Deputy Chief Executive Recruitment Pack 2021

Introduction to the Role

At Drake Music (DM) we are leaders in music, disability and technology. We are innovators, educators, curators and advocates. We believe everyone has the right to express themselves creatively through music and we use digital and accessible technologies to open up access for all. The Social Model of Disability underpins everything we do.

We are looking for an experienced Disabled leader to join our team. We use the word Disabled as a pan-impairment term to include Deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent, Visually Impaired people, people with long-term health conditions, and/or with mental health conditions. We use the word ‘leader’ in an open way, valuing different styles and approaches to leadership.

You will work with Drake Music for a 2-year period while we review and develop our strategy, organisational structure and practice. Key to this role is the ability to translate strategy into operational plans and delivery. You will lead on the growth and development of the team, whilst embedding strong and creative performance management.

We are looking for someone with the credibility and experience to deputise for the Chief Executive and to take on the day-to-day management of our people and operations.

We are proud of our inclusive ways of working, but we know we still have more to do. Embedding our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) principles and putting our EDI Plan into action will be a key priority.

It’s been a challenging time for everyone and we’d like this person to bring new perspectives and optimism, to help us build back better and re-energise from the impact of Covid. You will be part of the leadership of the organisation and a welcome member of our small, diverse and friendly team.

Find out more about our work on our website:

This is an opportunity for someone:

• Who is aligned to DM’s values around social justice, equality, creativity and curiosity
• Who likes to take responsibility and get stuff done
• Who enjoys working with people, is kind, supportive and collaborative
• Who is open, inclusive and encourages others
• Who loves learning, and is open to change, growth and ambition with a company and its team
• Who can bring a practical approach to organisational management
• Who can support the development of the organisation as a whole

Support & Access

Your access requirements will be met to support you in applying, interviewing, or carrying out the role. If the role is offered to you, we will work with you to complete an Access to Work claim for your access provision.

Job Description

  • Job title: Deputy Chief Executive
  • Contract: Two-year, fixed term
  • Salary: £45,000 (pro rata)
  • Working pattern: 28 hours per week (part time), this can be worked flexibly
  • Our office is at Rich Mix in East London
  • Job Share: This role is open to job share
  • Holiday entitlement: 28 days paid annual leave (pro rata) in addition to public bank holidays
  • Pension: 5% employee contribution with 3% employer contribution
  • Extras: Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Reporting To: Chief Executive
    Line Management: Finance Manger
    Programme Delivery Manager
    General Manager
    Other Key Trustees
  • Relationships: Associate Programme Leads
    Comms & Fundraising Associates
  • Purpose of the Role: Work with the team to translate strategy into operational plans and delivery. Lead on people growth and development, whilst embedding strong and creative performance management. Work with the Trustees and Chief Executive to review organisational practice and structure.

Key areas of responsibility

• Work with the CEO to embed and deliver the organisational strategy
• Work with the CEO to review and strengthen the organisational structure
• Develop and manage our workforce – including performance management, line management and staff development – taking a coaching approach and creating conditions for team members to thrive and work effectively and efficiently through collaboration
• Lead on our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion principles & action plan: Championing and embedding across DM, monitoring and reporting on progress
• Ensure access is at the heart of all people management, planning, programmes & operational work, alongside the General Manager and Programme Leads
• Organisational and project development & planning
• Work with the Finance Manager to ensure robust processes are in place to deliver effective finance activity
• Create and lead on a Workforce Development Plan, aiming to build a cohesive workforce through strong central controls and internal comms
• Focus on wellbeing, creating a support infrastructure for the core team and wider DM community
• Foster open and clear communication at all levels of the organisation
• Work collaboratively (both face-to-face and online) as part of a diverse, creative team, with an open-minded and supportive approach
• Lead on Compliance, Health & Safety, Safeguarding, GDPR and IT, working closely with the General Manager and Administrator
• Work closely with the General Manager to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the organisation, enabling an accessible, productive and creative environment with a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face working
• Deputise for the Chief Executive, as and when appropriate
• Any other duties or responsibilities that are relevant to this role and remit, as directed by the Chief Executive

Person Specification

This is a list of the skills, experience and knowledge we need for our Deputy Chief Executive. You need to show that you have these skills, experience and knowledge in your written, audio or video application.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

• Lived experience of disability and a strong commitment to the Social Model of Disability
• Minimum of 3 years in a leadership role
• Confidence in creating an environment in which people can be their best – demonstrating openness, collaborative and inclusive ways of working
• Experience of managing and developing people, including performance management, team development, coaching and planning
• A range of operational management experience, including setting up and managing systems and projects
• High level of integrity and professionalism with the confidence and skills to demonstrate diplomacy, trust and confidentiality, as well as a positive attitude
• Evidence of commitment to your own development and growth. For example, coaching qualifications, CPD, management training, having coaching yourself
• Experience of recruiting and managing people and a working knowledge of good, inclusive employment practice
• Willingness to listen and adapt to different learning styles, needs and experiences
• Understanding of financial and budget management across an organisation
• Confident and effective communicator (please note, communication can be achieved in different ways, for example via Sign Language Interpreters)
• Experience of policy and procedure development and implementation

Our Commitment to Equality

Drake Music is an Equal Opportunities, Disability Confident and Living Wage employer. We are a team of Disabled and non-disabled people working together to advocate for and achieve quality, equality and meaningful inclusion in music-making.

We are committed to employing Disabled people, and people with health conditions or impairments, and this means we:
• actively look to attract, recruit and retain Disabled people
• aim to provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
• are flexible with assessments so everyone has the best possible opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
• put access at the heart of everything we do

In addition, we are especially welcoming of other under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse people, LGBTQ+ people. We take an intersectional approach and aim to create an environment where people can bring their whole self to their role, in a way which is comfortable and accessible to them.

To discuss this role in an informal way and for any questions contact:

Application Process

Application Deadline: 1st of August 2021 at midnight.
Please note: Applications received after this time will not be considered.

To apply please send a personal statement, CV and Equal Opportunities monitoring form by email to with the subject: Deputy Chief Executive Application

We accept applications in the following formats:
• Audio
• Video
• BSL video
• Word doc/PDF

If you have shown you have the skills, experience and knowledge we are looking for we will invite you to take part in an online interview with our CEO, a Trustee and our Organisational Development Advisor. This will be followed up by a second stage process at a later date.

We will contact short-listed candidates by 18th of August 2021. If there are ways that we can make the interview accessible to you, please let us know then.

How to apply

Make a statement clearly describing how you have the skills, experience and knowledge we list in the Person Specification. Please address each one in order. Please also include your contact and equal opportunities details if you are applying via audio/video.

Guidelines on length:

• Written statement: 2 – 4 sides of A4 (max)
• Audio/Video recording: 10 – 30 minutes (max)

Email your statement to: If it is a large file, please send via WeTransfer.