B-Sharp Programme Manager

Would you like to be part of a dynamic organisation that helps and supports children and young people (CYP) develop their music, personal and social skills through group music making activities?

If so, B Sharp is looking for a Programme Manager who will help to grow the organisation, build sustainability and support the developing workforce.

B Sharp, based in Lyme Regis and working across West Dorset and East Devon, is a music charity with a fantastic track record in working from early years to adulthood, building musical pathways and ensuring progression. We are highly regarded and well known among all our stakeholders as a go-to organisation for music and skills development. The B Sharp team creates inspirational, music projects, events and festivals and offers CPD and training to all participants and its workforce.

The Programme Manager take the lead in co-ordinating and supporting projects, undertaking advocacy, networking, marketing and promotional activities and will work alongside the CEO contributing to strategic planning, some fundraising and building sustainability for the organisation.


The person we are looking for will have energy, drive, creativity, good communication and admin skills (including IT, website and social media) and be organised, systematic and good team working skills. Experience, understanding of and commitment to work in the arts/youth sector are highly desirable. 

Full details can be found on job description below 


This is a 12 month freelance contract based on around 2.5 days a week, flexible working to include some evenings and weekends (subject to skills and experience).

Rate of pay: £10,000 pa




Programme Manager

Working in collaboration with the CEO and Administrator, the Programme Manager will ensure that B Sharp continues to offer an exciting, quality-assured programme that shares best practice with all its stakeholders – as part of delivering B Sharp's existing 3-year business plan to develop a sustainable future.

Terms and conditions

2.5 days per week; flexible working (with some weekend and evening work); initial one-year fixed term contract potentially renewable pending a successful review; freelance; car driver essential; must use own computer and phone; based from home but spending an agreed period of time in Lyme Regis each week; other work related expenses covered.


Fixed fee: £10,000 pa


Main Responsibilities


Project Coordination

  • Review the current programme and identify immediate and future priorities
  • Establish a process for ensuring the delivery, monitoring and reporting of the overall programme
  • Manage the scheduling, co-ordinating, delivery and reporting of activities and events
  • Take lead responsibility for identified projects as agreed with the CEO and liaise with music leaders and participants as required
  • Ensure that accurate record keeping, monitoring and evaluation is embedded in all project delivery.
  • Collect and collate all project records working in association with the administrator 
  • Report to funders against an agreed set of project milestones
  • Work with the CEO to recruit and induct music leaders as required
  • Support, supervise and strengthen delivery team members across the B Sharp continuum
  • Poole resources where appropriate, signpost and build pathways between partners and participants
  • Ensure B Sharp's values, ethos and best practice principles (as outlined in the Guidebook) are met.



Advocacy, Networking, Marketing & Promotion

  • Work with the CEO and Administrator to deliver a calendar of promotional opportunities and ensure team members contribute to blogs, social media, website, newsletters and press in relation to B Sharp activity
  • Tell the B Sharp 'story' via the website and other social media methods
  • Attend national and regional conferences and symposiums as appropriate
  • Attend local and regional council meetings when relevant to B Sharp
  • Develop relationships with regional strategic partners – DAT, DAISI, ME Hubs, Soundstorm for example and schools
  • Be active within the Youth Music network
  • Collect and collate case studies and stories to post on website and distribute as appropriate


Strategic Planning

  • Contribute towards the delivery of the existing 3 year plan and developing the new one
  • Strengthen and develop partnerships, opportunities and activities  enabling B Sharp to develop and grow
  • Identify and nurture new participants, audiences and stakeholders


Fundraising to Build Sustainability

  • Contribute towards a fundraising strategy to include diverse income streams
  • Support the CEO's work  on bids in relation to Business plan priorities
  • Help to identify funding sources that create sustainability and establish social enterprise activities



  • Work in the best interests of all stakeholders
  • Keep under review, and contribute to, national and regional developments in arts/music and education/youth that could impact on B Sharp

•     Work with the CEO and Administrator to deal with general enquiries

•     Ensure that the organisation's policies are adhered to so that all participants are safe and secure.

•     Contribute to (and take part in) the development of a professional practice and learning environment within B Sharp and across the sector (CPD)

•     Ensure the team understands Diversity and its implications for the arts and youth sector so that it informs the organisation’s activities

•     Ensure adherence to the organisation’s Equal Opportunities safeguarding and Health and Safety policies and procedures

•     Work in a flexible manner in line with the organisation’s objectives and be willing to undertake other duties as reasonably requested.

Closing date: 
Thursday 28th April 2016
£10, 000 part time
How to apply: 

For an informal conversation call Fran Williams on 01297 444252 or 07968 177663 or send a letter of application outlining your suitability for the post and your CV to: franwilliams@bsharp.uk.com


Deadline: Thursday, 19th May 2016 (for interview on 25th or 26th May).

Contact phone number: 
01297 444252
Opportunity type: 

How to apply

For an informal conversation call Fran Williams on 01297 444252 or 07968 177663 or send a letter of application outlining your suitability for the post and your CV to: franwilliams@bsharp.uk.com


Deadline: Thursday, 19th May 2016 (for interview on 25th or 26th May).