Music for my Mind is expanding the team

Head of Strategy and Development

12 months Fixed Term initially

£30,000-£35,000 depending on experience 

St Albans area, Hertfordshire

 

Music for my Mind is a new and timely charity aiming to bring personalised music playlists to people living with dementia. Although people with dementia may not be able to communicate or recognise loved-ones, amazingly, they may still be able to sing along to favourite music from their teenage years. There are estimated to be 850,000 families affected by dementia in Britain, 50 million worldwide.

To date the charity has been operating on a volunteer basis with a committed and well-connected Trustee Board.   The current crowdfunding campaign indicates the breadth of public empathy for dementia. We have raised sufficient funds to recruit for our highest priority position – to lead on strategic development and fundraising for the charity.

 

About the role:

This post will work with the Founding Chairman of the Board, who lives in Hertfordshire, supported by a part-time Project assistant.  The Trustees are committed to building the evidence base that listening to personalised music playlists enhances well-being and quality of life for families affected by dementia. The long-term goal is to test the efficacy and cost effectiveness of this intervention for dementia in a large clinical trial.

Working closely with the Chair and board of trustees, you will provide and deliver the long-term strategic plan and budget to develop the Music for My Mind Charity. You will drive fundraising opportunities, including making grant applications, and manage donors to ensure a sustainable income to deliver the long term strategic plan.

You will work closely with Playlist for Life, Edinburgh University, and other like-minded organisations to deliver the goal of making personalised music available to everyone living with dementia.

Ideally you will have a proven track record of strategic planning and delivery, and of securing funding in a tough and complex financial climate in a senior management or strategy development role in the charity or university sector. You will have extensive experience in financial management and budget development, be a confident communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and relationship management abilities.

Music for my Mind is an important new initiative and this position creates a fabulous opportunity for someone who can make a massive impact on many people’s lives.

You can read the full Job Description below. To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to contactmfmm@gmail.com.

Closing date: July 1st 2018

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Job Title

Head of Strategy and Development – Music for my Mind Charity

Reports To

The Head of Strategy and Development will report to the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Music for my Mind

Job Overview

Working closely with the Chair and board of trustees, provide and deliver the long-term strategic plan and budget to develop the Music for My Mind Charity. Ensure appropriate standards are in place and compliance with the law and regulations.

Drive fundraising opportunities, including making grant applications, and manage donors to ensure a sustainable income to deliver the long term strategic plan

Work closely with Playlist for Life, Edinburgh University and other like-minded organisations to deliver the goal of making personalized music available to everyone living with dementia

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide the long term strategic plan and budget to develop Music for My Mind within the direction set by the Chair and Board of Trustees and gain Board approval
  • Develop and secure fundraising opportunities to ensure a sustainable income to further the charity’s goals
  • Prepare the annual plan and annual budget for approval by the board of trustees and drive delivery of the fundraising plan and agreed financial targets
  • Responsible for the financial health of Music for My Mind, management of the budget and finances
  • Act as an ambassador with external stakeholders in order to advance the charity’s aims
  • Responsible for management of marketing, communication and charity administration
  • Regular attendance at Board meetings and supply regular reports to Music for My Mind trustees and to other collaborators
  • Ensure the organization has the right management systems and structures in place to carry out its work effectively, safely, and professionally and to fulfil its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities
  • Take appropriate steps to manage risks that could significantly impact Music for My Mind

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree or equivalent

Competencies

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Commitment to the aims and ethos of Music for My Mind
  • A proven track record of long term strategic planning and delivery in a senior management or Strategy Development role in a charity or university
  • A proven track record of securing funding for a charity or university in a tough and complex financial climate – including experience of making grant applications
  • Excellent experience in financial management and budget development skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to communicate the strategic plan
  • Excellent all-round communication skills and relationship-management abilities
  • Personal drive and a positive, optimistic outlook, energy, integrity, creativity and imagination, adaptability and responsibility
  • An understanding of key health and dementia issues
  • An understanding of marketing and PR
  • An understanding of the voluntary and community sector in the UK and the issues it faces
  • A working understanding of digital media platforms

Location

  • Working from home, based in the south east with easy access to Redbourn and the St Albans area. Frequent travel required to Redbourn and other parts of Hertfordshire and London
  • Occasional travel in the UK

 

Remuneration

Salary range £30-35k in the first instance – initially a 12 months fixed term contract

Hours

37.5 hours a week – can be worked flexibly from home. In practice may be longer as individual expected to attend networking and campaign events outside office hours

Playlist for Life

In October 2017, we were delighted to host Sally Magnusson and Sarah Metcalfe, of Playlist of Life, at our private event – the first phase of launching Music for my Mind.

Playlist for Life is a charity that we feel closely related to. They have also witnessed the positive effects of a personally meaningful playlist for people living with dementia. It can enhance memories and interaction, improve relationships with family and overall better their quality of life. For the past year we have been in discussions on the most efficient way to help everyone living with dementia through the use of personalised music together. We are excited about the possibilities and our future projects.

You can read their article on the connection between the two charities here: https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/music-for-my-mind 

Project Update

Project update

Things are moving quickly here at Music For My Mind, we have an App Developer in place as well as an experienced individual working on the monitoring devices for responses to music.

Project update Music for My MindIt looks like we may also have an experienced social worker to join the team. She has been a dementia pathfinder and founded My Home Life. It’s all systems go now so that we can start making a positive difference to people living with dementia.

We have our new logo and this website to let people know what we are doing and how they can help.

We have all the paperwork and signatures sent off to register this new charity and we have been given generous donations in order to open the bank account.

Great news too that we also have some elderly volunteers who are living with dementia and their families who have come forward to help us.

On a personal note, if you have been on this ‘dementia journey’, with a loved one, or are currently on it, at whatever stage, you will understand the feeling of helplessness that this disease instills in you.

You now recognise the tell-tale signs of dementia that had been evident much earlier but you put them down to stress or eccentricity. You feel guilty that you misjudged their behaviour as uncaring or spiteful when all the time the dementia pathology was becoming established.

Music for My Mind offers the opportunity to reconnect, a chance to experience the comfort of the familiar for both of you.

If you would like to try your own experiments with personalised music with your family or group, please let us know what happens.

 

Tony Husband illustrates the effect on carers coping with Dementia

‘Take Care, Son’ by Tony Husband

Tony Husband has kindly agreed to let us use his wonderful cartoons that so eloquently describe the journey the carer goes on as they witness the effects of dementia on a loved one.

Take Care, Son by Tony Husband

Book Available for Sale through Amazon click for link

These are taken from an award winning book “Take Care Son” where Tony used his own experiences with his Dad.

For anyone who has experienced dementia within the family this book will resonate and provoke happy memories and smiles as well as the sad memories and the realities of the disease.

The Daily Mail article ‘Saddest Goodbye‘ touched the public and won the Best Coverage of Issues Around Dementia (Barchester Healthcare Special Award).

If you would like to know more about our project then please click here.

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