Theatre and Dance Programme and Communications Coordinator, Theatre and Dance
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Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department: Arts Job Category: Full Time, indefinite Location: London Pay Band: 6 ((£19,370 - £23,795)
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 Theatre and Dance team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary theatre, dance and live-art sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with theatre, dance and live-art 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 performing arts organisations and practitioners to build relationships between the sector in the UK and around the world.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Theatre and Dance Programmes and Communications Coordinator to provide administrative and communications support, sector liaison, and project assistance to ensure the smooth running and satisfactory delivery of the Theatre and Dance department’s work.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
  • Experience of working on websites and social media
  • Good written English and professional experience of copywriting and editing
  • Experience of office administration for example organising travel, finance, events and diary management.
  • Interest in UK arts 

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)
  • Updating the Theatre and Dance department's website and Twitter account  
  • Providing administrative support to the Theatre and Dance department and support for UK and global projects such as the Artists' International Development Fund and the BBC/ British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition  
  • Reviewing work, keeping abreast of current trends and researching availability of suitable productions and practitioners for inclusion in our cultural relations programmes
  • Responding to enquiries about international touring and the work of our department.
  • Providing market intelligence and explaining the opportunities for the UK theatre and dance sectors to engage with our programmes. 
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 Sunday 8th January 2017 at 23:59pm UK time