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Chief Executive - National Youth Jazz Orchestra

  • Location: Woolwich, London
  • Salary: £60,000
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 24 days ago

  • Contact: Charities & Social Enterprise Team
  • Expiry Date: 02 December 2020
  • Job Ref: 10007

National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Appointment of Chief Executive

Salary: £60,000 p.a.
Hours:  Full-time, with options for flexible working
Location: Woolwich, London

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK, through engaging Learning & Participation projects and impactful live performances.

Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra of young musicians to a multi-faceted organisation that seeks to both improve jazz education nationally and nurture the talent of young professionals at the start of their careers.

As our first Chief Executive, you will join us at a pivotal time.  Our aim is to build a national organisation that anyone can feel proud to be a part of. This new edition of the charity will be creative and ambitious, reflecting the contemporary jazz landscape and its audiences, and the charity’s commitment to building a joined-up national jazz education infrastructure which meets the needs of aspiring young musicians from all backgrounds and postcodes.

Together with a supportive and talented Board of Trustees, you will work with a new generation of creatives ready to establish jazz as an important mainstream art form rather than a minority sport. You will work with musicians seeking new modes of expression, and help shape the future of this most creative of artforms by advocating its unique qualities and helping young people everywhere to understand and benefit from them.

We will need to think differently about how we operate, and how we take the organisation to the next stage authentically. Diversity and inclusion are key priorities in our strategic purpose and through this role you will help to increase our impact.

You will be a bold, inclusive and inspirational leader, committed to developing a positive and inclusive culture. You will be motivated to ensure long term sustainability through effective governance, sound finance and accomplishment of operational plans. You will empower your senior management team and help lead the organisation to achieving long-term influence at national scale.


If you are an experienced and visible leader, with a proven track record of turning vision into reality and leading an organisation in continuous development, we would be delighted to hear from you. Ideally, you will have a keen interest in the jazz genre of music and an understanding of the arts and charity sector.


If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity and application process, please visit our microsite:

For a confidential discussion, please contact Smita Rai

Closing date: 08:00am Wednesday 2 December 2020