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Recruitment and Pathway Initiatives

Assistant General Secretary

Career stage: Senior

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.

Musicians Union

  • Industry Music, Trade Union
  • Location UK, Hybrid
  • Apply by 03/06/2022 5:00 pm
  • Salary/Bursary £100,000 p.a (may differ dependent upon location of the successful candidate)