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At the heart of English folk


Join the English Folk Dance and Song Society team at Cecil Sharp House and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

At the English Folk Song and Dance Society we offer a diverse range of employment across the Society, within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and at Cecil Sharp House.

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process. We welcome applications from everyone who matches each role’s required skills and interests.

All applicants must complete our standard Application Form, rather than sending a CV. We don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.

Unless otherwise indicated, our posts are based at Cecil Sharp House, London.


Operations Director

The English Folk Dance and Song Society is offering an exciting opportunity to join the team at Cecil Sharp House as Operations Director.  

Summary Job Purpose:

The Operations Director is part of the Senior Management Team comprising Chief Executive, Library, Education, Marketing Directors and Finance Director. The Operations Director, working with the Senior Management and the Venue Operations Team, will develop, implement and manage the improvement of Cecil Sharp House as a vibrant arts venue together with the effective and efficient administration of EFDSS including HR management. The Operations Director plays a major role in the development of Cecil Sharp House as a vibrant arts centre and desirable venue for hire together with the overall delivery of EFDSS strategic objectives.

Conditions of Employment

Salary: £36,000 full time or £28,800 for 0.8 role 

Hours: 28 - 35 hours, excluding lunch breaks, Monday to Friday.

Usual office working hours are 9.30am – 5.30pm, although venue operations span a 7 day week and include evenings and weekends. For the right person, this role can be tailored to suit working a 4 or 5 day week (28 – 35 hours) with a flexible arrangement to suit. We are open to proposals on flexible working hours arrangements to cover childcare, study or other commitments.

Days: These hours will generally be spread across five days Monday – Friday. Flexibility is required as evening and weekend working may occasionally be necessary. Time off in lieu will be given.

Holidays: 25 days per annum pro rata (ie 20 days for 0.8 role) plus statutory public and bank holidays (pro rata of 6.5 days for 0.8 role)

How to apply:

Applicants should view the full Job Description and complete the EFDSS application form and the online equal opportunities form. CVs will not be accepted. Completed applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 2 January, 9am

Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House either on Monday 13th January OR Monday 20th January.

Job description (Word)   Application form (Word) Equal opportunities monitoring form


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to support EFDSS and get closer to all things folk. If you are interested in volunteering for us please see below for volunteer opportunities. At Cecil Sharp House we are always on the lookout for more volunteer stewards to help support our concerts, dances and family activities. It’s a fun way to get involved and have a great experience in one of London’s greatest venues.

Our garden is maintained and planted by Permaculture and we welcome volunteers all year round to keep it looking beautiful.

Volunteers are a valuable part of our staff team. If you are enthusiastic about the folk arts, have good verbal communication skills and enjoy being in a creative environment where your contributions can really make a difference then please do get in touch to register your interest.

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