Cultural Protection Fund Director (JAN 2020)
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Salary: SMP Small, (£50,635 - £62,000 per annum). Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2021. Location: Manchester or Edinburgh, UK. Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: 28th January 2020 at 23:59 UK time.
Cultural Protection Fund Director.
Based in  Manchester or Edinburgh.

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:

This role has been created to lead the work of Cultural Protection Fund and to ensure the continued development and management of funding programme created in partnership with HMG Department of Digital Media and Sport in 2016.  

The role will also be key to developing British Council’s wider Cultural Protection work following the principles of a cultural relations approach to sustainable inclusive development. A large part of this role is to both prepare an lead the funding programmes in the rollover year (2020-21) and to support lead efforts to secure a new version of the Cultural Protection Fund. HMG Department for Digital Media and Sport is preparing a bid to the Comprehensive Spending Review for ODA money to support a Cultural Protection Response from 2021.  

This role will lead on the work to shape that new Fund including collating the reviews of existing Fund and the feedback from the CPF Advisory Group and others in order to shape the design and resourcing of the new Fund.  In addition, the Director will work with the Head of Arts and Society to position and make the case for the our wider Heritage and in particular for the value of th protection and management of heritage as a tool for sustainable and inclusive development. 

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

Strategy and planning - Effectively engage with the CPF Programme Board, CPF Advisory Group and Head of Arts & Society to define the strategic framework for the Cultural Protection Fund. 

Programme Development - The CPF Director will oversee the work of the Cultural Protection Fund ensuring that in all aspects of design, planning and delivery that it 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 - Contribute to the development and delivery of the thought leadership strategy for Cultural Protection and the wider Culture and Development work so that the British Council is recognised by external stakeholders and audiences as a respected, credible authority in the field. 

Sector/subject expertise - The main element of the Cultural Protection Fund will be a programme grant giving that will seek to support vital work on preserving and protecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage across the globe.  The Cultural Protection Manager will lead work to map stakeholders and research potentialities in order to better target the available funds. 

Relationship & stakeholder management - Develop 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

Leadership & management - 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. 

Risk & compliance - Direct the overall assessment moderation process to ensure consistency of recommendations to the Approval Panel. 

What we require from the successful candidate, but is not limited to: 

Excellent knowledge of current practice in the Heritage sector. 
An excellent network of contacts across the UK Museum and Heritage sector.
Experience of managing and/ or leading major funding programmes. 

Experience of representing a significant programme of work.

The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

Understanding of the issues of cultural heritage protection.

Understanding of devising and the operationalising funding streams.

If you would like to learn more, please see the role profile below:  


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 28th January 2020 at 23:59 UK time.   

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 17th February 2020.  

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