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Job Vacancy: Head of Communications (Maternity Cover)

Application closing date: 9am on Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Posted on 19 November 2021


The External Relations and Strategic Development team at Sage Gateshead is looking for new colleagues.

We’re the team that looks after development, communications, and business planning for the organisation. This includes everything from: hosting donor receptions, creating digital projects, writing our business plans, and coming up with new ways to tell our big story as a national music centre based in the North East.

There are currently 14 excellent people in our team who come from a variety of different backgrounds and have a wide range of professional experiences.

We’re hoping to find new colleagues to support us with fundraising and communications. If you’re passionate about music and creativity and have the skills to tell the story of its powerful impact on people and communities, we’d love to hear from you.

We want to recruit great people and are open to candidates with a range of experiences and skills. Our Job Descriptions set out what we envisage the roles will cover and should help you decide if you feel they are right for you. If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, or feel you could offer something different to our team, we encourage you to apply stating what you’d bring to the role and the team. If you would like to discuss the role further before completing an application please contact us and we can arrange an informal discussion with Fraser Anderson, Director of External Relations and Strategic Development.

We’re seeking a Head of Communications to take an overall lead on Communications while a colleague is taking maternity leave. We’re also seeking another maternity cover as Head of Development, taking a lead on the Development Team overall. We are willing to consider a range of working arrangements. We’d consider freelance arrangements or a straight maternity cover. As a growing team, there may be the opportunity to join the department beyond the period of cover.

It’s a great time to join our team. During the last 12 months we’ve more than doubled our fundraised income, and we’re producing some exciting new work to shout about, including our award-winning The World How Wide project, a brilliant programme of music-making classes, and an exciting and innovative season of creative work. We’ve just announced Variations, a project which asked artists to explore issues of the pandemic and climate crisis, featuring John Grant, Tune-Yards, Moor Mother and Yoko Ono and Anohni.

We have some of the finest facilities for music making in the country, a world-class orchestra, and support an inclusive music learning programme that reaches 50,000 each year. Join us and help to make all of this and more happen!


>>To find out more about the Head of Communications role please view our recruitment pack.

We recognise and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. You will be welcomed at Sage Gateshead and will find an inclusive environment where different views and experiences are valued, and everyone is able to be themselves.

We welcome all candidates, and it is our policy that all applicants and employees receive equal treatment irrespective of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marital status or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity or gender reassignment.


How to Apply

Applications should be made on a North Music Trust online application form. Please let us know if you need any adjustments or support to apply for this role. We will consider any reasonable adjustments that you may need if you are successful in being appointed to this role.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application please contact [email protected]

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9am on Wednesday 22nd December 2021.


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