We're Hiring!

We're looking for two passionate, driven individuals to join our team in our regional offices.

You will be working as part of a vibrant team committed to making a difference through cultural skills work, nationally and internationally. To find out more about who we are and what we do, watch the video below.

Read more about our programmes, research and project partners here on our website, and get up-to-date information about what we're currently doing via our Twitter, @CulturalSkills.

If you have any questions email us: culturalskillsunit@britishcouncil.org

The deadline for both applications is 5pm Monday 12 August - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED.

Programme Manager - Cardiff

This is an exciting opportunity to become an integral part of our UK-based team. You will be responsible for leading on the development of cultural skills programmes across two regions of the world, working closely with Arts and Education Managers and other overseas British Council staff to coordinate and develop a variety of skills-based projects linked to the findings in our research.

You will also act as the connection between the UK sector and those internationally, drawing upon a wide range of knowledge about cultural skills activity and policy, and using your network of UK contacts to provide expert and specialist advice worldwide. 

A key part of this role is overseeing the Cultural Skills team's budget, leading on financial planning and reporting, and deputising for senior colleagues when necessary.

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Leading on the development of, overseeing, ensuring feedback on, advising on, and supporting on the delivery of programmes
  • Building and maintaining professional networks and providing proactive advice and support to colleagues as someone with sector/subject expertise
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Ensuring projects and programmes are delivered in line with British Council Risk & Compliance standards
  • Commercial, financial and resource management
  • Leadership and management, including formally line managing junior staff

Essential requirements

  • EU passport/existing right to work in the UK
  • Strong knowledge of skills and capacity building provision within the cultural sector in UK
  • Good network of contacts in sector
  • Track record in cultural skills programming
  • Ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences
  • Experience of budget management for programmes and projects, plus internal financial systems and processes e.g. SAP

Desirable Requirments

  • Experience of working in an international/multi-cultural context
  • Experience of working within in a global team
  • Language abilities: Spanish/Portuguese/Arabic/Mandarin

To apply for the role of Programme Manager and read more details about the position, click here

Salary range is £25,000 - £30,580 with a full package of benefits including a generous pension, 32 days holiday etc.

China Programme Manager - Manchester

 The China Programme Manager role is an excellent opportunity for you to lead on the development and delivery of FCO prosperity bids in China, focussing on the cultural heritage, museums, fashion and gaming sectors. You will work closely with three British Council Art Form teams: Cultural Skills, Architecture Design Fashion, and Film, as well as British Council staff both in the UK and China to agree and schedule programmes and activities.

You would act as the connection between the UK and Chinese sectors, drawing on a wide-ranging knowledge of cross-sectoral programmes, policy and a network of UK contacts to provide advice. A key component of the role would be to manage relationships within the UK and China sectors and support the management of finance, contracts, information and evaluation.

Main Roles and responsibilities

  • Working cross-departmentally and within multi-location teams to deliver cross-sectoral programmes within an large and complex organisation
  • Working on multiple programmes simultaneously within very different cultural and operational contexts
  • Creating opportunities for the UK arts sector that encourage international collaboration and professional exchange within a cultural relations context 
  • Co-managing a portfolio of programmes that are directly funded by the FCO

Essential Requirements

  • Existing right to work in the UK
  • A strong knowledge of skills and capacity building provision within the cultural sector in the UK
  • The ability to make critical judgements across different programme areas
  • An understanding of China and local context
  • A good network of contacts across the UK cultural sector
  • A track record in arts programming in any sector
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences
  • Experience of working in and/or an in-depth understanding of one or more of the clients, markets and industries relevant to the role: cultural skills, fashion, and gaming

To apply for the role of China Programme Manager and read more details about the position, click here

Salary range is £25,000 - £30,580 with a full package of benefits including a generous pension, 32 days holiday etc.