13 Nov, 2023

Part-Time Internship: Creative Learning And Engagement Assistant

£18,000 yearly
  • Leeds International Piano Competition
  • Leeds, UK
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Job Description/Duties

Part-Time Internship: Creative Learning And Engagement Assistant

Leeds International Piano Competition

Application closing date: 12-Dec-2023

Organisation: Leeds International Piano Competition
Start Date: 29th January 2024
Length of role: 8 months (ends by the start of teaching, semester 1 2024)
Full/part-time: Part-time (15h/week) flexible working
Location: 169b Woodhouse Lane, Leeds | LS2 3AR
Salary: £18.000 (pro-rata)
Closing Date: 5pm, Tuesday 12th December 2023

Project Outline 

The Leeds International Piano Competition (‘The Leeds’) is looking for a Creative Learning and Engagement (CLE) Assistant to help us grow our dynamic schools and programmes, building bridges between our local, global and digital audiences.  This role will involve project management of and administrative support for The Leeds’ CLE Programme, including the production of a series of live events for the Competition in September 2024. 

Our international partnerships and programmes reach around the world, connecting you to a global network of potential employers. We can offer you the chance to gain skills and experience in the highly rewarding field of creative learning and engagement, opening up opportunities for your personal development and future career.

In this post, you will have the chance to make a major difference to our charity by helping us to develop our engagement with our audiences, communities and volunteers. You will gain high-level experience of project-managing a creative and engaging programme of live and online events, featuring local and international artists, and members of the community from all walks of life.

You will work with our Head of CLE to develop our portfolio of engagement programmes in 2024, supporting production, marketing and communications, administration and evaluation. You will attend programming meetings and may have the chance to develop and realise your own creative ideas. You will also contribute to the development and evaluation of key funding bids including public funding, trusts and foundations. 

This part-time role, which can be carried out alongside your undergraduate of postgraduate studies, offers flexible working, including some remote working and some weekend and evening commitments too.

Organisation Details

The Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the world’s most celebrated music events and has launched the careers of some of the greatest pianists in living memory.

We are deeply passionate about the power of the piano to enhance people’s lives and are regarded as global leaders in our sector for learning and community engagement. We make inspiring and enriching programmes which have young talent at their heart and use technologies to innovate artistically and extend our reach. We pursue this mission with the University of Leeds, our Principal Partner, and a suite of local and international industry specialists and partners.

Our unique approach has already established The Leeds ‘as a trailblazer among a new breed of music competitions’ and we are leaders among the top 3 piano competitions in the world. We are currently growing our team in order to dramatically amplify our global, artistic and social impact as we build towards our 21st Edition in 2024.


Leeds International Piano Competition is an equal opportunities employer.  All appointments are made on merit, and we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.



Assist the Head of Creative Learning & Engagement with all aspects of planning, production and delivery of the CLE programme, including:

  • Pianodrome Theatre: support the installation of a community performance space made entirely from upcycled pianos
  • Pianodrome Theatre programme: support the development and delivery of a richly diverse 3 -week music programme in the Pianodrome Theatre, co-produced by multiple arts and community organisations, education partners and performers from all walks of life
  • Leeds Piano Trail: support the development and installation of a multi-site series of playable pianos and sculptures in city centre locations
  • Leeds Piano Trail live programme: support the development and delivery of performances out on the Piano Trail, working with Leeds communities and stakeholders, including our Principal Partner, University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds BID. 
  • Piano +: public engagement activities (inc. talks/ masterclasses) as part of the Competition
  • Schools programme: in person and online performances in collaboration with education, culture, community, and public sector organisations
  • Support digital learning and creative engagement opportunities, including the digital capture of events with broadcast partners medici.tv & BBC. 
  • Assist with fundraising bids and activities to support the CLE programme. 
  • Assist with the development and co-ordination of our Volunteers programme
  • Attend relevant networks, conferences and partnership events 



  • Develop and co-ordinate CLE Programme production schedules
  • Contribute to the creation of promotional materials and digital communications 
  • Support the development of impact and evaluation frameworks across the organisation, working with specialists where required. 
  • Coordinate reports and papers for Board of Trustees, funders and other stakeholders as required
  • Work to ensure that the CLE programme is delivered on time and on budget
  • Assist with the coordination of a team of interns and volunteers to deliver activities in the Pianodrome Theatre and on the Leeds Piano Trail


Support and supervision:

Every single member of our team holds a high level of individual responsibility, and you will report to the Head of Creative Learning & Engagement and work closely with the Head of Administration and Finance and the Production Team.

You will receive an induction where areas of professional development will be identified and an outline work plan will be agreed. This will be reviewed monthly by your line manager.

Mentoring is an important aspect of your experience with us and you will be well-supported throughout. We aim to ensure you achieve meaningful professional development and delivery outcomes which will boost your career prospects, as well as making valuable contacts and finding opportunities for future progression. At the end of your contract, we offer the chance to have a debrief with any member of our team to discuss possible next steps in your career.

Our core business centres around the support and nurturing of young people, whether these are our artists, interns or the next generation of musicians and music lovers. We also believe in supporting fair and accessible routes into the arts sector that are open to those with the most talent and potential to thrive, regardless of background.


  • Chance to work with a creative and friendly team in an internationally respected arts organization
  • Opportunity to make a major impact within a small team
  • A high level of individual responsibility, with support whenever needed
  • Experience of a wide variety of tasks and the opportunity for further career development
  • Access to a global industry network


  • Demonstrate responsibility and measurable impacts you have made
  • Gain experience in the planning and production of a complex series of events
  • Demonstrate responsibility for managing events
  • Gain knowledge of the professional arts sector in the UK and internationally
  • Gain experience in managing volunteers and temporary staff
  • Review of career opportunities and plan for next steps
  • A University of Leeds student from the faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
  • An enthusiasm for and understanding of our mission
  • An appropriate rationale for undertaking this role, including an enthusiasm for the arts, cultural engagement and delivering events
  • General administrative and/or events management experience, with a high level of organisational skills and creative approach to problem-solving 
  • Ability to manage time and workload effectively, including in pressurised environments
  • Proficiency in Microsoft packages, especially Word, Excel and Teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to adapt communication style to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Experience of volunteering
  • Experience of working in events management and/ or administration outside of your University studies
  • Experience of writing reports and undertaking analysis/ interpreting data

About Leeds International Piano Competition

Main business: : Theatre | Performing arts

The Leeds International Piano Competition has launched the careers of some of the greatest pianists in living memory. Drawn by the challenge of demanding repertoire and an international performer-led jury, Competitors undertake the First Round in Berlin, Singapore and New York.

Successful candidates then compete at the University of Leeds and the historic Town Hall through individual and collaborative rounds, featuring chamber music performances and a concerto finale with the world-renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, HD global streaming of the competition reaches audiences in over 190 countries. 

The world class prize package is carefully crafted to support the prize-winners establish their careers, and includes artist representation with Askonas Holt, a recording release with Warner Classics, international tours in association with Steinway & Sons, a début at Wigmore Hall (London), broadcasts with the BBC and significant media coverage, as well as bespoke mentoring and coaching.

Most importantly, the city of Leeds offers a warm Yorkshire welcome for all its pianists!

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