Recruiting a Project Manager

We are recruiting an experienced project manager (part time job share, 6-month contract April – September 2017), for our mental health programme Raw Sounds. The successful candidate will have a background in working with young people with complex needs, will not only have excellent administration skills but will also have experience as a group facilitator. We are seeking a highly motivated, energetic and enthusiastic individual who is a keen advocate for access to culture, as part of a job share with an existing project manager.


About Raw Sounds:

Raw Sounds is a programme of music and creative media sessions for people with moderate to severe mental health needs, accessing mental health services. Participants are able to work with experienced and skilful musicians to create original, professional music.

Sessions take place in our community music studios in Brixton, which houses two recording studios, a band rehearsal space, a production suite and DJ booth spread over three floors. Participants attend weekly sessions on a Thursday for 10 weeks per term to create an original track or series of tracks, culminating in a live performance at the end of term gig at a commercial music venue. Up to 20 participants attend each two-hour session per week on a Thursday, spread across each music making area, meeting for a group intro and feedback session, led by the programme manager. We also run four music tuition groups during the day on a Monday. We run three terms per year, and once referred participants are able to come for as long as they are so inclined. Committed members are encouraged to progress onto our mentoring scheme or artists’ development programme and work towards an Arts Award qualification.

The role of the project manager is to support young people to attend and participate in our sessions, from the point of referral through mental health services through to progression beyond our programme. Working with a job share partner who manages sessions for older participants the successful candidate will support with a range of management and administrative duties such as line managing a pool of freelance musicians, liaising with mental health services and reporting to funders.


Specific duties

Supporting participants

  • Assess and interview referrals from care coordinators, mental health services and hospitals.
  • Liaise with care coordinators to update on progress and any concerns.
  • Support participants who have a variety of mental health needs to attend sessions, keeping track of their progress and additional support needs.
  • Communicate with clients between sessions including support calls and reminders.
  • Support participants with personal and musical development during sessions, including pathways through and beyond the project into mainstream education and employment opportunities.

Managing sessions

  • Organise and work with staff to plan the programme, oversee delivery, monitor and evaluate sessions and participants’ progress.
  • Manage the delivery of weekly sessions for up to 20 young people (under 30) taking place on a Thursday evening, including pre-brief and de-brief with staff and participants, dealing with complex group dynamics.
  • Oversee delivery of four instrument tuition groups on a Monday, reporting back any concerns from staff about participants to their care teams.
  • Manage incidents during sessions and ensure the code of conduct and safeguarding, manage risk and health and safety policy and practices are implemented.
  • Organise induction, training and support for volunteers and staff.
  • Provide regular staff supervision and identify development areas.
  • Coordinate and manage volunteers.
  • Co-produce regular showcase events at local music venues with participants three times a year.

Finance and administration

  • Complete project monitoring and evaluation forms, and collect quantitative and qualitative data for reports to funders.
  • Fill in commitment logs to monitor project spend and freelancer invoices.
  • Contribute to reports to funders two to four times per year.


Essential requirements

  • Substantial project management experience.
  • Three years experience in working with young people with complex needs, and an understanding of the services that support them.
  • The willingness to invest time to build a genuine rapport with hard to reach young people.
  • Training in mentoring and supporting vulnerable young people.
  • Experience and training in implementing and maintaining Safeguarding, Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults polices and best practices.
  • Awareness of the Mental Health Act.
  • Excellent organisational and communications skills both verbal and written.
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office and excellent administrative abilities.
  • Good knowledge of contemporary music genres.
  • Current enhanced DBS.



  • Youth work qualification.
  • Music skills (such as DJing, music production, singing, rapping etc).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of contemporary music genres.


Hours and rate of pay

6 month contract (April – September 2017).

12 hours per week, Mondays 11.30am – 4.30pm & Thursdays 1pm-8pm

Rate of pay: Freelance, £20 per hour


How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (up to 2 sides of A4) detailing how you meet the person specifications and giving examples of your experience carrying out the specific duties listed. We’d also like to hear about:

  • How you have managed a challenging situation involving a young person with complex needs.
  • Techniques you have used to motivate young people who are disengaged or struggling to focus.
  • Your approach in facilitating groups where young people have a wide range of needs and can be extremely demanding.

Please email this to by 10am on Monday 13th March.


Applications are particularly welcome from those with lived experience of mental ill health.


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