Executive Assistant to Corporate Affairs
Country / Territory
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Payband: 7 Location: London Contract type: IDC Department: Corporate Headquarters Closing date 22nd September 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role.

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

The opportunity:

The Corporate Affairs department engages across the organisation at every level.

The Corporate Affairs team works with the Board of Trustees, the Chair, the Chief Executive, and the wider organisation to ensure that the British Council operates legally, transparently and in line with good practice. The Head of Corporate Affairs is also the Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Working in Corporate Affairs offers the opportunity to get close to key strategic development and decision-making processes, and to be part of a team which is helping to build and protect the wider profile and reputation of the organisation.


The postholder will need to be highly organised, be able to juggle between competing priorities, show attention to detail, meet deadlines and work with senior stakeholders. Because of the sensitivity of many of the issues involved in the work the post holder will have access to sensitive or confidential information and will be required to exercise absolute discretion

 Main duties:
  •  taking responsibility, in consultation with Heads of each team and with particular focus on the Legal and Governance teams, for providing administrative and diary support,
  • arranging meetings with senior external stakeholders and internal colleagues and supporting the timely issue of meeting papers,
  • records management, ensuring correspondence and documentation is filed, archived or shredded as appropriate
  • helping maintain up to date Corporate Affairs pages on our intranet and website
  • supporting Corporate Affairs’ budget management and financial processes
  • supporting Corporate Affairs’ compliance with the Diversity Assessment Framework 


About you; 

  • Proven track record of office administration in busy and complex environments, prioritising multiple tasks and deadlines.  
  • Experience of working effectively with individuals at all levels (particularly senior managers), both internally and externally.
  • Holding people to account – in eliciting responses


If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:
Role Profile.doc
 - British Council Behaviours.pdf
 - British Council Core Skills.pdf

Our Equality Commitment: 

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 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.