Venice Fellowships Programme Manager
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department: Arts Duration: 1 year with the possibility of a year's extension Location: London Pay Band 7 (£25,758 - £32,463) Applicants must have the right to work in the UK
The Organisation:

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. 

The Arts

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. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in.

The Team

In the Visual Arts and Architecture, Design and Fashion teams we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary art and design sectors to advise and support our international colleagues on working with art and design within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with artists, designers and curators to build relationships between the visual arts and architecture, design and fashion communities in the UK and around the world. 

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Venice Fellowships Programme Manager to establish, manage and develop the Venice Fellowship Programme for both Visual Arts and Architecture Biennales building partnership with HE and FE sectors to generate partnerships and programmes.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:

  • A good network of contacts across the UK arts, education and skills sector.
  • Experience of devising and  managing programmes
  • Awareness of new trends, developments and opportunities within the Higher Education and Training Sectors
  • An entrepreneurial approach to partnership and income generation in the context of arts and/or education
  • A track record in managing partnerships between arts and/or education institutions. 
  • Proven project management experience  

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)

  • Devise a Venice fellowship programme that meets the needs and standards of higher and further education institutes and is in-line with the British Council corporate objectives. 
  • Manage all aspects of the programme successfully from conception to delivery and evaluation.  This includes programme project management – setting programme objectives, setting and managing the programme delivery budget, setting and managing the programme schedule, identifying and mitigating risk, drafting an evaluation plan and dissemination of research outputs.
  • Manage the fellows, in the lead up to the opening of the British Pavilion and for the duration of the Venice Biennale exhibition, including induction, training, guidance and identifying stewarding requirements as well as managing the recruitment process to ensure that the exhibition is adequately safeguarded and meets with international museum standards of care (in line with loan and insurance agreements) and British Council standards of risk. 
  • Create a sustainable business model for the fellowship programme which may include partnership, fundraising and promotional opportunities created by the British Council’s presence in Venice, particularly in the education and skills sectors in the UK and partnerships.

Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

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 try and 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.

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council behaviours


  • Generous pension
  • 32 days annual leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan 

 The closing date is 12th February 2017 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2017.