Chief Executive Officer, Salary: £50k+

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) has been nurturing Scotland’s talented young musicians for over 40 years, providing them with opportunities to experiment, learn, develop, work as a team and play - as well as perform to a professional standard. Our alumni include world-famous classical musicians and leading jazz musicians, and we’re passionate about providing opportunities for the next generation.

Despite the challenges to live performance and communal playing caused by the pandemic, there are plenty of causes for optimism and celebration here. And, as our CEO, you’ll provide the strategic plan we need for our post-pandemic recovery.

It’s an exciting time – and we have ambitious plans. Your role will be to make sure we achieve them. As our public face, you’ll be in a high-profile position in the Scottish and international arts world; championing musical opportunity for our young people.

With responsibilities ranging from governance and organisational planning to delivery of the artistic programme, you’ll need to work closely with the NYOS Board and freelance Artistic Directors, as well as leading and supporting the NYOS team. You’ll also foster critical relationships with Creative Scotland, youth organisations and national companies. 

We’re looking for someone with considerable people, budget and resource management experience in an Arts, Music or Educational organisation. And, whilst an understanding of artistic direction and programming is key, we are even more interested in your ability to oversee the strategic and business aspects of our organisation, and ensure it is resilient in the face of future challenges. A talent for creative thinking and financial planning, as well as a genuine passion for the UK and world-wide music scene, will be absolutely essential.

Click here for more information and to download a candidate pack.

Applications should be in the form of both a) a CV including the names and contact details of two referees and b) a covering letter, clearly outlining your skills and experience and responding to the Challenges and Strategic Development needs for NYOS as outlined in the Candidate Pack. Closing date for application is 19 August 2021.

Initial interviews with short listed candidates will take place late August/early September. The successful candidate should be available to take up the post by November/December.

Please send your CV along with a covering letter to:

Seasonal Pastoral Staff

NYOS is looking to hear from people who are keen to work as temporary pastoral staff for our residential courses which take place during the spring and summer school holidays each year. The duration of the residential courses range from 3 to 14 days and take place in both spring and summer, in various locations throughout Scotland, involving a wide age range of participants from 8 through to 25. 

To be considered please send a letter of interest along with your CV to the NYOS Office in Glasgow via email to Or by post to the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS), 13 Somerset Place, Glasgow, G3 7JT.