family and Free counselling service
  • Corporate discounts at council-owned gyms
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Coaching, mentoring, apprenticeships, and professional qualifications including paid membership fees and even a £1k interest free learning loan for any non-job-related learning.


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all candidates who met the essential criteria in the job description and who have declared that they: have a disability, are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, are a member of a reservist or have close family links to a member of the Armed Forces as we are under-represented by people from these communities.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.


  • Role Description

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, CV applications will only be accepted alongside a completed personal and monitoring information online application form.

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  • Employer: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Reference: I&D/24/283022
  • Published: Fri 07/06/2024, 22:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 30/06/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £56,070 - £66,558
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside

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