RPS ventures you can help make happen: Anna Lapwood and the BBC Singers at our flagship event, the RPS Awards; filming RPS beneficiaries like Rosie Bergonzi; our current RPS Composers cohort at the RPS office; our RPS Women Conductors at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, coached by Alice Farnham

Job opportunity: RPS Administrator

22 May 2024

We are pleased to be welcoming applications for the central role of Administrator at the RPS.

The RPS is one of the UK’s foremost musical charities, with a remarkable history and a bright future. We are dedicated to supporting and empowering musicians, telling their story and celebrating their achievements, and taking a lead in refreshing perceptions of the range, resonance and worth of classical music-making in the UK. Central to this is the role of Administrator, integral to every facet of what we do.

As our Administrator, you will bring care and energy to fulfilling and fine-tuning the logistics of all our charitable activities, whilst ensuring and enhancing an efficient organisational foundation upon which all such ventures run. You will take pride in helping to deliver the potentially life-changing opportunities we offer musicians and our range of events including the RPS Awards. You will largely be the first point-of-contact for people approaching the RPS, applying the same spirit and stewardship here that you will bring daily to managing our social media.

Within our small team, everyone has a significant part to play, so we are seeking someone with strong organisational instincts who loves to deliver to the highest possible standard. Candidates should have at least a year or more of professional administrative experience in an arts organisation, charity or similar setting. Taking on the role of Administrator will give you the opportunity to:

• assume a central position in a much-respected, well-connected organisation at the heart of the music profession, through which you can attain many lasting contacts

• develop skills across all aspects of classical music administration, putting you in strong stead for future challenges

• play a positive and valued role in the professional development of a range of musicians

• possess a prominent, respected voice in your organisation and how it is efficiently run

• be integral to a mission that aims to transform the scope of the organisation and the good it does for classical music

We invite you to read the role brief linked below for a comprehensive picture of the position. The brief also entails a person specification that outlines what we hope you can bring to the RPS. We do not expect you to have done everything the role entails, but have sufficient experience matched with the ability to embrace new challenges and efficiently take on new skills.

The closing date for applications is 11am on Tuesday 25 June 2024. Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Applications should be submitted using our online form linked below.

This simply asks you to provide your basic contact details and then upload:

• a covering letter addressed to James Murphy, Chief Executive of no more than two pages detailing your interest and suitability for this role, saved as a PDF (not a Word document). Its file name should simply be: Forename Surname covering letter

• an up-to-date CV of no more than two pages outlining your relevant experience, saved as a PDF (not a Word document). Its file name should simply be: Forename Surname CV

The form also invites you to complete some standard inclusivity monitoring questions which should only take a moment. We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcome to work at the RPS, and to monitoring our progress so that prospective candidates reflect a diverse, multicultural society. The answers you give will be reviewed entirely separately from your application, and we thank you for playing your part in this. You can read more about our inclusivity policy on our website.

We hope to invite select candidates for an initial interview on Zoom on the afternoon of Monday 8 July 2024. We expect to hold consequent interviews for final candidates in person in London on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 July.

If you are interested in applying or would like to talk about any aspect of the role, we’d be delighted to hear from you. We warmly welcome you to contact us with any queries or to ask for an informal chat. In the first instance, please email Harriet Wybor, our General Manager, on harriet@philharmonicsociety.uk. Thank you for your interest in the role and the RPS. We look forward to hearing from you if you apply.