Architecture Programme Manager – British Council

Location London

Department Arts

Category: Full Time, indefinite

Location: London Salary

Pay Band 7 (£25,758 – 32,463) plus London Market Allowance

The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

The Team

In the Architecture Design Fashion department (ADF) we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary design sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working on design exhibitions, events, residencies and other projects within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, partnerships, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with institutions, designers and design professionals to build relationships between the cultural, educational and professional organisations in the UK and around the world.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for an architecture programme manager to provide specialist support to British Council offices overseas to ensure the development, implementation and management of high-quality, strategic architecture programmes which meet specific regional requirements and support the British Council’s cultural relations objectives.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
A good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK architecture and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres.
A good network of contacts across the UK architecture sector.
A track record in programming architecture events, and commissioning exhibition and graphic designers.
The ability to write and edit effectively for a variety of different audiences; and to use digital platforms including blogs and social media
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include: (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)

Leads in the development and presentation of specific project or programme proposals, including the architecture-related component of wider programmes, to ensure these are soundly based and gain approval.
Oversees and, as necessary, advises on the implementation of approved architecture projects and/or programmes to ensure these are efficiently and effectively delivered to agreed standards.
Actively builds professional networks and information channels that maintain an excellent understanding of relevant developments, stakeholders and opinion formers in the architecture sector.
Proactively identifies and cultivates potential/actual partners for project and programme development and delivery, and secures the successful achievement of British Council objectives.
Contributes to the development of the exhibitions for the British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale.
Leads on ADF’s relationship with at least one region within the British Council network, becoming an expert on the context and being the first point of contact for partners and internal colleagues within ADF department across all three disciplines.
Using agreed British Council systems and processes, plans and manages the budget for a range of small/medium-sized projects and programmes.
Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile
British Council behaviours
Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Flexible working policy
Childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan
The closing date is 13th November 2016 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for week commencing: 28th November 2016.


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