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Looking for new colleagues

Posted on 22 November 2021

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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.

Across all our posts 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.

Within the Fundraising Team, we’re looking to appoint someone as a Development Manager who will work primarily at building relationships with, and support from, individual donors and businesses. We’re also seeking a Head of Development to take an overall lead on fundraising while a colleague is taking maternity leave. Across both posts we are willing to consider a range of working arrangements – ideally, we would love one or more to be based in the North East and have good fundraising experience, but will remain open.

Within Communications, we’re looking to appoint a Corporate Communications Coordinator to work alongside two senior colleagues on our busy communications campaigns and PR office. We’re also seeking another maternity cover as Head of Communications, taking a lead on the Communications Team overall. As with all posts, we’re willing to consider a range of working arrangements.

For the maternity cover, 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.

In summary, we are looking for:

  • Head of Development
    • This is initially covering a 7-month maternity leave period and we are open to a range of working arrangements, including part-time working
    • May suit a freelance worker, consultant, or someone looking for a part-time post
    • We may offer a new contract at the end of the fixed period
    • Blended home and office working offered
  • Head of Communications
    • As all the points above
  • Development Manager
    • Full or part-time
    • Fixed-term or permanent
    • Blended home and office working offered
  • Communications Coordinator (early career level skills or experience)
    • Full-time
    • Permanent
    • Blended home and office working offered

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!

For more information and recruitment packs, please follow the links below:

Corporate Communications Coordinator

Development Manager

Head of Development

Head of Communications