We’re hiring a Music School Coordinator

September 14, 2021

Job Description


Location: Dublin City Centre

Period: Fixed Term to June 2022

Salary: Available on application

Hours: Part-Time 8 hours per week (Saturday: 9.30-3.30, 2 hours’ admin throughout the week)

The school term consists of a total of 36 weeks in any given year.

Starting date: Late October 2021 (subject to review)

Reporting to: Head of Support & Counselling

About Fighting Blindness

Fighting Blindness is the national vision research charity, having invested over €17 million in more than 90 research projects since its inception in 1983. The organisation provides professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment. It advocates for equity of access to timely and appropriate diagnosis, healthcare, therapies and support services and, through education and information provision, works to empower the 247,000 children and adults in Ireland who are blind or visually impaired.

Visionaries School of the Arts & Choir

The Visionaries School of the Arts is a quality of life initiative that offers people an opportunity to explore their creativity. It’s a unique learning environment specifically designed for people who are visually impaired and blind. The School’s ethos emphasises enrichment through engagement with the arts as a way of exploring and expressing one’s unique creativity.

The school facilitates the teaching of music to students of all ages who are living with sight loss. Currently we offer classes in piano, guitar, clarinet, tin whistle and flute. Depending on demand we also provide classes on creative writing, art-making, comedy improvisation and music appreciation.

Since April 2020, all school activities have been held online. It is the intention of the organisation to attempt to move to a blended model involving face to face rehearsals and practice alongside online participation. Details: https://www.fightingblindness.ie/how-we-can-help/support-services/school-of-the-arts/

Position Description:

The purpose of this post will be to establish a regular in-house presence at our weekly Music School and Visionaries Choir.

The school can have up to 40 individuals present at any one time and this important role requires an established point of contact to retain responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the students during class/rehearsal time, along with the associated admin relating to membership, payment of fees and the coordination of the various aspects of school activities.

Schedule of Duties:

  • To open and close the school every Saturday.
  • To ensure all appropriate Health & Safety considerations are monitored and adhered to.
  • To retain a register of student attendance and collection of membership fees.
  • The lodgement of fees in the appropriate bank account and compilation of financial records.
  • To act as the point of contact for any student queries, issues, grievances etc.
  • To liaise with the Head of Support & Counselling regarding school activities.
  • Coordination of rehearsal space, room allocation and assisting the lecturers and choirmaster with associated tasks and IT set-up.
  • Occasional weekend attendance at weekend activities may be required – will be discussed and agreed on in advance.
  • As many members may be accompanied by guide dogs, occasional assistance may be required in handling animals. The applicant must be comfortable with this aspect of the role.

 Desirable Qualifications and Skills

  • An interest in and experience of working within a musical/creative environment
  • An understanding of the disabilities/sight loss sector.
  • Experience in the voluntary sector an advantage but not essential
  • Strong group facilitation skills and an ability to relate to people.
  • Familiarity with engagement through online platforms (Zoom/Jamulus etc.)
  • Knowledge of basic health and safety procedures
  • Ability to work on own initiative, consult where appropriate and work within a team
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated with a high level of organisational ability, accuracy and attention to detail

Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Anna Moran at anna.moran@fightingblindness.ie no later than 12pm on Friday, September 24.

Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.