Senior Education Policy Advisor
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
Job Category
Education (non-teaching)
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Pay band 8. Location: Any UK office (London, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast) but very frequent travel to London. Contract type: Indefinite (Permanent). Requirements: Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK to be considered for the role. Closing date and time: 24th February 2019 at 23:59 UK Time.

Senior Education Policy Advisor

This role can be based in any UK office but please note very frequent trips to London will be necessary. 

The Opportunity:

The Senior Education Policy Advisor is responsible for managing the Education Advisory Group (senior people from the education sector who advise on the British Council’s education activity) and the International Education Advisory Group (a quarterly meeting co-chaired with DfE to share information about government policies with the sector).

They will also support the Regional Education Leads Relationship Manager and Head of the Education Policy Unit in facilitating high-level bilateral meetings around events such as Education World Forum, Going Global and inward delegations to the UK. 

You will have the opportunity to get close to key decision making and to help build the achievement and success of the strategic and operational goals of the function. 

The main areas of focus for the role, but are not limited to are:

Business Management and Delivery -  Act as Secretariat for the Education Advisory Group and the International Education Advisory Group and coordinate education briefings for senior bilateral meetings (e.g. for the Chief Executive and Director of Education Policy with international counterparts)

Content/thought leadership  -  Contribute to briefings on current and emerging matters in area of expertise, supporting detailed analysis, research, sector knowledge and content to proposals.

Stakeholder Management - Manages and facilitate arrangements for stakeholder engagement events and attend events and engage with Stakeholders.

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • Experience of working with senior managers and external stakeholders    
  • Knowledge of an Education sector – Higher Education, Schools & Skills, English Language, Science    
  • Experienced SAP user and MS SharePoint user 
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal   
  • Planning and Prioritisation skills
If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the attached documents:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by  24th February 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. 

  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 in 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.

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.