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Assistant General Secretary

Updated: 10 May 2022 | 16:44 PM
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The Musicians' Union (MU) represents over 32,000 musicians across the UK working in all sectors of the music business.

As well as negotiating on behalf of our members with all the major employers in the industry, we offer a range of support services for professional and student musicians of all ages and backgrounds.

We are currently looking to recruit an Assistant General Secretary (AGS). They will work as part of the three-person Secretariat team and report directly to the General Secretary.

About the role

The AGS will assist the General Secretary in leading the Musicians’ Union, attending and reporting to the Executive Committee and biennial Delegate Conference.

The AGS will have ultimate responsibility for the activities of the Union’s Regions and Nations and for the staff therein. This means oversight of six departments based throughout the UK. The AGS will play a key role in lobbying at devolved level, including with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments, and in highlighting Regional news stories to members.

The AGS will also have ultimate responsibility for human resources including managing any external providers. This includes oversight of recruitment and talent management as well as negotiation of staff terms and conditions in consultation with the GMB Group.

The AGS will accompany and / or deputise for the General Secretary at meetings including Trade Union, Labour Party Liaison Organisation (TULO), TUC, GFTU, UK Music, CMM, FEU and the Performers’ Alliance.

Experience of managing a team is essential, as well as being able to prioritise a busy workload.

The post can be carried out anywhere in the UK with hybrid working from home and one of our MU office’s (Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, London). Travel to London and around the UK for meetings will be required.

Main duties and responsibilities

Secretariat

  • The AGS will be a member of the MU Secretariat and as such part of the senior management team.
  • The Secretariat deals with all management issues inter alia internal MU employment matters, financial planning, industrial policy, political issues, trade union issues, union communications, social policy, international issues and prepares high-level reports to the EC on these and other matters.
  • Secretariat members act as escalation points for collective bargaining and maintain relationships with organisations with which the Union deals or negotiates.
  • The Secretariat will be responsible for disciplinary / grievance issues that might arise amongst the staff and officials of the MU.

Committees

  • The AGS shall attend all Executive Committee (EC) meetings and report on all issues pertaining to the departments for which they are responsible. They shall also note all EC decisions, action points and movers and incorporate these into the EC minutes.
  • The AGS may be required to act as Secretary to EC Sub-Committees as required.

Regions and Nations oversight

  • The AGS has responsibility for guiding and overseeing union policy, activity, and industry interaction in the Regions and Nations through line management of the Regional Organisers. This will involve maintaining an active presence, attending events and involvement in devolved level lobbying activities.
  • The AGS (Regions, Nations and HR) shares a Personal Assistant with the AGS (National Depts), though the latter has line management responsibilities for this post.
  • The AGS has ultimate responsibility for the activities of the Union’s Regions and Nations and for the staff therein.
  • The AGS is required to deputise for the General Secretary when needed and must be prepared to lead negotiations with employers / engagers in the Regions and Nations when an escalation point is required.
  • The AGS is responsible for the Union’s Regions and Nations member-facing events strategy, ensuring consistency of provision and high-quality across the six MU Regions and Nations. The AGS will also help to highlight Regional news stories to members.
  • The AGS has ultimate responsibility for human resources including managing any external HR providers. This includes oversight of recruitment and talent management as well as negotiation of staff terms and conditions in consultation with the GMB Group.
  • The AGS will be expected to represent the MU on Music Industry and trade union bodies such as UK Music, CMM, FEU and the Performers’ Alliance.
  • The AGS will be required to take on public speaking roles and represent the Union in campaigns and in the press.

Internal / member benefits

  • The AGS is responsible for managing the Union’s range of members’ insurances.
  • The AGS belongs to the Legal Panel which determines the level of Union support for members’ claims.

Administrative

  • The two Assistant General Secretaries will be responsible for the administration of all Union elections, and for ensuring all annual Certification Office requirements are complied with.
  • The AGS will meet regularly with the staff union representatives and will endeavour to deal with any resulting staff issues.

Budgets

The AGS shall have ultimate responsibility for all Regions and Nations department budgets and spending, and for budgets related to Human Resource matters.

Political

  • The AGS may accompany and / or deputise for the General Secretary at meetings with politicians, researchers and journalists and deputise at meetings of the Trade Union, Labour Party Liaison Organisation (TULO) as required.
  • The AGS will speak on broader political and trade union issues when required.

Trade Unions

The AGS may deputise for the GS at TUC and GFTU meetings, working groups and conferences as required.

International

The AGS will be expected to take part in high-level meetings through the auspices of FIM, to undertake international speaking engagements and take part in international conferences as required.

What we offer

We are offering a salary of £100,000pa (may differ dependent upon location of the successful candidate) as well as a contribution towards a personal pension scheme and a car waiver allowance. The annual leave entitlement for this post is 30 days, excluding public holidays.

How to apply

Closing date for applications is Friday 3 June 2022 at 17:00. Interviews will be held via Zoom on Thursday 16 June 2022. If there is a need for a second round of interviews a date will be confirmed nearer the time.

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If you require this application in a different format or you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the recruitment process, please contact recruitment@themu.org to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

The MU wants our workforce to be more representative of all sections of society and we particularly encourage applications from Black, and ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBT+ candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our workforce.