The Leeds International Piano Competition has taken place on a triennial basis since 1963. The next Competition will be in September 2018. ‘The Leeds’, as it is known, has discovered many of the great pianists of our time and has a strong brand, a renowned history and reputation, as well as loyal support in the local community. It is also highly respected by professional musicians and promoters around the world.
Under a new board, artistic directors and management team the Leeds has reinvented itself in the last three years. Many innovative changes have been introduced in this time, securing the status of the Leeds as one of the top four piano competitions in the world. These enhancements include an annual Piano Festival taking place in Leeds and London’s Wigmore Hall and implementation of an imaginative learning and engagement programme, with a partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation the cornerstone of activity in 2018. For the first time the first round of the 2018 competition took place overseas, with heats in Berlin, Singapore and New York. The whole of the 2018 competition in Leeds comprising the second round onwards will be filmed and live streamed on Medici.tv.
The current Chief Executive retires on 30 September 2018, having guided the Leeds through the last three transitional years. A dynamic and inspiring Chief Executive is to be appointed to take the Competition forward at this exciting time in its history. This is a full-time position, based in Leeds, commencing on 1 October 2018, or as soon after as possible. If the new appointee can start earlier in order to experience the 2018 Competition at first-hand this is encouraged.
The Leeds is a charity and the competition office is based on the campus of the principal partner, the University of Leeds.
The key responsibilities of the Chief Executive include:
- being the first point of contact for the Artistic Directors in key strategic discussions;
- liaising between the Artistic Directors and the Board, having delegated responsibility from the Board to act on its behalf in day to day matters of collaboration with the Artistic Directors;
- administering the artistic vision of the Leeds as agreed with the Artistic Directors and the Board;
- executive administration of the charity company, including compliance with applicable regulations, guidelines and statutory requirements;
- line management of the staff in the Competition Office, comprising the Operations Director, the Learning and Engagement Director and interns or volunteers;
- engaging with external advisors including the company’s lawyers, auditors, media/communications and digital/broadcasting consultants, where appropriate;
- attending quarterly trustee board meetings, furnishing attendees with requisite papers at all times and contributing to board discussions on behalf of the executive;
- managing and implementing the LIPC fund-raising strategy;
- developing and maintaining individual giving and donations from patrons and membership schemes, sponsorship and corporate fundraising;
- considering a programme of artistic events to support ties with potential donors/sponsors in collaboration with the Artistic Directors, and organising and attending sponsor/donor events;
- setting three year and annual budgets, overseeing production of management accounts and budgets, reporting to the Finance sub-committee of the trustee board on all financial and risk management matters;
- overseeing governance procedures and policies are documented and that the company is compliant;
- ensuring the highest levels of brand reputation at all times in all activities.
Annual salary will be in the range £45,000 to £50,000 depending on experience. Holiday entitlement is 25 days per annum. There will be a six month probationary period. The role may entail some weekend working and travel, both national and international.
Applicants for the role of Chief Executive can seek further information about the Leeds International Piano Competition from the current CEO, Mark Wingate, who can be contacted at email@example.com.
Letters of application and a curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant performance of the essential competencies should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of the Nominations, Appointments and Succession sub-committee of the board of trustees. The closing date for applications is 6.00pm on Monday 4th June 2018.
Post: Leeds International Piano Competition Chief Executive
Names of panel members: Sir Vernon Ellis (Chair of Trustee Board), Kathryn McDowell CBE (Trustee), Francesca Horsfield (Trustee), Adam Gatehouse (Co-Artistic Director).
Interview Dates: TBA
Minimum Essential Requirements – the items listed below are the minimum essential requirements that you must have. When completing the application process you must show how you meet these minimum essential requirements.
- Personal Characteristics
Highly motivated with a commitment to excellence.
Demonstrating a passion for classical music and the arts.
Commitment to promoting exceptional talent among young people.
All-round skills and demonstrable knowledge of charity regulations, finance, applicable law and best practice, Human Resources legislation, risk analysis.
Links and connections in the classical music sector in the UK.
Experience of working with a trustee board.
Experience of working in a collegiate manner with senior colleagues and specialist staff.
Energetic and imaginative approach to problem-solving.
Excellent written and communication and interpersonal skills.
Commitment to equality and diversity.
The ability to communicate and negotiate with senior and professional people in the business, academic, charity and local government sectors.
The ability to generate creative ideas and turn them into reality.
The ability to use diplomatic and social skills in a wide range of environments and to exploit these to develop opportunities, including the generation of supporters and donors.
The ability to be hospitable and deliver hospitality to a wide range of people.
The ability to offer and implement solutions to problems, including reputation and operational problems.
The ability to lead a team, to motivate and generate enthusiasm in others.
Demonstrable and measurable success at running a charity arts organisation.
Experience of learning and engagement at a local and national level.
Experience of liaison with national and local governmental organisations.
Preferably a minimum of 5 years fundraising work experience at a senior level.
Demonstrable record of successful interaction with private philanthropists, patrons and friends, volunteers, the Arts Council, national and local trusts and foundations and other potential sources of support and funding.
- Work Related Circumstances
Willingness to work outside regular hours, including evenings and weekends.
An empathy with the work of the Leeds International Piano Competition and an understanding of its place in the international competition environment.
Ideally a knowledge of the cultural landscape across the North of England.
Preparedness to travel and represent the Leeds International Piano Competition in a wide range of social settings and circumstances.