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Job Vacancy: Membership Manager

20 Nov 2019

We are now welcoming applications for the new role of Membership Manager, central to the future success of the RPS.

For over 200 years, the Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music, creating opportunities for musicians to excel, championing the vital role that music plays in all our lives. This is an exciting moment to join the RPS team. This year, the Society embarks on a major new chapter in its history, launching new Membership intended to transform its profile and scope, and attain a place in the hearts and minds of the public equivalent to the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust.

Through Membership, which comprises a range of new levels and benefits, the RPS hopes to rouse greater interest in classical music and what makes Britain ‘philharmonic’. We want to give the public a greater impression of the personalities dedicated to making great music happen nationally, whilst inviting them to share their views and be more outgoing in their exploration of all that music has to offer.

We are pleased to introduce the new role of Membership Manager who will take the lead in building Membership, advancing strategies daily to welcome new Members to the RPS, and ensuring those who have joined truly value their Membership and feel inspired to recommend it to others. In a small, dedicated team, the Membership Manager will report directly to and work closely with the Chief Executive, and have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the music profession to establish and evolve partnerships that help the RPS to further its reach.

Please read the detailed role brief if you would like to learn more, and thank you for sharing the opportunity with anyone you think it may interest.

The closing date for applications is 11am on Thursday 9 January 2020.

To apply, you should email the following to Robin Sheffield, General Manager at robin@philharmonicsoicety.uk by the closing date:

  • a covering letter detailing your interest and suitability for this role
  • an up-to-date CV of no more than two pages outlining your relevant experience

Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

First-round interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 January 2020 at our office in central London. Please indicate in your application if you have any availability issues on that day.

If you are interested in applying but would like to find out more first, we warmly welcome you to contact us with any residual queries, or to ask for an informal chat.

In the first instance, please simply call us on 020 7287 0019 (weekdays 09.30am – 5.30pm).


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