Cultural Protection Fund Senior Grants Manager
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband 8. Location: Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast. Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2021. Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: 18th November 2019 at 23:59 UK Time.

Cultural Protection Fund  - Senior Grants Manager. 

Based in Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast.

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 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.     

The Opportunity:

The Senior Grants Manager plays a strategic and appropriate role in British Council cultural relations mission leading and supporting the team of Grant Managers for the Cultural Protection Fund.  The Cultural Protection Fund Senior Grants Manager will work closely with the CPF Director and the CPF SRO (Head, Arts and Society) to ensure that the quality of the work assessing, approving and monitoring applications top the Fund is maintained at the highest possible level and that the Fund itself continues to offer a model of Cultural Relations in action.

The Cultural Protection Fund Senior Grants Manager will also support the work with liaising with partners and stakeholders and managing relationships internally and with key external UK partners. You will lead on the development and management of the Culture Protection Fund staff team while also advising on issues relating to Cultural Heritage and Cultural Protection and will have line management responsibilities. 

The role will include but is not limited to:

Strategy and planning - As the lead for our CPF Staff Team, The Cultural Protection Senior Grant Manager leads the staff team and in particular the work of the Grant Managers planning and scheduling their work to ensure compliance and quality control and a maintenance of the established high standards delivery.

Programme Development  - As a senior member of staff, The CPF Senior Grant Manager will ensure that in all aspects of design, planning and delivery that work meets the highest professional and technical standards, and that it contributes optimally to the achievement of the British Council and UK government objectives

Customer/market focus - The CPF Senior Grant Manager will oversee the work of the team with the communications with grantees over the completion of the project work under the existing Cultural Protection Fund to ensure a smooth exit from the existing Fund and in order to prepare for continuation.

Sector/subject expertise - The CPF Senior Grant Manager will support the on-going review and improvement of fund processes and formulation of internal policy relating to assessment, monitoring, evaluation and internal communications.

Relationship & stakeholder management - The CPF Senior Grant Manager develops trust-based relationships with a range of key practitioners, partners, organisations, opinion formers and stakeholders (in the UK and overseas) to promote the British Council’s cultural relations strategies, and secure practical and financial support for them.

Commercial, financial & resource management - The CPF Senior Grant Manager conducts monthly and year-end reporting on income and expenditure, adhering and contributing to risk management and operational processes, and actively applying learning from this to improve financial planning, management and performance.

Leadership & management - The CPF Senior Grant Manager sets and oversees the work plan for the agreed programmes as a part of the Cultural Protection Fund, managing a range of internal and external staff across the globe to ensure high quality, timely delivery.

What we require of the successful candidate: 
  • Knowledge of current practice in the Heritage sector.
  •  An excellent network of contacts across the UK Museum and Heritage sector
  • A knowledge of good project management particularly in relation to funding programmes.
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.
  • Knowledge and experience of grant management and dissemination

If you would like to understand more about the post, then please see the documents attached:


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 18th November 2019 at 23:59 UK time. 

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 2nd or 9th December 2019. 

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.