Schools Partnerships Manager

Role Summary

Full time; 40 hours per week, with some evening and weekend work Based in Purfleet but with travel across the UK £34,000 – £38,000 per annum based on skills and experience Permanent contract

Job Specification

Ballet and opera capture the deepest emotions and tell universal stories. The Royal Opera House wants to share these life-changing artforms, and their power to move and excite, with as many people as we can. Our Learning and Participation (L&P) programme, based at our Covent Garden and Thurrock homes and across England, aims to inspire creativity, offering people of all ages the chance to discover, question and respond to the power of our artforms. Our L&P programme is distinctive in its scale and ambitions, involving more than 50,000 annual participants across three strands. These are our award-winning, multi-disciplinary National Schools Programme, our talent development work through opera and ballet training networks and participatory events in our Covent Garden home. Our work in the East will facilitate local place-based partnerships in Levelling Up for Culture places offering a range of ROH teacher development programmes and creative interventions for children and young people as well as offering support for cultural education partnerships across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent. We are now looking for a Schools Partnerships Manager to drive this work forwards, scaling up the National Schools Programme`s reach to schools across the East whilst evidencing impact. This role will have specific responsibility for nurturing new relationships with schools, Trusts and wider education partnerships across the Eastern region, prioritising Levelling up for Culture places. We would love to hear from you if you have an inclusive and dynamic approach to arts education and can demonstrate the following: Experience working as a leader in the education/cultural sector and evidence of making impact and demonstrating understanding of good practice in the teaching and learning of arts in schools particularly music and/or dance. Strong leadership skills with ability to influence, inspire and motivate. Comprehensive understanding of the education sector and experience of teaching in schools. Outstanding people skills with proven ability to broker complex partnerships with multiple stakeholders across sectors. Excellent project management skills with strong organisational, administrative and time management skills and proven ability to work on several projects simultaneously to meet deadlines. Financial acumen with experience of effectively managing budgets. A working knowledge of opera and/or ballet is not a pre-requisite, but we are looking for candidates who demonstrate a firm commitment to widening access to the work of ROH. The Royal Opera House is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from those who are from a global majority background and/or those who are disabled, as they are under-represented within our organisation. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential minimum criteria for our vacancies. A full job description and ROH information pack is available below. If you have any have questions or access requirements for your application, please contact the ROH Recruitment Team on Closing date for applications: 8am, Monday 9th October 2023 Interviews to be held w/c 16th October 2023. Applicants must have work authorisation for the UK. No agencies please.


Royal Opera House

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Salary (Exact)

£34,000 – 38,000 per annum based on skills and experience

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Contract Type

Permanent, Full Time

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Learning & Participation

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