Kickstart Roles

Work placements at The People’s Orchestra

The People’s Orchestra in West Bromwich has a number of exciting opportunities, across seven different roles, to join their team as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

You will be working for an arts organisation that is dedicated to using music as a platform to change lives for the better, offering opportunities for everyone to be involved in music-making, from absolute beginners to professionals, and supporting the community by offering work placements and volunteer experiences.

All roles will be online.

Working hours for all roles will be:

  • 25 hours per week
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am to 5pm (30 minutes lunch break).
  • Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm.

These times are inclusive of 4 hours minimum back-to-work support per week.

Remember, you must apply through your Job Centre work coach for these roles.

Job Descriptions

 

Admin Assistant

The purpose of this role is to provide general administrative support to all Managers across the organisation.

Key responsibilities include a variety of tasks related to operation of the organisation and maintaining records, bookings and appointments on a scheduling software system as well as assisting the Music Librarian prepare music packs for our musicians. In addition, the role will support communications and involve monitoring social media and media coverage, collating website statistics on a monthly basis and updating web pages.

Skills developed include knowledge of office management systems and procedures, verbal and written day to day communications, planning, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about finding out about office management systems and procedures and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office. You’ll also be a good communicator. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

 

Business Administrator

The purpose of this role is to provide general administrative and marketing support on grant funding applications, corporate sponsors and development work.

Key responsibilities include administrative support, maintaining filing systems and databases and ensuring that information such as contact details, funder requirements, agreements and application deadlines are recorded. In addition, the role will also involve resource creation and the planning and scheduling of social media posts to do with TPO’s corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Skills developed include knowledge of office management systems and procedures, maintaining filing systems and databases, verbal and written communications, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge, an overview of charity fundraising, and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about grant funding and development work and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel. You’ll also be a good communicator and have an interest in social media.

Customer Relations Administrator

The purpose of this role is to provide the first point of contact for enquiries and handle them in an appropriate and customer focused way via a range of access channels including telephone, text, email and written communications, and social media platforms.

Key responsibilities include responding to existing and potential members of the orchestras and show choirs. This role will provide admin support for TPO’s online activities as well as recording days and concerts when current restrictions are lifted. In addition, the role will assist in collecting feedback and evaluation data for projects.

Skills developed include customer care, verbal and written day to day communications, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about providing great customer service and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office. You’ll also be a good communicator and have an interest in social media. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

Graphic Designer

The purpose of this role is to create engaging visual content for digital and print materials that promote TPO and its programme of concerts, events, outreach work, work placements and volunteering programme.

Key responsibilities include the design and creation of artwork for a wide range of engaging digital communications and print materials. This includes the creation of graphics, infographics, Gifs, videos, marketing campaign visuals, concert programmes, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, advertisements, display banners and signage. The role also provides photographic services as required. An important aspect of the role is to ensure consistent use of design practice and visual language across the organisation and assist with the development and application of TPO’s corporate identity and ensure all marketing materials, branding and signage adhere to this visual identity.

Skills developed include creating visual content for an established brand, using multimedia and digital visualisation tools to tell stories, experience of applying a corporate identity, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about design and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. You’ll need to be a good communicator with the ability to create engaging visual content for traditional and digital channels. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience of using graphic design tools that can be found on most people’s mobile devices. A working knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Creative Suite, InDesign and Illustrator, photography, film production and editing, and website development skills also welcome. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

Project Admin Assistant

The purpose of this role is to provide general administrative support on key projects. Project are varied and include an alumni/ambassador scheme, marketing campaigns, newsletters and brochures and educational outreach work. There are also four projects associated with the Commonwealth Music Initiative, forming part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games’ cultural festival.

 

Key responsibilities include a variety of tasks related to these specialist projects including administrative support, resource creation, updating the project plan regularly and assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of projects. In addition, the role will support communications and involve assisting in the marketing and promotion of projects.

Skills developed include project management, knowledge of office management systems and procedures, verbal and written communications, planning, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about providing support to help set up new projects and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office. You’ll also be a good communicator and have strong written and verbal skills. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

 

Research Assistant

The purpose of this role is to assist with research and perform a wide range of tasks to support funding and development work streams as well as support engagement with key audiences.

Key responsibilities include data entry on TPO’s Small Trusts and Foundation spreadsheet and research for specialist projects to do with grant funding. This role will also provide research support for TPO’s marketing and promotion function including audience development and profiling and the sourcing of archive footage and images to accompany content.

This role has a strong research focus and you’ll need to be analytical with an eye for detail. Skills developed include the collection, analysis and categorisation of data, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about research and development and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good research, organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel. You’ll also be a good communicator with an interest in marketing.

Social Media Assistant

The purpose of this role is to develop engaging and creative content for regularly scheduled posts on the organisation’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube as well exploring the use of others such as TikTok.

Key responsibilities include social media messaging and developing digital campaigns to help generate interest in TPO, its music groups, events and projects. As well as planning and scheduling social media content, the role also requires ongoing analysis and evaluation of social media analytics to measure performance and inform the digital strategy.

Skills developed include planning and audience development, optimising content and technology, creative and writing skills, data collection and analysis, keeping up-to-date with the latest digital marketing trends, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about social media and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office, social media analytics tools such as Hootsuite and Google Analytics, and ability to take photographs and short videos on mobile devices. You’ll also be a good communicator with lots of creative ideas. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.