Culture Manager, Creative Europe Desk UK- England
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Region: UK Country: England Department: Arts Job Category: UK appointed staff only/ All staff / candidates with pre-existing independent right to work and live in the UK without restrictions. Location: Manchester Pay Band: 7 Duration: Indefinite, full time





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.


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. The global Arts team consists of seven specialist art form teams and three cross-disciplinary teams (Creative Economy, Cultural Skills and Culture and Development) based in our London headquarters who work closely with Arts Managers based at British Council offices in the devolved UK countries (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and overseas regions (Europe, Wider Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Americas).

Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audio visual 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.

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We have an excellent opportunity for

A Culture Manager to provide the connection between the English arts, cultural and heritage sectors and Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme. The Culture Manager is able to draw upon wide-ranging Creative Europe programme knowledge, project management experience and of the cultural and creative sectors to provide specialist advice to English cultural and creative sector organisations on the programme. S/he will be responsible for information, advice and guidance for applicants and will contribute to the delivery of the Creative Europe Desk UK Culture sub-programme activities in England.

The successful candidate must

· Raise awareness of the opportunities available to English arts, cultural and creative sector organisations through Creative Europe. Provide guidance and technical assistance on how UK organisations, across a wide diversity of areas and art forms, can engage with and apply to the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

· Together with Arts Council England and British Council contacts, and under guidance of the Head of Culture England, implement an events strategy of information and applicant support events to inform sector organisations on Creative Europe Culture opportunities.

· Deliver on an ambitious Operational Plan for the Culture sub-programme in England which deepens the CED UK-wide work programme and contributes to planning the 2017 programme.

· Collaborate with Arts Council England colleagues, and British Council art form specialists.

Some of the main duties include

· Leading on delivery of a variety of information and advisory events for prospective applicants across England. Developing and implementing a schedule for information and promotion activities as per the agreed work plan for Culture in England.

· Supporting the Head of Culture England in planning and delivery of regular one-to-one advice and project development sessions to assist potential England-based applicants, with a particular emphasis on the Midlands and the North of England, in developing projects.

· Proactively maintaining a sound working knowledge of major developments, issues and stakeholders within the sector to build professional credibility, confidence and market insight in relation to European working and engagement.

· Proactively identifying and cultivating potential sector organisations and individuals for project and programme development and delivery.

· Taking responsibility for responding knowledgeably and professionally to enquiries about Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme opportunities to ensure a high quality customer experience and maintain the team’s reputation internally and externally.

We require the successful candidate to have

· Experience of European cooperation and funding programmes.

· A good, wide knowledge of English cultural and creative sectors and knowledge of current practice and sector funding dynamics.

· Knowledge of assessment and/or evaluation and/or grant development.

· Knowledge of assessing and reporting on applications to funding programmes.

· A track record in project management.

· The ability to present clearly to a variety of different audiences.




For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

 Role Profile.pdf

British council behaviours

BC Behaviours.pdf





· Generous pension

· 32 days annual leave

· Flexible working policy

· Childcare vouchers

· Season ticket loan

· Cycling Scheme





Generic Statement

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before Wednesday 25th May 2016 at, 23:59 UK time.



Equality of Opportunity (UK)

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.