Literature Co-ordinator (KK20154489)
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Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Region UK Country: England Department: Arts Job Category: Full Time, Indefinite Contract Location: London Pay Band 6 Closing date: Sunday 10th November 2019 at 23:59 UK time


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 with 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. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

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 Literature team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary literature sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with literature 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 writers and literature professionals to build relationships between the reading, writing and publishing communities in the UK and around the world.


The Opportunity

This role supports all aspects of the work of the Literature team and is the first point of contact for internal and external enquiries from writers, publishers, and other literature sector professionals. Main responsibilities include providing support for British Council literature projects in the UK and overseas, such as organising travel and visas, preparing guest lists and making arrangements for internal and external meetings and events; processing contracts; creating and processing purchase orders and invoices. Other responsibilities include diary management for senior members of the Literature team, management of project and contact information, and other aspects of record keeping, reporting and evaluation.  The role also involves liaising with other art form teams and operational departments (including Corporate Finance, IT, Global Estates, travel agency) and assisting with Literature department communications including social media and website.


Main responsibilities are:

  • Managing competing demands on time and resource.
  • Proactive management of purchase order and invoice processing within a large corporate system.
  • Maintaining up-to-date records of contacts and activity to support literature programming and evaluation.
  • Ensuring projects run smoothly and to plan, working alongside programme managers to achieve this.
  • Build knowledge of contemporary UK Literature across all genres and contribute ideas to Literature team planning.


About you:

  • Good experience of office administration for example organising travel, finance, events and diary management.
  • Demonstrable interest in the UK Literature sector and contemporary UK writing
  • Good organisational and project management skills.


For further information please see the documents below: 

Role Profile

British Council Behaviours

British Council Skills



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


The closing date is Sunday 10th November 2019 at 23:59 UK time.    


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.