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27 June 2017

Come and work with us!

We have a brilliant opportunity to join the team in a senior role. You'll be leading on imaginative programmes designed to grow creative ecosystems in some of the most exciting cities of the world.


We have a rare opportunity to join the team as Senior Programme Manager, Creative Economy. This is a fixed term, one year post to cover a secondment being taken by the substantive post holder. This role plays a vital part in helping us share UK expertise and best practice from across the creative and cultural industries, helping to grow creative ecosystems overseas and enrich lives through the opportunities that the creative and cultural industries can offer.

This is a varied and challenging role which plays an important part in the organisation's cultural relations work.

You’ll understand what initiatives and interventions help creative individuals and SMEs start up and thrive. Using your excellent networks in the UK, you’ll not only be looking to adapt and internationalise great tried and tested models, you’ll also be shaping more experimental approaches that involve cross cultural collaboration and networks.

You’ll be working closely with a diverse range of UK stakeholders, including large institutional partners, creative hubs, individual creative business founders and producers. You’ll work with them to understand what their international ambitions are and what they might have to offer and learn from an experience overseas. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be liaising with British Council offices globally to identify where the UK can add value in shaping creative economies through policy, expert knowledge and peer exchanges.  

Throughout this process, you’ll be supporting and be supported by a team of Creative Economy programme managers who have specific knowledge including digital innovation, hubs and maker spaces. You’ll also be able to call on our Art Form teams who have expert knowledge across music, film, theatre, dance, architecture, design, fashion, literature, gaming, museums and visual arts. You’ll be connecting the dots between their deep sector expertise and the transversal skills which help practitioners and enterprises thrive in a fast changing world of new opportunities.

You’ll be particularly leading on creative enterprise and innovation skills programmes as well as supporting at least one global region to deliver on a portfolio of creative economy projects. You will also be deputising for the Director, Creative Economy, as required, in internal and external meetings.

As well as having a varied network of contacts, you will have experience of partnership/sponsorship relationships. You might have a background in supporting fledgling creative industries or as a producer – you will definitely be someone that knows how to make things happen and inspire teams to deliver. You will also understand the diplomacy involved in mounting international programmes and you’ll be excited by the challenge of making international connections for the UK. Most importantly, you’ll be a persuasive communicator, able to excite others about the new and changing dynamics of creative economies around the world.

Closes 20 August 2017

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience, within a range of £32,424-46,823 (plus London allowance of £3,300), plus good benefits package.

For further information and to apply, click here.