Architecture Programme Manager
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Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Pay Band 7 Location: London Contract type: 9 month Maternity Cover Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: 2nd of January 2019

Please note – For London Location, our headquarters will relocate to Westfield, Stratford – E20


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.


Through our work in Arts we find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. Our expert team in the UK and around the world works to five broad aims: to share UK arts with the world; to foster collaborations and networks; to build capacity in creative sectors; to foster social change; and to support the shaping of policy and research. This cultural exchange helps create modern and vibrant creative sectors, building connections, trust and opportunity. It can also help to bring together divided communities and people affected by conflict.


In the Architecture Design Fashion department (ADF) we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary design sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working on design exhibitions, events, residencies and other projects within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, partnerships, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with institutions, designers and design professionals to build relationships between


The opportunity:


You will provide specialist support to British Council offices overseas to ensure the development, implementation and management of high-quality, strategic architecture programmes which meet specific regional requirements and support the British Council’s cultural relations objectives.



What we require of the successful candidate:

- You will have a good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK architecture and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres

- You will have a good network of contacts across the UK architecture sector

- You’ll have a track record in programming architecture events, and commissioning exhibition and graphic designer

- You will have the ability to write and edit effectively for a variety of different audiences, and use digital platforms including blogs and social media

- You will be educated to at least degree level in a design discipline


 Please refer to the role profile for further information on the role.


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



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

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 2nd of Jan, 2019 (23:59)


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.