Head of Programmes

  • Full-Time
  • London
  • Posted 4 days ago
  • Jul 4, 2022

World Heart Beat Music Academy

Organisation Name: World Heart Beat Music Academy
Salary Minimum: £40,000 (per annum)
Salary Maximum: £40,000 (per annum)
Region: London
Closing Date for Applications: 04 Jul 2022

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As Head of Programmes you will play a vital role at World Heart Beat, leading on the development and delivery of our strategic programmes and events.


Role: Head of Programmes
Reporting to: Sahana Gero, Artistic Director
Line Manager for: Community and Events Producer, Senior Administrator (teaching) and freelance production staff / project assistants
Salary: £40,000 FTE
Benefits include: Contributory Pension Scheme; Equipment and support to work from home effectively; Training and development tailored to your level of experience
Hours: Full-time working is equivalent to 40 hours per week (with 1 hour for lunch included). Hours are flexible, with the requirement to support the outreach and events programme
Location: WHB at Kimber Road, SW18 4PP and WHB at Embassy Gardens, Ponton Road, SW11 7BD (adjacent to the US Embassy). Some remote working may be possible
Holiday: 25 days plus bank holidays

About World Heart Beat Music Academy

Founded over a decade ago, World Heart Beat Music Academy (WHB) provides excellence in music education and performance. World Heart Beat is fast becoming one of the most prominent music charities in the country for providing grassroots, non-selective, richly diverse, music education programmes for children from a vast array of backgrounds. We are proud that in 2018, we were awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England.

World Heart Beat Music Academy provides music tuition and personal development opportunities after school, in the evenings, on weekends and school holidays. 350 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years, who are based in Wandsworth and the surrounding London boroughs, come to us every week (many of them more than once). Wandsworth is one of inner London’s largest boroughs and it suffers from extreme social polarisation. We remove barriers by providing bursaries and free instruments and work closely with partners to engage those most in need.

Opening a vibrant new music education centre and venue

Selected by London Borough of Wandsworth and developers Eco-World Ballymore from a competitive field of 42 cultural organisations, World Heart Beat has been awarded a 750 m2 building in Embassy Gardens in the heart of Nine Elms, on London’s south bank (part of the largest regeneration area in Europe). The facilities will comprise 110-seat auditorium, state-of- the-art recording studios, 3 x teaching / rehearsal spaces and a community café and will enable us to provide a world-class music-led education and performance centre that promotes a global music programme, extends our reach to audiences and promotes social cohesion.

We plan to commence operation in September 2022, and will formally launch in October.

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Role description

As Head of Programmes you will play a vital role at World Heart Beat, leading on the development and delivery of our strategic programmes and events.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a much-loved and respected arts charity, committed to diversity, accessibility and excellence. The role offers the chance to shape our programmes and our producing work, as we expand into WHB at Embassy Gardens.

If you are an accomplished education professional looking to take on your first senior level position, or are a more senior candidate who may be returning to work after a pause in your career, or are looking to balance a role with wider parenting and caring responsibilities, or would simply like a change of organisation, we would love to hear from you!

The Senior Programmes Manager sits on the Senior Management Team and reports to the Artistic Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Line Manage the Community and Events Producer and the Senior Administrator (Teaching), as well as producers / project assistants working on specific grant-funded projects. The post holder will play a vital role in ensuring appropriate and cost effective staffing our work to meet our objectives on budget
  • To develop our programme strategy for education and community / schools outreach, and to take lead responsibility for the development of and delivery of our work in these areas
  • Effective budget management across all our education and community / schools outreach work, working close with the Finance Manager
  • Develops partnerships for the organisation to support key projects and activity, and holds close working relationships with industry partners for training
  • Proactive recruitment of students for Kimber Road and Embassy Gardens, to include specific engagement of target groups
  • Works with the Marketing & Audience Development to develop community-based audiences for our events and concerts
  • Undertakes front facing producing activity where required / subject to capacity
  • Responsible for the organisation of and supply of student musicians for stakeholder / third party events such as Council festivals and livery evenings
  • Leads on safeguarding and develops policy / process for the Embassy Gardens building, embedding this in our operations in liaison with the General Manager
  • Plays a key role in the development and delivery of our equality and diversity action plan
  • Ensures delivery of our Arts Award commitments
  • Responsible for making sure that the WHB youth board, ‘Ziggazah’, is resourced and well-run
  • Leads on student and volunteer well-being
  • Takes overall responsibility for student and programme data collection to include Theory of Change evaluation, ensuring that funder monitoring and reporting is being carried out
  • Oversees the establishment and running of the Community Ambassadors scheme
  • Member of the Programming Steering Group for Embassy Gardens
  • Contribute to access and the WHB Live Venue Access Charter for Embassy Gardens and the environmental action plan for programming
  • Member of the Senior Management Team and contributes to the overall management of World Heart Beat

Person Specification

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant experience at a managerial level
  • Able to project manage to include ensure delivery is of a high quality / timely
  • Strong budget management
  • Track record of partnership working / development
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and education policy

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to self-start and work independently
  • Calm under pressure
  • Highly organised
  • Loves what they do
  • Able to work flexible to fulfil the needs of the role

Terms & Conditions

World Heart Beat is committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and free to work without fear of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our practice. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We welcome applications from people requiring flexible working arrangements and from anyone with any professional or educational background.

Health & Safety

All employees will be required to have a DBS check and are required to understand and comply with World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Health and Safety Management Policy, including taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions whilst at work. The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with World Heart Beat Music Academy’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times.

How to apply

Please provide a copy of your current CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how your skills and experience aligns with the person specification. Please include the names of two referees, one of which must be your most recent employer. References won’t be taken up without your consent.

Your letter, CV and EO monitoring form should be emailed to Phoebe Devonald at:

EO Monitoring Form 2022

Application Deadline: Monday 4 July 2022

We can be flexible about how this role can work for you and can offer additional training, depending on your experience. If you would like an informal conversation to discuss this role further and find out more about our exciting future plans, please contact Sahana Gero at

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