Development Officer
Country / Territory
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Payband: 7 Location: London Contract type: 12 Month FTC Department: Partnerships and Development Closing date 18th August 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.




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 the 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 team operate across seven art forms – visual arts, film, literature, creative economy, music, theatre & dance and architecture, design and fashion.In an environment of uncertain government funding, to grow and thrive the Arts must follow the model of English and Education by diversifying funding sources further. This role will focus across the Arts team to bring in support from partners and donors in the UK and beyond for major initiatives. 

To assist the Director of Development and other team members in the administration, research, cultivation and stewardship of prospects and donors.  To assist in developing and sustaining relationships with individuals and corporate supporters, in order to secure new and maintain existing relationships, across the arts portfolio.   

Main duties:


  • Coordinate and manage guest lists for relevant cultivation and sponsor events. Ensure regular communication with all art form teams to ensure existing events are capitalised on
  • Build relationships with prospective donors


New business/prospecting

  • Work with the Director of Development and other team members to identify appropriate individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities across the British Council Arts programme
  • Lead on approaches to an agreed number of potential corporate partners and individuals 
  • Undertake and share prospect research to match potential individual and corporate support to British Council arts projects
  • Support Development team and art form teams in preparing approaches and proposals to potential sponsors, donors and/ or their agents
  • Keep up to date with all potential sponsorship opportunities across the arts portfolio
  • Create sponsorship agreements based on agreed valuation of projects and ensure the exchange of approved contracts in a timely and efficient manner


Account management

  • Take an active role in the account management of all British Council arts sponsors and donors, ensuring the partnerships are delivered to the highest standards and stewardship is meticulously delivered through events, ticketing, crediting and agreed benefits
  • Work with art form teams to coordinate and manage all marketing, brand and ticketing activity for British Council arts sponsors, in line with Corporate guidelines
  • Act as liaison between the sponsors, donors and all relevant British Council arts departments
  • Manage and monitor the invoicing and payment schedules of sponsors and donors
  • Collate and produce evaluation reports for British Council sponsors and donors as required, to an agreed framework, to assist in the monitoring and progress of prospecting and cultivation
  • Produce management information for senior managers




  •  A proven track record of meeting income targets
  • A proven track record of working with corporate sponsors and/or individual donors
  • Experience of working with senior colleagues in partner organisations
  • Excellent administrative skills including the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively in identifying potential sponsorship opportunities
  • A collaborative approach to working with colleagues 
  • For further information, please see the documents below. 



For further information, please see the documents below.


Role Profile.doc
British Council Behaviours.pdf





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