Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland
Country / Territory
Northern Ireland
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: Northern Ireland Department: Arts Job Category: Full-time, 6 month contract with possibility of extension) Location: Belfast Pay Band: 7 (£25,758 - £32,463)
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.

The Team    

The UK Regional team in Belfast connects Northern Ireland; its government, cities, institutions (schools, colleges, universities, and cultural bodies) and people to the world and aims to ensure that every person in Northern Ireland has access to opportunities for international experience and engagement. We believe this will contribute to an internationally inspired and globally connected UK and a more secure, inclusive and prosperous world.

Creative Europe
 is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development.

Creative Europe Desk UK
 promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, and provides free advice and support for applicants from the UK. Creative Europe Desk UK’s team of specialists is based across the UK (in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast) and they organise workshops, seminars and industry events.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Manager for the Creative Europe Desk to provide specialist support to Northern Ireland based companies and organisations looking at applying to Creative Europe for funding to develop their European and international projects and networks.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
  • Experience of European cooperation and funding programme
  • A good, wide knowledge of UK/NI screen, cultural and creative sectors and knowledge of current practice and sector funding dynamics
  • A track record in project management
  • An experience of organising events
  • The ability to present clearly to a variety of different audiences.
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)
  • Raise awareness of the opportunities available to Northern Ireland screen, arts, cultural and creative sector organisations and companies through Creative Europe.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance on how UK organisations and companies, across a wide diversity of areas and art forms, can engage with, and apply to the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
  • In the context of the UK’s EU referendum result and the continued eligibility in the next two years, provide reassurance and encouragement to stay/become involved in the programme
  • Under guidance of the Director CED UK, and Culture Advisor UK, design and deliver an events and engagement plan for both sub-programmes in Northern Ireland which makes part of the CED UK-wide work programme and contribute to planning the 2018 programme
  • Collaborate with Arts Council Northern Ireland, Screen NI and British Council art form specialists, as well as, on occasion, with Creative Europe Desk Ireland

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 Sunday 11th June 2017 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for 26th June.